The Gordon Center, also known as the Peggy and Yale Gordon Center for Performing Arts, is a professional, state-of-the-art entertainment venue that showcases amazing and eclectic performances. Located on the campus of the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, the Gordon is the premier performing arts center in Baltimore County. This season features local, national, and international touring artists in music, dance, comedy, lectures, family shows, and films. Senior Artistic Director, Alyson Bonavoglia, recently sat down for a Q&A with Baltimore OUTloud to discuss upcoming performances.
Frankie Kujawa: In your own words, what can audiences expect from this 2018-19 season at the Gordon Center?
Alyson Bonavoglia: The Gordon has a very exciting line-up for Baltimore OUTloud readers this year! We’ve expanded our rock, bluegrass, and folk offerings and are welcoming internationally-renown musical acts such as Graham Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Hot Tuna, Los Lobos, and 10,000 Maniacs to the Gordon stage. Many of our Gordon fans’ favorite performers will also be returning in 2018-19, such as the Laurie Berkner Band and the touring acoustic show International Guitar Night. Our dynamic Family series includes a musical play for young children based on the popular “Biscuit” books, the mind-boggling Cirque-tacular, and the ever-popular Story Pirates. Dance fans and newbies will love Koresh Dance, Snow White by Ballet Theatre of Maryland, and flamenco, direct from Spain!
What goes into planning for a season like this?
As the only community-based performing arts center in Baltimore, we take seriously our mission to present an array of art genres that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Over the last 23 years, the Gordon has evolved into a gathering place for an engaging, dynamic mix of events, including music concerts, dance performances, family shows, film, comedy, theatre, and literary events. We are locally regarded for our “Best in Baltimore” acoustics, so we like to show that off and bring out performers who want to take full advantage of our cutting-edge sound system. We are always looking for unique, high-quality art that brings parts of the world to our audiences.
What makes the Gordon Center a unique venue for audiences?
Our house is an intimate, comfortable, handicap-accessible, state-of-the-art 550-seat venue. There really is not a bad seat in the house. We seek to build long-term relationships with our patrons, so customer service is a priority. The Gordon often offers more than just the event on your ticket. Our patrons enjoy live music in the lobby and a stroll through our visual art gallery with their pre-show beverages. Plus, we have free parking in well-lit spaces.
To learn more about performances and buy tickets, visit Gordoncenter.com.
- Since 2011, arts writer Frankie Kujawa has covered a wide scope of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews. From the late Carrie Fisher and LGBTQ icon George Takei to comedians Lily Tomlin and Kathy Griffin to performer Idina Menzel, Kujawa’s candid interview ability brings readers past the byline and into the heart of the story. His unbiased previews of Baltimore-Washington’s theatre scene have allowed readers an inside glimpse of today’s most popular local and national performances. A Baltimore-native, Kujawa is proud to call Charm City his home.