Virtual offerings: National Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, “dwb (driving while black)” chamber opera, and more

Posted on: October 20, 2020

“What’s an orchestra to do when a global pandemic levels the whole season? Do it anyway,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Wednesday’s (10/14) Washington Post. “The National Philharmonic announced it would forge ahead with an entirely free, entirely virtual, 15-concert season, streaming every other Sunday at 2 p.m., starting Oct. 25. The biweekly programs will toggle between orchestral concerts held at Strathmore and led by music director and conductor Piotr Gajewski and chamber recitals staged at AMP by Strathmore, led by newly appointed concertmaster Laura Colgate…. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra adds to its already ample ‘BSO OffStage’ digital stage with ‘BSO Sessions,’ a new weekly pay-per-view concert series…. Forthcoming episodes will feature the work of violinist, composer and educator Jessie Montgomery … unpack a trio of ‘hidden treasures’ by Florence Price, Irving Fine and Dmitri Shostakovich … and explore works by Caroline Shaw, Bryce Dessner and Michael Abels. New York’s Baruch Performing Arts Center and Opera Omaha pair up to present the virtual premiere of ‘dwb (driving while black),’ a new chamber opera in the form of a searing 50-minute sung drama, performed by soprano (and librettist) Roberta Gumbel, composed by Susan Kander.”