More Than Tuxedoed Musicians: An interview with conductor Nicholas Hersh

In movies, symphony conductors are portrayed as unsmiling, intense men in coattails that lead a stuffy – but beautiful – musical performance by unsmiling, intense musicians. Nicholas Hersh may have intensity, but he’s anything but unsmiling or stuffy. In his role as associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hersh has worked hard to help breakdown the stereotype of symphonies and cultivate a unique musical experience for listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Hersh began his musical career as a cellist, an instrument he still plays. “I picked up the cello and brought it to my parents. My parents had […]

Out and Proud Country Singer: Chase Sansing

Putting queer in Country The opening line of country singer Chase Sansing’s song, “Begins with You” starts with, “In a world where you can be just about anything, be yourself.” The Pride anthem, that celebrates both the LGBTQ community as well as the freedom of individuality, has recently garnered a lot of attention. Also receiving an equal amount of attention is Sansing, the handsome 24-year-old openly gay country singer, who has touched the hearts of many with his soulful voice and insightful music. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the humble musician about his coming-out process, his music, and his goals […]

More than Movie Music at Baltimore Symphony

  IMAX is garbage compared to watching a movie at the symphony. A bold (but completely true) statement. There is nothing like watching your favorite characters up on the screen and hearing the score being performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recently, the BSO and the University of Maryland Choir performed while Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban played on the big screen. The experience was mesmerizing. To the delight of his audience, guest conductor Justin Freer began the evening calling out to each individual house and encouraged attendees to interact with the movie. This is a common […]

From Vienna to Broadway: a Night at the BSO

  “Making music with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and for the audiences of the BSO is two hours of pure joy for me,” says principal pops conductor Jack Everly. On March 8th through 11th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore, Everly and the BSO will perform a tribute to the operetta with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Broadway singers Ted Keegan, Ben Crawford, and Kristin Plumley. Everly says it will be “a musically lavish and melodic evening.” Soloist Ben Crawford is excited to be back at the BSO. “Quite simply […]

Young Frankenstein Brings Hair-Raising Laughs to Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Young Frankenstein, the musical based on the hilarious 1974 horror comedy from the comedic wit of Mel Brooks, electrifies Toby’s Dinner Theatre this month. Running from January 11th to March 11th the musical reimagining of the Frankenstein legend follows young Dr. Frankenstein and Igor as they attempt to create a monster, but not without scary and hilarious complications.

BSO ‘Carnival of the Animals’

Timpani solos. Hip hop narration. These are two phrases that do not fit into the common perception of “classical” music. Most people think of strings and operatic singing. In the start of the second half of their 2017-2018 season, Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra aim to alter that perception with their performances of Philip Glass’s “Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists” and Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals” on January 11th and 14th.