Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Baltimore Concert Opera

Gaetano Donizetti was particularly entranced with the Tudor period of English history, and its queens in particular.  Anna Bolena, about King Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn, was the first opera in the series referred to as “the Three Donizetti Queens.”  A powerhouse soprano role, Anna stands at the center of a whirlwind of intrigue, infidelity, and torture. She is betrayed by the King’s appetites and the machinations of the men around her, and the opera documents Anna’s inevitable progression to the Tower of London and her ultimate execution in true bel canto style. Join us for a free pre-performance […]

Baltimore Choral Arts Presents Monteverdi Vespers

Baltimore Choral Arts Presents Monteverdi Vespers Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody’s Baroque Orchestra – Dr. John Moran and Risa Browder, co-directors Peabody Renaissance Ensemble – Mark Cudek, director Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble – Michael Holmes, director Maryland Institute College of Art – James Rouvelle, project director Composed for St. Mark‘s Basilica in Venice, Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers is the most ambitious and spectacular composition written before Bach. In Baltimore Choral Arts’ second collaboration with MICA, Professor James Rouvelle and Lili Maya will add multi-sensory images to further illuminate this grand and expressive masterpiece. Claudio Monteverdi – Vespro della Beata Vergine   There will […]

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at Baltimore Concert Opera

Gaetano Donizetti was particularly entranced with the Tudor period of English history, and its queens in particular.  Anna Bolena, about King Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn, was the first opera in the series referred to as “the Three Donizetti Queens.”  A powerhouse soprano role, Anna stands at the center of a whirlwind of intrigue, infidelity, and torture. She is betrayed by the King’s appetites and the machinations of the men around her, and the opera documents Anna’s inevitable progression to the Tower of London and her ultimate execution in true bel canto style. Join us for a free pre-performance […]

Budapest Festival Orchestra

“Thought-provoking and exhilaratingly enjoyable” – The Guardian (five-star review) Returning to Washington under the baton of former NSO principal conductor Iván Fischer, known to D.C. audiences as “a meticulous musician [with] an anarchic disdain for decorum” (New Yorker), the Budapest Festival Orchestra presents a novel program that pairs mainstays of the Mahler and Dvořák catalogues with underexposed works by the two late-Romantic composers. The “expressive colours” (BBC Music Magazine) of German contralto Gerhild Romberger bring to life the powerful emotions of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; and the Dallas […]

An Evening with Crack the Sky

Crack the Sky have an impressive prog rock résumé. The group spent the ’70s touring with everyone from Frank Zappa to ELO, and their eponymous debut album was named Rolling Stone’s Debut Album of the Year in 1975. Since then, the band has been a fixture of the Baltimore music scene and has continued to put on stellar live shows punctuated by quirky rhythms and lyrics that highlight singer-mastermind John Palumbo’s satirical worldview. A pair of Crack the Sky records have just been released: Crackology, a collection of rerecorded versions of the band’s cult classic tracks, and Living In Reverse, an album containing 12 […]

Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera: Velvety Voices and Cozy Cocktails

Baltimore Concert Opera continues its popular performance series this season, Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera. Top-flight professional opera singers will perform operatic highlights paired with cocktails that have been specially crafted to go with the music. The events will be casual, relaxed evenings in our beautiful, inviting atmosphere in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club in the heart of Mount Vernon.  This event sold out last season, so be sure to get your tickets early! Doors open at 7:30pm for the 8pm event. All music is sung in original languages with projected English translations. Tickets available at https://tinyurl.com/y35cs9eu. Many thanks to […]

Midori, violin and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Two of today’s most celebrated artists unite for a celebration 250 years in the making.   Violin superstar Midori and “master colorist and . . . great communicator” (Seattle Times) Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for their first Washington Performing Arts appearances in more than a decade to commemorate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year. Anchored by the exhilarating “Kreutzer,” which, in the Washington Post’s words, “[has drawn] more out of Midori than mere virtuosity,” the all-Beethoven recital promises to reveal how even mainstays of the canon can reveal fresh nuances and kindle powerful emotions in the hands of two master performers. This performance is […]

Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge

Baltimore Choral Arts presents Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas novella, A Christmas Carol, gets reimagined as a Baltimore children’s tale with the chorus setting a festive mood for kids and adults alike.   *PLEASE NOTE: Christmas for Kids has been MOVED to the new venue of Alumni Auditorium at Gilman School on SUNDAY, December 15 at 3 pm. This concert is general admission. For accessibility needs, please call the box office at 410-523-7070 ext 301.

Dave Koz & Friends: Christmas Tour 2019

Since launching his annual Christmas tour more than two decades ago, acclaimed smooth jazz saxophonist Koz has become a staple of the holiday season for fans around the country. This year, Koz and special guests bring the cheer like never before, performing fresh renditions of Christmas classics as well as a Hanukkah medley and hits from his catalog. Every ticket for this show includes a digital download of forthcoming music from Dave Koz. Ticketholders will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album the day after the concert.

The Sweetback Sisters

The Sweetback Sisters are decking the halls with their modern take on the golden age of country. This wildly popular show delivers a veritable explosion of yuletide splendor, complete with trivia, prizes, and, of course, all the holiday tunes you know and love. Year-round, The Sweetback Sisters and their band of brothers wow audiences with their family-style harmonies and blazing instrumentals. For this show, the Queens of Christmastime put their signature twist on holiday classics and hidden gems that are sure to get even your scroogiest uncle in a festive spirit. Songbooks and plenty of warm fuzzy feelings provided.