Baltimore, where classical meets heavy metal

Posted on: November 6, 2014

“Two musical worlds will collide this weekend,” writes Tim Smith in Tuesday’s (11/4) Baltimore Sun. “Concert Artists of Baltimore, a valued contributor to the area’s classical scene for 28 years, will team up with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society for a program billed as ‘Convergence Maximus.’ It could also be called (to borrow the inevitable line from Chuck Berry): ‘Roll over Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news.’ Works by both of those classical music giants will be featured in this event at 2640 Space, along with songs from … shows created over the past seven years by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society—popularly known as BROS.… ‘We’re opening and closing the program with arrangements of movements from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a piece that shows how Beethoven felt about humankind and brotherhood,’ says conductor Edward Polochick, artistic director of Concert Artists, which consists of a professional orchestra and chorus.… Those excerpts from Beethoven’s Ninth have been freshly arranged to bring electric guitars from BROS players into the mix. On the flip side, some works by BROS have been given an orchestral makeover for the concert.… ‘We will be thinking outside the box from now on,’ Polochick says.”

Posted November 6, 2014