Thu, Dec 06


Baltimore Museum of Art

Symphonic Jazz with Occasional Symphony

Stanley Cowell, Steinway jazz pianist, will headline with his "Asian Art Suite" at Baltimore Museum of Art

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Symphonic Jazz with Occasional Symphony

Time & Location

Dec 06, 2018, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

About The Event

We’ll join Occasional Symphony at Baltimore Museum Art as they bring symphonic orchestral jazz (first introduced to the mainstream by the likes of Gershwin and Ellington) back to the future with featured 21st-century Steinway jazz pianist and composer, Stanley Cowell. Tickets for this event are available to the general public at

Occasional Symphony is on a mission to share the majesty of symphonic music performances in less traditional and accessible venues, “living spaces;” this time they’ll grace the grand and historic Baltimore Museum of Art. This special fundraiser will help buoy the symphony's efforts to bring their art to the wider community.

Art imitates art in Stanley Cowell’s Asian Art Suite, a composition for orchestra and jazz improvisation inspired by Asian artworks and structures in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The performance will include highlights from Atom Hearts Club Suite No. 2 by Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu and Darius Milhaud's jazz-infused La Création du Monde. Fun fact: Darius Milhaud, was a prolific French 20th Century modernist composer, born in the late 1800s, and mentor of the legendary Dave Brubeck.

The performance begins at 7:00 PM, however, please plan to arrive at 6:30 PM and attend the pre-performance talk with Stanley Cowell. Stanley Cowell's performance is co-sponsored by the Piano Choir, Inc, a non-profit (501(c)3 presenting educational music programs to the public.


Founded in 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, Occasional Symphony is a grassroots orchestra in Baltimore promoting live music in living spaces. “Central to its mission, Occasional Symphony concerts are held in distinctive venues not necessarily associated with orchestral music. Each program is designed to resonate with the specific venue and occasion.


Committed to artistic excellence and social equity in its collections, the 210,000-square-foot Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s. BMA is located in Charles Village, three miles north of the Inner Harbor, and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University. General admission to the BMA is free creating a museum experience welcome to all. The performance takes place in the BMA Meyerhoff Auditorium.



With our premium ticket purchases, Mixolo will enjoy reserved orchestra seating and a special CD, "Handscapes," a rare jazz album produced by Strata-East, the first Black-owned jazz record label in the US co-found-founded by Stanley Cowell (our composer/soloist for the concert) and his music partner Charles Tolliver after they became frustrated with the abandonment of jazz artists by major record labels in the early 1970s.

UPDATE: We've added a regular admission ticket for $25. We want you there!

We may arrange a separate pre-performance Mixolo gathering, independent of Occasional Symphony, at Gertrude's restaurant/bar inside the BMA. Please indicate your interest in the special requests box at checkout.


Limited on-street metered parking is available on Art Museum Drive. E-Z Park Meters accept coins, debit cards, and credit cards. Display the printed parking receipt on your dashboard.

The BMA East and West Lots are available for BMA and the resident Gertrude's restaurant patrons and include wheelchair accessible spaces. Parking rates during the performance hours.

$5 Evening Rate (5pm–12am)

$5 BMA Members at all times

You may pay for parking in the BMA East and West lots at the Welcome Desks in the East Lobby and Fox Court, or at the big blue machine near the entrance to Gertrude's Restaurant. They accept coins, debit cards, and credit cards.


Please contact us at with any questions.


This event is non-refundable. Mixolo is required to make advance payment arrangements for this type of event.


Painting by Sam Buker, 7 Veils Studio and VP, Occasional Symphony. Stanley Cowell, the composer, featured in painting and photo.


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