BALTIMORE, Md. – In the wake of Baltimore’s recent unrest and tensions resulting from the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces a Music for Peace concert on May 9, 2015, at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in West Baltimore (in the Mondawmin Mall neighborhood). Last week musicians of the BSO and Music Director Marin Alsop performed an impromptu open-air concert outside its home, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, providing a respite from protests and violence for over 1,000 members of the community.
This Saturday, musicians from the BSO and Alsop will team up with musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, the BSO’s inner-city after-school program OrchKids, Peabody Institute, Baltimore School for the Arts, and musicians from City College in a program dedicated to the resilience of the people of Baltimore and the future promise of Charm City. Mount Lebanon Baptist Church’s pastor, Dr. Franklin Lance, will open the program with welcome remarks and will be joined by Delegate Barbara A. Robinson.
“Throughout the last week, we have been moved by the inextinguishable spirit of the citizens of Baltimore,” commented BSO Music Director Marin Alsop. “Amidst all the violence and the negative portrayal of Baltimore, we and the nation witnessed a strong display of humanity and goodwill happening all around our city. With this free public concert, the BSO strives to stand in unity and bring our neighbors together in our common language – music.”
Please Note: FREE CONCERT. Tickets will not be issued for this performance and seating is first come, first served. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.
Music for Peace Concert
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church
2812 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215
Musical Program to include Beethoven, “Ode to Joy”, Matisyahu: “One Day”, Harry Belafonte: “Turn the World Around” and “Amazing Grace”.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by funding from Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is also supported by the Citizens of Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
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