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BSO to make debut at Proms festival in London this summer

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:15:00 PDT

The second stop in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s European tour this summer with music director Marin Alsop will find the ensemble making its debut Aug. 27 at the Proms, an extraordinary eight-week festival of daily concerts in London’s 5,200-seat Royal Albert Hall.

It will not be a first for...


BSO and principal guest conductor Markus Stenz still hitting it off

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

When German conductor Markus Stenz made his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2012, there was no mistaking the chemistry. BSO management soon signed him up as principal guest conductor for a three-year stint starting in 2015.

“The contract has just been extended by a year, which I...


John Waters to join ranks of Meryl Streep, Robert Redford with French arts honor

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:40:00 PDT

One of Baltimore's finest -- director, artist and author John Waters -- has been named an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).(image)

A Baltimore painter is among the 2018 Guggenheim fellows

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:30:00 PDT

The most recent batch of Guggenheim fellows includes a rising Baltimore artist working to redefine the self-portrait.

Mequitta Ahuja, who was a finalist in 2015 and 2017 for the Sondheim Artscape Prize, was among the 173 winners — a mix of academics, artists and scientists. The John Simon Guggenheim...


Baltimore Museum of Art to sell works by masters such as Andy Warhol, will aim to improve artist diversity

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:00:00 PDT

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced Friday that it is selling seven artworks by such 20th-century masters as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Franz Kline to make way for pieces by contemporary artists of color and women.

Going up for sale at Sotheby’s in May are two artworks by Warhol (“Oxidation...


Baltimore debuts, multiple venues for Shriver Hall's 2018-2019 season

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:50:00 PDT

For its 2018-2019 season, Shriver Hall Concert Series will present another starry assortment of soloists and ensembles performing a broad range of repertoire.

The subscription series showcases recitals by eminent British pianist Imogen Cooper in her Baltimore debut, playing works by Haydn, Beethoven,...


Blind Baltimore students tell their stories through song

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The students have worked with instructor Valerie Smalkin on three songs as a part of Seeing Through Music, a program designed to help them self-advocate and share their experiences of being blind with the world.(image)

Baltimore Choral Arts' 2018-2019 season to focus on 'story and song'

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:30:00 PDT

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will highlight storytelling through music and launch artistic collaborations with other area organizations during the 2018-2019 season.

Highlights include David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion,” based on a tragic story by Hans Christian Andersen; and the...


Naval Academy professor teaches by doing — in both dance and math

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:20:00 PDT

As the midshipmen stepped and hopped in front of her, Naval Academy math professor Sommer Gentry couldn’t help but dance.

On a recent Tuesday in Smoke Hall, the Naval Academy’s Swing Dance Club was practicing for a performance with four pairs dancing in unison to the music. Gentry was watching...


Howard County native Alicia Graf Mack named director of Juilliard Dance Division

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 05:30:00 PDT

Alicia Graf Mack, a contemporary dancer and former Alvin Ailey dancer and Howard County native, has been named the director of the Juilliard Dance Division.

Her new role will begin July 1.

Graf Mack, who was most recently a visiting assistant professor of modern dance technique at Webster University...


Havre de Grace expands district for the love of the arts

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The first Arts and Entertainment District in Harford County is about to get a little bit bigger.

The Havre de Grace City Council unanimously approved the redesignation and expansion of the Arts and Entertainment District during a recent city council meeting.

In its 10 years, the district has been...


A quick guide to the most promising installations along Light City's Light Art Walk

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

With 21 illuminated installations, it might be tough to take in everything that Light City’s Light Art walk has to offer. We’ve already noted two pieces you need to check out: Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Fireflies” and Tim Scofield, Kyle Miller and Steve Dalnekoff’s “The Octopus.” Here are five more that...


10 things you don't want to miss at Light City Baltimore 2018

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

Baltimore gets all lit up beginning Saturday, as Light City takes over the Inner Harbor with its megawatt art, entertainment and innovation.

Most of the attention, as it should be, will be centered on the BGE Light Art Walk, 21 brightly and inventively lit art installations installed harborside...


Neighborhood Lights — the first leg of Baltimore's Light City festival — takes center stage

Sat, 7 Apr 2018 15:00:00 PDT

From the upper stories of the Bromo Seltzer arts tower to Darley Park, Baltimore kicked off Neighborhood Lights — the first leg of the larger Light City festival — with displays of illuminated artwork, some with an otherworldly feel.

In Darley Park, residents gathered Saturday at a stage and projection...


Baltimore Symphony in colorful form with Stenz, Steinbacher

Sat, 7 Apr 2018 11:45:00 PDT

The tight chemistry between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor Markus Stenz has been easy to hear since he took up the post in 2015 with a three-year contract. This week, that contract was extended until June 2019. Do I hear 2020?

On Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony...


