The outside of Penn Station. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Members of the world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be welcoming Baltimore commuters home and sending travelers off for Christmas weekend this Friday.

The Baltimore Symphony Musicians will be gathering in Penn Station on Dec. 22 to play a free, pop-up holiday concert for travelers. Selections will include Handel’s “Messiah,” classics composed by Bach and other holiday favorites, according to a release.

The group said the performance is “a gift to commuters and travelers at the start of the final holiday weekend” of 2017. It starts at 5 p.m.

The Baltimore Symphony Musicians are members of the BSO who volunteer their time to perform around the city, separately from their acclaimed ensemble. Past pop-up and planned performances from this month alone have included playing for veterans at the VA Medical Center downtown, pediatric patients at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and elementary schoolers in Harlem Park, according to their Facebook feed.

To put notes to words, here’s a video of some of them playing in the lobby at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall:

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For those looking to avoid the holiday rush or seeking something grander with all of the BSO’s master players involved, the ensemble is performing its “Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular” show three times this weekend, accompanied by acrobats and other circus performers. Click here for more info.

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...