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Marin Alsop, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

Jennifer Higdon: blue cathedral (BSO Premiere)
Korngold: Violin Concerto
John Williams: Theme from Schindler's List
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1

His first symphonic essay has all the passion and drama of his piano concertos and later symphonies. How mistaken were the work’s initial detractors, whose critical reception sent the young Rachmaninoff into years of depression. James Ehnes is the welcome violinist in Korngold’s lushly romantic concerto.

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Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1

From Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H to Arnold Vinick on The West Wing, Alda has been a staple on American television for more than four decades, earning 32 Emmy nominations and six Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. Well known for California Suite, The Four Seasons and other movies, he was nominated for an Academy award for The Aviator.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

Special Event
Alan Alda

Jack Everly, conductor

Jack Everly brings you a Wicked good evening of Broadway showstoppers when Ben Crawford, Christina Bianco and Broadway’s “Phantom,” Ted Keegan, join the BSO SuperPops to perform selections from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Les Miserables, Wicked and more!

SuperPops
Broadway Standing Ovations

The Mid-Shore Symphony Society, Inc. celebrates its 44th consecutive year with an exciting and innovative concert season with the BSO. The Mid-Shore Symphony Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to bringing cultural events to the Eastern Shore.

Each concert is preceded by a Pre-Concert Conversation beginning at 7:00 p.m.

All performances are at the orchestra’s Eastern Shore home in the Rufus M. and Loraine Hall Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. 

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts at Chesapeake College are supported in part by the Maryland Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Kent County Arts Council.

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BSO on the Eastern Shore

Arild Remmereit, conductor
Emily Skala, flute

Andrée: Concert Overture in D major
Mozart: Flute Concerto in G Major
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

It is in the 'Polish' that Tchaikovsky first achieved his signature sound so beloved in the final three symphonies. Arild Remmereit makes a fascinating discovery in the music of Elfrida Andrée, a Swedish contemporary of Tchaikovsky. Mozart dazzles in the hands of BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala.

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Tchaikovsky & Mozart

Marin Alsop, conductor

Christopher Rouse: Rapture
Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy
R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

In his grandiose, tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss expresses his devotion to his wife Pauline in lush melodies and orchestral writing, while waging war with his nemeses, the music critics! Both Rouse's Rapture and Scriabin's most famous and transcendent Poem of Ecstasy are bathed in spiritual intensity. Indulge yourself!

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Ein Heldenleben: A Hero’s Life

Marin Alsop, conductor

R.Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

If musicians have a favorite orchestra showpiece, this just might be it. Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is a masterpiece for the ages. Who is the hero portrayed in this stunning work? What journey must he overcome? It might take some serious brass to create the sounds of battle, bravery and heroism, but Strauss’ score exploits the full instrumental range of the BSO in one epic punch.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Ein Heldenleben

Gillard’s political career was crowned by her service as Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to hold either position. Born in Wales, she moved with her family to Adelaide when she was a child. Gillard’s earlier political career included numerous cabinet and shadow cabinet positions.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

Special Event
Julia Gillard

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano
Andrew Balio, trumpet                                                                  

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

The youthful sardonic humor of Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto contrasts with the sunniest of Brahms' four symphonies, written in one idyllic summer vacation. The impressive Finnish maestro Hannu Lintu returns to lead this program.

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Brahms' Symphony No.2

The Alexandria Harmonizers and the Pride of Baltimore Chorus presents Harmony on the Harbor, with the best of four-part harmony a cappella music, and featuring 10 quartets – including 3 of the top 5 quartets from Sweet Adelines International, three world-class choruses: the current International Champion Chorus from Sweden – The Rönninge Show Chorus; the four-time International Chorus Champions – The Alexandria Harmonizers; the Pride of Baltimore Chorus; and our special guests, both Maxx Factor – 2011 Queens of Harmony and Growing Girls – 1989 Queens of Harmony celebrating their 25th Anniversary! This is a once in a lifetime concert not to be missed!

Note: The BSO does not perform on this program.

International Ticket Buyers: If you have difficulty entering your address while ordering online, please contact our Ticket Office at 877.276.1444 to complete your purchase.

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Harmony on the Harbor

The BSO celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.  Uncover the history of the Mid-Atlantic and the country during the early 1800s and explore the creation of America’s National Anthem by Francis Scott Key.