Ahead of Baltimore talk, author Meg Wolitzer discusses writing about women in the #MeToo era

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 07:55:00 PDT

The author Meg Wolitzer remembers a day when, as a preteen, she first had to run the invisible gauntlet made up of the sharp gazes of men.

She was about 12, she recalls, and was strolling through a shopping mall when she became aware of a cluster of older teens staring at her and muttering something...


A guide to Light City Baltimore's neighborhood festivities

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 05:00:00 PDT

The Inner Harbor isn’t the only place in Baltimore that will be all lit up for Light City, the annual free lights festival returning this month. In fact, it’s only one of at least 26.

Neighborhood Lights, a series of illuminated visual or performance art projects installed in 14 city neighborhoods,...


Ahead of Baltimore show, Bill Murray talks American classics, singing and baseball

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Spotting Bill Murray where he’s least expected has become something of a pastime.

In recent years, he’s given a toast at a stranger’s bachelor party in South Carolina, tended bar at the South by Southwest festival in Texas and crashed a New York City kickball game, to name a few instances. He even...


5 things you didn't know about Toby Orenstein

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 04:00:00 PDT

Toby Orenstein has been a fixture in Howard County since Columbia’s founder, James W. Rouse, asked her to start a theater school in 1972, which now operates as the nonprofit Columbia Center of Theatrical Arts. The Bronx native opened her dinner theater in 1979.

The county’s grande dame of the stage,...


Kenyan Boys Choir performs at Baltimore's City Hall

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 15:45:00 PDT

The renowned Kenyan Boys Choir performed at Baltimore’s City Hall today.

City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, in partnership with the nonprofit, hosted the East African choir from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the rotunda in City Hall.

In 2009, the choir performed at the inauguration...


Cast shuts down production of Iron Crow Theatre's 'Corpus Christi' amid allegations of sexual harassment

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:05:00 PDT

The cast of a production by Baltimore’s Iron Crow Theatre has walked out following allegations of sexual harassment against its artistic director.

Thirteen members of the cast of Iron Crow’s upcoming production of Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” issued a statement posted to Facebook Saturday....


On the front lines: Baltimore photographers recall documenting 1968 riots

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Irving Henry Webster Phillips Jr. was a photographer for the Baltimore Afro-American on April 6, 1968 when the paper received notice that what later would be described as spontaneous riots were about to break out.

He remembers that the late Walter Hall Lively, a local civil rights activist, telephoned...


Everyman Theatre serves a filling story of love, family and loss in 'Aubergine'

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:00:00 PDT

The ingredients in “Aubergine,” Julia Cho’s play receiving an effective staging at Everyman Theatre, are not all that unusual — cups of relationship issues and family tensions, dashes of heart and head, a smidgen of old-fashioned wit and wisdom. But by making food the thread that connects everything...


Six artists named 2018 finalists for BOPA's $25,000 Sondheim Prize

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:30:00 PDT

The finalists for the 13th annual Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize are local multidisciplinary artist Erick Antonio Benitez, Laurel photographer Nakeya Brown, Baltimore sculptor Sutton Demlong, local contemporary artist Nate Larson, Parkville painter Eunice Park and painter and fiber artist...


'School of Rock' gives upbeat lessons on growing up, finding your voice

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

“School of Rock,” the musical in session at the Hippodrome Theatre through the weekend, is for every kid (or former kid) who ever felt un-cool, un-liked. It’s also for every adult who might have forgotten how important it is to listen, truly listen, to kids once in a while.

“School of Rock” is...


Order up a black person to explain black experience? That's part of CCBC's 'Uprising Plays'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Aris Hines was a student at Community College of Baltimore County in 2015, when Freddie Gray was fatally injured while riding in a police van. The death of the 25-year-old Gray and the subsequent uprising left Hines, now 23, with questions he couldn’t easily resolve.

He set out to interview 10...


Stellar bass-baritone Eric Owens to give Baltimore recital debut

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:10:00 PDT

Earlier this month, Washington National Opera audiences experienced Verdi’s epic “Don Carlo” performed by a stellar cast. Making a particularly powerful impression was bass-baritone Eric Owens, who used his refulgent voice and sensitively nuanced phrasing to eloquent effect as he burrowed into...


In 1982, this party went underground — literally — to a Baltimore tunnel

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:00:00 PDT

The year was 1982. A group of artists calling themselves the Bal Tim Ore Underground Club (BTOUC) took the term “underground” to a very literal level when they held a party in a tunnel that stretches from the old Mount Royal Station to Camden Yards.

Built around 1895, the tunnel runs beneath the...


Lewis museum photo exhibit 'Reflections' looks into lives of prominent black Americans

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

Given the barrage of criticism he faced, it seems natural that David Dinkins, the first black mayor of New York, would literally erect a barrier between himself and the visitor sitting on the opposite side of his desk.

The artist Terrence A. Reese shot a black-and-white photograph of Dinkins’ office...


