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Nicholas McGegan, conductor  
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Christopher Ainslie, countertenor
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass  
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor

Nicholas McGegan brings his mastery and affection for early music to Bach’s final crowning achievement, the great Mass in B Minor. These first BSO performances in 50 years are a fitting centennial season showcase for the BSO and Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Thu, May 26, 6:30 pm

Bach's B Minor Mass

Jack Everly, conductor
John Waters, host
Laura Marie Rondinella, Tracy Turnblad
Paul Vogt, Edna Turnblad
George Wendt, Wilbur Turnblad
Julie Kavanagh, Penny Pingleton
Stephen Scott Wormley, Seaweed
NaTasha Yvette Williams, Motormouth Maybelle
Jaylyn Simmons, Little Inez
Matthew Scott, Link Larkin
Kirsten Scott, Amber von Tussle
Beth Leavel
, Velma von Tussle
Ron Remke, Corny Collins
N’Kenge, Dynamite
Natalie Renee, Dynamite
Kara-Tameika Watkins, Dynamite
Aaron Fuksa, male authority figure
Susie Mosher, female authority figure
Baltimore School for the Arts Singers, Mark Hardy, choral director

“You can’t stop the beat” in this encore performance of a semi-staged concert production featuring full orchestra, vocalists and Baltimore’s own John Waters as narrator. Relive 2013's sold out performances of this quirky classic through your favorite songs from the musical that follows a young girl’s dream to star in a dance show as she ends up changing the world.

Joining us for Friday's performance? Come to the after-party at Ryleigh's Oysters! Click here for more information. For those interested in a VIP experience, pay an additional $25 to attend a private cast party with John Waters in the Ryleigh’s basement with free food and drink specials. Limited space available, first come first serve. Please click "VIP After Party" to purchase tickets.

Jennifer Ladner
, director/choreographer
David Levy, dramatic direction and script adaptation
Greg Sanders, vocal director and rehearsal pianist
Jonathan Kalbfleisch, rehearsal pianist

Katharine Ariyan, Brenda
Grace Atherholt
Lauren Bishop
Cassie Cope
Alex DeVito
Joel Flynn
Noah Israel
Christopher Kelley
Owen O'Leary
Jennie Phelps
Mickey Rafalski
Sophie Stromberg

Xavier Brebnor
Kyshawn Lane, Gilbert
Saran Oseitutu
Joseph Perkins, Duane
Morgan Scott
Markia Smith

Lisa Carrier Baker, mother
Ui-Seng Francois, Lorraine
Patricia Hengen, mother
Becky Mossing, mother

SuperPops, Special Event
Hairspray: In Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

James Lee III: Thurgood's Rhapsody (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Thomas Adès: Polaris (BSO Premiere)
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2

Performed with its original Martha Graham choreography, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring evokes the wide-open landscape and inherent optimism of American possibility. Ravel’s luxurious, flamboyant orchestral showpiece follows a work by one of the most original and compelling voices of our time, Thomas Adès.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, Jun 11, 6:30 pm

Ten American composers have each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Lori Laitman, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Joan Tower, James Lee III, Jonathan Leshnoff,Christopher Rouse and Christopher Theofanidis. Chosen themes for the commissions include: fanfare for the uncommon woman, earth, death of Poe and dancing blue crabs. These Celebration Centennial works have been commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

*Commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Also made possible by generous support from New Music USA, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Randolph S. and Amalie R. Rothschild Endowed Fund for New Music.

Appalachian Spring

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music.

Classes are from 6-7 pm in the Green Room, preceded by a mix and mingle happy hour at 5:30 pm.

Price: $112 per person, $90 for BSA Members. Tickets are for all three dates below.

Add parking for all three dates.

April 26
Emily Skala, Principal Flute
The Orchestral Life — The unusual existence of the musician in the orchestral world.

May 17
Sharon Pineo Myer, Viola
Traveling the World with the BSO — My experience traveling with the BSO: Stories of how everything is transported and the adventures I have experienced.

June 14
Andrew Balio, Principal Trumpet
A Future for Classical Music — How future interest in classical music might be nurtured when our society realizes that many of the solutions to present problems can be found in our past.

