Shriver Hall Concert Series returns to namesake hall after $14 million renovation

Following an 18-month, $14 million renovation, the Shriver Hall Concert Series will return March 3 to the venue that gave the popular music program its name.

The organization announced Wednesday in a news release that the opening recital in its refurbished home at 3400 N. Charles St. will be performed by cellist Johannes Moser making his Baltimore recital debut along with pianist Till Fellner.

Shriver Hall, part of the Johns Hopkins University, opened in 1954. The concert series has been in residence since the organization was founded in 1966.

Exterior changes blend that tradition with more recent stylistic innovations. The bricks on the hall’s facade have been stripped of their paint, and the cupola has been restored, the release said, while visitors will enter through new glass doors.

Other highlights include wider, more comfortable seats and increased leg room for those seated in the main floor orchestra section. There’s a state-of-the-art sound system, a rear projection system and new movie screens.

Music lovers will notice a new stage floor and improved lighting. The heating and air conditioning systems have been upgraded, and the restrooms have been refreshed, the release said, with additional restrooms to be installed this summer.

The March 3 concert will feature the Baltimore debut of the German-Canadian Moser, who has been described by Gramophone magazine as “one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists.” Fellner, an Austrian known for what the Boston Globe characterized as his “feline virtuosity” on the piano last appeared in the concert series in May 2016.

The recital will feature the first and second of Ludwig van Beethoven’s intimate Opus 102 sonatas for cello and piano, plus selections by Igor Stravinsky,Anton Webern and Claude Debussy.

The concert will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at Shriver Hall, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $42 for the public and $10 for students. To order, call 410-516-7164 or go to shriverconcerts.org/moser.

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