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Baltimore is one of the country’s richest cities in terms of culture and venues that support education through the arts. Whether it’s opera, classical music, artistic performances or theater plays, Charm City features a wide variety of concert halls and musical centers. Check our top five for more. – Roxana Bardan

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France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Hippodrome Theatre
12 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 837-7400

Think back to the beginning of the century, when vaudeville was a cultural centerpiece that changed performing arts forever. Back then, the Hippodrome Theatre, built on the site of an old luxury hotel, was Baltimore’s site for incredible performances, world premieres and motion pictures. Closing in 1990, the Hippodrome Theatre re-opened in 2004 as the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. Ever since, it has been hosting Broadway shows and incredible artistic performances. The Hippodrome Foundation says that this is “just Act One” of what is yet to come at the Hippodrome Theatre and of their promise to culturally revitalize the city of Baltimore. So “let the curtain rise again,” and check their website for ticket information, future shows and events.

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Joseph Meyerhoff

Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 783-8000

With a long and rich history dating back to 1916, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent orchestras. Its modern history started in 1965, when Baltimore arts patron, Joseph Meyerhoff, became president of the Orchestra and appointed Romanian-born conductor Sergiu Comissiona as a visionary music director. Their collaborative creativity led the artistic institution to become the “undisputed leader of the arts community throughout the State of Maryland.” Through time, the Meyerhoff’s musical excellence, outreach programs and masterful music directors have transformed the BSO into Maryland’s musical ambassador to the world.

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Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

Lyric Opera Baltimore
140 W. Mt Royal Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201 
(410) 685-5086

A famed place in Maryland, the Lyric Opera Baltimore has been keeping its promise to present high quality opera performances for decades now. Furthermore, the Lyric Opera Baltimore is committed to enhance education and culture, featuring outreach programs for students of all ages in Maryland. In addition to amazing opera performances, the Modell Center hosts artistic performances and entertaining shows regularly. See the website for more details.

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Morgan State University

Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21251
(443) 885-4440

Located on the edge of the Morgan State University southeast campus, the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center is the city’s most modern venue in terms of state-of-the-arts facilities for visual and performing artists. The center made its debut on Dec. 1, 2001 with an incredible performance by the famed soprano, Ms. Jessye Norman, accompanied by pianist, Mark Markham. The MFAC features a very broad spectrum of events and shows, from Broadway and off-Broadway productions, to studio theatre, stand-up comedy and musical performances. See website for hours and upcoming performances and events.

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Pier Six Concert Pavilion

731 Eastren Ave.,
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 783-4189

Focused in bringing new life to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Pier Six Concert Pavilion has been redefining the outdoor live entertainment experience starting with the spring of 2006. Since then, the Pavilion has been featuring artists like Billy Idol, Donna Summer and Stevie Wonder, just to name a few. The panoramic view of the harbor makes this amenity one of Baltimore’s most sought-after treasures. For future events, concerts and hours of operations please check the website.