Monday, November 06, 2017

Tim Smith Reviews Jeremy Denk’s “Absorbing Recital” with SHCS!

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

"…the pianist’s exquisitely subtle touch allowed the music’s play of light and shadow to emerge poetically.”

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun

Read the full review here!


Monday, November 06, 2017

News about Spring 2018 Concerts

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

Dear Patron,

We’re writing with news about Shriver Hall Concert Series’ Subscription Series concerts in winter/spring 2018.

The Johns Hopkins University has recently informed us that the expected completion date of renovations in Shriver Hall has been moved from January 2018 to July 2018.

While a challenging development to our season, the new seats and lighting systems will make the 63-year-old building a more comfortable and even safer work and performance space. As ever, the board and staff of Shriver Hall Concert Series are committed to ensuring the high-quality concert experience for which you know us.

We are currently identifying venues for our Subscription Series concerts on January 28, March 11, March 25, May 6, and May 20. As soon as the details are confirmed, you will be the first to know. While the location of these concerts is changing, the wonderful artists and programs remain as announced.  The Discovery Series performances are unaffected.

We are deeply grateful to you for your continued loyalty and flexibility during SHCS’s season “on the road.” Whatever the hall, we know that this season& [...]


Monday, November 06, 2017

Baltimore Sun Features Jeremy Denk Ahead of SHCS Premiere at BHC!

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

The Baltimore Sun has published a feature previewing pianist Jeremy Denk in advance of his Baltimore recital debut on SHCS’ 2017-18 Subscription Series Premiere

Click Here to read the article about this special artist featured for our October 29 performance!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Physician-Musician to Head Shriver Hall Concert Series’ Board of Directors

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

Edward F. McCarthy, M.D., will become the fifth Chair of the Shriver Hall Concert Series (SHCS) Board of Directors on September 1, 2017, succeeding  Geoffrey L. Greif, Ph.D.  A passionate advocate for classical music in Baltimore, Dr. McCarthy served on the Board of Directors for six years, the last four as Vice Chair. “Shriver Hall Concert Series offers musical performances of outstanding artistry,” he says.  “I’m committed to continuing this high quality.”

Professor of Pathology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, specializing in the diagnosis of bone and joint disorders, Dr. McCarthy is also a serious amateur cellist, frequently playing in chamber music ensembles.  He has given solo recitals and is a regular participant in the annual Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Academy.  Combining his love for music with his medical interests, Dr. McCarthy often lectures about the relationship of music and medicine.

In addition to electing Dr. McCarthy as Chair, the Board also elected Julie Schwait as Vice Chair, Ian Heavers as Treasurer, and Ellen Blaustein as Secretary.  Mrs. Schwait is retired from The Park School; Mr. Heavers is Vice President of Strategy at T. Rowe Price; and Mrs. Blaustein is retired from Black & Decker and the Goucher Management Institute. All appointments are effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Greif was elected Chair in 2013 and, in his leadership, oversaw SHCS’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the appointment of Catherine Cochran as executive director, a 25% growth of the endowment to $1.48 million, and expansion of education activities to include Junior Board positions, a Student Internship, and a Student Ticket of $10. Dr. Greif remains on the Board of Directors.  Speaking of his successor, Dr. Greif says, "Ed has the wonderful gifts of warmth, humor, and wisdom, coupled with an extensive knowledge of music.  He plays a pretty fair cello, too!"

About Dr. Edward F. McCarthy

Edward F. McCarthy grew up in Cleveland, OH, where he began studying cello in fourth grade.  He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University and his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He continued his training in orthopaedic surgery and pathology at the University of Iowa. Arriving in Baltimore 40 years ago, he planned to stay one year—long enough to complete a fellowship in bone pathology.  At the completion of that year he decided to settle in Baltimore permanently.  During his 40-year tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. McCarthy spent 15 years directing the Pathology Department’s residency program and has served as director of the medical school’s pathology curriculum. Dr. McCarthy is married to Dr. Lucille McCarthy, a Professor of English at UMBC. They have two children and four grandchildren.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Support Great Music in Baltimore!

Posted by: Catherine Cochran

Dear Friend,

Shriver Hall Concert Series’ 2016-17 season was a marvelous success, concluding earlier this month with a dazzling recital by pianist Daniil Trifonov. With stellar performances by leading musicians, SHCS stayed true to its cherished mission of bringing outstanding solo and chamber music to Baltimore, serving over 10,000 people, providing over $30,000 in ticket subsidies to students and school groups, and serving audiences throughout the region with our free Discovery Series. Thank you for making such an exceptional season possible.

With our fiscal year ending June 30, we ask for your support in making these concert experiences possible for the Baltimore community. As a nonprofit organization, ticket prices account for only 1/3 of SHCS’ operating costs. To offset rising expenses while maintaining our commitment to high-level artistry and low ticket prices, we count on your generosity.

Please consider a tax-deductible contribution before the end of the month to ensure the future success of our beloved series.

We thank you for your support of SHCS and wish you a wonderful summer. We hope to see you and share more incredible music with you in the fall! 

With warmest wishes,

Catherine Cochran


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