Concerts

Local music venues face uncertainty as pandemic wears on

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The exterior of jazz club Keystone Korner. Image via Facebook.

Jazz impresario Todd Barkan has been putting together concerts for nearly half a century. In 1972 he acquired the Keystone Korner club in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood and turned it into one of the decade’s premier jazz venues. He relocated to New York in the 1980s to produce albums, work with the Boys Choir of Harlem, and, in 2001, became Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic administrator. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2018, and in 2019 he revived his Keystone Korner club in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t care one bit about those career achievements, however. “I’m one of the most elder and experienced jazz presenters in the world, but that doesn’t help me in this situation,” Barkan says by phone in September, adding that, at 74-years-old, “I’m facing by far the most difficult challenge in my entire life in music.”

Discover Free Fall Baltimore this Month

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Love the arts? There are plenty of cultural activities taking place online this month. There is no need to leave the house. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces that Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE and Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), is taking place as a hybrid of virtual and small in-person events. 

The annual celebration, held each October in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, showcases the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, and special events. Free Fall Baltimore is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Baltimore’s vibrant arts scene. By providing a schedule of mostly virtual programming, Free Fall Baltimore maintains public health and safety while expanding its virtual reach beyond Baltimore City.

BSO announces digital concert series, ‘BSO Sessions’

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David Sheets, Associate Principal Bass. Photo credit: The BSO.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced “BSO Sessions,” a new digital concert series that follows the orchestra and its return to the stage. BSO Sessions will be exclusively available on BSO OffStage, a virtual platform for sharing orchestral performances and content.

Bluegrass Sunset at Star Bright Farm – Saturday, July 25

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Enjoy an evening of bluegrass and beautiful skies with Star Bright Farm. On Saturday, July 25, from 5pm – 9pm, celebrate summer with live music, food and drinks and some great summer gifts at the farm market. Tickets are $15 (12+ and older) and available to purchase by visiting https://www.starbright-farm.com/shop?category=Event+tickets. A perfect midsummer’s night dream!

Stages Music Arts Announces Virtual Concert to Benefit Baltimore Hunger Project

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Music lesson, recording studio and live event production company​ ​Stages Music Arts​ will host a virtual concert to benefit Baltimore Hunger Project​,​ ​which is dedicated to eliminating weekend childhood hunger, on Thursday, June 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert, which is free, will be raising money for Baltimore Hunger Project via GoFundMe.

The concert features some of the Baltimore area’s finest singer-songwriter talent, including hometown hero and nationally touring act ​Cris Jacobs, ​music scene veteran and Stages instructor ​Mitch Treger ​performing with Stages general manager​ Charles Simon​, and the raw, emotive ​Scott Siskind ​of Vinny Vegas. The concert also features Charleston, South Carolina-based one-man band ​Super Reggae Man, ​whose mesmerizing performances have him building songs by looping six live instruments.

The concert will be livestreamed from Stages Music Arts’​ ​Facebook page​.

Faith in the Future – How the Baltimore Concert Opera is Coping with Coronavirus

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Julia Cooke, Artistic and General Director of Baltimore Concert Opera, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We sadly had to fully cancel our final concert opera production of this season, and have postponed two other concerts as well as our major annual fundraising event. However, our staff must continue to work (remotely of course,) maintaining operations and focusing on how to navigate through this unprecedented time as a performing arts organization.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Absolutely — we want to stay connected to our wonderful community while our live productions are temporarily paused. We are digging into our audio archives to create “BCO Moments of Beauty” from several past productions, all with the blessing of the wonderful artists who performed those moments. We are sharing this series of clips via our social media channels, and as a collection on our website which will be added to weekly at http://www.baltimoreconcertopera.com/bco-blog

BALTIMORE CHAMBER JAZZ SOCIETY HOSTS GRAMMY NOMINATED JAZZ VOCALIST CATHERINE RUSSELL IN CONCERT

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The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society hosts recent Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in concert Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 5pm. The concert will take place at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Enjoy an evening of jazz and purchase your tickets today. For more information, please visit baltimorechamberjazz.org.

With her recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Alone Together, Russell solidifies her reputation as one of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. She is a rare talent, a genuine jazz and blues vocalist who can sing virtually anything. Her repertoire features gems from the 1920s through the present—vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor.

According to JazzWeek, which announced Russell’s recent album was #1 on its 2019 Year End Jazz Chart, “Alone Together offers a welcome reminder that there’s no one else in jazz doing what [Catherine] does, and that the scene would be immeasurably poorer without her.”

VOCES8 Performs Holiday Program at Church of the Redeemer this Friday – 12/6

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Purchase your tickets TODAY for an unforgettable holiday performance from VOCES8 this Friday, December 6. This world-renowned vocal ensemble will perform a breathtaking program in the resonant setting of the Church of the Redeemers’ nave. The program will begin at 7:30pm. Following the concert, join Church of the Redeemer in the Parish Hall for a reception and chance to meet the artists. Tickets are $30 and $25 for students with valid ID. Click here to purchase tickets.

Embrace the Season with a Holiday Program from World-Renowned Vocal Ensemble VOCES8

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Take a night to embrace the holiday season on Friday, December 6, with the world-renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8 at Church of the Redeemer. Set in the beautiful nave of the church, enjoy a lovely holiday program from this London-based a capella group. The program will begin at 7:30pm. Following the concert, join Church of the Redeemer in the Parish Hall for a reception and chance to meet the artists. Tickets are $30 and $25 for students with valid ID. Click here to purchase tickets.

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