A Look at 2014—
Collaboration is the buzzword at BSA!
A range of programs and partnerships throughout the year feature BSA students and faculty working closely with other artists, scholars, educators and philanthropists to enrich our cultural landscape and create opportunities in the greater Baltimore community. Stay tuned to our homepage and calendar at www.bsfa.org for details and ticket info on all these events!
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
In January, students danced to the music of the BSO in celebration of Marvin Hamlisch. In March, BSA musicians rehearsed with the orchestra in a yearly side-by-side. In December, the two organizations collaborated for a second year to present The Nutcracker at The Modell Lyric. BSA dancers and a BSA alum, Andrew Grams, as conductor, and the BSO players all The Lyric together! An invitation to children from city schools to attend the final dress rehearsal free was also an exciting part of the production. BSA & BSO will present The Nutcracker at The Lyric for the third year in December 2014.
Showdown Theatre Arts
In the fourth year of our international partnership with Showdown Theatre Arts, U.K., we added a winter performance to our roster- the production of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway classic The Last Five Years. The popular Jason Robert Brown play was directed by Donald Hicken with musical direction and accompaniment by Michael Sheppard and featured British actors Carli Jones and Lee Thomas. BSA students were understudies and technical support. The senior acting ensemble now heads to the U.K. in May to co-star in "Our House" with Showdown students. They had the opportunity to get started on the production together in October when the Brits were at BSA.
The new Contemporary is presenting their 2014 Speaker Series, CoHosts, AT BSA! Cohosted with thirteen local commercial, artist-run, and independent galleries, each event will feature artists or art professionals chosen by the galleries. We began the year with Coco Fusco and Guest Spot and have been going strong ever since! For more information, visit www.contemporary.org
The American Red Cross
For the 12th consecutive year, BSA actors partnered with the American Red Cross to visit 19 elementary and middle schools with the student-written and acted “Fire and Ice,” an educational and humorous play about fire safety and storm preparedness.
The Youth Orchestra of the Xiamen Foreign Language School
We were happy to host and join young musicians on February 4. The students were brought here by the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee. Baltimore and Xiamen have been ‘Sister Cities’ since 1985 and engage in a variety of joint programs and exchanges in the areas of business, culture, education, and health.
The Art of Giving
Hosted by Ruth Shaw & Renaissance Fine Arts at the Village of Cross Keys, this event benefitted BSA and Kennedy Krieger. Co-Chairs Ayana Lugo, Carroll McGill, Joan Royals and Lisa Stoler celebrated good friends and good fashion for a good cause on February 5.
The Spire Series
BSA's Chamber Orchestra has performed regularly at First & Franklin Presbyterian Church's Spire Series in free concerts conducted by BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney. The work of BSA visual artists has also being exhibited in the Reid Memorial Chapel.
It was our turn to collaborate with the community! On March1-3 guest conductors and choreographers prepared fantastic programming for the evening and our students were the stars! Proceeds from this critial fundraiser enable us to offer all of these great programs.
A Russian Serenade with The Balanchine Trust & Andy Grams
We were pleased to present the school's 2nd multi-disciplinary festival, A Russian Serenade, featuring a week of events centered on the academic and artistic work of students, this year celebrating Russian art and history. The centerpiece was Balanchine's Serenade set to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings as well as works by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. Deborah Wingert, Régisseur from the Balanchine Trust, set the ballet with Norma Pera, Dance Mistress. BSA alum Andrew Grams conducted. The festival also included a production of Chekhov's Three Sisters with BSA’s actors directed by Donald Hicken.
Maryland Historical Society
For the 6th year, theatre and stage production students are working closely with the Maryland Historical Society and others to develop and then perform scenes looking at Maryland History. This year’s partnership will look at the events in Maryland during the tumultuous years of 1813-1814 when our city, our capital, and even our union were under attack from forces both without and within. Check out our website for details and dates in April & May.
Over the years, BSA has been honored by visits from luminaries in the arts, including many alumni, who generously conduct master classes or workshops, often open to the public. Keep an eye out on our facebook page for news about who is in town and who is at BSA!