Baltimore Symphony musicians, performing for free at subway station during lockout

Posted on: July 31, 2019

“Despite an ongoing lockout, the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have continued organizing concerts for the public,” writes Elizabaeth Nonemaker in Sunday’s (7/28) Baltimore Sun. “Their latest effort is dubbed the Baltimore Symphony Musicians Summer Subway Series, inspired by a report that subway riders are reluctant to take advantage of a piano intended for public use in the Charles Center subway station…. The piano has been in the station since January [as part of] a program called ‘Music in Transit.’ … Musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra were originally slated to give a public summertime performance as part of Artscape; that performance was canceled, along with the rest of the summer season, in May of this year…. BSO musicians will give performances starting at 4:15 p.m. the week of July 29. Monday, Wednesday and Friday will feature a different family of instruments: woodwinds, strings and brass respectively…. The concerts … allow BSO musicians to keep performing—albeit without a paycheck.” Said BSO oboist Michael Lisicky, “If [our performances] get people to listen to live music for a moment, then a nice mission is accomplished. And it keeps music alive for us during this unusual time.”

Posted July 31, 2019