Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2017-2018

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Photo:OrchKids

Coolidge Auditorium

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Talented musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s impressive OrchKids program perform in a special free, family-friendly concert at the Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium on Saturday, April 7 at 2 pm. Their performance will be presented as part of the Library’s “Spring Fling,” an exciting daylong event featuring activities and exhibits for patrons of all ages, 8:30-4:30 pm.

Leonard Bernstein is a major focus for the afternoon, with OrchKids students premiering a composition they composed over several weeks. This composition is inspired by a visit to the Library’s 400,000 Leonard Bernstein Collection. Their encounters with the composer’s scores, manuscripts and photos--plus several report cards and school essays from his teenage years—sparked an enthusiastic joint effort to create a fascinating new work reflecting Bernstein’s legacy. The collection contains moving letters from figures like Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Kennedy and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, a Bernstein student and protégé.

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’s Music Director/OrchKids Founding Director, Marin Alsop’s artistic leadership and direction, OrchKids is the cornerstone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s community engagement efforts across the city. Founded in 2008 with 30 students at one elementary school – with seed funding from Marin Alsop and Founding Donors Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff. OrchKids now works with seven public schools in Baltimore City, serving over 1,300 children from Pre-K through 11th grade.