Sunday, November 27, 2016



A Gentle Beginning: Christmas With The Bridge Ensemble

We hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend! While it might seem cliché, Christmastime is fast approaching, and our first performance of the December season will be in just two (2!) weeks. We can't wait to see you all there.

Today we are excited to share with you that we will be giving the North American Premiere of Richard Causton's The Flight at these concerts, which was commissioned last year for the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King's College, Cambridge. This is a tremendous honor, and we are very excited to share this magnificent work with you.

December Performances:

  • Sunday Dec. 11: 7:30pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Towson
    1401 Carrollton Ave., free parking in a private lot
  • Wednesday Dec. 21: 6:30pm at Saint John's in the Village Church, Baltimore
    3009 Greenmount Ave., free parking in a gated private lot
  • Friday Dec. 30th: David Lang's the little match girl passion
    Epiphany Episcopal Church, Timonium
    Proceeds benefit Neighbor to Neighbor - working to end homelessness in Baltimore.



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Tuesday, November 8, 2016



Tuesday, November 8, 8:00 pm

The Aspen String Trio - David Perry, violin; faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola; and Peabody alumnus Michael Mermagen, violoncello - will perform in the third event of Peabody's Variations on Goldberg series. Alumnus Jonathan Palevsky will serve at the narrator for the performance which includes Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Richard Strauss' Variations on a Bavarian Folk Song, "Das Deandl is haub auf mi," for string trio; and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1. The Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert will be held in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Currently, tickets are unavailable. Please call the Box Office at 667-208-6620 to be added to the waiting list.

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 pm

The first public performance by the Peabody String Sinfonia will take place in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The group, developed with a Dean's Incentive Grant, is a string ensemble whose performances this semester took place in community venues, bringing the beauty of extraordinary music to our neighbors in challenging situations, such as cancer treatment, incarceration, substance abuse recovery, and homelessness. The concert will feature faculty artists Violaine Melançon, violin, and Michael Kannen, cello; music by Peabody composers Ledah Finck and Kevin Puts; and other works for strings by Bach, Barber, Bartok, Bloch, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Pachelbel, and Vivaldi. No tickets are required for this free concert. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable food item to benefit the GEDCO Cares Food Pantry.

Thursday, November 10, 12:00 pm

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall will be presented by the Percussion Department. Jisu Jung, marimba, will perform Leigh Howard Stevens' Rhythmic Caprice. Matthew Stiens will perform Mark Applebaum's Aphasia. Benjamin Mapes, marimba, will perform Roshanne Etezady's Boomslang. Nonoka Mizukami, marimba, and Peter Kibbe, cello, will play Osvaldo Golijov's Mariel. Mark Demull, marimba, will perform two movements from Steven Stucky's Isabelle Dances. Christina Manceor, percussion, will perform excerpts from Kevin Volans' She Who Sleeps with a Small Blanket.

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 pm

The Centre Street Performance Studio provides an intimate setting for the Peabody Jazz Combo Series. The first set will feature the Michael Formanek Group - Troy Long, alto saxophone; Christopher Frick, horn; Julian Brezon, tenor saxophone; Nathaniel McKeever, trumpet; Noah Dion, piano; Gabe Petkaitis, drums; and faculty artist Michael Formanek on bass and directing. The Alex Norris Ensemble - featuring Eric Engler, trumpet; Coco Shih, violin; Julian Brezon, tenor saxophone; Noah Dion, piano; Gabe Petkaitis, drums; and faculty artist Alex Norris on bass and directing, performs the second set. Tickets are currently unavailable. Please call the Box Office at 667-208-6620 to be added to the waiting list.

