CHAIR’S Welcome

This, our 48th, season of Shriver Hall Concert Series, promises to be a glorious one.  The stage will be graced by some of the finest performers.  We hope to provide a stimulating musical experience that will remain with you long after you have left the Hall.  The performers and you are what make coming to the Series such a fulfilling experience. As my predecessor, Jephta Drachman, has written, “Without such a loyal and caring audience, we could not have done this.”

When we listen to fine music we are often captured in the moment as well as transported to other places and other times.  We may be mesmerized by the performance and enraptured by the composition. It may be the first time we have heard the piece or the 25th – but a live performance offers a unique blend of musician and composition that can never be replicated exactly as we hear it. The Series provides an intimate atmosphere for this experience.

I ask that you also meet and welcome new faces that will be in the audience.  They may be Hopkins or Peabody students new to the area or long-time residents of Baltimore or Washington, D.C. attending their first Shriver Hall concert.  A warm and gracious listening environment enhances the experience for all of us and helps us grow future generations of music lovers.

I feel honored to be a member of the Shriver Hall Concert Series Board that is working hard to bring the best chamber music to Baltimore.  Enjoy the 2013-2014 Series!

Geoffrey L. Greif, Chair

FROM THE President

On behalf of our Board of Directors, and the entire staff here at Shriver Hall Concert Series, it is our great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you for our 48th Season - where the stars align and perform for you!

This is a tremendously exciting time for the Series as we welcome our energetic incoming Board Chair Geoffrey Greif while celebrating the incredible imagination, energy, and commitment Jephta Drachman brought to the Series throughout her 20 years in the position.

Indeed those three words - imagination, energy, and commitment - describe Jephta's work in turning around an organization that, when she stepped into the presidency in 1993, was in great need. But these words have also come to define the trajectory of the Series as we look to our 50th Anniversary and beyond. This sense of imagination will be revealed and explored this season as we enjoy a unique collection of performances by a broad range of soloists and ensembles that simply cannot be experienced in any other city or on any other stage.

Along with returns of such luminaries who have graced our stage in recent years as pianists Emanuel Ax and Nelson Freire, and violinist Gil Shaham, we'll enjoy a long awaited return of the legendary cellist Misha Maisky, who last appeared on our stage in 1982, in recital with his daughter Lily Maisky. We'll also enjoy debut recitals by remarkable artists at various stages in their careers including the Miró Quartet, who come together with pianist Shai Wosner for a compelling program of romantic works, bass-baritone Gerald Finley in a dramatic interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise with pianist Julius Drake, a performance of the august Scharoun Ensemble Berlin that includes Beethoven's wonderfully joyful and glorious Septet, and the virtuosity and honey-toned trumpet playing of the astonishingly talented Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth. Neatly rounding out the subscription season is a special concert by Musicians from Marlboro celebrating pianist Leon Fleisher's 85th Birthday that is generously sponsored by Joan and Peter Andrews. And let's not forget the three FREE concerts of the Discovery Series in its new (and expanded) home in Hodson Hall featuring remarkable young artists, Stephen Dunlap, saxophone, the Minetti Quartett, and pianist Yevgeney Sudbin!

Of course all these great performances would not be possible or necessary without people like you who bring your energy to our concert hall, your imagination to the communal listening experience, and your commitment to preserving great musical art in Baltimore.

With this in mind, we wish you happy listening and thank you for your support and patronage!

Stephen Jacobsohn, President

 

Shriver Hall
Chair
Geoffrey L. Greif
Vice Chair
Edward F. McCarthy
Treasurer
Julie A. Schwait
Secretary
Heidi Hutton
Directors
Rheda Becker
Ellen Blaustein
Robin Breitenecker
Regina Anderson Campbell
Jephta Drachman
Alan S. Edelman
Elaine Freeman
Tamera Gundersen
Margot Heller
Helmut Jenkner
Barbara Kornblatt
Reiko T. Lee
Sayra W. Meyerhoff
Harriet L. Panitz
Solomon Snyder
Winston Tabb
Nanny Warren
James Weiss
Sander Wise

Meet the Staff

Stephen Jacobsohn, President

was appointed Executive Director of Shriver Hall Concert Series, Baltimore's premier presenter of chamber music and solo recitals, in May 2009. From 2005-2009, he was the Manager of Artistic Administration for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during which time he also held extended interim positions including Director of Orchestra Personnel and Director of Operations. Prior to that, he was Artists and Operations Manager for Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd. Jacobsohn, an accomplished cellist, earned his Master of Music, Cello Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory. Stephen attended his first live chamber music concert with his parents at the age of 4 and has been hooked ever since!

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