Special Event
Music Adventures: A Future for Classical Music

Marin Alsop, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello 

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”
Dvořák: Cello Concerto

The ever-adventurous cellist Yo-Yo Ma — who earned two Grammy Awards with the BSO in 1995 — performs Dvořák’s sublime and sensuous concerto. The lyricism and elation of Dvořák’s show-piece is paired with the composer’s beloved musical trip to America through his “New World” symphony.

Special Event, Classical
Yo-Yo Ma

Marin Alsop, conductor
Tamara Wilson, soprano
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Dimitri Pittas, tenor
Morris Robinson, bass
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, director  

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Marin Alsop calls Verdi’s Messa da Requiem a “conductor’s dream come true” that combines the theatrical flair of opera with the symphonic weight of the orchestra. The dramatic journey features virtuoso singers and orchestra in an exhilarating season finale.  

Classical, Special Event
Verdi's Requiem

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

The BSO’s essential red, white and blue bash! This outdoor celebration features patriotic favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, topped off with dazzling fireworks. Plus, hear the winner of the BSO’s famed “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest perform The Star-Spangled Banner.

Come out early for food trucks and fun! Gates open at 5 pm.

FREE parking available on July 3 & 4 with complimentary shuttle at remote lot.

Parking at Oregon Ridge Park is $12 in advance, $15 on-site.

Star-Spangled Spectacular

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

The beauty, complexity and improvisatory nature of Jerry Garcia’s songwriting are a perfect match for the power of a symphony orchestra. Experience Lee Johnson’s Dead Symphony No. 6, an orchestral suite inspired by ten Grateful Dead songs including “Mountains of the Moon,” “Stella” and “Sugar Magnolia.” Deadheads won’t want to miss!

Grateful Dead Symphony

Jonathan Carney, conductor

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture
Bizet: Selections from Carmen Suites Nos. 1 and 2
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, Op. 95 “From the New World”

Play and perform a full concert program side-by-side with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Artscape Festival!

Please note: You must fill out an application before you pay the registration fee. Your registration is not complete until your registration fee has been received. Click BUY TICKETS above to pay the registration fee!

Questions? Contact us at 410-783-8051.

Rusty Musicians at Artscape

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Meng Su, guitar

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Falla: Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat
Piazzolla: Tangazo
Marquez: Danzon No. 2
Bernstein: “Mambo” from West Side Story

Get ready to mambo! You won’t be able to restrain your dance moves once the flavors of Piazzolla, Gershwin and Bernstein start cooking in this sizzling program of salsa.

Join us before the Meyerhoff concert for a pre-show block party featuring sangria, food trucks, live Salsa music and dancing! The party starts at 5:30 pm!

Summer, Classical
Salsa at the Symphony

Jonne Valtonen: Fantasy Overture, Circle within a Circle within a Circle
Nobuo Uematsu: FINAL FANTASY VI, Symphonic Poem (Born with the Gift of Magic)
Nobuo Uematsu & Masashi Hamauzu: FINAL FANTASY X, Piano Concerto
Nobuo Uematsu: FINAL FANTASY VII – Symphony in Three Movements

An evening of symphonic music from the beloved video games FINAL FANTASY® VI, VII and X! Featuring music by legendary videogame composers Nobuo Uematsu and Masashi Hamauzu. Costumes encouraged. Whether you travel by chocobo or airship, make sure you’re there!

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Please note: There is no film accompaniment with this performance.

Final Symphony © & ℗ 2013-2016 Merregnon Studios. Licensed by Square Enix.

FINAL FANTASY is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Group Co., Ltd.

Final Symphony: Music from FINAL FANTASY® VI, VII and X

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Charlie Albright, piano
Emily Skala, flute
Jane Marvine, English horn
Andrew Balio, trumpet

Bernstein: "Three Dance Episodes" from On the Town
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2
Copland: Quiet City
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

The sounds of summer are on full display in this lighthearted program. The easy elegance of Bach’s second orchestral suite balances beautifully with the introspection of Copland’s Quiet City and unstoppable riffs of Rhapsody in Blue.

Join us before the Meyerhoff concert for a pre-show block party featuring classic American cocktails, food trucks and live jazz! The party starts at 5:30 pm!

Summer, Classical
Rhapsody in Blue

Justin Freer, conductor

The Harry Potter™ film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. This concert will feature the Baltimore Symphony performing every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros.
Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone™ in Concert

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JUNE 2013
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  • Meyerhoff
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