Music for Youth: Grades 4-6
Approximately 40 minutes in length
Whether new comers to the orchestra or already young musicians, these concerts will engage students and provide meaningful connections to key curriculum subjects.

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Questions about the Midweek Concerts? The BSO Education Department would love to help. Please contact us at education@bsomusic.org | 410.783.8118

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Midweek Concert: Star-Spangled Banner

 

JA Jams Presents: An Evening with Kenny Loggins

A Concert to Support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA Jams was established in 2013 as an upscale concert event that created a tremendous opportunity for participants to experience world-class entertainment in a unique venue—while increasing awareness and fundraising support of JA’s mission.

All JA Jams proceeds help Junior Achievement inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network of more than 3,500 Marylanders, Junior Achievement connects classroom learning to the real world by providing hands-on programs for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Founded in 1957, the non-profit organization serves more than 40,000 students annually.

For any questions regarding JA Jams please contact Kim Denis, VP Operations & Special Events. Kim can be reached at 410-753-3288 or kdenis@jamaryland.org.

Special Event
JA Jams Presents Kenny Loggins

For more than 35 years, Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed documentaries ever made, including The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The War (2007) and Prohibition (2011). His films have won 12 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations, and in 2008 Burns received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement award.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

Special Event
Ken Burns

Relive the magic of the Fab Four with a thrilling Beatles retrospective that features chart-topping tunes complete with original arrangements. From early Beatles favorites through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is an authentic concert experience with hits such as “Penny Lane” and “Yesterday”.

Note: The BSO does not perform on this program.

SuperPops
Classical Mystery Tour

Marin Alsop, conductor
Boris Giltburg, piano

Tchaikovsky: Marche slave
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Known for his “intuitive, powerful performances” (Daily Telegraph), Israeli pianist and 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition Winner Boris Giltburg performs Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto. Marin Alsop leads this sumptuous Russian program also featuring Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, in which the composer walks a tightrope between his own artistic statement and Stalin’s socialist realism.

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Rachmaninoff & Shostakovich

Marin Alsop, conductor
Didi Balle, Playwright-In-Residence
Jared McLenigan, actor
Richard Poe, actor
Tony Tsendeas, actor

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

More than 75 years ago, Shostakovich set out to write his now legendary Fifth Symphony. The result was an appealing and triumphant score full of contradictions and hidden messages. Is it a tribute to the greatness of the Soviet virtues or a parody of its leadership? How could an artist create a work of such power and optimism under such harsh and restrictive conditions?

World Premiere, Philadelphia Orchestra, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, March 1, 2013

Off The Cuff
Shostakovich 5: Notes for Stalin

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Cathedral Choral Society

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Beethoven’s great Seventh Symphony anchors two contrasting works by Bernstein, Marin Alsop’s inspirational mentor. Both pieces occupy the fascinating nexus between Christian and Judaic liturgical traditions, the introspective First Symphony, and Chichester Psalms, with its catchy melodic and rhythmic appeal.

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Bernstein & Beethoven

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Bernstein & Beethoven

If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. The HAPPY HOUR TOUR comes on the heels of the release of Under The Influence, their fourth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features contributions from superstars Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas, Phil Collins, Dolly Parton and more! Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense...and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Special Event
Straight No Chaser: Happy Hour Tour

Share in the spirit of the holidays with Duke Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. This jazzy piece will delight students with the “Peanut Brittle Brigade,” “Dance of the Floreadors,” and more!

Age Groups:

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten
These interactive concerts introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra and provide a gateway into thinking about music through other subjects.

Prime Time: Grades 1-3
Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts integrated curriculum links.

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Midweek Concert: Ellington's Nutcracker

Edward Polochick, conductor
Sydney Mansacola, soprano
Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano
Ross Hauck, tenor
Sidney Outlaw, bass-baritone
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

Handel: Messiah

Witness the magnitude and sheer joy of the “Hallelujah chorus” as its sonorous chords echo throughout the concert hall. The BSO continues its tradition of ushering in the holiday season with Handel’s powerful and faith-filled Messiah.

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Handel's Messiah

Join us immediately following each family concert!

