Berkshire Choral International

Haydn, History and More

Haydn The Seasons

June 10-17, 2018
Concert: June 16, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College
Conductor: Betsy Burleigh

Founded in 1885, Goucher College sits on 287 wooded acres in Towson, MD, eight miles from the Baltimore city center. Named for its founder, the Rev. John Franklin Goucher, the co-educational liberal arts college was originally the Women's College of Baltimore. Kraushaar Auditorium, often used by the Baltimore Symphony, will be the concert venue.


Hampton National Historic Site

Not far from Goucher College stands a stately Georgian mansion amid gardens and shade trees. Captain Charles Ridgely Jr. began construction of Hampton Mansion in 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War near the ironworks established by his father on the Gunpowder River in 1760.

The Ridgely family business included iron production, agriculture, and investments along 25,000 acres along the Chesapeake shore. Both indentured servants and enslaved people helped grow Captain Ridgely’s empire.

In addition to caring for his business interests, Captain Ridgely was elected governor in 1815. At his death in 1829, his will freed most of his 300-plus slaves. His heirs continued to run the estate until the Emancipation brought with it economic decline. Ridgelys lived in the mansion well into the 20th century. It was designated a national historic site in 1948, and the National Park Service took over the administration of the mansion and the now 60 acres in 1979.

Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Inner Harbor neighborhood features an eclectic mix of hotels, apartments, restaurants and stores as well as maritime-related sites.

The National Aquarium, opened in 1998, houses more than 750 species and brings the visitor to the ocean floor. Historic ships from Baltimore’s past can be seen at Piers 1, 3, and 5. The fleet includes the USS Constellation, the last full-sail vessel commissioned by the Navy; the Coast Guard Cutter Taney, which survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor; the World War II submarine Torsk, and the lightship Chesapeake.

Harborplace is a festival marketplace containing sit-down and casual restaurants, a variety of stores, and attractions such as Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center offers a 360-degree view of Baltimore on the 27th floor. Designed by I.M. Pei, the building is the largest even-sided pentagonal building in the world.

Baltimore History

With its pivotal roles in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War, Baltimore’s history is well-documented in several museums, including the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for Maryland African American History and Culture, the Peale Museum, Fort McHenry, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Jewish Museum of Maryland, to name a few. For the sports enthusiasts, there’s the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum and Camden Yards, home stadium of the Orioles, and for those with literary tastes, there is the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum.