BSO Pulse: Dawes
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 | 7 PM
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3
Doors open at 5 PM
Lobby bands at 7 PM
Concert to follow
Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!
Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.
Tickets are $35 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 | 8 PM
Markus Stenz, conductor
With his illustrious opera background, the BSO’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz, brings to life the dark humor and supernatural drama of Mozart’s libertine, woman-seducing anti-hero who ultimately receives his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni headlines this all-Mozart concert also featuring the solo debut of the BSO’s new Principal Viola Lisa Steltenpohl.
Tickets range from $33 to $99 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.
700 North Calvert Street | 410-332-0033 | Website
A World Premiere Production of Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice
Now through Oct 11
The Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage
Adapted by Christopher Baker
“As fresh and relevant as the day it was written.” – The Independent (UK)
Jane Austen’s mastery of manners and morals will be on full display in Center Stage’s new production of her beloved masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. In the Bennet sisters’ 19th-century English world, marriage is the prize, but for second-eldest, Lizzy, companionship trumps blind courtship. Enter Mr. Darcy, and one of literature’s most iconic and tempestuous romances takes flight. Journey through a world quite unlike-and yet perhaps not so different from-our own, as Lizzy and Darcy learn that first impressions aren’t all they seem, and that second chances can lead to answers that have been there the entire time.
Tickets range from $19 to $39 and are available by clicking here.
Opening Night: Friday, September 18
Guests and ticket-buyers are invited to special Opening Night activities and an after-party with heavy hors d’oeuvres by sponsor Classic Catering and beer from sponsor Union Brewery.
Meet the Actors: Friday, September 25
We provide a casual atmosphere to chat with the cast after the show. Ask them your questions and get some autographs!
Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street | 410-396-5430 | Website
Writers LIVE: Dale Russakoff, The Prize:
Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM
When Mark Zuckerberg announced his $100 million pledge to transform the Newark Schools – and to solve the education crisis in every city in America – it looked like a huge win for then-mayor Cory Booker and governor Chris Christie. But their plans soon ran into a constituency not so easily moved: Newark’s key education players, fiercely protective of their billion-dollar-per-annum system. It’s a prize that, for generations, has enriched seemingly everyone, except Newark’s students.
Journalist Dale Russakoff delivers a story of high ideals and hubris, good intentions and greed, celebrity and street smarts, as reformers face off against entrenched unions, skeptical parents and bewildered students. The growth of charters forces the hand of Newark’s school superintendent Cami Anderson who closes, consolidates, or redesigns more than a third of the city’s schools.
The Prize is a portrait of a titanic struggle over the future of education for the poorest kids, and a cautionary tale for those who care about the shape of America’s schools.
Dale Russakoff spent 28 years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy and other topics.
Location: Central Library, Poe Room 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Writers LIVE: Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Holding Fast to Dreams: Empowering Youth
from the Civil Rights Crusade to STEM Achievement
Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 7 PM
When he was 12 years old, Freeman Hrabowski heard Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. talk about a children’s march for civil rights and opportunity. Hrabowski convinced his parents to let him participate in the famed Children’s Crusade. He spent five terrifying nights in jail and became a leader for the younger kids.
Dr. Hrabowski went on to fuse his passion for education and for equality. As president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, he founded the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which has been one of the most successful programs for educating African Americans who go on to earn doctorates in the STEM disciplines. In Holding Fast to Dreams, Hrabowski recounts his journey as an educator, a university president, and a pioneer in developing successful, holistic programs for high-achieving students of all races.
Location: Central Library, Main Hall, 1st floor 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a generous grant from PNC Bank.
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street | Phone 410-685-3750 | Website
Used Book Sale and Free Museum Admission all weekend!
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4, 2015
Open during regular museum hours
(Friday/Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM)
Come peruse thousands of titles, including a wide selection of Maryland themed books, as well as popular fiction, reference, non-fiction, and much more for bargain prices. Lithographs, photo prints, antique and rare books will also be on sale.
