FROM PAST CONCERTS OF THE INAUGURAL SEASON (2018-2019)

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LILY HOLGATE, violinist with the PUCK QUARTET, enjoys giving some violin pointers to a child at the Azure Concert for Families Living with Autism and Similar Challenges on 3/31/19.

"My child had such a wonderful time today!"   From a parent

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The beautiful PUCK QUARTET was joined by violist Maria Lambros for concerts at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (3/30/19) and the Baltimore Station shelter for veterans (3/29/19). The concerts featured works by Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, Mendelssohn and the gorgeous "L'Olam V'ed" from the String Quartet by Michael Alec Rose.

"Thank you. It was most excellent. It is good to be reminded that there are still things in life worth living for."   From a veteran at The Baltimore Station

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MAFALDA SANTOS and SAHUN HONG returned to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and treated the residents to a wonderful program of music by Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, Fernando Lopes Graca and Saint Saens.

"It was so amazing!"   From a cancer patient

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The phenomenal jazz musicians MARK FELDMAN and MICHAEL FORMANEK performed an amazing set program focused on the music of Thelonious Monk for veterans at the Baltimore Station on 2/22/19. They also performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women on the following evening to an enthusiastic standing ovation (2/23/19).

"I didn't know a violin could do that!" exclaimed an audience member.

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MARK FELDMAN and MICHAEL FORMANEK at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation after their marvelous Azure Family Concert for People Living with Autism and Similar Challenges on 2/24/19.

From a parent: "Thank you so much for these concerts! We love them and they are SO IMPORTANT for our children." 

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Thanks to a great deal from BILL'S MUSIC in Catonsville, MD, we now have a violin, viola and cello for children to touch and play during the instrumental "petting zoo" that happens after every Azure concert.

Many thanks to Brian at Bill's Music!

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Residents at THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE enjoyed an intimate and beautiful evening of Schubert and Brahms with Mafalda Santos, cello and SAHUN HONG, piano on 1/24/2019.

"It was such a boost...truly food for our souls. We need THIS kind of treatment as well!"        From a cancer patient

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The marvelous OMER QUARTET brought beautiful Haydn and Brahms, as well as a new piece by Chris Rogerson to veterans at THE BALTIMORE STATION on 1/15/2019.

"They are absolutely amazing!" From a resident

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OUR FIRST WORLD PREMIERE! TRIO JINX premiered Gu Wei's stunning "Varadero" for flute, viola and piano at the Azure Family Concert for People Living with Autism and Similar Challenges on 12/9/18 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The piece was commissioned by Our Joyful Noise especially for this concert.

Pictured, left to right: Gu Wei with TRIO JINX: Ledah Finck, Yoshiaki Horiguchi, Louna Dekker-Vargas

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Patients at THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE donned Santa caps and enjoyed TRIO JINX'S joyous program on 12/10/18.

The trio’s programs (with the exception of Gu Wei’s commissioned piece) were  all performed completely from memory! The trio connected so intimately with the audience both during and after the concert that the residents didn’t want them to leave!

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RESIDENTS JOIN IN THE FUN WITH TRIO JINX AT THE BALTIMORE STATION, a shelter for veterans, on 12/11/18

While warming up at The Baltimore Station, Trio Jinx chatted with two men who told them that they enjoyed improvising. And to everyone’s surprise, the trio invited the men up to improvise with them during one of the pieces. “Absolutely amazing!” was how one man described the concert. When we said, “See you at the next concert in January!” he said, “Do we really have to wait that long for the next one?” Special homemade cookies- all the way from Chevy Chase- were provided by Demetra Lambros.

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THE KANNEN/KNOPP DUO (Seth Knopp, pianist and Michael Kannen, cellist) outside of the MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION FOR WOMEN on 11/17/18

After a beautiful performance of music by Schumann, Beethoven, Messiaen, Faure and Dvorak, several women expressed that they loved the sound of the cello so much that they wanted to learn how to play it!

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THE KANNEN/KNOPP DUO at THE BALTIMORE STATION (Shelter for Veterans) on 11/16/18

The Duo enjoyed a fun and spirited evening with veterans. One of the men described the evening as “total magic.” Michael Kannen considers this venue “one of my favorite places to play-anywhere!”

