Music

Thanks to our Music Sponsor, The Adalman-Goodwin Foundation and Hilda Perl Goodwin!

 

Opening Night! October 25, 2014

An Evening with Molly Ringwald 

Saturday, October 25, 2014 • 8:00pm • $40 in advance; $45 at the door • Buy Tickets

Get ready for an evocative evening of sultry singing accompanied by velvet jazz rhythms as Molly Ringwald, America’s sweetheart and teen idol from the 1980’s, opens the Gordon Center’s 2014-15 season with an enchanting cabaret style performance. Ringwald will perform selections from her recent debut CD, “Except Sometimes,” and other favorites, including her rendition of The Breakfast Club classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” Ringwald’s confident vocals backed by an expert jazz trio are a perfect match for the intimacy of the Gordon. This evening is sure to remind you why we all fell in love with Ms. Ringwald during a decade famous for big hair, the launch of MTV, and of course, the infamous and beloved Brat Pack.


 

  USNA Band Brass Quintet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 • 7:30pm • FREE, Reservations Required • Reserve Tickets

The Naval Academy Band’s Brass Quintet formed in 1967 to promote brass chamber music through education and performance, and has since been a highly popular and versatile USNA ensemble. The Brass Quintet regularly lends musical support to Naval Academy functions, in addition to performing concerts and clinics, collaborating with composers in the commissioning of new works, and working on recording projects.The Brass Quintet's résumés include performances at the US Army Band’s Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, the 2012 International Trumpet Guild Conference, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Maryland State Music Teacher’s Association Conference, the Texas Bandmasters’ Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Maryland Trumpet Day, DAR Constitution Hall, Washington College, Shepherd University, James Madison University, the Armed Forces School of Music, and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Over the years, audience members have included U.S. presidents, military leaders, and foreign dignitaries.

 


Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and The Trailblazers – America’s Bluegrass Band Rides Again

Saturday, November 15, 2014 • 8:00pm • $35 in advance; $39 at the door • Buy Tickets

Co-presented with Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival

You’ll hear progressive bluegrass music performed at its highest level when the Grammy-nominated group Hot Rize comes to the Gordon this fall to debut their first album in 24 years! Featuring the amazing talents of Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien, and Bryan Sutton, Hot Rize has been astounding the bluegrass world with their unique, contemporary approach to traditional music since 1978. The band’s powerful original songs, tight-as-a-drum ensemble playing, and dynamic stage show make them stars on the major festival circuit and far beyond.



 

 

Christopher O’Riley – Out Of My Hands

Saturday, December 6, 2014 • 8:00pm • $28 in advance; $32 at the door • Buy Tickets

Sponsored by The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust

Imagine hearing the famous rock tunes of REM, Nirvana and Pink Floyd transformed into contemporary classical masterpieces - this is the musical magic performed by Christopher O’Riley. O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation. Known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture, as the host of the popular NPR music program, From the Top, O’Riley introduces nationwide audiences to the next generation of classical music stars. O’Riley merges his love of music of all genres with his classical training in recordings of the music of Radiohead, Portishead, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, and Elliott Smith. Music lovers will be captivated by the multitude of styles Christopher brings to the stage.


 

 

The Klezmatics with Special Guest Joshua Nelson in Brother Moses Smote the Water

Sunday, January 18, 2015 • 7:00pm • $30 in advance; $34 at the door • Buy Tickets

Celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend with a diverse group of dynamic performers who breathe new life into songs from both Jewish and African-American heritage. The Klezmatics, known for their dynamic re-imagining of Klezmer, join with Joshua Nelson, an African-American Jew known as the “Prince of Kosher Gospel.” Brother Moses Smote the Water is a cross-cultural celebration of freedom songs from the Jewish and African American traditions, illustrating the spiritual common ground of both traditions and weaving a musical story of inspiration and social action. Special guests will be Baltimore’s Bethel AME Church Outreach of Love Gospel Choir. This exciting collaboration will leave you inspired by Dr. King’s vision of a unified community. 


