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The Baltimore-Washington Metro Area is an embarrassment of riches in classical music. Meet a few of our friends!


APollo Orchestra


The Apollo Orchestra provides a platform for the Washington D.C. area’s finest young professional musicians. Many recently graduated from major music schools and conservatories from the metropolitan area, the nation, and from around the world. They join forces with exciting accomplished opera singers and vibrant instrumental soloists, many in the early stages of their international professional careers. The Apollo Orchestra offers dynamic interpretations of the major orchestral, opera, and concerto repertoire, as well as underperformed gems of all eras.

Learn more: apolloorchestra.com


Baltimore Boom Bap Society


Baltimore Boom Bap Society is conceived as a forum for experimentation and collaboration between local Hip-Hop artists, while placing Hip-Hop in dialogue with other forms of music. Host DJ/producers Wendel Patrick & DJ Dubble8 invite special guests to perform with them in diverse combinations, to explore a hybrid of free improvisation and beat-based composition.

Learn More: Baltimore Boom Bap Society


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Evolution Contemporary Music 


a destination for outstanding
new music since 2005. 


Founded and directed by composer and Peabody Institute faculty member Judah Adashi, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series has made Baltimore a destination for outstanding new music and musicians since 2005. Praised by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun for having "elevated and enriched Baltimore's new music scene enormously," and by the Baltimore City Paper as "superb...not the same-old, same-old," the Evolution Series has presented or premiered works by over 75 composers, performed by acclaimed musicians from Baltimore and beyond. Featured guests have included Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Caroline Shaw and John Luther Adams; and music critics Tim Page (Washington Post) and Alex Ross (New Yorker).

Learn more: evolutionseries.org.


Ocassional Symphony



The Occasional Symphony creates innovative concert celebrations to engage the Baltimore community and illuminate the unparalleled experience of hearing live music curated for living spaces.


Founded in 2012 in Baltimore, MD by a group of seven, Occasional Symphony aims at a new model for presenting orchestral concerts. Central to its mission, Occasional Symphony concerts are held in distinctive venues not necessarily associated with orchestral music. Each program is designed to resonate with the specific venue and occasion.

Learn More: occasionalsymphony.org


Sonar New Music Ensemble


One of Baltimore's premiere new music ensembles. 


Baltimore-based blog Aural States recently described the SONAR new music ensemble as a "smart, quirky new music group that takes risks and offers rich rewards... SONAR’s players hypnotize us toward a harmonic whole."

Founded by Colin Sorgi in 2007, SONAR burst onto Baltimore's bustling new music scene and quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with.

Formerly in residence at the Walters Art Museum's Graham Auditorium, the SONAR new music ensemble has presented concerts firmly focused on music of the past 75 years. Collaborations have been formed with members of Alarm Will Sound, the Hubble Space Telescope Institute and, within their first two years alone, SONAR has premiered over 15 new works.

Learn more at sonarnewmusic.org.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.