Music has been known to help people find common ground, so it's not surprising that there have been concerts aimed at bringing the Baltimore community closer together lately. An event on Saturday organized by a Peabody Institute graduate student provides another example, and another opportunity.
With its verbal precision and clever structural cohesiveness, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" has lost none of its comic voltage since it swept onto a London stage in 1941 and proceeded to outrun the war, chalking up nearly 2,000 performances.
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., announced Thursday that it has bestowed $24 million to 488 nonprofit arts organizations in 46 states through its grants program for 2015. Recipients include Baltimore's two Equity theater companies, Center Stage ($185,000) and Everyman Theatre ($35,000).
When the Blitz descended on London during World War II, Noel Coward decided to forgo writing until the conflict was over.
If you are not rushing out of town for the holiday weekend, make room for the latest Baltimore Symphony program. The inclusion of Strauss' sublime Four Last Songs on the lineup is reason enough to catch one of the remaining performances.
Once was bad enough. But twice? After canceling a Baltimore Symphony pops engagement this year due to "scheduling conflicts," Mandy Patinkin has bailed again for the same reason.
Count on Concert Artists of Baltimore to keep things interesting.
Operas have dealt with difficult, painful subjects for a long time, but perhaps not quite as difficult or painful as the topic of Frances Pollock's "Stinney."