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 Season!

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 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
Geoffrey L. Greif
Vice Chair
Edward F. McCarthy
Julie A. Schwait
Heidi Hutton
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
Gregory W. Tucker
Nanny Warren
James Weiss
Sander Wise

Meet the Staff

Stephen Jacobsohn, President

Stephen Jacobsohn is President of Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS), Baltimore's premier presenter of chamber music and solo recitals. He began his tenure at SHCS in May 2009 as Executive Director. Under Mr. Jacobsohn’s leadership, SHCS has carved out a distinct artistic niche in Baltimore’s competitive market. Mr. Jacobsohn’s programming of artists who are rarely heard in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area have made SHCS a musical destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. During his tenure, revenues have increased annually and the Series has ended each of its last five consecutive seasons with surpluses. In January 2014, he was named President.

From 2005-2009, Mr. Jacobsohn was the Manager of Artistic Administration for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). During this time, Stephen also held extended interim positions including Director of Orchestra Personnel and Director of Operations for the BSO.

Stephen attended his first live chamber music concert at the age of four and describes himself as hooked ever since. He began studying piano soon thereafter. As a teen, he studied the cello, ultimately earning a Bachelor of Music in cello performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory and a Master of Music in cello performance at the Manhattan School of Music. After a brief career as an active freelancer throughout the United States and abroad, Stephen made the decision to put down his cello and focus his energies on creating performance opportunities for talented artists. He began his career in arts administration in 2004 as Artist and Operations Manager for a boutique agency in New York.