  • Buffet lunch in the Second Space Lounge
  • Gift for each child in attendance
  • Surprise guest at each luncheon

 

Individual Concerts: $13 per child and $22 per adult

All Four Concerts: $44 per child ($11 per concert) and $76 per adult ($19 per concert)

Lunches are hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. All proceeds go to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's educational programs, impacting the lives of more than 55,000 students a year.

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BSA Family Concert Luncheon

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Handel's Messiah

Jack Everly, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Jack Everly and the Tap-Dancing Santas are back! Experience this sparkling holiday celebration with full chorus, orchestra and guest vocalists. Carols, classical favorites, sing-alongs and more will get you into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for the whole family.

Special Event
Holly Jolly Pops

Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They’ve made over 35 since joining forces in early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” But it’s the Guys’ highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an Internet phenomenon that has brought them to their major label debut album, The Piano Guys, released on Sony Masterworks on October 2nd, 2012.

Special Event
The Piano Guys - A Family Christmas

Ken Lam, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor

Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 200 of the region's most talented musicians. The BSYO serves as ensemble-in-residence at the state-of-the-art George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, MD.

All tickets sold at the door will be $25 CASH ONLY. Ticket prices shown above are for advance purchases only.

For more information, visit BSOmusic.org/BSYO

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Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra

The BSO and the Baltimore School for the Arts dancers come together again in this holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

Choreography by Barry Hughson 

Robert Bernhardt, conductor 
Dancers from Baltimore School for the Arts 
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 

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The Nutcracker

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Mary Phillips, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
Haydn: The Storm
Beethoven: Opferlied
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Ring in the New Year with the ultimate musical expression of brotherhood and humanity. BSO favorite Nicholas McGegan leads Beethoven’s final symphony with the ever-popular “Ode to Joy.”

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Beethoven's 9th

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Beethoven's 9th

Marin Alsop, conductor
Cristina Pato, Galician bagpipes
Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh
David Krakauer, klezmer clarinet
Michael Ward-Bergeman, hyper-accordian

Barber: Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
Osvaldo Golijov: Rose of the Winds
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring headlines this program brimming with ritualism and ethnic flair. Golijov’s Rose of the Winds fuses together native music from around the globe and Barber delivers an eerie soundtrack for Greek mythology’s first femme fatale.

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The Rite of Spring

Marin Alsop, conductor

Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

With its clashing harmonies and explosive rhythms, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was an historic turning point in modern music 100 years ago. Marin Alsop guides the audience through the complexities and elements that even today make this rambunctious work feel edgy. If there’s a riot like there was in 1913 Paris, won’t you want to be there?

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: The Rite of Spring

Named one of America’s 10 Best Senators by Time in 2006, Snowe became widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes in the Senate. She was the youngest Republican woman elected to the U.S. Congress and is also the first woman to have served in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of the U.S. Congress.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

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Olympia Snowe

Günther Herbig, conductor
Alon Goldstein, piano 

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8

The composer's last complete symphonic statement is also his greatest in scale culminating in a blazing grand finale that resolves the work's underlying spiritual dilemma. Peabody alum Alon Goldstein makes his BSO debut in one of Mozart's most enchanting concertos.

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Bruckner Symphony No. 8

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Bruckner Symphony No. 8

Jack Everly, conductor
Jason Alexander, vocalist

Long before he became SEINFELD's "George Costanza", the vastly talented Jason Alexander was a Tony Award winning Broadway musical star. He shares that musical journey and passion for the music of the theater in a magical, musical and often hysterical evening. 

SuperPops
An Evening with Jason Alexander

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus
Peabody’s Children’s Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

No symphony ever written conveys a broader expressive range than Mahler's paean to the power of nature - from the frightening and the awesome to the tender and lovely. Marin Alsop and the BSO take you on an unforgettable voyage of discovery.

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Mahler's 3rd Symphony

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Mahler's 3rd Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Respighi: Church Windows
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Piano great Garrick Ohlsson brings his technical prowess and unmatched interpretation to Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Second Piano Concerto. Respighi’s symphonic poem Pines of Rome paints a scenic picture of Rome’s vast and vivid landscape.

