Music is all around us

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Some of my readers have asked me how they can see live classical music without breaking the bank in these tough economic times. As I pondered the problem, I received a flyer from the Peabody Institute that advertised upcoming concerts at a very reasonable price.

Located in the historic heart of Baltimore, the Peabody is one of the nations major sources of professionally trained musicians. The institute trains musicians, singers, and dancers of every age and from every level.

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University is the oldest active musical conservatory in the United States, founded in 1857 by philanthropist George Peabody. The Peabody Institute is considered one of the most prestigious conservatories in the country, along with New York Citys Julliard, Bostons New England Conservatory and Philadelphias Curtis Institute.

The Institute grew from a local academy into an internationally-renowned cultural center through the late 19th and the 20th centuries. Since 1977 it has operated as a division of the Johns Hopkins University.

The Peabody Opera Department offers a variety of operatic performances to audiences in the Baltimore area. Oh, the excitement of it all to see these young professionals.

Imagine seeing the beginnings of a Joshua Bell or a Placido Domingo and how thrilling to follow the career of these young musicians. Nothing compares to the excitement of discovering someone with a talent.

Another reasonable venue for classical music that offers moderately priced tickets is the Strathmore Music Center in North Bethesda. It is the home of the Baltimore Symphony that nurtures artists through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality.

I have enclosed their calendar of events so that you can pick and choose which you want to attend.

The above places are just a start.

Walking around Fredericks main street, I came about a wonderful Brazilian musician by the name of Gregorio Lacerda. His repertoire included Brazilian romantic songs mixed with jazz. It was truly inspirational to see the artistry of this accomplished musician who spent 15 years as a professional musician in Rio de Janeiro and now lives in Shepherdstown.

The next time you are out and about, listen to the sounds around you. You just might be surprised how much music you discover.

Carmen Ileana Romn writes a regular column for

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