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When Beethoven Meets A Bass Guitar

Heather Keating

Beethoven's iconic 9th Symphony is standard fare for groups like the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. But, this weekend it enters the repertoire of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society.  It’s not their usual fare. So, if you can imagine the BROS, as they’re known, switching gears to perform Beethoven, imagine the Concert Artists of Baltimore, one of the area’s most established classical music organizations, taking on some of the BROS most celebrated tunes, in arrangements for chorus and orchestra.  It’s all going to happen this weekend at an event called Convergence Maximus, a mash-up of musical styles, and a meeting of the minds of two very different performing organizations.

Our guests this morning lead the artistic team that is putting this all together. Aran Keating is the Artistic Director and one of the founders of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Edward Polochick is the founder and Artistic Director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore.  Zack Branch is the arranger of some of the music you’ll hear this weekend at Convergence Maximus.

Concert Artists will perform music of Tchaikovsky and Bernstein, and the BROS will play selected songs from their vast repertoire, and the two groups will present a new arrangement of parts of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. The two shows are on Friday and Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. at the 2640 Space on St. Paul Street in Charles Village.

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