Convergence Maximus at Light City

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Convergence Maximus at Light City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONCERT ARTISTS OF BALTIMORE (CAB) AND BALTIMORE ROCK OPERA SOCIETY (BROS) ANNOUNCE
CONVERGENCE MAXIMUS AT LIGHT CITY

March 14, 2015 — Baltimore, Maryland

The colossal worlds of rock and classical music converge in an epic musical fusion between Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS): Convergence Maximus at Light City! A new edition of the 2014 musical event that The Baltimore Sun called “a giddy, thoroughly entertaining event” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun Online, December 31, 2014), will run for two nights as a part of Light City. This large scale musical event will feature CAB’s full orchestra and chorus accompanied by rock n’ roll musicians performing a diverse and captivating program of masterpieces from the classical repertoire and original selections from rock operas written here in Baltimore. The rapid-fire program will also feature largescale immersive projections that will accompany each musical selection.

The program features CAB performing such classical greats as selections from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and the “Triumphal March” from Verdi’s Aida , and select songs from BROS original rock musical productions – including Valhella, Murdercastle , and a new piece from The Electric Pharaoh – arranged to include CAB’s professional choral and orchestral forces. The evening will be highlighted by the signature collaborative arrangement of Beethoven’s colossal masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 – expressing Beethoven’s ultimate message of the greatness of humanity and brotherhood throughout the universe. A truly titanic night out!

The Baltimore War Memorial, a historic landmark completed in 1925, will provide an epic and beautiful setting that will be highlighted with site specific projections to create a true union of the arts. Classical extravagance, visual splendor and face melting rock ‘n roll combine for a truly memorable showcase of the greatness of Baltimore’s art scene. Through the generous support of PNC Bank and Light City, Convergence Maximus at Light City is entirely FREE.

“We are excited to once again partner with Concert Artists of Baltimore and Baltimore Rock Opera Society to offer the city’s communities the opportunity to experience the eclectic sounds of Convergence Maximus at Light City Baltimore,” said William Backstrom, PNC’s client and
community relations director. “This sponsorship is one of the ways PNC reinforces its philanthropic commitment to the arts.”

Convergence Maximus at Light City will run 50 minutes with no intermission.
SHOW DATES:
Thursday, March 31st 7:00pm and 8:30pm
Friday, April 1st 8:00pm and 9:30pm

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Tonya Robles Concert Artists of Baltimore, Executive Director, 4436769229
tonya@cabmusic.org

Aran Keating Baltimore
Rock Opera Society, Artistic Director, 4102124473
info@baltimorerockopera.org

Tickets : Free. Convergence Maximus at Light City and all of Light City Baltimore is FREE and open to the general public. Seats and standing room space will be first come, first served.

Location: The War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St, Baltimore, MD 21202
http://warmemorial.baltimorecity.gov/

Parking: Free festival parking will be provided courtesy of Light City Baltimore at the Central
Parking Garage, 510 E. Lexington St.

Handicapped Seating: The War Memorial is wheelchair accessible, and we can also arrange special seating for patrons for whom waiting in line is problematic. If you anticipate needing any kind of assistance, please contact us at either info@cabmusic.org or
info@baltimorerockopera.org.

Website: www.lightcity.org

CONVERGENCE MAXIMUS IN THE PRESS:
“This mashup of a professional orchestra/chorus and a DIY troupe that creates its own rock operas… collided with mutual respect and terrific flair, creating a giddy, thoroughly entertaining event that drew packed houses… The disparate forces had a field day fusing the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth with part of the rock opera “Valhella”
Tim Smith, “The Year’s Top 10 Classical Music and Theatre Events in Baltimore,” The Baltimore Sun Online, December 31st, 2014

THE COMPANIES:
Concert Artists of Baltimore Founded by Edward Polochick and in its 29th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Gordon Center For Performing Arts and St. Pius X Church.

CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the GarrettJacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller ensembles, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, the Baltimore Basilica, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum, The Visionary Arts Museum, The Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and Catholic Charities. When more personnel are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. The 201415 season featured a groundbreaking collaboration with the Baltimore
Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space, a partnership that will continue this season.

The mission of Concert Artists of Baltimore is to present classical music performances of well known and lesser known composers by an elite professional chorus and chamber orchestra, thus providing a visceral music experience to audiences in the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan Area. In 2015 Concert Artists of Baltimore was one of 20 Baltimore arts organizations chosen by the DeVos Institute through a competitive application process to participate in the “Capacity Building Baltimore” program.

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is a passionate community of artists who create unforgettable experiences through live original rock theater. BROS was founded in 2007 by a small group of friends sitting in a basement dreaming of an impossibly enormous story that would be told through the awesome power of rock. BROS has since become a powerhouse of Baltimore’s cultural landscape comprised of a highly energetic group of actors, writers, designers, builders, musicians, and artists with the mission of producing original, live rock operas.

ON THE WEB:
http://www.cabmusic.org/ | https://www.facebook.com/cabmusic.org/ | twitter.com/CABaltimore
www.baltimorerockopera.org | facebook.com/BaltimoreRockOperaSociety
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