Although he played three days earlier in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s season-ending performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” at Meyerhoff Hall, Fei Xie, the orchestra’s principal bassoonist, hasn’t entirely, so to speak, left the building. This late-June morning, he sits in the Meyerhoff’s lobby, fresh from giving a lesson to a 72-year-old …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Museum Director Chris Bedford has lived all over the world. Here's why he's so excited to be in Baltimore.
“To me, Baltimore is a collision of East Coast and Southern sensibilities, producing a culture that I have never experienced anywhere else—and it’s fascinating,” confides Chris Bedford by phone from Boston. This statement is surprising considering that the future director of the Baltimore Museum of Art has spent his 39 …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Melodist Musician Hanna Olivegren on the leap of faith that led her to Baltimore.
Hanna Olivegren, 2015 For international art transplant Hanna Olivegren, the journey to Baltimore began with a melody in her head. The 28-year-old musician was volunteering at a music festival near Stockholm when she met Baltimore-based artist Asa Osborne. “I really liked his energy, and I wanted to hear his music,” …Read More »
Art Transplant: The Performance Poet Southern-born Sharea Harris raises her voice for change in Baltimore.
Sharea Harris, 2012 “The amount of black artists in Baltimore is fucking fantastic,” says Sharea Harris, 29, a poet and recent graduate of the University of Baltimore’s MFA program in creative writing and publishing arts. “It’s amazing. And I feel very lucky to be part of that, to know that …Read More »
Linda Franklin likes old Industrial Era cities. When, in 1993, she decided to move from New York, where she’d lived as an artist for nearly 25 years, to be closer to her Charlottesville-based parents, her choices were Richmond, Philadelphia and Baltimore. She chose Baltimore because of its eccentric reputation. “I …Read More »
Going Public Two artists bring the private lives of the LGBTQ community to light—and prove they’re just as boring as everyone else. Here’s why that’s a good thing.
“The truth of the matter is, a lot of us are living very mundane, familiar lives,” Rahne Alexander says, her hands wrapped around an Americano at Station North’s BAMF Cafe. “My life is just my life, but I see every moment of it as a potential for activism. I call …Read More »
Classically Hip? As the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra marks their milestone 100th this year, they aim to reach a broader audience through newer music and fresh ideas.
Packed with refined revelers celebrating beneath a canopy of gold balloons, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall fairly glittered this past February. The attendees, however, had not gathered for merely another performance of works by Beethoven or Brahms or Dvorák by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. They had gathered, rather, to commemorate the BSO’s …Read More »
This past April, two weeks before Maryland’s primary election, and, not incidentally, before the one-year anniversary of the explosive civic unrest that rocked Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody, Catherine Pugh and other Democratic candidates running for mayor participated in a …Read More »
In the late summer of 2002, my boyfriend at the time helped me move by U-Haul truck from Los Angeles to Baltimore, where I was to enroll in the one-year M.A. program in fiction writing at Johns Hopkins within a couple of weeks (at which point he’d again be safely …Read More »
Micah Moon looks like he’s just walked off a movie set, or perhaps time traveled to 2016 from the early 1970s. Though unconventional, his look is incredibly put together—something he attributes to his “terrible driving need” to look his best every moment of the day. “I always say that you …Read More »