Updating a Sunday-night
Sel Kardan says that when he looked out into last season's
Shriver Hall Concert Series crowd, he observed a sea of
familiar faces--the loyal patrons who come each year to
listen to world-class musicians and the stars of tomorrow
perform chamber music at the Homewood venue. He also
noticed what in his assessment is too frequently missing
from the picture--young, unfamiliar faces.
Kardan, who became the executive director
of the prominent music series this past June, has been
coming to concerts at Shriver Hall ever since his
undergraduate days at Peabody. The violist and teacher
says that what originally drew him to the performances were
the big names, artists such as Dawn Upshaw, Murray Perahia
and Nathianal Rosen, who he thought skipped over Charm City
when planning their tour schedules.
A birthday bash for
The inhabitants of early-19th-century Baltimore had to
contend each summer with such unpleasantness as yellow
fever outbreaks, pestilence and an oftentimes unbearable
heat and humidity. Applying the "get out of the kitchen"
approach, during those months people of financial means
often fled the city to their country homes in such
present-day areas as Charles Village and Druid Hill.
One such summer retreat was Homewood, a
classically inspired five-part house built two miles from
the city's center on a 130-acre farm that is now the
university's main campus. While not the bucolic getaway it
once was, Homewood House appears today much as it would
have the moment in 1802 when Charles Carroll Jr. and his
family first moved in.
Volume 1: Philosophy Journal By and For
Prometheus, the university's new student journal of
philosophy, is proof that sometimes the lofty musings of
coffee talk actually do come to pass.
In fact, after a few years of talk about
creating such a journal, it was a kick of caffeine at a
meeting between two undergraduates named Dave that finally
got Prometheus off the ground.
"Basically, I was having coffee one day
with Dave [Harris] in August 2001 when we started talking
about it again," said editor in chief Dave Kotlyar, a
senior majoring in philosophy and biology. "And Dave said
we should talk to John [Odito], who was interested in the
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