Baltimore stories come to life
Feb 02, 2018Baltimore artists featured through dance, music and theatre
For the 2017-2018 arts season, the Performing Arts at CCBC is featuring Baltimore Stories, a yearlong series about Baltimore told through dance, music and theater. Arts patrons can enjoy work commissioned and performed by artists who live or have roots in the Baltimore area for free or a low cost.
Baltimore Stories features artists in diverse genres who bring to life both local stories and the visions of hometown artists. The artists are working alongside CCBC’s resident artists and programs and are commissioned to showcase their skills in music, dance, spoken-word and film, to engage audiences. Performances will explore what Baltimore means – in the words and experiences of those who live in or are from Baltimore and those who have chosen to make Baltimore their home.
The upcoming performances include work by artists including Peabody trained composer and attorney Derrick Wang, creator of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Wang has created the first commissioned work for the Baltimore Symphonic Band, in residence at CCBC Essex. Other performances include The Uprising Plays, featuring Baltimore playwrights and their reflections on the unrests sparked by the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray; a performance of The Mojo and the Sayso, a social justice themed play performance by CCBC Academic Theatre students; and a Children’s Playhouse production of Director John Waters’ film and Broadway musical Hairspray. Additionally, as available, Baltimore-born actress, dancer and storyteller Maria Broom will share her talents through working with community members and students to craft and perform their personal Baltimore Stories.
Upcoming events for CCBC’s Baltimore Stories Performing Arts Series*:
- Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 – Baltimore Stories: In Concert featuring Derrick Wang with the Baltimore Symphonic Band, CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex
- March 8 -12 –The Mojo and the Sayso, CCBC Catonsville
- March 22 – 26 – The Uprising Plays, CCBC Essex
- April 19-20 – 2018 Spring Concert, CCBC Catonsville
- May 4 – 20 – Hairspray, Children’s Playhouse of Maryland, in residence at CCBC Essex
Baltimore Stories is supported, in part, by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Recent Baltimore Stories performances included the world premiere of Baltimore native choreographer and CCBC alumnus Peter Pucci’s Migration dance production; Destination: Baltimore, a folk dance concert by the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble; the Choir Boy play performed by academic theatre students, and more. Each year, CCBC’s Performing Arts department creates a season of work based on a common theme. For more information, visit the Performing Arts at CCBC web page or the arts blog.