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Baltimore Symphony musicians, Bach in Baltimore respond to riots

Baltimore Symphony musicians, Bach in Baltimore respond to riots
Exterior of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Chiaki Kawajiri)

Baltimore area musicians are responding to the destructive outbursts in the city with artistic messages.

Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plan to gather in front of Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at noon Wednesday to give a free concert "in support of our community." The musicians, who are donating their services, have invited "friends, BSO family and all who love the great City of Baltimore" to the event.

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(The last I heard, BSO music director Marin Alsop is not expected to take part in Wednesday's performance. On Tuesday, she Tweeted: "I am heartbroken for our dear city. With so much need alongside so much possibility, I hope we can use any opportunities we get to set an example and inspire others to join us in trying to change the world.")

Sunday's long-scheduled performance of Brahms' "German Requiem," presented by Bach in Baltimore 4 p.m. at Towson United Methodist Church, will now be given in memory of Freddie Gray. The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance reports that the concert will include "a plea for peace and reconciliation."

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