Friday, November 11, 7:30 pm

Directors Risa Browder and John Moran will lead the Baltimore Baroque Band in a program including "Sperantis gaudia," Suite II in G minor from Florilegium Primum by Georg Muffat; Suite in D minor from Roland: Tragedie mise en Musique by Jean-Baptiste Lully; Ouverture in D major for two flutes, strings, and basso continuo, GWV 418, by Christoph Graupner; and Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4 by Arcangelo Corelli. No tickets are required for this free concert in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Saturday, November 12, 2:00 pm

Peabody harp students will perform at the Central Hall at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, in this monthly concert series. Olivia Castor will play Johann Sebastian Bach's Sinfonia from Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826. Melody Leung will play one movement from Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Harp. Jessica Sudarta will play one movement from Germaine Tailleferre's Sonata per arpa. Luna Chen will play Félix Godefroid's Carnaval de Venice, Op. 184. Erin Baker will play Henriette Renié's Legende. Olivia Kim will play works by Ferenc Farkas, Walter-Kuhne, Byong-Kon Kim, and Maurice Ravel. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, November 12, 3:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will present a show and tell in Leith Symington Griswold Hall followed by vocal and composition workshops. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 13, 3:00 pm

Peabody Preparatory faculty members will be featured in recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Andréa Picard Boecker, violin, and Hsiao-Ying Lin, piano, will perform Robert Schumann's Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105. Robyn Stevens, mezzo-soprano, and Rebecca Orsinsky, piano, will perform Auf Grussien's Hügeln by Pauline Viardot Garcia. Ms. Stevens will be joined by violist Robin Faye Massie-Pighee in Johannes Brahms' Geistliches Wiegenlied (Die ihr schwebet), Op. 91, No. 2. Pianists Hyun Sook Park and Ken Johansen will perform Claude Debussy's Petite Suite, L. 65. Devonna B. Rowe, soprano, and Douglas Heist, piano, will perform Maurice Ravel's Schéhérazade. Alicia Ward, violoncello, and Kimberly Kong, piano, will perform Sergei Prokofiev's Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119. No tickets are required for this free performance. 

Sunday, November 13, 7:00 pm

The Peabody Brass Ensembles, directed by James Olin, will present its Brass Bash featuring The Aeris Quintet, Trombody Peabones, Brassanova, No Strings Attached, Peabody Brass Ensemble, and Peabody Brass Duodectet. The groups will play works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Danny Elfman, Jan Koetsier, John Williams, and more. The event, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall, is free and open to the public.


Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit


Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm; Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm

Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel

Saturday, November 19, 7:30 pm

Peabody Percussion Group

Monday, November 28, 2:30 pm

Dean's Symposium: Blair Tindall

For other events featuring Peabody performers, please visit our Peabody Institute Concerts Facebook page. The full calendar of events at Peabody can be found at

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Join us! This is Clayworks' 20th annual exhibition celebrating the talents and triumphs of our students and expertise of our instructors. CLAY FROM THE CLASSROOM showcases wheel-thrown functional ware, hand-built sculpture and figures created by children and adults in beginner and advanced classes. All work has been created on site in Mt. Washington and at our Community Arts Clay for All! satellite studios. This exhibition also includes ceramic work by our teachers who guide, challenge, inspire and instruct the creative community of Baltimore Clayworks.

Check out our events page for more info on the Closing Reception!

As we make our way through the end of the year, this is a great time to reflect on all the wonderful programming and accomplishments we've seen in our programs. A couple of highlights in each program area include:

  • Artist Residencies: welcomed four new artists to the residency program.
  • Education: offered an array of adult classes and increased our children/family drop-in programs in Mt. Washington + rebuilt the wood kiln!
  • Community Arts: welcomed influential visiting artists over the summer, like Roberto Lugo (pictured above) and continued great work at partner sites.
  • Exhibitions: kick-started the year with a huge hit, Michi, co-curated by our own Yoshi Fujii, and saw local, national and internationally recognized artists throughout the year.
  • The Shop: started a 'Featured Artist' program, which has attributed to an increase in ceramic sales.

There is so much more we are doing and will continue to do in 2017. With your support, Clayworks will continue to sustain and grow it's programming for years to come. Through our giving initiative, "Make, Share, Learn, Shop, CLAY!" we believe everyone has been impacted, can relate to or make a difference - all through the love of clay! Consider making your gift now to support our mission-driven programming and help us reach our end of year goal of $100,000 early. Make your online gift through the Clayworks' website today.



Join us for our annual Winterfest Jazz Preview Party in the galleries! This is a first chance opportunity to see and purchase work from the WINTERFEST 2016 exhibition and the HOLIDAY SHOP, while enjoying food, wine and live jazz music as you mingle and shop. This year, we ask in lieu of a ticket price, you consider making a donation (suggested $15 for members/ $20 for non-members) and bringing a small dish to share as part of a potluck.

