2015-16 Performances Coming Soon!

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



Open Mic Nights

Second Tuesday each month, Morstein Performa • 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 



An Evening with Molly Ringwald 

October 25, 2014

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. Pre-show festivities will feature a rousing celebration with live gypsy jazz music with the Hot Club of Baltimore, led by Michael Joseph Harris. Champagne and desserts too!

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

November 15, 2014

Co-presented with Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival

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. Pre-show featuring live music with Letitia VanSant and beer tastings with Baltimore’s own Union Craft Brewing.

Christopher O’Riley – Out Of My Hands

December 6, 2014

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

January 18, 2015

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. The Charm City Klezmer band will be providing live music in the lobby. 

Winter Chamber Music Series

January 28, 2015

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. From 1-2pm, join us for live classical music in the lobby.

International Guitar Night

February 7, 2015

Discerning audiences will be blown away as the world’s most talented and eclectic acoustic guitarists grace our stage at this annual event. International Guitar Night’s founder Brian Gore will be joined by American classical innovator Andrew York, Brazilian jazz master Diego Figuierido, and acoustic guitarist and composer Maneli Jamal. York is a Grammy winner for his work with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and his own brilliant compositions. Figuierido is one of the most sought-after jazz artists in the United States and around the world, and Jamal has won countless music competitions around the world including placing in the top 3 at Guitar Idol, a worldwide guitar competition held in London. Together, they create a magical evening of contemporary guitar music. Italian guitarist Flavio Sala will provide live music in the lobby from 7-8pm.

Rami Kleinstein

March 19, 2015, 7:30pm 

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

March 24, 2015, 7:00pm

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. Click here for a preview of their performance!


Sundays at Three Sinfonia - From Exile to Freedom

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 3:00pm

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.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Music and Words of Felix Mendelssohn and William Shakespeare

Featuring DUO: Stephanie and Saar and Stanley Morstein

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3:00pm  

Felix Mendelssohn wrote the overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the age of 17, perhaps one of the greatest works in music history written by such a young composer. The work was so enthusiastically received the young Felix decided to orchestrate it. 16 years later, the now established composer was commissioned to write the incidental music for a full production of the play where he incorporated his earlier overture and added new movements, including the famous wedding march. DUO: Stephanie and Saar will perform the full work in the composer’s own piano four-hand version. Actor Stanley Morstein will join the duo in performances of selections from Shakespeare’s beloved play.