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Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Peabody's first 'sensory friendly concert' shows how arts venues make space for people on the autism spectrum

Peabody's first 'sensory friendly concert' shows how arts venues make space for people on the autism spectrum

Midway through his teens, Will Swartz realized that borrowing someone else’s voice could help him find his own.

Last weekend, the 16-year-old boy with the dark blond hair sat down at a piano in Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and played the opening chords of the beloved 1967 standard, “What a Wonderful World.” Suddenly and startlingly, the great Louis Armstrong’s famous and distinctively gritty rendition came from the mouth of this white kid in the three-piece suit.

The impression was so convincing that it was tempting to look around the Mount Vernon conservatory to find the hidden stereo. Later, Swartz said he had realized last summer that he could modulate his...

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