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Oct. 31 2019

First Impression: November is apparently New Music Month

By John Scherch | Posted in First Impression, Host Blogs, New Music | No Comments

Man, is there a lot going on this month. I’m sure not complaining. Let’s get to it!

OCCASIONAL SYMPHONY HALLOWEEN SHOW

This is tonight at 7:30, which is why I’m posting it a day early (and you may bump into some WBJC folks there!); Occasional Symphony presents a live scoring of the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, featuring classical favorites, commissions from 2012 by James Young and Scott Lee, and world premieres composed by Joshua Bornfield, Stephen Edwards, and Haley Olson. Tickets are here, and the show is at 2640 Space in Charles Village.

VISUAL SOUNDS WITH PIQUE COLLECTIVE

Pique Collective presents VISUAL SOUNDS at Union Collective tomorrow night (November 1)! The musicians will interpret a variety of graphic scores and make use of various visual elements which will yield surprising sonic results. Doors open at 7pm and music begins at 8pm.

NOW HEAR THIS

Peabody‘s new music ensemble Now Hear This presents a program of works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Felipe Lara, Alejandro Viñao, and Steven Mackey. The show is at Peabody in Griswold Hall on November 1 at 7:30.

CEASE AND DESIST ACT II

Afro House presents Act II of artistic director Scott Patterson‘s Afrofuturistic opera-ballet Cease and Desist as part of Light City, at the Literary Salon at the IMET Center, 701 E Pratt Street, November 2 at 8 PM.

HIGH ZERO DIFFUSION FESTIVAL

Saturday November 2 at 8:30 PM, High Zero’s DIFFUSION Festival invites you immerse your ears in a soundbath of new synthesis techniques, and then, if you like, hear a talk about the hows and whys of these techniques. The show is at Normal’s Books and Records in Abell, and lots more information can be found at the Facebook event.

OH, BUT MY HEART IS WILD AND MY BONES ARE STEEL

As part of Light City, on November 3 at 2 PM on the CityLit Stage at Pier 5, Pique Collective will provide musical renditions of the works of four women poets in honor of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemoration, and the challenging history of women empowerment, including for women of color.

WENDEL PATRICK AT LIGHT CITY

Hip-hop producer, classical pianist, and Peabody faculty member Wendel Patrick will be performing at Light City on the Brilliant Baltimore Concert Stage at West Shore Park, on November 3 at 5 PM.

OUTCALLS AT LIGHT CITY

Baltimore classical music’s favorite pop band Outcalls (led by sopranos Melissa Wimbish and Britt Olsen-Ecker) are playing Light City, on the Brilliant Baltimore Concert Stage at West Shore Park, on November 3 at 7:30 PM.

VOICES UNHEARD

UMD’s next Voices Unheard concert, featuring works by women composers and composers of color, will be on November 9 at 8 PM. On the program will be the music of Diana Syrse, Jessie Montgomery, Leila Adu, Caroline Ahn, student composer Christen Holmes, and more!

NEW MUSIC AT ST. DAVID’S

As has become expected of the St. David’s Music Series, there is new music to look forward to! Their November Recital and Evensong begins with a piano recital by Lior Willinger, including selections from his recent commissioning project “Active Listening.” The works address issues of justice and injustice, as well as the pursuit and defense of freedoms in a 21st-century context. The recital is followed by a reflective Evensong, led by the Choir of St. David’s. The performance is on November 10 at 4:30 PM.

NEW MUSIC WITH COMMUNITY CONCERTS AT 2ND

Community Concerts at 2nd‘s next Chamber Music by Candlelight performance will be on November 17 at 7:30 PM, and on the program will be works by prominent living composers Osvaldo Golijov and Caroline Shaw, along with works by Canteloube and Mendelssohn.

PEABODY MODERN ORCHESTRA

The Peabody Modern Orchestra‘s next performance will be on November 19 at 7:30 PM and will feature works by Michael Torke, Jeremy Podgursky, and David Dzubay.

IN THE STACKS PART 7

The next In the Stacks concert at the George Peabody Library, now rescheduled to November 20, features mezzo-soprano Taylor Boykins and saxophonist Tyrone Page Jr. performing works by Lori Laitman and Michael Hersch. For one night only, treasures from the library’s collection of tragedies will be on display, including William Shakespeare’s renowned 2nd folio as well as works by Aristotle and Sophocles. Doors open at 6 PM.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Peabody Opera Theatre presents the staged premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice, which was presented in concert last year. Performances are from November 20-23 in Peabody’s Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, conducted by Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles Joseph Young.

WHIRLING WINDS

Music by members of the Baltimore Composers Forum will be performed by Patagonia Winds at St. Matthew Catholic Church, November 24 at 3 PM.

As always, let me know if I’ve missed anything!

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The newest announcer and WBJC's evening and Listener's Choice host, a former heavy metal program director and erstwhile enthusiast, and Peabody graduate in voice and pedagogy, both of which he still practices. Full bio here.

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