Today, Midday on Music: conversations with musicians across musical genres, to see how they are faring in a world where to gather in a large group is to put your life at risk. Instead, artists and arts organizations are adapting to an online-only world.
Later in the show, Tom speaks with three pianists with local roots whose work has taken them to venues around the world: Classical pianist Lura Johnson, composer, producer and pianist Wendel Patrick and virtuoso jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut.
We begin with a look at Maryland’s largest arts organization, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO’s performances, of course, have been put on hold -- except its online offerings. Brian Prechtl is a percussionist with the BSO, and the head of the Players Committee. Peter Kjome is the orchestra’s president and CEO. They join Tom on Zoom, like all our guests today.
During the show, we mentioned the following happenings by local performers and arts organizations, all of which are reaching audiences from a distance:
Cyrus Chestnut is appearing at Keystone Korner tonight through Sunday -- and helping NEA Jazz Master Todd Barkan celebrate his 74th birthday. The onsite concert is sold out. Virtual tickets are still available.
Sidewalk Serenades from Creative Alliance: Have a short performance delivered to your sidewalk, or send one to a friend.
Craig Alston and Friends Birthday Celebration: Streaming live from An Die Musik tonight at 7 pm!
Ken and Brad Kolodner and Friends: Streaming live this Saturday at 8 pm, part of the Creative Alliance’s Virtual Front Row series of concerts.
The Social Isolation Song Series by Baltimore-based Dan and Claudia Zanes. For more than 150 days, they have posted a daily song. Here’s their adaptation of “Which Side are You On?"