The last time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ventured across the Atlantic was in the fall of 2005 for a tour that became a highlight of Yuri Temirkanov’s final season as music director. His successor, Marin Alsop, will be at the helm when the BSO returns to Europe in August after an absence of 13 years, a trip that could well become a highlight of her tenure.
Marin Alsop, Nicola Benedetti and Simon Rattle lead line-up at the Edinburgh International Festival 2018This year's edition of the iconic festival will feature eye-catching performances of Wagner's opera 'Siegfried', Humperdinck's 'Hansel and Gretel' and close with a centenary celebration of the music of Bernstein. The program includes 48 concerts and recitals by orchestras including the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestras.
Younger musicians in the Edinburg International Festival program include Scottish mezzo Catriona Morison, who has leapt to international recognition since winning Cardiff Singer of the World and violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will be part of a concert on the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, August 25, when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by one of the maestro’s last protége’s, conductor Marin Alsop. That centenary celebration will also include a performance of the Second Symphony of Robert Schumann, which Bernstein worked on with Alsop, and conducted himself at the 1950 Festival, as well as a programme of chamber music at the Queen’s Hall and Bernstein tunes as part of the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
It will not be a first for Alsop. Leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, she made history in 2013 as the first woman to conduct the annual Last Night of the Proms since the festival’s founding in 1895. Alsop returned to lead the Last Night in 2015. She has also conducted various orchestras in other Proms concerts. (Proms is short for Promenade Concerts.)
The 2018 BBC Proms has been announced. One of - if not the - highest profile of international music festivals, the BBC Proms draws artists and ensembles from around the world to London's Royal Albert Hall over the summer months. Key themes this year will include marking the centenaries of: the end of the First World War (including with a commission from composer Anna Meredith on the opening night on July 13), of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, and of women receiving the right to vote in the UK. Ninety debuts by artists include the first visit to the Proms by the Estonian Festival Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Teodor Currentzis and MusicAeterna (recipients of Recording of the Month in our January issue for their Sony release of Tchaikovsky's PathétiqueSymphony).
Leonard Bernstein, who was born in 1918, was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His work as conductor, composer, pianist, and educationalist are explored in depth this season. The bank-holiday weekend, on what would have been Bernstein’s 100th birthday, will feature a Proms debut for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Marin Alsop, a former student of Bernstein.
The season will pay tribute to a range of events that occurred 100 years ago. The birth of Leonard Bernstein in 1918 has inspired a performance of West Side Story, as well as a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Prom led by Marin Alsop, a former student of Bernstein.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra travels abroad for a tour through the United Kingdom and Ireland. From August 21-30, the BSO will make stops in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin, making itself known as a strong cultural ambassador for the city of Baltimore and the entire state of Maryland.