#BaltimoreStrong: In aftermath of riots, signs-- and sounds-- of hope in Baltimore

While this week has brought plenty of bad news coming out of Baltimore, there are also positive stories to be told in the aftermath of the riots. One of those stories came to life Wednesday outside The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where The Baltimore Orchestra performed for free in an effort to promote peace in the city.  

People of all ages came together to enjoy the classical music. It was both an escape, and a show of strength. 

"I just think it's important that all sides of Baltimore are showcased and shown," said Jordan Sanford, a resident of the city. "And I think this is one of the most beautiful sides of Baltimore-- our culture, our creativity and showcasing that."

"Music has the power to unite us in ways that words can't, and words are so easily misinterpreted-- as we see," said Marin Alsop, the orchestra's music director.

As is tradition, the crowd yelled out, "O!!!!" for the Orioles—who played an afternoon game at Camden Yards vs. the Chicago White Sox which was closed to fans due to the conflict—during the National Anthem.

Instead of the normal sound of screaming fans inside the ballpark, it was the sounds of sirens that rang out around the stadium during the game, as police and military moved out of the staging area in the stadium parking lot. 

For many from Baltimore, it was a sad sight to see military trucks on the streets, but many people have come together to help get through such a tough time in the city. 

First responders lined up for free barbecue. Mission BBQ, which is based in Glen Burnie, Md., is offering free meals at all of the staging areas. Founder Bill Kraus said his restaurant would serve crews from all jurisdictions that have stepped forward to help. 

The Salvation Army also stepped up. They're trying to find the city's homeless who have been displaced by security and media at city hall. Salvation Army spokesman Lt. Allan Adkins said there are normally 25-50 homeless people who reside in the area, but with closed streets and blocked off areas, as well as high tensions, their organization is traveling around the city trying to locate them and help take care of their needs. 

But not all is okay in Baltimore. Steven Shorter, who is homeless, tells FOX 5 he was jumped and beat up during the Monday riots. When asked if he knew why rioters attacked him, Shorter said, "I didn't get a chance to speak to them-- I went into the emergency room because my head hurt so bad because they stomped me so badly." 

Shorter picked up some food at the Salvation Army truck. 

"I get food however I can—bum change or whatever. Sorry to say that, but it has to happen sometimes," Shorter told FOX 5. 

Overall, Baltimore residents who spoke to FOX 5's Emily Miller on Wednesday said they hoped and prayed things had turned a corner in the city, and that the anger we've seen this week would subside.  


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