Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Summer 2017 Programs

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces its summer 2017 concert season, with programs at Oregon Ridge in Cockeysville, MD, the Peabody Institute and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The summer lineup begins with a free performance on July 1 by the BSO and Academy Week participants under the direction of BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh. This concert is the culmination of a week-long immersive learning experience for adult non-professional musicians. On July 3, the BSO returns to Oregon Ridge to perform its annual Star-Spangled Spectacular, featuring classical, popular and patriotic favorites with a post-concert fireworks display.

Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the BSO launches a new two-part initiative this summer in its New Music Festival. With concerts on July 13 and 15, the Festival features Polish composer/soprano Agata Zubel and includes five BSO premieres, one Baltimore premiere and the world premiere of a new work by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. The BSO rounds out its summer with two free concerts as part of Baltimore’s annual Artscape festival. On July 21, Maestro Hersh leads the BSO in “Summertime in the City,” which includes classics from Beethoven and Vivaldi alongside Hersh’s own arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Hersh then conducts a BSO Rusty Musicians program of Brahms and Johann Strauss Jr. featuring adult musicians performing side-by-side with the BSO on July 22 at the Meyerhoff.


BSO Academy
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – 7:30 pm (Meyerhoff)

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

VERDI: Triumphal March and Ballet Finale from Aida
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1, movement 2
R. STRAUSS: Death and Transfiguration
VERDI: La forza del destino, Overture MAHLER: Symphony No. 2, movement 3
R. STRAUSS: Don Juan

This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Star-Spangled Spectacular
Monday, July 3, 2017 – 8 pm (Oregon Ridge)
Rain date: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – 8 pm

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Melissa Wimbish, soprano
Richard Troxell, tenor

SMITH: Star Spangled Banner
VERDI: “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from La Traviata
BEN BERNIE: “Sweet Georgia Brown” (arr. Hersh)
LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
Armed Forces Suite (arr. McGurty)
Sing Out, America (arr. Hayman)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bruce Springsteen Medley (arr. Hersh) LEONARD COHEN: “Hallelujah”
ALAN MENKN: Beauty and the Beast Medley
BERNSTEIN: “Glitter and Be Gay” from Candide GINASTERA: Danza final (Malambo) from Estancia TCHAIKOVSKY: 1812, Overture solonelle, Op. 49
SOUSA: “The Stars and Stripes Forever”

Gates open at 5 pm. Advance tickets are $18 for Adults and $9 for Children. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for Adults and $10 for Children. All tickets are general admission, lawn seating.
Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics.

New Music Festival (Chamber): Agata Zubel’s Labyrinth
Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 8 pm (Griswold Hall, Peabody Institute)

Marin Alsop, conductor
Agata Zubel, soprano
Inbal Segev, cello
Areta Zhulla, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

SCHUBERT: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, “Trout”,
movement 4
KEVIN PUTS: Quintet “The Red Snapper” (BSO Premiere) AGATA ZUBEL: Labyrinth (BSO Premiere)
GITY RAZAZ: The Legend of Sigh for cello & electronics (Baltimore Premiere)
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE: Rotae Passionis (Passion Wheels) (BSO Premiere)

This concert will be followed by a special late-night performance in the Meyerhoff lobby featuring soprano Agata Zubel.

Tickets for the New Music Festival can be purchased individually or as a package. All tickets are $15 for July 13, $25 for July 15 or $30 for both concerts.

New Music Festival (Orchestral): Marin Conducts The City
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 8 pm (Meyerhoff)

Marin Alsop, conductor MALEK JANDALI: The Silent Ocean (World Premiere)

Agata Zubel, soprano AGATA ZUBEL: Chapter 13 (BSO Premiere)
AGATA ZUBEL: In the Shade of an Unshed Tear (BSO Premiere)
KEVIN PUTS: The City (BSO Co-Commission)

Pre-concert party with The Gathering food trucks located outside the Meyerhoff ahead of the performance.

Tickets for the New Music Festival can be purchased individually or as a package. All tickets are $15 for July 13, $25 for July 15 or $30 for both concerts.

BSO at Artscape: Summertime in the City
Friday, July 21, 2017 – 6 pm (Meyerhoff)

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Wyatt Underhill, violin Lisa Steltenpohl, viola
Vince Vaise, narrator
Baltimore Boom Bap Society

STRAVINSKY: Suite from L’Histoire du soldat featuring the
Baltimore Boom Bap Society
VIVALDI: “Summer” from The Four Seasons
PIAZZOLLA: “Summer” from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
MERCURY: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (arr. Hersh)
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”, movements 3, 4 & 5

This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Rusty Musicians at Artscape
Saturday, July 22, 2017 – 6 pm (Meyerhoff)

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

J. STRAUSS Jr.: Die Fledermaus, Overture
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1

This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Meyerhoff)
1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University – Griswold Hall
1 E Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD

Oregon Ridge Park
13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD

Tickets for concerts at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Peabody Institute and Oregon Ridge Park can be purchased through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or

For press passes to any BSO concert during the summer 2017 season, please contact Theresa Kopasek in the Public Relations Office at


About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the Orchestra is internationally recognized and locally admired for its innovation, performances and recordings, and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids. Launched by Marin Alsop and the BSO in 2008, OrchKids provides children educational resources and fosters social change through the power of music in some of Baltimore’s most underserved communities.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 350,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. In 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas. More information about the BSO can be found at

About Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, a music director of vision and distinction who passionately believes that “music has the power to change lives.” She is recognized across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages. Marin Alsop made history with her appointment as the 12th music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). With her inaugural concerts in September 2007, she became the first woman to head a major American orchestra. Her success as the BSO’s music director has won national and international attention for her innovative programming and artistry. Her success was recognized when, in 2013, her tenure was extended to the 2020–2021 season. Alsop took up the post of principal conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and became music director in July 2013. She also holds the title of conductor emeritus at the Bournemouth Symphony in the United Kingdom, where she served as the principal conductor from 2002 to 2008. In the summer of 2016, she served her 25th and final season as music director of the acclaimed Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California. Alsop is often making history; in 2005 she was the first conductor to be awarded a MacArthur Genius award and in September 2013 as the first female conductor of the
BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London.

