Beth Ann Felder
Bonnie Kranzer Boland
Artistic Director Emerita
Co-Artistic Directors, Candlelight Concerts
From our President
Welcome to Community Concerts at Second’s 33rd Season! This year we’re thrilled to present sixteen captivating concerts curated and performed by world-class artists, all in the serene sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church. With its incredible acoustics, this intimate space is the perfect place for performers to be inspired by the energy and feedback from you—our audience.
As you look through the season you may notice a theme: connecting the past with the present. In their unique ways, each concert on the 2019-20 season investigates the influence great composers have had—and are still having—on some of the most original and powerful voices of the 20th and 21st centuries. Highlights of our fall lineup include:
We also invite you to join the CC@2nd family at various community events, including a Community Night at Gertrude’s Restaurant at the BMA on Oct. 10, Sofi’s Crepes on Feb. 5, and two post-concert receptions Nov. 17 and June 7. We are also excited to host a special ticketed concert with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and highly-acclaimed cellist Amit Peled in April.
It is so inspiring to think of the 33 years of this series and what it has meant for audiences and artists, especially at a time when other organizations are facing so many challenges. CC@2nd is deeply committed to presenting world-class concerts, free to all, but this is only made possible through the generosity of people like you. Please consider making a donation to us today. Your gift will keep world-class music in our community for many years to come.
Beth Ann Felder
Originally named “The Second Presbyterian Concert Series,” the concerts were founded in 1987 by Margaret Budd, then organist of Second Presbyterian Church, with the enthusiastic support of that congregation. Some years later, Margaret attended a mesmerizing candlelight concert at St. Martin in the Fields church in London, and began to envision similar evenings of chamber music in Baltimore. With the collaboration of members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the evening Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts were initiated in 1995.
Each year since 1990, the organization has presented the Russell C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition. This competition is funded by a bequest of the late philanthropist Russell Wonderlic, and exists to develop the careers and talents of young pianists and vocalists in the state of Maryland and District of Columbia. The competition continues to grow in both size and stature and presents extraordinary young talent. Pianists Awadagin Pratt and Eric Zuber; and soprano Hyunah Yu are prominent past winners.
Numerous distinguished musicians have performed on the series, including pianists Leon Fleisher, Ann Schein, Awadagin Pratt, Eric Zuber, Kevin Kenner and Simone Dinnerstein; singers Spiro Malas, John Shirley Quirk, Theodora Hanslowe, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and Hyunah Yu; organists Dame Gillian Weir, Donald Sutherland, and Fred Swann; cellist Amit Peled and oboist Katherine Needleman.
The organization was renamed Community Concerts at Second in 2002, and became a separate entity and non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in 2004. Second Presbyterian Church continues its steadfast support by making its facilities available for concerts, and being the physical ‘home’ of the organization. Community Concerts at Second is governed by a volunteer board of up to twenty-five members, chosen both for their expertise and their commitment. The Governing Board members work individually and together to strengthen the organization and its programs in every way. They are assisted by a full-time Managing Director, who directs the daily operations of the organization.
Now in its fourth decade, Community Concerts at Second’s history demonstrates how one person’s vision and dedication can inspire the contributions and involvement of countless others. Community Concerts at Second has a vibrant future as an organization that will continue to strengthen and enrich the Baltimore community for countless years to come.
our Community Partners
Baltimore School of Music
As our neighbors, the Baltimore School of Music offers music lessons for students of any age. We are pleased to work with them to promote student access to inspiring live music and the arts.
SEcond Presbyterian Church
Since the founding of our organization, Second Presbyterian Church has been a constant partner and a beautiful home for our series. We are grateful for their ongoing support!
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
We are honored to present members of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as performers on our Chamber Music by Candlelight concerts. You can meet the musicians at two post-concert receptions each season, generously sponsored by the BSO!
The Peabody Institute of Johns HOpkins
Both the Peabody Institute and Community Concerts at Second present free concerts to the Baltimore community, and we work together to promote the performances of Peabody faculty, alumni, and students.