To RSVP, make a donation, and find out more information, visit our Events Page


Make sure to check out our full class list online and sign up today. We've just added WINTER SESSIONS, which start in January. This short 4-week session allows for you to try out a beginner course you've always wanted to sign up for, build your skills in an  advanced session, or just get your hands in clay with friends and family during our one-day classes and family programming.



Join the Baltimore Clayworks Board of Trustees for a community meeting. This is an opportunity for our community members to directly address the board with any questions, suggestions and concerns about Clayworks operations, programs and mission. For more information and to RSVP in advance, visit the Events Page.



Join us on the National Day of Giving! As part of #GivingTuesday, and Clayworks' "Make, Share, Learn, Shop, CLAY!" initiative, we will be hosting a happy hour and ornament making workshop in the galleries on Tuesday, November 29 from 6-8PM. This is an opportunity to sip a holiday drink, mingle, paint a clay ornament to take home with you, shop throughout the galleries and find fabulous ceramics in our WINTERFEST 2016 exhibition and HOLIDAY SHOP, while supporting Clayworks! For more information and to RSVP in advance, visit the Events Page.


Join us this November for three great programs!

Human Beatbox Theatre Workshop Series: Movement and Sound 
WHEN: November 8th, 2016, 2pm
WHERE: The Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Rd, Baltimore
COST: $10

Human Beatboxer and teaching artist Max Bent invites you to experience the fantastic range of the human voice and how voices can be used to accompany movement.

The essential question explored is "what can we do with simply our voices and bodies in space?"

Working in the performance space of the Strand Theater, participants will learn Beatboxing techniques and then use those sounds and rhythms to develop short theatrical pieces.

Participants should come ready to use their voices and move their bodies. This workshop is designed for 3rd-8th graders. Families are welcome.

Visit for more on workshop presenter Max Bent.

Strand Theater Company in partnership with the Spotlighters Theatre,
Presents a Staged Reading as part of the Maryland STEM Festival!

Hypatia's Math
by Daniel Helman
Directed by Alice Stanley
WHEN: TWO NIGHTS ONLY!Fri & Sat, Nov 11 & 12, 2016 - at 8:00pm
The Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Rd, Baltimore
This is a staged reading and is a part of script development.
There will be a talk back with the cast and playwright after each performance.

A young woman (Hypatia) in Roman Alexandria develops herself into a gifted geometer, mathematician and teacher, but her world is destroyed by the growing darkness and political strife that emerge. Religious fundamentalism builds steadily in this clash of cultures. Inspiring excerpts from classical works by Porphyry, Plotinus, Aristotle and Plato are woven into the action to further the plot and add to the classical mood, while the events in the play are based closely on extant historical texts. Dance and music, including an Homeric hymn, add to the artistic texture. Hypatia of Alexandria was the most famous woman mathematician of antiquity, and her story is as relevant now as it was in her day.

Get your tickets - PAY WHAT YOU WANT!

by Dominique Cieri
Directed by John Pietrowski

Staged Reading Produced in Partnership with the Writers Theater of New Jersey
WHEN: November 19, 8pm; November 20, 2pm
The Strand Theater, 5426 Harford Rd, Baltimore
Talk back sessions to follow each performance

Synopsis: A young mother’s inexplicable crime is set side-by- side with a forty-two year-old woman who is desperately trying to have her first child, and Margaret Sanger’s crusade for birth control. The play explores the impulses that lead to childbearing, the impossible reproductive choices some women have to make and the very fine lines between them.



The Reviews are in!

Critics are raving about the first show of Season X!

