An die Musik will broadcast live music performances during Thanksgiving week, portion of ticket sales to benefit charities

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As families prepare to hold Thanksgiving dinners over Zoom or adopt other methods to reduce large, indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, An die Musik Live! is also shifting one of its traditions to the virtual space.

The downtown Baltimore jazz club will present its Thanksgiving Homecoming Concerts online this year, featuring a weeklong lineup of live-streamed performances with $5 from every ticket sold going to a charity of the musician’s choice.

Kicking of the week of music will be the Todd Marcus Quintet, performing at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The performance will benefit Intersection of Change, a Baltimore nonprofit addressing poverty-related issues, which bass clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus runs.

Next up, Cyprus Chestnut and Charlotte Doreen Small will perform for the first time in Baltimore as husband and wife at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, benefiting the Maryland Food Bank.

On Black Friday, the Mark Gross Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. Their performance will benefit Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ in East Baltimore.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28, Marianne Matheny-Katz: The Joni Chronicles will perform a tribute to Joni Mitchell, benefiting Action Against Hunger, a global organization working to end hunger around the world.

Closing out the week will be John Lamkin ‘Favorites’ Jazz Quintet, performing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Mid-Atlantic.

All of the performances will be broadcast live from An die Musik’s stage, although the club–like other entertainment venues–has been closed to the public since Gov. Larry Hogan issued his stay-at-home order on March 30.

Patrons can stream the Thanksgiving week concerts for $15 each by purchasing tickets on An die Musik’s website. A link will be sent out 15 minutes before the show, and it will remain active for six days after each performance date if people want to watch again.

An die Musik has been live-streaming performances during the pandemic as part of their Quarantine Concert Series.

The jazz club has an archive of past live-streamed shows that are available for purchase.

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