W.C. Handy's bluesy "Chantez Les Bas" segues, somehow, into the slow movement from Brahms' Violin Concerto. Debussy's "Clair de Lune," lushly transformed by a string quartet, a subtle drummer and a man sweetly singing about masks and moonlight, conjures up images of an unusually sophisticated nightclub.
Maybe it was something in the water — or maybe just that it was finally safe to drink after years of a dicey supply system. Whatever the cause, something sure started affecting a lot of culturally minded folks a century ago in Baltimore.
Marin Alsop, who has collaborated with the Peabody Institute on various projects since becoming music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will now have an official post at the conservatory.
When Rep Stage decided to devote the entire 2015-2016 season to works by contemporary female playwrights, the company's co-producing artistic director, Suzanne Beal, sought to make a statement with the first work. Her choice: Paula Vogel's "The Baltimore Waltz," opening this weekend.
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Martina Bagnoli, a 12-year veteran at the Walters Art Museum, where she is currently the Andrew W. Mellon curator in charge of medieval art and manuscripts, has been named director of a major museum in her native Italy.
Just before the start of its 42nd season, Music in the Great Hall has announced a venture aimed at mentoring young talent in the Maryland/D.C./northern Virginia area and promoting an interest in the genre of chamber music.
Baltimore's 2015-2016 theater scene will be missing a player. With a freshly appointed administrative team, Iron Crow Theatre plans to spend the next season beefing up the ensemble and expanding its mission and message.