Racial Justice Concert Series (Johns Hopkins Collaboration)

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Racial Justice Concert Series (Johns Hopkins Collaboration)

Mt. Vernon Cello Gang


Mount Vernon Virtuosi Cello Gang, led by world-renowned cellist and artistic director Amit Peled, presents a program entitled “Around the World in Five Cellos” as the second performance on the newly created Racial Justice Concert Series, a joint production of Johns Hopkins’ students, faculty, and staff.

This adventurous program features celebrated works for cello ensemble including Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings and popular works such as the love theme from “Cinema Paradiso” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” In recognition of recent life-changing events that have touched every part of society across the globe, the Cello Gang offers a musical oasis intended to bring audiences a sense of comfort and peace. The MVV Cello Gang, comprised of Peabody students and faculty, offers this concert in support of Baltimore’s Family Survivor Network, which supports the mental, emotional, and physical health of individuals, families, and communities impacted by violence (e.g. homicide, murder) in Baltimore. During the performance, executive director Dorian Walker will discuss the organization’s critical work supporting Baltimore survivors and how viewers can get involved. The performance will be streamed live via Youtube from Baltimore’s Creative Alliance.

How to watch:

Tickets for this FREE performance are available at Eventbrite or racialjusticeconcertseries.eventbrite.com.

This performance will be streamed live from Creative Alliance in a Covid-safe environment.


About the Racial Justice Concert Series

The newly created Racial Justice Concert Series (RJCS), a collaboration among Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff, harnesses the power of music to bring awareness to issues of racism in Baltimore, and to support Baltimore organizations that focus on racial justice work. The RJCS features performances by Baltimore musicians and provides a platform for racial justice organizations to educate audiences about their efforts. The RJCS is cooperatively produced and funded by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, and Johns Hopkins International Arts & Mind Lab.

Medical student and RJCS organizer CJ Reuland explains, “The Racial Justice Concert Series is an opportunity for us to engage with our community in a meaningful way. So much important racial justice work is already being done in our city—this is our chance to support those organizations and get involved (and to be amazed by the musical talent of our neighbors as well)!”

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