About the BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians
The BSO Academy Programs bring together passionate adult musicians from all over the United States for extraordinary experiences with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Academy participants can play side-by-side with the BSO in orchestral and chamber settings and experience master classes, lectures, sectionals and more, all led by orchestra members and experts in the field. The Academy Programs provide immersive opportunities for adult non-professional musicians who desire an intensive learning experience.

The Academy Programs’ Rusty Musicians invites adult musicians to play side-by-side with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in one-day reading sessions of major orchestral repertoire.

About Artscape
Artscape is America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children's entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.

This year’s theme is “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits.” For many, one of the most exciting parts of summer is taking time to engage in new experiences. Whether at an away camp or a local summer program, it’s something to look forward to all year—truly a staple of the summer season. The same goes for Artscape; it’s just not summer without it! The theme allows all involved to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new and experience the adventure that awaits in Baltimore.

About Nicholas Hersh
Nicholas Hersh is the BSO associate conductor and artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and co-curator and conductor for the BSO’s Pulse program. Mr. Hersh has served as music director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana and assistant conductor with the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado. He has appeared in concert with the New World Symphony in Miami and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony in Detroit, and he has served as cover conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2011 and 2012, he was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and he is a recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

Mr. Hersh grew up in Evanston, IL and started his musical training on the cello. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Hersh’s performance credits span a diverse range of genres beyond the traditional concert canon, including opera, Broadway, pops, choral, Viennese dance, ballet and film music. Mr. Hersh continues to earn acclaim for arrangements and orchestrations. His arrangements include commissions from the Cleveland Pops, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony. In 2013, Mr. Hersh’s arrangement of Queen’s famous
“Bohemian Rhapsody” saw worldwide success after the video of its premiere went viral on the Internet.

About Agata Zubel
Known for her unique vocal range and the use of techniques that challenge stereotypes, composer and soprano Agata Zubel gives concerts throughout the world and has premiered numerous new works. Winner of several competitions, both as a singer and as a composer, she boasts such important accolades as the Passport Award of the Polityka weekly for classical music (2005); the Frydereyk Award for Cascando, a recording of her own compositions; selected work (the grand prix) of the 60th UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (2013); the
Polonicz Nova Prize (2014); and the Badge of Merit to Polish Culture. Together with the composer and pianist Cezary Duchnowski, she established the ElettroVoce Duo.

As a singer and composer, Ms. Zubel has collaborated with several dozen festivals and philharmonic companies, as well as the world’s leading ensembles, such as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, London Sinfonietta, Eighth Blackbird, Seattle Chamber Players and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Her discography consists of more than a dozen titles, including albums dedicated to her own music such as Not I (KAIROS) and Cascando (CD
Accord); her vocal interpretations of songs by Copland, Berg and Szymański on Poems; and El-Derwid: Blots on the Sun and the most recent Dream Lake (CD Accord), which contain song cycles by Witold Lutosławski and André Tchaikowsky, respectively.

Ms. Zubel’s compositions have been commissioned by prestigious music institutions such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Hannoversche Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (for Staatsoper Hannover),

Westdeutscher Rundfunk (for Neue Vocalsolisten), Ensemble InterContemporain, Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the Deutsche Welle in Bonn, the Wratislavia Cantans Festival and the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw.

About Inbal Segev
Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as being “delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad. Equally committed to new repertoire for the cello and known masterworks, Ms. Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of solo and chamber music that she performs. Ms. Segev has performed as soloist with many acclaimed orchestras internationally and made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17. She has commissioned new works from composers including Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman, Timo Andres, Fernando Otero, Gity Razaz, Dan Visconti and more. In addition to her work as a soloist, she is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. Ms. Segev’s discography includes Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox 2015), a world premiere recording of works by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Albany 2015), Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One), Nigun (Vox) and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded serenades by Dohnányi (Navona).

Ms. Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo and Washington International Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Ms. Segev lives in New York with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

About Wyatt Underhill
Assistant concertmaster Wyatt Underhill joined the BSO in 2016. He has performed as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Concord Chamber Orchestra and the Oberlin Orchestra, and in recital at the Kennedy Center and the Gualala Arts Center in California. He has been concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, and toured China and Singapore as concertmaster of the Oberlin Orchestra. As a
Baroque violinist, Mr. Underhill has performed with Apollo’s Fire (The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra), Juilliard415 and as a soloist with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra.

About Lisa Steltenpohl
Lisa Steltenpohl, principal viola for the BSO, is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. She has served as principal violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Haddonfield Symphony, now Symphony in C. Ms. Steltenpohl has performed with such ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She began her musical studies on viola at age 11 and, as a high school student, was one of the youngest members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Steltenpohl performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the BSO in 2015. Before joining the BSO, Ms. Steltenpohl was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

About Baltimore Boom Bap Society
The Baltimore Boom Bap Society is a collaboration between producers Erik Spangler (DJ Dubble8) and Wendel Patrick. Their monthly improvised hip hop series, which recently celebrated its four-year anniversary, is conceived as a forum for experimentation and collaboration between local hip hop artists, while placing hip hop in dialogue with other forms of music. Wendel Patrick & DJ Dubble8 invite special guests from Baltimore and beyond to perform with them in diverse combinations, to explore a hybrid of free improvisation and beat-based composition.

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