Baltimore's Lyrical Concert Hall

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In Baltimore's arts area there are plenty of choices – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Maryland Institute College of Art, and The Lyric Opera House, plus other smaller venues. Visitors to Baltimore should hop the Light Rail and take the short ride north to this artful area.

Lyric ExteriorLyric LobbyWe recently visited the Lyric, and had a chance to rediscover this jewel of a concert hall. It's a magnificent old hall that opened with a Boston Symphony Orchestra in October 1894. Over the years, it has been the site of everything from jazz concerts to boxing matches, famous speakers to cooking exhibitions, hypnotists to magicians. Enrico Caruso sang here, Charles Lindbergh spoke here, Will Rogers joked here, and Leopold Stokowski conducted here. Since its first concert, the Lyric's acoustics have been rated among the best in the world. The acoustics helped saved the Lyric over the years – the auditorium's qualities are still world-renowned. In fact, the auditorium is registered on the National Register of Historical Places, though the exterior is not. This makes it possible for modernization of the entrance and related facilities.

Lyric BalconyLyric AuditoriumSeveral times in its history, the Lyric was at risk of disappearing. In 1920, a group of citizens raised a quarter million dollars to keep the theater from becoming an auto dealership. Then, in the 1960's, there was talk of demolishing the theater because is was rundown. A multi-million dollar renovation between 1979 and 1982 turned the Lyric into a major multi-purpose venue without changing the classic look and excellent acoustics of the auditorium. When the Baltimore Symphony moved to the nearby Meyerhoff in 1982, the gap in the Lyric's schedule was quickly filled by the Baltimore Opera Company along with Broadway musicals, and touring entertainers. In recent years, the grand old hall has hosted the likes of David Copperfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jay Leno, and Mel Brooks.

Baltimore is known for its Inner Harbor and lively waterfront. In the world of music and entertainment, our Lyric Opera House shines just as brightly as the lights of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Patricia Kennedy
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While the acoustics in Meyerhoff are totally amazing, the Lyric is the most beautiful concert hall in the area - at least I think so!  Back in the 1960's, I appeared in a production of Tristan and Isolde.  The producers were casing the cafeteria at Peabody looking for music students who  could pass for 12-year old boys - I got picked to be one of the pages.  It was so cool!  
Oct 15, 2007 03:50 AM #1
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I have friends in the BSO..they're a really fine orchestra!  I know Meyerhoff pretty well, but have never attended a concert at the Lyric Opera House.

Pat, I didn't know you went to Peabody.  I was there in the 70's for a brief time.  I auditioned for Baltimore Symphony there!

Oct 15, 2007 03:58 AM #2
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Patricia, The Lyric is most beautiful.  You a 12 year old boy, how fun! I bet you have some fond memories of that time. Care to share them?

Oct 15, 2007 03:59 AM #3
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Eric, Enjoyed our conversation this morning and hearing about your music career. My daughter is the accompanist for the Baltimore Opera. 

Please let me know when you are in the Baltimore area.

Oct 15, 2007 04:20 AM #4
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Margaret - What a beautiful place! I love the symphony!
Oct 15, 2007 04:30 AM #5
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Hi Margaret - what a beautiful building the Lyric is from your pictures!  I love posts like this - love learning things about different areas I've been to and may go back to.

Very nice post - hope you get a localism feature for this post!
Ann

Oct 15, 2007 11:16 AM #6
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Linda and Ann, Thanks for stopping by and recognizing the beauty of this building. Please come visit us in Baltimore.

 

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Hi Margaret,
Absolutely gorgeous and if those walls could talk, the stories they could tell.
Oct 17, 2007 02:16 PM #8
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Cynthia, You are so right about those stories.
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Margaret, thank you so much for the call tonight. I always enjoy talking to you and am tickled at how supportive you have always been.

Love the photos and of course the Lyric Opera House is my favorite. You do such a beautiful job exposing your City and its assets for all of us. For those relocating to the area, your blog site is a must. The history and the personal sentiment that you express with your listings as well as community articles is above the rest.

Oct 25, 2007 03:18 PM #10
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Enjoyed talking with you, Gena. Thanks  for everything you do to make Active Rain such a wonderful place. Your encouragement of others is outstanding.
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Hi, Margaret! Neat photos, but not labeled. Am I to assume that the left photos are a different venue from the right photos? They are incongruous, after all. Since Tami worked in Baltimore right after college, it's been a neat place to us. It's far more significant now, however, since it's Margaret Rome's Home.
Oct 26, 2007 01:26 PM #12
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Sharon, Thanks for stopping by. Please come visit us anytime!

The photos are named..just run your mouse over them.

Oct 27, 2007 05:07 AM #13
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