Details of BROS collaboration announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2014
Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525
Dylan Koehler, 860-248-0077
Concert Artists of Baltimore and Baltimore Rock Opera Society
Collaborate to Present Convergence Maximus
Baltimore’s Leading Producers of Classical and Rock Music
Converge in Concert Presented November 7 & 8, 2014
Baltimore, MD: Funded through a grant from PNC Foundation and PNC Bank, the Artistic Directors of Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) and Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) have worked together to produce a limited engagement concert that will highlight the artistry of each organization and celebrate the spirit of brotherhood and collaboration. Convergence Maximus is a bold program featuring monumental pieces from the classical repertoire and orchestral and choral arrangements of songs from original BROS productions.
The project came about as a result of CAB Artistic Director Edward Polochick and BROS Artistic Director Aran Keating’s mutual desire to fuse the talent unique to each of the groups. The genesis of the idea originated after Maestro Polochick read an article about former BSO Music Director David Zinman’s tonhalleLATE concerts in Zurich. The tonhalleLATE concerts are a fusion of classic and electric music targeted at reaching Gen X and Millennial audiences. Mr. Polochick wanted a true mix of rock and classical, with short excerpts of to give people a taste of the joys, the versatility, and the awesomeness of classical music.
“PNC connected me with BROS – they thought there were some synergies between us, and I love it,” says Mr. Polochick. “Working with BROS has been a wonderful experience personally,” he continues, “and I’m certain it will result in a magnificent convergence for all to enjoy!” Mr.Keating adds, “Hearing the epic original rock anthems from our shows reinterpreted for more than 50 musicians will be such an amazing experience! I can’t wait for the fireworks that CAB is going to unleash onstage.”
The production of Convergence Maximus has been funded by a grant from PNC. “This is a great opportunity to support our partners in making our communities a better place to live,” said Mr. Backstrom. “Supporting the arts and cultural initiatives are ways PNC reinforces its commitment to diversity, revitalizing neighborhoods and enhancing the quality of life for area residents.”
About Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB): Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 28th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (www.cabmusic.org) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and a professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in the Maestro Series with performances this season at the Baltimore Basilica, St. Pius Church, and the Gordon Center For Performing Arts. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, showcasing performances of unique repertoire by smaller forces at The Engineers Club, Garrett-Jacobs Mansion. The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, and Moscow Ballet. Concert Artists’ philosophy is simple: to make all kinds of music accessible and engaging to everyone by presenting diverse programs of classical music plus special concerts featuring pops, operetta, and lighter favorites.
About BROS: The Baltimore Rock Opera Society (www.baltimorerockopera.org) is a passionate community of artists who create unforgettable experiences through live, original rock theater. BROS was founded in 2007 and has since become a powerhouse of Baltimore’s cultural landscape. In 2014, BROS began touring its productions throughout the Mid Atlantic region.
About PNC: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management.
Performance Location: The 2640 Space: 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Performance Dates: Friday November 7 and Saturday November 8, 2014: 8:00 PM Tickets available online at bros.tixato.com/buy/convergence-maximus or by phone at 410.625.3525.
Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
These programs are also made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council, and the Commission on the Arts and Sciences.