 

 

Winter Chamber Music Series: From Darkness into Light with the Aura Nova Ensemble

Program I: Suppression and Rebirth, Sunday, January 25, 2015 • Buy Tickets
Program II: Exile and Flowering Forth on New Soil, Sunday, February 8, 2015 • Buy Tickets

Both concerts at 2:00pm • $18 in advance; $22 at the door

Sponsored by The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust

Join us for two intimate afternoons of classical music with the Aura Nova Ensemble, led by violinist Mark Singer, with Daniel Weiser, Ina-Esther Joost Ben-Sasson, and Viktor Khodyko. From Darkness into Light traces musical history with performances of 19th century masterworks from Mendelssohn followed by several contemporary American-Jewish composers. The story begins at a dark time when Jews were barred from musical and cultural life in Europe, and continues with the opening of doors to Jewish participation in cultural life at the end of the 18th century. With the Nazi takeover of Germany in 1933, Jewish participation in musical culture came to a standstill. Continental Europe’s loss was Great Britain and America’s gain as many musicians found havens in these two countries, leading to a rebirth of Jewish musical life that continues today.


 

 

International Guitar Night

Saturday, February 7, 2015 • 8:00pm • $28 in advance; $32 at the door • Buy Tickets

Acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transformed his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren't many players in his style that have Jamal's balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements. He has won countless music competitions around the world including placing in the top 3 at Guitar Idol, a worldwide guitar competition held in London, UK. Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique story-telling approach. He has toured all over the world including tours in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Europe and Africa.

 


 

 

Rami Kleinstein

Thursday, March 19, 2015 • 7:30pm • $30 in advance; $34 at the door • Buy Tickets

In Partnership with the Baltimore Israel Coalition

Get ready for an epic evening as Rami Kleinstein weaves his music together with rich anecdotes laced with poignant humor that will give the audience insight into his life and Israeli history. Kleinstein will grace the stage with his beautiful love songs, soothing voice, and delicate piano playing. Often compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, Kleinstein is one of Israel’s most renowned pop stars. Performing hits from his 28 year career, the show will feature a selection of original songs from his enormous personal repertoire as well as songs from his new album, Small Gifts. This will be the triple platinum and gold album award winner’s first appearance in Baltimore. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see one of Israel’s most celebrated performers right in your backyard!

 


 

 

HaZamir Baltimore and HaZamir Ashkelon in Concert

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 • 7:00pm

$15 adults, $5 for ages 18 and under- in advance • $18 adults, $10 for ages 18 and under- at the door • Buy Tickets

HaZamir Baltimore is excited to share the stage with HaZamir Ashkelon! This partnership concert will offer a diverse repertoire featuring the very best of traditional and contemporary Jewish choral music. HaZamir provides Jewish teens from North America and Israel the unique opportunity to learn Jewish choral music, build community, and connect culturally.

 


 

 

Sundays at Three Sinfonia - From Exile to Freedom

Sunday, June 7, 2015 • 3:00pm

$25 in advance for adults; $12 in advance for children and students (with ID ages 18-24) $29 at the door for adults; $14 at the door for children and students (with ID ages 18-24) • Buy Tickets

Co-presented with Sundays at Three • Sponsored by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust 

Don’t miss what is sure to be a moving and inspiring performance in observance of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Celebrate the memory of Bronislaw Huberman, a violinist who put his career on hold to help European Jewish musicians and their families, (almost a thousand people) immigrate to Israel, saving them from near certain death. The critically acclaimed film, Orchestra of Exiles, shown at the 2013 Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, portrays the efforts of internationally renowned violinist Huberman, who founded the Palestine Symphony Orchestra in 1936. Under the direction of Ronald Muchnik, 45 professional musicians will perform the pieces that inspired audiences in Tel Aviv nearly 80 years ago, featuring the music of Rossini, Weber, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Brahms.


 

Open Mic Nights

Second Tuesday each month, Gordon Center Lobby • FREE! No pre-registration required.

Get your music on, or come ready to enjoy a free evening of performances by talented local artists. Many of our evenings feature special appearances by professional singers and musicians. Refreshments available.

Performers Note:
• Sign up at 6:30pm; Show starts at 7:00pm
• PA provided
• Acoustic instruments only