'School of Rock' tests young talent as it heads to Baltimore, tours the country

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PDT

The ever-expanding movie-to-stage-musical genre gained a sizable entry with “School of Rock,” which opened on Broadway in 2015 and hasn’t taken a recess yet. Meanwhile, the national touring production, launched in September and hitting Baltimore this week, has also spread the appeal of the show.


Baltimore Symphony to make first overseas tour in 13 years

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:45:00 PDT

The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director. His successor, Marin Alsop, will be at the helm when the BSO returns to Europe in August after an absence of...


Two of Baltimore's hottest artists — Amy Sherald and Stephen Towns — to host public talk about their work

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:55:00 PDT

Two of Baltimore’s hottest contemporary artists, Amy Sherald and Stephen Towns, will have a public conversation about their work next week.

The pair, who have enjoyed a recent string of high-profile successes, will discuss how they create their quite different portraits at 7 p.m. March 21 at the...


Orwell's 'Animal Farm' stings at Center Stage

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:00:00 PDT

You’re probably tired of hearing about vintage literary works that seem more relevant than ever. After all, the great ones will always speak in one way or another to contemporary issues, decade after decade. But let’s face it. Some pieces just scream “timely” louder than others, especially right...


Baltimore artist Stephen Towns lands career-making solo show at Baltimore Museum of Art

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 02:00:00 PST

Stitch by stitch, the local artist Stephen Towns has sewn his mother and five sisters into the very fabric of the 10 luminous quilts on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

These fierce, smart, loyal and devoted women helped make Towns the man and artist he is today, and they’re represented...


Everyman Theatre to explore food, family, life and death in 'Aubergine'

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PST

When Everyman Theatre artistic director Vincent Lancisi saw the Off Broadway premiere production of Julia Cho’s “Aubergine” in 2016, he found himself hooked from the opening monologue of the play.

That speech is delivered by a woman who relates culinary adventures of a foodie, but also how even...


The art left behind: At shuttered Baltimore County youth group home, colorful murals remain

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

Artists Christopher Winslow and Charlie Macsherry covered the walls of the Good Shepherd residential treatment center with elaborate murals designed to give the troubled youth who lived there a jolt of optimism. Now that the center is closed, Winslow bemoans that the art is going to waste.(image)

Center Stage season to include Tony-winning 'Fun Home,' Paula Vogel hit, world premiere

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

For its 56th season, Baltimore Center Stage will deliver a production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” and the recent New York hit “Indecent,” along with an American theater classic and a world premiere.

The 2018-2019 lineup begins in September with a revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,”...


Photo of girl staring in awe at Michelle Obama portrait goes viral, resonates with Baltimore artist

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 14:45:00 PST

The photo, which was taken by fellow portrait admirer Ben Hines at the National Portrait Gallery, has sparked emotional reactions and conversations about representation in the art world and beyond.(image)

Arts market to debut in Station North this spring

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 11:30:00 PST

Station North will debut a weekend arts market in April, spotlighting the Baltimore neighborhood’s creative community and inviting artists to share their work with the public.

The Station North Arts Market will be open on weekends through September from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the fenced lot at the...


'School of Rock' tour holding open auditions for young rockers in Baltimore

Mon, 5 Mar 2018 06:45:00 PST

Hey, you young rockers or wannabes:

On March 11, producers of “School of Rock,” the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on the movie about a down-on-his-luck rocker who creates a band of fifth-graders, will hold an open casting call in Baltimore to find future replacements for kids roles in the touring...


BSO to feature 'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr., massive Messiaen work in 2018-2019

Fri, 2 Mar 2018 07:00:00 PST

Among several unusual experiences planned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season is the ensemble’s first performance of an incomparable 20th-century work by Olivier Messiaen about life and love that requires massive forces, including an eerie electronic instrument called the ondes...


Baltimore mosaic artist decides not to move to LA after 'outpouring of love,' will reopen Fells Point studio

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 11:40:00 PST

Baltimore artist Loring Cornish, whose glittery mosaic installations can be found around the city, planned to start a new life last year in Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. But, ultimately, he said he couldn’t leave Charm City.

Friends and fans were supportive when he announced his plans...


Creator of movement, awards show reveals why 'Black Girls Rock'

Thu, 1 Mar 2018 03:00:00 PST

Former first lady Michelle Obama, pop songstress Rihanna and tennis champion Serena Williams would be great “gets” for any author.

But Beverly Bond rounded up nearly 60 inspiring, notable black women to offer lessons and gems from their own experience in her latest book, “Black Girls Rock! Owning...


Alsop, BSO deliver a rousing 'Rite of Spring'

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:20:00 PST

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has introduced various concert series over the years and experienced likewise various results (remember Symphony With a Twist?). One that caught on early during Marin Alsop’s tenure as music director and, judging by the turnout Saturday night at Meyerhoff Symphony...