Bravo for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which played a free concert outside of its performance hall on Wednesday as the city recovers from the events of the last few days.
“It seems we could all use a little music in our lives right about now,’’ the orchestra posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday using the hashtag #BSOPeace.
The group performed at the lunch hour outside the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, described as a short drive from some of the worst looting that took place on Monday.
In its announcement the orchestra quoted Leonard Bernstein, who said after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”
The orchestra’s music director, Marin Alsop, had posted on social media on Tuesday that she was “heartbroken for our dear city.”
“With so much need alongside so much possibility, I hope we can use any opportunities we get to set an example and inspire others to join us in trying to change the world,” Alsop wrote.
The New York Times reported that a number of orchestra members volunteered their time to play in the impromptu concert. The group is considering other things it can do for the community going forward.
The concert on Wednesday touched hearts.
Listening to Baltimore Symphony orchestra play a free outdoor concert made me cry. May be the offering of beauty in a time of such ugliness.
— stacy reno ❄️ (@stacyreno) April 29, 2015