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Category: Arts & Culture

Jun29
Gordon Soundboard
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The Joy of Resounding Sound

Gordon Introduces New Audio and Visual Systems 

There’s a new sound in town at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts this fall. For the 2017-2018 season, the Gordon has added brand new sound and video systems, new stage monitors, and new technology to better assist both visual and hearing-impaired audience members.

This massive undertaking has been in the works for almost a year, starting with the selection of the Baltimore-based business HP Electronics Inc. to install the Gordon Center’s new Danley Sound Labs speakers. It’s a setup particularly well suited for the Gordon, according to Theater Manager and Technical Director Peter Michaelson, because the goal was to reinforce sound, not amplify it.

“Our stage is close enough to the audience that they can hear what’s going on...

Mar28
J Live Broadway Boys
J LIVE a rip-roaring success, raises over $45,000

Do you know the JCC preschool father who recently lost his job and can no longer afford full tuition, or the single mother raising three children who relies on the J as a safe and nurturing place for her kids to play and learn? 

Have you met the retiree now living on a fixed income who needs a place to stay active, the child with special needs who wants to participate in J Camp with her siblings, or the young athlete hoping to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games so that he can meet other Jewish teens from around the world? 

These are just some of the 700...

GRAMMY Award-Winner, Mister G, coming to the Gordon!

Funky, original Jewish-themes songs with Latin GRAMMY Award winner Mister G! 

Mister G, a Latin GRAMMY Award winner and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winning PJ Library artist, will be bringing his dynamic live show to the Gordon, Sunday, March 5 at 3:00pm.

Mister G has released seven albums of original, multicultural music, spanning genres from funk to folk, reggae to rock, and bluegrass to bossa nova. He regularly headlines major venues and festivals around the country including The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Getty Museum in LA, Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia, the National Zoo in Washington, DC, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival...

Jan04
Laughin’ Out Loud with Judy Gold

On Saturday night, January 28th, the Gordon plays host to an uproarious night of humor with comedian, actor, and writer Judy Gold.

Winner of two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO and Comedy Central and has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows.  She has also had guest-starring roles on multiple sit-coms including Louie, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, 30 Rock, and 2 Broke Girls, and has a recurring role on the upcoming new TBS series, Search Party. Read Judy’s full bio.

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Dec20
Let the Vocals Play

World-Renown Naturally 7 hits the Gordon with the Maccabeats January 15 

With over 3 million views on Facebook of their joint YouTube video “Shed a Little Light,” internationally-acclaimed A cappella and vocal play groups, The Maccabeats and Naturally 7, will perform their first ever live concerts together - Sunday afternoon, January 15, 2017, at 1:30pm and 5:30pm, at The Gordon Center for Performing Arts.

Using only their voices, these talented men will provide a spiritual, celebratory concert in tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every instrument sound Naturally 7 sings is created by the human voice including the rhythm of drums, guitars, horns, flutes.  They’ve toured and performed the world over with...

Oct28
This is not your ordinary chamber!

You pick the set list, then SHUFFLE goes to town! 

SHUFFLE, a hot young group of New-York based chamber musicians and vocalists, takes to the Gordon stage Saturday night, December 3, 2016, at 8:00pm. This modern day chamber group puts on an unexpected, inspiring and energetic concert in which the audience chooses the tunes.

SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world. Their roster is as follows:

Eliran Avni

Eliran Avni is SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist. The SHUFFLE concept was born...

Oct11
Keeping it Real

Singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs is the former front-man for the legendary Baltimore band The Bridge, a roots rock band. He will be performing live at the Gordon Center Saturday, November 5 with his solo band, following a set by Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers.

Cris is doing a deep dive with his music and lyricism these days, “looking for more meaning and emotionality to come through in my songwriting, and infusing my songs with greater relevance,” he says.

If you know Cris’s roots, you might be expecting an eclectic set of blues, country, rock, and bluegrass November 5, but “it will be all those things but not one,” he says.  “I love so many different kinds of music – I can’t say I want to be blues, or rock, or bluegrass alone. I aspire to write something of substance, as opposed to when I was a...

Oct10
Israeli Radio LIVE at the Gordon

We speak with the founder of Israel Story about this popular Israeli podcast. 

Coming to the Gordon on November 7 at 7:30pm, Israel Story LIVE uses the timeless power of stories to provide an intimate glimpse of modern Israeli life. In a dazzling combination of radio-style storytelling, music, singing, video, and other mixed media magic, Israel Story LIVE tells the stories of Israelis from all over the country.

Last week the editors of J Blog had an opportunity to catch up with Mishy Harman, the founder of Israel Story:

1. Where did the idea for Israel Story...

Aug31
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Discovering the Balance

Mom-entrepreneur Nicole Feliciano shows Moms how to make time for business, family, success 

MomBoss: Nicole FelicianoMid-September, mom-entrepreneur and author/blogger Nicole Feliciano takes off from New York City on a coast-to-coast book tour touching down at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm — for A Mom’s Night Out.  

Feliciano will be promoting her new book MomBoss: Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids, and Success. She is thrilled to be returning to Maryland, her childhood stomping grounds.

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Aug25
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Tatiana Amirova, Live at The Gordon!

Odessa, Ukraine, singer-sensation Tatiana Amirova performs live at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 6:00pm. 

Tatiana AmirovaThe performance, co-presented with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Associated’s Baltimore-Odessa Partnership.

Gorgeous and gifted with an impassioned, hip, and sophisticated, soulful voice, Amirova gained national acclaim and admiration on The Voice, Ukraine, on which she competed as a finalist. 

A “unity of opposites,” Amirova is feminine, charming...