Concert pays tribute and some bills

October 15, 1997|By Sandra Crockett | Sandra Crockett,SUN STAFF

Developer James Rouse died in 1996 at the age of 81, but his legacy lives on in the many communities and charitable projects he began. Tonight, his legacy will be immortalized in music in a tribute by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The "All-Baltimore Concert" is more than an honor for a man who made his architectural mark on the world; it'll help 11 Baltimore nonprofits help those in need.

The concert will feature the world premiere of "House of Dreams," an original composition by Jonathan Holland.

"House of Dreams" was commissioned for the BSO by the Enterprise Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by James Rouse and his wife, Patty, to build affordable housing for the poor.

Holland, 23, studying for his doctorate in music composition at Harvard University, has received numerous honors, including recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Detroit Symphony/Unisys African-American Composers Forum.

"I received a call from [BSO artistic administrator] Miryam Yardumian, and she told me about the commission," Holland says. "At the time, I did not know anything about Jim Rouse. The orchestra sent me magazine articles and newspaper stories about all the things that he has done. And I read all of the material."

Holland was asked to do a memorial piece for the concert, "not a somber piece, but a grand celebratory, festive piece that was also a memorial," he says. "Something to capture the great person that he was."

"This concert is in the spirit of the generous nature of James Rouse," says Gregory Tucker, a BSO spokesman. "All of the participating organizations are provided tickets, which they sell, and all of the proceeds are theirs to keep. This is a way for the BSO to give back to the community."

Besides the Enterprise Foundation, the organizations are the Baltimore Talent Education Center, Civic Works, Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Fellowship of Lights, Housing Unlimited Group Inc., Magic Me Inc., Myerberg Northwest Senior Center, Parks & People, Planned Parenthood of Maryland and Radio Reading Network of Maryland.

BSO

What: "All-Baltimore Concert"

Where: Meyerhoff Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.

When: 7: 15 tonight

Tickets: $15 and $25

Call: 410-783-8000

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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