Baltimore music artists that will be featured at the Opera on the Avenue festival Saturday. Image courtesy of Opera Baltimore.

Opera Baltimore will bring musical performances out into the community Saturday with their “Opera on the Avenue” festival and concert.

The opera company is hosting the free festival with the Arch Social Community Network, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Black Arts District, and the No Boundaries Youth Organizers.

Live performances, food, local vendors, and kids activities will take place on Cumberland Street and at the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library on Oct. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The free event will feature an exhibit of distinguished Baltimore music legends, “one large moving museum that will take place in different areas of the library and will also contain a performance aspect,” said Opera Baltimore Patron Services Manager Scott Nunn.  “Singer Victoria Davis will perform in the actual exhibit before people walk in and Adrian Dandridge will perform as people exit.”

The moving museum will pay tribute to singer Billie Holiday, who grew up in Baltimore and who has a memorial statue at the corner of Lafayette and Pennsylvania avenues; Morgan State College graduate Cab Calloway; renowned Baltimore-born soprano Anne Wiggins Brown; Eubie Blake, who has a cultural center named after her in West Baltimore; and many others.

A connected exhibit made by the No Boundaries Youth Organizers will feature more contemporary local legends.

“Over the next six months the moving museum will travel (without the performance element) to six different Pratt library branches,” Nunn said.

The day of musical celebration will also feature live performances by Kendrick “Dj 5Starr” Tilghman, international spoken word artist Lady Brion, pianist Ka Nyoung Yoo, and more.

A ticketed concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Saturday at University Baptist Church in Charles Village with a performance designed by Emmy-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich. Danrich will use opera, spoken word poetry, and dance to celebrate the music legacy of Old West Baltimore and Baltimore-born opera singer Anne Wiggins Brown, who originated the role of Bess in George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.”

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