Charles Clanton Rogers

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Baltimore OrchKids+Youth Orchestra+Baltimore Symphony Orchestra February 11, 2016

orchids an youth orchestra

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Celebrates its 100th Anniversary [1]

“The centenary salute, conducted by music director Marin Alsop, provided something more American. More youthful, too. Other than a timeline display in the lobby and some references to old days in remarks made from the stage, Thursday night was more about the present and the future.

No reflection on the guest artist — the ever-stellar violinist Joshua Bell — or any other element of the concert, but I have to say that the evening’s biggest kick was the sight of dozens of students from OrchKids and the BSO Youth Orchestra coming down the aisles and walking onto the stage, all the while playing along with the BSO during the closing minutes of Ravel’s ‘Bolero’[1]

The star host, though, turned out to be 13-year-old Keith Fleming, an OrchKids participant who spoke of the program’s benefits, musical and otherwise, in his life.”[1]


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert on its 100th  Anniversary 


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents Music Box Series: Great Big Animals Concerts for Kids
If you are looking for some great family fun for your kids this fall/spring than look no further that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The iconic music venue will be presenting their Music Box Series: Great Big Animals …

The OrcKids Program


“OrchKids is a year-round, during and after school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. Under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the BSO’s efforts to expand their relevance within the broad and diverse Baltimore community. In collaboration with several community partners, including Baltimore City Public Schools, OrchKids provides music education, instruments, academic instruction, meals, as well as performance and mentorship opportunities at no cost. OrchKids is inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, the music program that has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in the country’s most impoverished areas. Currently OrchKids works with five public schools in Baltimore City, serving close to 750 children from Pre-K through the eighth” [2]

Please reBlog in order to promote music education in elementary school education around the World.

quillCharles Clanton Rogers                 February 13, 2016

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,”
Robert Frost
banner image courtesy of Myphoung Nguyen



[2] OrchKids FaceBook page

2 thoughts on “Young People’s Orchestras in Baltimore, Maryland

  1. Your Robert Frost poem choice is just wonderful!

    Venezuela certainly is a wonderful example of the power of music.
    Gustavo Dudamel comes to mind 🎶

    Congratulations to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concert on its 100th Anniversary🎶 and for supporting the OrcKids Program 🎶

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