Mozart Requiem Reframed

In Mozart Requiem Reframed, we premiere a commission by Morgan State University alumna Jasmine Barnes. The work pulls inspiration from the Mozart Requiem to reflect on Baltimore today with texts by Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. We also premiere Music Director Anthony Blake Clark’s new edition of the Mozart Requiem, joined by The Carter Legacy Singers. This concert will be recorded for a new commercial album, our first in more than a decade. Repertoire Overture to The Magic Flute – W.A. Mozart Commissioned Work – Jasmine Barnes Requiem, K. 626 – W.A. Mozart Artists Anthony Blake Clark, music director The Carter Legacy Singers, […]

Christmas with Choral Arts

Holiday choral favorites continue a 38-year tradition with Christmas with Choral Arts, broadcasted by WMAR-TV, WYPR Radio and WBJC Radio. This year, we return to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen for this special holiday performance featuring a brass ensemble. Artists Anthony Blake Clark, music director Leo Wanenchak, organ Baltimore’s Best Brass Sponsored by Important COVID-19 Notice We at Baltimore Choral Arts work to prioritize the safety of our singers, staff, and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of everyone this season, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to attend performances. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test […]

Rejoice & Sing!

Rejoice & Sing! features uplifting and inspiring choral works while celebrating two women composers. Highlights include our commission of This is Our House by Alysia Lee, supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), and a performance using both organs in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. This is the 24th Annual Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Concert Repertoire I Was Glad – Hubert Parry Rejoice in the Lamb – Benjamin Britten Messe solennelle – Louis Vierne This is Our House, commissioned by Baltimore Choral Arts – Alysia Lee Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight – Florence Price Artists Alysia Lee, guest conductor Leo Wanenchak and Jordan Prescott, organ Important […]

Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs

Season finale! Gospel music on a grand scale with two sensational choirs. Each possessing more than a quarter-century of D.C. musical history, Washington Performing Arts’ two namesake choirs—the Men and Women of the Gospel and the Children of the Gospel—take the stage together in an evening of inspiration and jubilation. Fixtures of the regional gospel scene, the “MWCOTG” have performed in prestigious settings from the National Cathedral and Kennedy Center to White House state dinners and the National Cherry Blossom Parade. Their joint Strathmore concert is sure to be an occasion for celebration and a festive finale to our 2019/20 […]

Baltimore Choral Arts Presents Mozart Requiem

Baltimore Choral Arts Presents Mozart Requiem Nola Richardson, soprano Katelyn Jackman, mezzo-soprano Steven Soph, tenor Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone Philip Munds, horn The Baltimore Choral Arts Orchestra Baltimore Choral Arts’ season concludes with Mozart’s final creative masterpiece, his Requiem. Britten’s Serenade pairs six poems exploring the calm and sinister moods of night. Wolfgang A. Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K. (412+514)/386b Benjamin Britten – Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 Mozart – Requiem in D minor, K. 626   There will be a pre-concert Choral Conversation inside Shriver Hall Auditorium at 2 pm. This concert is assigned seating. Please refer […]

Emanuel Ax, piano

“Strong on bravura, ravishing in finesse, and flinging himself into the work with glee” – The Guardian Emanuel Ax—the beloved American pianist who has been a fixture of the piano world since his 1974 win at the first Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition—is no stranger to Washington Performing Arts audiences, having appeared in recent years in collaborative performances with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and others. He returns this season for his first solo Washington Performing Arts recital in ten years, performing an all-Beethoven program showcasing his “thoughtful, lyrical, lustrous” playing (Washington Post). This performance is made possible through […]

Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Baltimore Concert Opera

BCO ventures farther back in time than ever before to close our 11th season, with Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643 dramatic opera about love and death in ancient Rome, as the gods of Fortune, Virtue, and Love struggle for influence over mortals.  Emperor Nero has chosen the beautiful Poppea over his wife Ottavia, sparking multiple conspiracies among his inner circle. Ottavia convinces Ottone, who loves Poppea himself, to murder Poppea, and the kind-hearted Drusilla, who loves Ottone, helps him and then takes the fall for the crime.  The ill-fated attempt ends badly for all involved except for Poppea, who is crowned Empress […]

Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Baltimore Concert Opera

BCO ventures farther back in time than ever before to close our 11th season, with Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643 dramatic opera about love and death in ancient Rome, as the gods of Fortune, Virtue, and Love struggle for influence over mortals.  Emperor Nero has chosen the beautiful Poppea over his wife Ottavia, sparking multiple conspiracies among his inner circle. Ottavia convinces Ottone, who loves Poppea himself, to murder Poppea, and the kind-hearted Drusilla, who loves Ottone, helps him and then takes the fall for the crime.  The ill-fated attempt ends badly for all involved except for Poppea, who is crowned Empress […]

Murray Perahia, piano

“His sound can be pure gold, and he voices chords with a clarity that you have to hear to believe.” – The Washington Post In the more than 40 years he has been performing, pianist Murray Perahia has left audiences around the world breathless. Recognized worldwide as a musician of rare musical sensitivity, the Grammy Award-winner has been dubbed “one of the piano’s most lyrical contemporary poets” by the Times (London). Program to be announced This performance is made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations around the World

To mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday year, composers from conflict zones around the world were commissioned by Israeli American pianist Yael Weiss to create new works connected to the German composer’s thirty-two piano sonatas. For this concert, Weiss performs new compositions by Syrian native Malek Jandali, Turkish composer Aslihan Keçebasoglu, Afghan composer Milad Yousufi, Aida Shirazi, who was born in Tehran, Sidney Marquez Boquiren of the Philippines, and Bongani Ndodana-Breen from South Africa. Interspersed with these new works are selected movements from the Beethoven sonatas that inspired them, including his complete Sonata no. 28. In addition to responding to a particular […]