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Every September since 1981, Johns Hopkins University's students, faculty, alumni, and community members vie for a spot in the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. Each season results in a 150-person group that performs high-quality, low-cost symphonic and chamber concerts throughout the school year.

Under Music Director Jed Gaylin, who has held the position since 1994, the orchestra plays everything from world premieres of contemporary pieces to beloved classics. Each concert even spotlights rousing solos from exceptionally talented players, including luminaries of the classical world like Brian Ganz and Hilary Hahn. Outside of concerts, the HSO drums up passion for classical music with programs such as instrument mentoring in public schools and free kids' concerts.

3400 N Charles St
Baltimore,
MD
US

The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.

4 West University Parkway
Baltimore,
MD
US

The photographers at Clapp Studios categorize their snapshots into two themes: LoveStyle and LifeStyle. LoveStyle shoots capture couples at the height of their romance, flashing the camera as lovebirds get engaged, take their vows, or carve their initials into the side of a police cruiser. Documenting the next stages of couples’ relationships, LifeStyle photos tell the stories of growing families with elegant, tasteful shots of expectant mothers, sleepy-eyed newborns, and grinning children. Clapp Studios also helps keep romance alive with flirtatious boudoir photo shoots, which gussy up subjects beforehand with makeovers from a makeup artist.

3000 Chestnut Ave.
Baltimore,
MD
US

Alex Layne, a graduate of the illustrious Peabody Institute, edifies aspiring shredders of all ages with guitar-playing prowess he purloined from members of punk group Reptile House and other musicians such as Felicia Carter and Antony West. During two 30- or 45-minute lessons, students can perfect their plucking on an electric, acoustic, or inflatable axe as Alex summons more than 20 years of teaching know-how to impart basic, intermediate, or advanced skills. Customized to each pupil’s individual aptitude, sessions can cover fundamentals that include open chords and strumming techniques, or such advanced talents as mastering pentatonic scales and upstaging lead singers. Today’s Groupon may also be redeemed for online lessons via Skype, allowing Alex the ability to zoom in on complicated chords.

3704 Hickory Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US

Friendly and Affordable Computer Training. We offer high quality education in small class sizes. Generally our classes are limited to 5 participants. Our classes are designed to be short, but relevant. You learn what you really need to know to do what you need to do.

855 N Howard St
Baltimore,
MD
US

During Loyola University’s #3USHAK3SF3ST, three theater departments from three Illinois universities explore a wide Shakespearean spectrum with renditions of a comedy, a history, and a fantasy. In Measure for Measure, the hosting thespians uncap a comedy about the hypocrisy of a corrupt judge the Duke of Vienna tasks to tidy the city’s lax moral code of conduct. On Saturday night, Western Illinois condenses the history plays of Henry IV into a single show, chronicling the perilous years in English history when British soldiers fended off the thorns that pricked royal fingers. For Sunday’s finale, a Prospero from Bradley’s Peoria campus casts a stormy spell over the city’s north lakeshore in Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. The theater groups will produce all three works using the same innovative set structure, lighting design, and spells for summoning stagehands, enabling the triad to smoothly reconstruct itself at the other two campuses after the inaugural Chicago festival.

4501 North Charles Street
Baltimore,
MD
US