BSO's OrchKids bring improvisational, collaborative concert to JHU's Shriver Hall

Performance concludes week-long Creative Connections program

OrchKids play drums at Shriver Hall concert

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

Young musicians from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program took the stage at Shriver Hall on Friday afternoon for a lively concert featuring original compositions that encouraged students to entertain their creative urges—like break dancing on a whim, or assuming center stage for a solo.

Image caption: Dan Trahey (left), the artistic director for BSO's OrchKids, leads student-musicians during Friday's concert.

Image credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The seventh annual Creative Connections performance paired students from Baltimore City Public Schools with musicians from the United Kingdom's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, other arts organizations, and schools in Baltimore City for a week of creative workshops, culminating in the Shriver Hall performance.

More than 150 students from Lockerman Bundy and Mary Ann Winterling elementary schools, Booker T. Washington Middle School, and New Song Academy Elementary/Middle School (among others) gathered to present this improvisational performance to students from public schools in East Baltimore, including the Henderson-Hopkins school, which Johns Hopkins helps operate.

OrchKids is a year-round music program that puts instruments in the hands of students from Baltimore City Public Schools. Daniel Trahey, a Peabody alum and the group's artistic director, was instrumental in its creation.

The event was sponsored by JHU's East Baltimore Community Affairs Office.