Whether you love science with your fiction or costumes with your books, we do too! While our central theme is writing, literature, and authors, our dynamic program has something everyone can appreciate. Join over fifteen hundred fans of all backgrounds as we gather to celebrate Science Fiction and Fantasy with more than 300 hours of diverse programming, from award-winning authors and publishers to twitch live-streamers, from cosplay experts to renowned scientists and tech innovators.
Legendary Glitterus is the last remaining dragon in a world that has plunged into the darkness of heart and spirit. In order to continue her species and save the world, Glitterus summons five Mystics from scattered tribes to find her lost eggs. During the Mystics’ journey to save the baby Glits and defeat the power-hungry Tower Wizard, they laugh, they battle, they funk out with their junk out, and learn that they are stronger when they fight united.
Exploring over 400 years of literature from the Sheridan Libraries Special Collections, A Musical Odyssey will trace the historical intersections between music and the written word. Come enjoy an afternoon of free music in one of the most beautiful libraries in the world!
From Goethe’s evil Fairy King and Shakespeare to modern interpretations of Sappho and mysterious manuscripts by Edgar Allan Poe, soprano Teresa Ferrara and pianist Allison Freeman will explore the fascinating ways in which music and text have interacted throughout history.
The BSO’s Symphony in the City series is back! Symphony in the City brings the Orchestra out of the concert hall and into community locations across Baltimore City. Led by BSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and featuring spoken word artist, Wordsmith, in partnership with the Friends of Patterson Park include a combination of classical favorites paired with pop music specially arranged for Wordsmith to perform with the BSO.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Patterson Park Observatory: 2601 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
The BSO’s Symphony in the City series is back! Symphony in the City brings the Orchestra out of the concert hall and into community locations across Baltimore City. This concert led by BSO Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush in partnership with the Friends of Patterson Park, includes a combination of classical favorites paired with pop music specially arranged for Wordsmith to perform with the BSO.
Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon’s sensational technique and deep musicality have made him a most exciting and highly regarded pianist on the international stage. As a soloist he has been a welcome guest in concert series and festivals such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Join us for a live music and abstract painting experience featuring American contemporary artist, Katie Pumphrey and saxophonist, flutist, and vocalist Ray Winder.
Enjoy a sight and sound experience inspired by Joan Mitchell’s life, musical influences, and breathtaking abstract paintings that evoke landscapes, memories, poetry, and music.
The sun is out, and so are we! After a long winter, Phillips Crab Deck is back for another season. The Phillips Crab Deck is perched on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the heart of downtown and offers a crab-filled menu for outdoor dining and carryout. All summer long (weather permitting), we’ll be serving seafood favorites from the Chesapeake Bay and beyond.
3 days of LIVE Music and more at the top of the Chesapeake. Headliners include Shemekia Copeland, Raul Midon, Gunhild Carling, Felix Pastorius & the Hipster Assassins, Kelly Bell Band. Free 1-hour shows at the Integrity Real Estate/Key Title Locals Stage on Pennington. Beer/Wine garden, vendors, Family FunDay Sunday.
In this “tour de force” concert, Byron Stripling showcases ragtime masters Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton in addition to blues legends B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Stripling’s entertaining and humorous vignettes about the music and its creators, with a finale that closes with an unforgettable toe-tapping jam session, are not to be missed. Stripling is joined by keyboardist Bobby Floyd of the Ray Charles, Dr. John, and Count Basie Bands.
Crickets is a weekly Saturday morning class for children ages 4 to 6, engaging the body and mind in joyful music-making. Highly-trained teachers gently encourage very young children to explore the voice as their first true instrument through play, games, and movement. We offer small classes that last 50 minutes and are limited to 10 children each. The summer session is 6 weeks long with July 2nd off. Classes start Saturday, June 4th with a 9:30 or 10:40 AM start time at the Children’s Chorus of Maryland in downtown Towson.
British cellist Steven Isserlis frequently appears with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, London Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle. He is also a children’s book author, publishing “Why Beethoven Threw the Stew” and “Why Handel Waggled His Wig” in 2006. Pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen will accompany Steven Isserlis.
Baltimore Choral Arts presents Mozart Requiem Reframed.
In Mozart Requiem Reframed, we premiere a commission by Morgan State University alumna Jasmine Barnes. The work pulls inspiration from the Mozart Requiem to reflect on Baltimore today with texts by Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. We also premiere Music Director Anthony Blake Clark’s new edition of the Mozart Requiem, joined by The Carter Legacy Singers. This concert will be recorded for a new commercial album, our first in more than a decade.
Pro Musica Rara, Baltimore’s premier early music ensemble, in a musical tribute to the late cellist and PMR artistic director Allen Whear. The ensemble features Paul Leenhouts, recorder; Cynthia Roberts, violin; Phoebe Carrai, cello; and Adam Pearl, harpsichord. Ms. Roberts is now the PMR artistic director.
Bach Reflections. The program includes seven pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest geniuses of Western music:
Join Bach in Baltimore's orchestra for the final concert of the 2021-2022 season--a lively send-off to summer featuring a quintet of concertos from some of our other choice Baroque composers, including Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and CPE Bach. Our concert finale of the season features instrumentation on the organ, flute, oboe, viola d’amore, and oboe d’amore. The viola d’amore and oboe d’amore were popular instruments during the Baroque period–but are a rare find to hear live today!
North African Desert Blues Master
"The Sultan of Shred" - New York Times
"One of the world’s greatest living blues guitarists." - New York Times
Guitarist Omara Moctar aka Bombino is a driving force of one of the most significant and successful breaking world genres since reggae music, Tichumaren, or North African desert blues in Tamasheq, the Tuareg language.
A once-in-a-lifetime theater experience, formed of two parts divided over two evenings! On the first evening, audiences experience an audacious reimagining of Verdi and Shakespeare in an all-new English poetic treatment by Andrew Albin, featuring the searing images of British visual artist Keith Piper and new musical “sea-interludes” composed and performed by Matthew Evan Taylor.
Back and in-person for the 35th Anniversary season, Columbia Festival of the Arts’ Free LakeFest Weekend is June 10-12, 2022, at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront! This fun and inclusive FREE three-day outdoor festival features a variety of live music and arts performances, Invitational Fine Arts and Crafts Show, interactive entertainment for all ages, cult-classic movie screenings, festival food favorites, and beer garden. More than a dozen live performances will be showcased, including Australian-based touring company Sway, The Reminders, Lakou Mizik, The 19th Street Band, and more.