The ninth annual Free Fall Baltimore, a cool project of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts to provide free access to a wide range of cultural events each October, includes quite a few entries in the classical music category.
Here are some events that ought to prove rewarding:
The fifth annual Baltimore Lieder Weekend digs into the rich world of art songs, focusing on Richard Wagner and French composers influenced by his music. Among the highlights: Wagner's "Wesendonck Lieder" and the complete songs of Henri Duparc. Performers include soprano Kimberly Christie, baritone Ryan de Ryke and pianist Daniel Schlosberg.
Baltimore Choral Arts offers a "Community Sing" of spirituals and gospel music. Bring your vocal cords and enthusiasm; no prior experience needed. The event is a collaboration with the Open Church of Maryland and the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore. Michele Fowlin, director of the Washington Performing Arts Society Children of the Gospel Choir, will conduct.
For those interested in what happens in the days before the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays a concert, a rehearsal will be open to the public next week. It's an opportunity to observe music director Marin Alsop working with the orchestra on a program that features the epic tone poem by Richard Strauss, "Ein Heldenleben."
The Handel Choir of Baltimore, led by Arian Khaefi, will provide a preview of its 2014-2015 season, with works by Handel, Vivaldi and Gorecki, as well as an introduction to period instruments and historic performance practices.