"There are dynamic, distinctive performances...The cast's physical interaction rings as true as the articulation of the words. Emotional flare-ups (the "savage" parts, you could say) are handled with considerable power."
-The Baltimore Sun

"Honing in on the fact that the simplest shift of inflection, the gentlest nudge of tone, or change in delivery can completely upend the meaning of words exchanged between two people...each of the six performers feels as if they are an individual and yet a part of the bigger picture at all times. The emotional clarity with which they deliver the piece— in its fragments and as a whole— is moving beyond compare."-Theatre Bloom

"Throughout the show, the audience connected with moments they saw in themselves and reacted to them. The idea of changing our appearance, our political stance and so much more trying to attract the partner of our dreams? Admit it: been there, done that!"-MD Theatre Guide

Don't miss

For tickets and info click here, or get in touch!
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N Howard Street (entrance on 26th), Baltimore

Join us for one of our tie-in events!

Can't make Single Carrot's usual show times?
Join us for our special 5pm show on Saturday November 19th,
then stick around for a fireside chat with Savage/Love director Jen Spieler!

Fireside Chat with Savage/Love Director Jen Spieler
WHEN: Saturday, November 19th, immediately following the 5pm show

Savage/Love Director Jen Spieler will gather with audience members over some hot apple cider around the Remington Fireplace to talk about the play, the process, and the multiple dimensions of love and relationships.

Or join us this Thursday for a sexy seminar by Sugar:

Keep it Hot: A Post-Show Workshop with Jacq Jones of Sugar
WHEN: Thursday, November 10th, immediately following the 8pm show

Jacq Jones, sex educator and the owner of Baltimore’s favorite adult store, is bringing Sugar’s award-winning education to Single Carrot Theatre for a one-night-only workshop on keeping the fire alive in long-term relationships. Come ask questions and get answers, inspiration, and a fresh perspective on avoiding the ennui of long-term love!


Enoch Pratt Free Library

Raven vs Bengals _BookBowl for _GivingTuesday

Gridiron Giving

#BookBowl #GivingTuesday

Ravens vs. Bengals—Enoch Pratt Free Library vs. Cincinnati Public Library  

The Library that raises the most funds wins the #BookBowl!

Giving Tuesday is coming up—the philanthropic community's response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday encourages individuals to embrace the importance of charitable giving during the holiday season.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, as the Baltimore Ravens prepare to beat the Cincinnati Bengals on the field for Sunday football (Nov 27th), the Pratt Library has challenged the Cincinnati Public Library to a fundraising competition off the field on Giving Tuesday (Nov 29th). 

Get ready to support your home team and community by making an online donation to the Pratt Library between Sunday, November 27th at 1PM and Tuesday, November 29th, at 11:59PM. 

All donations to the Pratt will support free services and programming at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Visit this page to learn more about how to help the Pratt beat Cincinnati and win the #BookBowl! All donations to the Pratt will support free services and programming at the Enoch Pratt Free Library. 

For questions or assistance, please contact us at or 410-396-5283.



Three Days of Bewilderment at the Red Room!

WHEN: November 10th-12th, 2016; All shows at 9:00 pm
The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 E. 31st Street
ADMISSION: $5-10 sliding scale

The X Trio

WHEN: Thursday, November 10th, 9 PM

The Red Room is pleased to present an evening of jazz-influenced free improv by local musicians Steve Olson (drums), Mark Lysher (bass), and Todd Marcus (bass clarinet) expanding the auditory space occupied by the appearance of a jazz trio.

Steve Olson will open the evening with a solo on drums/percussion/objects/recorded sounds.

Kyle Eyre Clyd ( tape release) 

John Jones + Zack Utz

Nicole Mazarakis + Mike Allender

WHEN: Friday, November 11th, 9 PM

Kyle Eyre Clyd is a electronic sound artist based on New Orleans. This will be a tape release for her new Cassette coming out on Ultraviolet Light Records. Additionally we have two amazing local Duo’s on the bill. John Jones ( aka Nerftoss) will be performing with Zack Utz and Nicole Mazarakis with Mike Allender. A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED.

Stanley Schumacher and the Music Now Ensemble featuring Jason Smeltzer

WHEN: Saturday, November 12th, 9 PM

An Instructive Lecture/Musical Performance by Stanley Schumacher, Jason Smeltzer and Professor Musikmacher. Bendy music (trombone and theremin) guaranteed to also bend your brain. Preceding musical invocation by local musicians Shelly Purdy and Bob Wagner. A journey through metaphysical explorations of sound that may just question everything you know about music. Lab coats are not mandatory.