The mission of Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) is to foster and maintain an organization dedicated to the making of music consonant with the highest aspirations of musical art, creating performances, and providing educational and training programs at the highest level of excellence.


Board Chair’s Welcome 

Welcome to the 52nd season of Shriver Hall Concert Series. As a music lover and amateur cellist, I have been enjoying Shriver Hall concerts for 40 years. This year I’m honored to begin serving as chair of the Board, following in the footsteps of Ernest Bueding, Albert Mendeloff, Jephta Drachman, and Geoff Greif.

This season is a special one. As always, we will be hearing beautiful concerts performed by the world’s most esteemed artists. But, in addition, Shriver Hall will get a much-needed renovation in the fall. When our beloved hall re-opens in 2018, there will be new, more comfortable seating and better lighting, creating a significantly enhanced concert experience for you and all our audiences. We are grateful to Johns Hopkins University for leading this work and to our Executive Director, Catherine Cochran, for finding a wonderful alternate venue for our marvelous fall concerts.

As you know, Shriver Hall is one of the most reputable chamber music series in the world. In our first 50 years, we have hosted many of the world’s greatest soloists and chamber groups, with cellists alone including historic legends such as Jacqueline du Pré, Mstislav Rostropovich, and János Starker. In May we will add to this elite list with a recital by the renowned Norwegian cellist, Truls Mørk. Not only do we love hearing such amazing artists, they tell us that they love playing for us. This is because Shriver Hall audiences are welcoming, congenial, and well informed. Artists often remark that they can tell we have a special knowledge and love of music.

As you plan to attend these outstanding concerts this season, please consider helping Shriver Hall Concert Series financially. Our ticket sales cover only one-third of the cost of bringing these artists to our treasured series. You can find various ways of supporting Shriver Hall Concert Series by consulting our website, shriverconcerts.org.

I am very excited about this historically important season, and I hope you are too.

I look forward to seeing you all and listening to music together.

Dr. Edward F. McCarthy
Board Chair


Director’s Welcome

Welcome to our 52nd season! This is tremendously exciting time for Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) as we welcome our dynamic incoming Board Chair, Ed McCarthy, while relocating to Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (BHC) during the highly-anticipated renovation of Shriver Hall Auditorium. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the staff here at SHCS, we thank the wonderful teams at The Johns Hopkins University and BHC for their collaborative efforts, and we thank you for embarking on this season of multiple venues with us.

In 2017-18, We enjoy a unique selection of soloists and ensembles that simply cannot be experienced in any other city or at any other series. We welcome the returns of such luminaries as pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Behzod Abduraimov (a recent alumnus of the Discovery Series), and the Borromeo String Quartet. And, we’ll enjoy debuts by eminent artists new to our series, including pianists Jeremy Denk and Benjamin Hochman, and bass-baritone Eric Owens; and new to the region, such as violinist Janine Jansen, cellist Truls Mørk, the Tetzlaff Quartet, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout. The season is capped by Baltimore debuts on the Discovery Series by the Ariel Quartet, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and pianist Xiaohui Yang, winner of the 2017 Yale Gordon Competition. Hailing from four continents, it’s a delight and privilege to welcome this season’s artists to Baltimore.

These marvelous musicians bring repertoire that is both beloved and sure to pique your curiosity. The Tetzlaff Quartet shares Schubert’s profound final quartet, the Borromeo String Quartet joins with pianist Benjamin Hochman for Dvo?ák’s lyrical quintet for piano and strings, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra perform 18th-century treasures on period instruments. Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, one of the foremost interpreters of the music of György Ligeti, performs his late friend’s exhilarating Musica ricercata from the early 1950s. And, we’re thrilled to present the Baltimore premiere of a pair of new string quartets by Sebastian Currier, co-commissioned with Carnegie Hall, and the world premiere of a new work for violin and piano by the American maverick Frederic Rzewski.

SHCS has thrived for over five decades because of the time, energy, and enthusiasm of engaged patrons like you. In bringing friends to concerts, renewing your subscription, making an annual gift, and including SHCS in your will, you are investing in our future. We thank you for this continued support.

All of us at SHCS wish you a happy season full of musical exploration!

Catherine Cochran
Executive Director


Shriver Hall
Edward F. McCarthy
Vice Chair
Julie A. Schwait
Ian Heavers
Ellen Blaustein

Regina Anderson
Robin Breitenecker
Alan S. Edelman
Elaine Freeman
Geoffrey L. Greif
Tamera Gundersen
Margot Heller
Li-Wen Kang
Barbara Kornblatt
Irene Kuo
Sayra W. Meyerhoff
Mellasenah Y. Morris
Marguerite Mugge
Asher Rubin
Solomon Snyder
Winston Tabb
Nanny Warren
James Weiss

Chair Emerita
Jephta Drachman

Directors Emeriti
Douglas Fambrough
Helmut Jenkner
Sander Wise

Junior Board
Julia Dover
Alec Kipnes
Jamie Leidwinger
Christopher Moore
Duy Phan
Tomasz Robak
Shon Stelman

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