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Revitalizing West Baltimore; Banjo Mass Music; Indie Front Man Author

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  How will the unrest of the last week affect attempts to redevelop West Baltimore? We ask James Hamlin, a small business owner blocks south from the burned out CVS on North Avenue. Hamlin has run his bakery on Pennsylvania Avenue for years in an effort to revitalize the neighborhood. We also talk with the city’s former development chief Jay Brodie what it takes to persuade businesses to invest in the inner city. 

Then – What happens when you insert a banjo into a classical Mass? On Sunday afternoon in Harford County, the Deer Creek Chorale will present the local premiere of a The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass. It’s a mass setting by Carol Barnett, an acclaimed composer from Minneapolis. Choruses sing settings of the Catholic Mass all the time, from the Renaissance right through the current day, composers have set the words to the ordinary of the mass both for liturgical use and as concert pieces. Tom Hall talks to the composer, and to the conductor of a performance this weekend. 

Plus: The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle will be part of tomorrow's CityLit festival at Enoch Pratt’s Central Library, celebrating musicians who also write. Darnielle talks about his new book Wolf In White Van.