Baltimore Symphony to give free outdoor “peace concert” today, in city roiled by protests and unrest

Posted on: April 29, 2015

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced on Tuesday that its musicians would give a ‘free concert in support of our community’ on Wednesday at noon outside its home at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a short drive from some of the city’s worst looting,” writes Michael Cooper in Tuesday’s (4/28) New York Times. “An orchestra official said that a number of the ensemble’s musicians had decided to donate their time to play music outside their hall, feeling the need to respond to the crisis in their hometown. The orchestra is considering other ways in which it can respond in the near future. Marin Alsop, the orchestra’s music director, wrote on Twitter and Facebook earlier on Tuesday that she was ‘heartbroken for our dear city. With so much need alongside so much possibility, I hope we can use any opportunities we get to set an example and inspire others to join us in trying to change the world.’ ” In Tuesday’s (4/28) Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith reports,“Sunday’s long-scheduled performance of Brahms’ ‘German Requiem,’ presented by Bach in Baltimore 4 p.m. at Towson United Methodist Church, will now be given in memory of Freddie Gray,” the man whose death while in police custody generated the protests. “The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance reports that the concert will include ‘a plea for peace and reconciliation.’ ”

Posted April 29, 2015