Thrive Music Live

We, your curators, discover what happens when music and audiences collide at monthly concerts. No stage, no categories. No boundaries. Join us and play! It’s a perfect date night; a great way to meet artists and musicians, and even sketch as the music unfolds. Gourmet dessert and wine included.


No. 13  |  The World of Yes

Friday March 2, 2018  |  7 – 10pm 

@ Thrive Atelier

Join us for a recital of new music for voice and Saxophone
Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano and Alan Theisen, alto saxophone

No Matter How I Go (Epitaph for Carrie Fisher) — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
"Spring" and "Summer" from Season's Song — Michael Young *
Silver Songs — Anna Brake *
"Fall" and "Winter" from Season's Song — Michael Young *
Aria — John Cage
Epilogue — Jessica Rudman
when you touch — Alan Theisen *
From All Of Our Love This Was Lost — Nick Zoulek

We welcome home Megan Ihnen who ran the Federal Hill Parlor Series out of Jordan's former Light Street location! (Our inspiration for THRIVE MUSIC LIVE). 


Megan Ihnen

Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen's diverse repertoire ranges from Brahms, Schubert, and Handel to the modern sounds of Crumb, Schwantner, Cage, on up to today. Megan is a new music force of nature. 

A prolific new music artist, Ms. Ihnen has appeared with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Latitude49, Great Noise Ensemble, Stone Mason Projects, Rhymes With Opera, SONAR new music, and more. She has sung with many outstanding performers including Nadia Shpachenko, Nicholas Photinos, Michael Hall, Gregory Oakes, Holly Roadfelt, Nick Zoulek, Hillary LaBonte as well as premiered the work of Mara Gibson, Griffin Candey Garrett Schumann, Christian Carey, Alan Theisen, Anna Brake, D. Edward Davis, Anthony Donofrio, and more. 

Ihnen’s interpretations of modern and contemporary repertoire have garnered growing acclaim. She is particularly recognised as an excellent recitalist. Her This World of Yes program with Alan Theisen explores the themes of pathways, choices, and duality through the work of contemporary composers such as Jessica Rudman, Michael Young, and Michelle McQuade Dewhirst. This World of Yes has been performed in Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and the Southeast.


Alan Theisen

Alan Theisen (b. 4 Oct. 1981) is a composer, saxophonist, music theorist, and educator.
His works encompass a wide array of genres and instrumentation including chamber music, art song, solo piano, jazz, concerti, and more. Though Theisen's pieces are stylistically diverse, all exhibit unabashed emotional sincerity, memorable melodies, sensitive harmony, and carefully constructed formal designs—characteristics that inspire enthusiastic audience response and repeat performances. Some recent premieres of Theisen's music have occurred at National Sawdust (Brooklyn), New Music Gathering (Peabody Conservatory), and the World Saxophone Congress (Strasbourg, France).




Thrive Music

Thrive Music originally began at Jordan Faye Contemporary. We, your curators, aim to keep Baltimore large on the map of who’s who in the New Music scene. After all, why should National Sawdust and Poisson Rouge have all the fun? We seek to promote local composers and musicians as well as host great collaborators from across the country.

We want to revive the music–meets–gallery movement started by Megan Ihnen at Jordan’s original Federal Hill location called The Federal Hill Parlor Series, which inspired many offshoots including Talk Show with Zach Branch, Joshua Bornfield’s War Memorial Concerts and our own James Young’s work with Occasional Symphony.

We seek to watch what happens when music and audiences collide at monthly concerts that are anything but formal. No stage will separate you from the musicians and we hope to see performers react to the work displayed on the walls, floors and ceilings around them. No barriers or categories need apply.


Meet the Curator:

Samantha Buker is a writer–editor– cultural critic–at–large and runs 7 Veils Studio in Mt. Vernon. Her published work ranges from classical music criticism to financial journalism and has appeared in such pubs as The Daily Reckoning, City Paper, The Washington Post, What Weekly and BmoreArt. She serves on the board of directors of PostClassical Ensemble and is Vice-President of Occasional Symphony here in Bmore.


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Thrive Music Live meets monthly and even sometimes twice a month at one of two locations, in the heart of the city at our very own Thrive Atelier or in the Northeast neighborhood of Lauraville at ANALOG arts. To learn more about the next musical debut... click the button below! 

Samantha Buker & Jordan Faye Block celebrating the Finissage for Jordan Faye Contemporary. July 2017.  Mural behind them,  Intuitive Enigma , by Ms. Block.

Samantha Buker & Jordan Faye Block celebrating the Finissage for Jordan Faye Contemporary. July 2017.  Mural behind them, Intuitive Enigma, by Ms. Block.