Spend $10 or more during the used book sale and receive a free copy of In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812. And, don’t miss out on the Sunday Special Deal: all you can carry for just $3!
Admission will be FREE all weekend! No registration necessary.
The Maryland Humanities Council
108 West Centre Street | 410-685-0095 | Website
On September 19, join the Maryland Humanities Council for our Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon! This guided 90-minute walking tour takes you past Mount Vernon’s elegant mansions and majestic cultural institutions and into the minds of Baltimore’s literary luminaries. Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub. Registration is required for this tour: register here.
On September 25-26, the Center for the Humanities at Loyola University Maryland will host Democracy and the Humanities, a free two-day symposium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The symposium is co-sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, the Council of Independent Colleges, National Humanities Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Council of Graduate Schools in America, and the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Featured speakers include NEH Chairman William Adams, who will also appear on Humanities Connection, MHC’s weekly program on WYPR, on Thursday, September 17 to reflect on fifty years of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Book discussions, film screenings, and other interactive programming around this year’s bestselling One Maryland One Book, The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, take place throughout the city in September and October at Enoch Pratt Free Library branches. Visit the MHC online calendar to find one near you!
On October 17, join the Maryland Humanities Council for its final Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon of the 2015 season! Tickets are $10 per person; register online now!
1 East Mount Vernon Place | Phone: 410-234-4500 | Website
Peabody Symphony Orchestra
September 26, 8 PM
Music Director: Hajime Teri Murai
Hajime Teri Murai leads the PSO in the first Peabody concert of the season, performing Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony and Selected Songs by Richard Strauss featuring Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition Winner Alexandra Razskazoff, soprano.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.
Location: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute
The Peabody Trio
September 29, 8 PM
Peabody’s resident faculty ensemble performs a program of works by Schnittke, Loevendie, and Beethoven to open the 2015-16 Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Click here or call 410-234-4800 for more information.
Location: Leith Symington Griswold Hall, 17 E Mt Vernon Place, Baltimore, Peabody Institute
817 Saint Paul Street | Phone: 410-752-1225 | Website
A SENSATION NOVEL
Sept 11 – Oct 4, 2015
Book: W.S. Gilbert
Music: Michael Nash, T German Reed
direction: Michael Blum
musical direction: Erica Rome & Michael Blum
Synopsis: W. S. Gilbert, long before he worked with Arthur Sullivan, was Victorian England’s leading dramatist. In this hilarious topsy-turvy send-up of Victorian “Sensation Novels” (a genre still with us today as Romance Fiction), Gilbert gives us 5 “stock characters” who refuse to conform to society’s expectations or the novel’s author’s plans for them – they turn the story upside down, break all the conventions of the stage, and indulge in some VERY modern activities. This musical play, with a new score by British composer Michael Nash that incorporates some of the original (mostly lost) music, is both outrageous, touching and funny – a window into an 1871 that was FAR from stodgy and predictable!
Tickets: Adults $20; Seniors (60+) $18; Students & Military $16.
Ten Spot Thursday – ALL TICKETS JUST $10: Sept 17, 2015 at 8 PM (no other discounts apply)
Talk Back with Cast & Director: Sept 27, 2015 immediately following the performance.
Performance Dates: Sept 11, 12, 13; 17, 18, 19, 20; 25, 26, 27; Oct 2, 3, 4.
(Programs begin late Sept, and run through week of Nov 16)
Below are a few of the classes we are offering this semester:
If you are interested – please complete this online survey so that we can schedule the classes you want – when you want them. We will use information from the Survey Responses to schedule which classes are held, depending on response and on which days of the week, each class is held.
