Tchaikovsky wrestles with eternal themes of love and fate in his Shakespearean tone painting. All the romance and grandeur that Rachmaninoff piled into his glorious Third Piano Concerto emerge with stunning clarity and authenticity in a performance by Olga Kern, the Russian pianist with family ties to Rachmaninoff and the winner at 17 of the prestigious Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition.
The colorful, varied creative voice of composer-pianist and UMBC faculty member Daniel Pesca is explored in this program of solo and chamber works. The event features the world premiere of Pesca’s Feldman Sonnets, a song cycle setting texts by acclaimed poet Irving Feldman.
Camille Saint-Saëns and Giovanni Gabrieli, two dynamic composers, are separated in time by over two hundred years. Both straddled two distinct musical eras that marked both of their prodigious outpourings. Saint-Saëns, a child music prodigy, was a great admirer of the modern music of his day. His orchestral works pay much homage to the giants that came before him including Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. He composed his Symphony No. 3—a majestic showstopper, popularly known as the “Organ Symphony”—in 1886 at the artistic peak of his career. It would be his last symphony.
On Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30pm, the Spire Series will proudly present “From Elegance to Extravagance,” a classic music concert featuring Jessica Tong on violin and Michael Sheppard on piano. Tong and Sheppard share a rare, singular vision in their approach to music-making and have presented adventurous programs that integrate both well-loved and lesser-known masterpieces for violin and piano. This performance will feature:
You can always count on the superstar violinist Joshua Bell to perform Mendelssohn’s deeply poetic concerto with “huge tenderness, rendering the audience to jelly” (Bachtrack). The young Russian conductor Anna Rakitina navigates the mysteries and charms of Elgar’s titillating Enigma Variations, and she introduces one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music: the Pulitzer prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, who weaves the intimate tones of three wordless sopranos into a score that reflects on women’s suffrage.
Rock from the Heart brings its annual benefit concert to The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD in 2023!
This annual benefit concert and VIP reception will raise money and awareness for aortic health while spending the night rocking with one of America's legendary hit makers, NIGHT RANGER
Known for their passion, precision, and tireless quest for perfection, the Jerusalem Quartet is a regular and beloved guest on the world’s great concert stages. In their Candlelight-exclusive program, “Music Under Tyranny,” this world-class ensemble will perform works by Prokofiev, Bartók, and Shostakovich, while exploring the power of music to shine hope and heart into the darkest corners of the human experience. This program will also be narrated by WBJC-FM Program Director, Jonathan Palevsky.