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.


Chair's Welcome

We are thrilled to be celebrating the 50th season of Shriver Hall Concert Series. Since its inception in 1966, SHCS has become one of the premier venues of outstanding chamber music in the country. It is hard to imagine when Johns Hopkins pharmacologist Ernest Bueding initiated the Series, after having successes with earlier versions in Louisiana and Ohio, that he and the original subscribers (some of whom are still subscribing!) envisioned it would reach such greatness.

This year, we are honoring our history with a “Born in Baltimore” theme. Three specially-commissioned works from composers with Baltimore connections will be performed. We thank James Lee III, an Associate Professor at Morgan State University, Jonathan Leshnoff, a Towson University professor, and Timo Andres, with family in Baltimore, for working so closely with us and with the performers who will showcase their compositions.

We are also very excited to be starting our next 50 years with a new Executive Director, Catherine Cochran, who comes to us from the 92nd Street Y in New York where she has worked for the past 14 years. Most recently, Catherine was Executive Producer for New Initiatives and Director of Music Programming. Please say hello, introduce yourself, and give her a friendly Baltimore welcome.

Finally, a special thanks to you, our subscribers, and to those who support us. In particular, I would like to thank those who helped to commission the new works being performed this season, Kenneth Greif, Barbara and David Kornblatt, and Sol Snyder. We appreciate the commitment everyone has made to great music and continues to make each year by subscribing and donating to Shriver Hall. Whether this is your first or your 400th Shriver Hall concert, please get to know those around you. Chamber music is an intimate listening experience and we want to make your time here warm and inviting.

Thank you for being an attentive and appreciative audience these past 50 years. We look forward to sharing the next half-century of beautiful music with you.

Geoffrey Greif, Board Chair


From The Director

As Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) celebrates its 50th season of presenting compelling and superlative performances, I’m honored to be joining you. It is a joy and privilege to be part of such an engaged community with a remarkable commitment to artistic excellence. As you might know, SHCS is much beloved by the national and international artistic community – I urge you to read the tributes from artists in the following pages. 

As we mark five decades of glorious artistry, we also look forward and celebrate the future of music with three artist debuts and three new works. Alongside beloved performers, such as Yefim Bronfman and Nelson Freire, the 2015-16 season introduces the Montrose Trio, The Knights, and Nicole Cabell – remarkable American artists with important and diverse voices.  And, we premiere new works by three composers – James Lee III, Timo Andres, and Jonathan Leshnoff – all nationally renowned with roots in Baltimore and all specially commissioned by the Series. 

Repeated listening deepens our understanding of and relationship with a piece of music or a particular artist. But I find first encounters are often the most thrilling, expanding our sound world, giving fresh perspective, and providing opportunity for discovery. Whether or not we decide to dig in and spend more time with the new artist or composer, having experienced them enriches us, and, in my view, is always a worthwhile adventure!

In celebrating SHCS’s 50th birthday, we also look ahead to our future together. SHCS has thrived since 1966 because of the passion, involvement, and support of those like you. In bringing friends to concerts, renewing your subscription, and making an annual gift, you are investing in the future of SHCS. We thank you for this continued support. Sitting together in a concert hall is an act of community, and it is as a community that we will ensure many seasons of music to come!

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you during the 2015-16 season.  All of us at Shriver Hall Concert Series wish you a happy season full of musical adventure!

Catherine Cochran, Executive Director


Shriver Hall
Geoffrey L. Greif
Vice Chair
Edward F. McCarthy
Julie A. Schwait
Tamera Gundersen

Ellen Blaustein
Robin Breitenecker
Regina Anderson Campbell
Janice Chandler-Eteme
Jephta Drachman
Alan S. Edelman
Roswell Encina
Elaine Freeman
Ian Heavers
Margot Heller
Helmut Jenkner
Li-Wen Kang
Barbara Kornblatt
Sayra W. Meyerhoff
Mellasenah Y. Morris
Harriet L. Panitz
Asher Rubin
Solomon Snyder
Winston Tabb
Nanny Warren
James Weiss
Sander Wise

Junior Board
Melody Quah