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Pianist goes to jail too

1 Robert Levine

Performing in prisons has almost graduated to the status of trend:

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra guest pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays an usual venue this morning at 11: The Maryland Correctional Institution for Women.

The world-renowned pianist, who has played Carneige Hall and the Kennedy Center, also will answer questions from inmates/audience members after she performs works by Bach and Schubert.

It should be quite a morning for the women in the Jessup facility. Classical music and the BSO need new audiences, but I never thought they’d reach this far.

Probably not an audience from whom the BSO should expect renewals or donations. But orchestras should have a social service component, both for self-interested reasons and because institutions dependent on philanthropy should do as much good with those contributed dollars, in as many ways, as possible.


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  1. Comment by Cara Garofalo
    October 28, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    I think that’s fantastic. How nice to know that there are people who are glad to play in a very different setting and for a very different audience. And not for money, but for good service.