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THE KANNEN/KNOPP DUO at THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE on 11/14/18

The Duo chose a program of stunningly beautiful music by Beethoven, Messiaen, Fauréand Dvorák. The residents spoke of how the music “transported them to another world” and how uplifting and healing it was. It was a truly beautiful evening.

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THE PEABODY STRING SINFONIA with SHODEKEH, breath artist, performs at an Azure Family Concert for People with Autism and Related Challenges at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation on 10/28/18.

There was a lot of joyous dancing and the children enjoyed "petting" the instruments with the Sinfonia members (pictured: Carrie Jones, violist and one of the Sinfonia directors).

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THE OMER QUARTET played a stunning concert of music by Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven's Grosso Fuge for the women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women on October 13, 2018.

You could hear a pin drop during the many dramatic silences during the Beethoven. And after the concert, a woman in tears said, “That third piece (Beethoven Grosso Fuge) made me cry so badly that I had to leave for a few minutes. I felt my life flashing before my eyes- anger, sadness, joy- everything.” 


The women were so grateful for the fact that the quartet had come to MCIW and thanked them countless times for coming. One woman summed it up beautifully when she said, “Thank you for bringing grace and serenity to our community.”

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THE PEABODY STRING SINFONIA, a wonderful conductorless string ensemble performed an uplifting and eclectic concert for the veterans at The Baltimore Station shelter on Friday, October 12, 2018. They were joined in pieces by Grieg, Bach, Bartok and Judah Adashi by the amazing breath artist, Shodekeh.

The program also included music by Dohnanyi, the Beatles, Otis Redding, Pharell Williams, Carlos Gardel and their signature ending, Amaing Grace. It was an evening filled with joy, fun and curiosity!

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The Peabody String Sinfonia and Shodekeh at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge (a residents for patients undergoing cancer treatment in Baltimore) on October 11, 2018.

This was an evening with many tears and hugs!


From the Hope Lodge:

You have truly outdone yourselves.  Every time you perform at Hope Lodge, your music actually touches our souls. Your beautiful music brought tears to our eyes. Thank you for the beautiful performance and desserts. The attendance may be small, but the appreciation is mighty. Your generosity and support will impact lives in ways you can never imagine. Your dedication has inspired and empowered us all. We certainly hope this will not be your last visit.

FROM THE PRE-SEASON...

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THE VERNON STRING QUARTET, an honors ensemble from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, performed a beautiful program of quartets by Mozart and Dvorak and stunning hymns for solo viola (featuring Bronwyn Kure) and inspirational solo Bach (featuring Michael Newman) at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, a residence for people coming to Baltimore for cancer treatment on May 10th.

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AFRO BLUE, Howard University's premiere jazz ensemble, performed at The Baltimore Station for Veterans Facing Homelessness and Addiction (4/14/18). It was an absolutely phenomenal performance!

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THE OMER QUARTET performed a gorgeous program of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy for an Azure Family Concert for People with Autism and Related Challenges and their Families at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (4/15/18)

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THE PUCK QUARTET performed two heartfelt and uplifting concerts at the Baltimore Station for Veterans Facing Homelessness and Addiction (2/24/18) and an Azure Family Concert for People with Autism and Related Challenges (2/25/18)

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TRIO JINX, the innovative and soulful ensemble based right here in Baltimore, presented a wonderfully engaging Azure concert in the fall (10/15/17) and we are so happy that they will be joining us again for OJN's official first season.

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Azure Family Concert with Trio Jinx

       

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Puck Quartet at the Baltimore Station

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Afro Blue at the Baltimore Station

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Jinsun Hong of the Omer Quartet during the "Instrument Petting Zoo" after an Azure Concert

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Mason Yu, violinist of the Omer Quartet, improvising with a young pianist during an Azure concert

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Michael Newman, cellist of the Vernon Quartet offers solo Bach for cancer patients at the Hope Lodge

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Members of the Vernon Quartet share a laugh with Hope Lodge residents