K-3rd grades: Actors Tool Box I
An introduction to acting and theatre. Focusing on the basic skills and concepts needed to present fully developed characters and telling the story of the play. Students learn about developing characters and the components of a play, using creative drama work to devise their own work. Students work in the areas of Improv Acting, Movement & Physical Acting, Voice & Projection. (6-8 weeks)
4th-8th grades: Actors Tool Box II
An introduction to acting and theatre. Taking the next step for students with limited theatre experience to students with classroom training, this program focuses on the needs of each student to help them improve their skill level and tackle more difficult work on stage. Students work with local theatre professionals to gain a better understanding of character development and stagework. (6-8 weeks)
6-8th grades: Shakespeare for the Middle School Actor
Tackling the major works of William Shakespeare to provide a general understanding of the work and its characters, this class provides students a wide range of knowledge of the writings of Shakespeare and some of his best known works. Students will read each work and discuss the various plots, while developing a character study on a single character and preparing a scene from the work. (8-10 weeks)
6th – 8th grades: Intro to Dance for the Middle School Actor
Focusing on primary dance forms for Musical Theatre, this workshop will prepare the non-dancer for basic work in most Musical Theatre productions, and improve confidence in the audition process. Providing a familiarization with terms and concepts from Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Stage Movement, this workshop give the Young Actor the advantage. (8-10 weeks)
More classes may be developed over the next few weeks.
Full Tuition for classes: $125
Discount for Returning or Sibling Students: $95
LIMITED Scholarship Funds are available, please request a Financial Aid Application from Academy@spotlighters.org
For more information visit www.spotlighters.org.
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street | Phone: 410-547-9000 | Website
Make Night: A Moment to Breathe
Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Katherine Kasdorf, Mellon Fellow in South Asian and Islamic Art, begins this Make Night with a discussion of works from the Walters’ Asian art collection. Following the talk, Martha McAlpine of Charm City Yoga will lead a 90-minute kundalini yoga workshop for all skill levels in the serene Renaissance Sculpture Court. Kundalini is used to release the “coiled energy” at the base of the spine so that it can flow up and out through the crown of the head. Participants will practice simple breathing techniques paired with repeated physical motions that strengthen and open the physical body.
A limited number of mats will be available, so please bring your own.
Charm City Yoga Members will receive the member discount. Please contact Jayne Levinson or Allison Korycki at 800-336-9642, ext. 1, for the member code.
Martha McAlpine has practiced yoga for 16 years, exploring astanga, vinyasa, yin, kundalini, yoga trance dance, and, most recently, anusara styles of yoga. Her classes emphasize the space from one pose to the next as well as the poses themselves.
Make Night is a unique, dynamic museum program blending good wine and craft beer, great company, and fantastic art-making experiences led by local creative minds.
Click here to register (pre-registration required). Each Make Night includes one drink ticket.
Telling Global Stories
Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
How does globalization inform the way that museums present art and history? A panel of professionals from museums that have undertaken innovative displays in response to new ideas on “globalized” art history will address the opportunities and pitfalls of reinstalling collections that reflect this theme. Through dialogue with the audience, panelists will guide a conversation about how the Walters might use its displays to reflect a broader cultural context.
Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University
Amelia Peck, Marica F. Vilcek Curator, American Wing, and Manager, Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sara Devine, Manager of Audience Engagement and Interpretive Materials, Brooklyn Museum
Alex Kalman, Co-founder, Mmuseumm, New York
This event is free. Click here to register (pre-registration is required). Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
The Freedom to Read
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 6:30 PM to 8 PM
In conjunction with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3), join us for a talk on the power of words and art. Chief Curator Rob Mintz will speak about the issues of censorship raised in Liu Dan’s painting The Dictionary (1991), currently on view. Dr. Mintz will be joined by Ellen Riordan, the Pratt’s Chief of Planning, Programming and Partnerships, to discuss recent examples of the most frequently banned books, a few of which will be on view next to The Dictionary.
Following the talk, visitors will be treated to a “read out” of passages from banned books. If you would like to read a portion of your own favorite banned book during this program, please e-mail Hannah Burstein, Coordinator of Adult Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following this event, the Walters Enthusiasts invite you to a reception featuring literary-themed cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres at Ware House 518 (518 N. Charles St.). For more information, please email WE@thewalters.org or visit the Facebook event page.
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