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Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

Now a Senior Political Analyst for CNN and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School, Gergen served as a presidential advisor during the administrations of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. His election team coverage has twice won the Peabody Award, once with MacNeil/Lehrer Report and once with CNN.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

Special Event
David Gergen

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Madeline Adkins, violin
Igor Yuzefovich, violin
Dariuz Skoraczewski, cello
Emily Skala, flute
Katherine Needleman, oboe

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony, Wq 179
J.C. Bach: Sinfonia concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin, and Cello in C Major

A BSO favorite, guest conductor Nicholas McGegan leads a program that honors the Baroque period’s First Family. Selected music by Johann Sebastian, Johann Christian, and Carl Philipp Emanuel come together in one program showcasing both their individualism and legacy of true musical genius.

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All-Bach

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Igor Yuzefovich, violin
Dariuz Skoraczewski, cello
Emily Skala, flute
Katherine Needleman, oboe

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
C.P.E. Bach: Symphony, Wq 179
J.C. Bach: Sinfonia concertante for Flute, Oboe, Violin, and Cello in C Major

A case of nature vs. nurture? Musical genius was undoubtedly a hereditary gift in the Bach family tree. Conductor favorite Nicholas McGegan makes a guest appearance on the Off the Cuff series to explore seminal works by J.S., J.C. and C.P.E. Bach and their respective legacies that put them at the forefront of Baroque music.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: The Bach Family

Join the BSO in celebrating the contributions of innovators such as Duke Ellington and Harriet Tubman. Featuring music by Villa-Lobos and Ellington along with African-American spirituals, this program honors the impact of innovation on our collective history.

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Music for Youth: Grades 4-6
Approximately 40 minutes in length
Whether new comers to the orchestra or already young musicians, these concerts will engage students and provide meaningful connections to key curriculum subjects.

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Midweek Concert: African-American Innovation

Jack Everly, conductor

Grammy and Oscar-winning vocalist Patti Austin joins The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance dedicated to the brilliance of Duke Ellington and “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Enjoy Austin’s transcending style as she evokes the beauty and emotion of these legendary jazz classics such as “Cottontail,” “I Got It Bad,” “It Don't Mean a Thing” and more.

SuperPops
Patti Austin Sings Ella and The Duke

Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

Berlioz: Le Corsaire
Ravel (orch. Tortelier): Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23
Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Deeply exotic and fanciful, Stravinsky’s poingnant Firebird Suite tells the tale of the bird’s heroic triumph over evil. Hailed by many as an authority on Mozart, Louis Lortie brings his classical flair to Mozart’s poignant Piano Concerto No. 23.

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The Firebird Suite

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: The Firebird Suite

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano 

Stravinsky: "Divertimento" from The Fairy's Kiss
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

The BSO meets the Bard in an evening of fantasy, magic and romance! Shakespeare inspires Tchaikovsky’s epic Tempest Fantasy Overture and the seductive Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Also, Simon Trpčeski plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 

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Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpčeski

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpčeski

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
University of Maryland Concert Choir

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Mozart: Mass in C minor

Founder of the renowned Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki makes his BSO debut as he leads an all-Mozart program, including the fifth Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. The University of Maryland Concert Choir and four talented soloists perform Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Great Mass.

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Mozart’s Great Mass

Acclaimed author of Truman John Adams, and most recently The Greater Journey, this two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award has been called a National Treasure. A gifted storyteller, he has narrated several PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Napoleon, and the motion picture Seabiscuit.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

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David McCullough

Marin Alsop, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
Ravel: La Valse
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Would you like to dance? In orchestral technicolor, Marin Alsop and the BSO bring to life the lighter and darker sides of the waltz as imagined by Ravel and Strauss in pre- and post-WWI Europe. After her triumphant 2012 debut, star cellist Sol Gabetta returns to perform Haydn’s sparkling concerto.

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Haydn and Ravel

Marin Alsop, conductor

Marin Alsop brings her unique touch to the BSO family series, leading the orchestra in this delightfully humorous program. Gregory Smith’s  Mr. Smith’s Composition takes the audience on a journey into the mind of Mr.Smith as he composes. This program also includes selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.

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Mr. Smith's Composition

Jack Everly, conductor 

AFI’s greatest movie musical comes to the big screen at the Meyerhoff with live accompaniment by the BSO SuperPops. Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, features a lighthearted downpour of iconic dance and memorable songs including “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit As a Fiddle” and more!

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Singin' in the Rain

Marin Alsop, conductor
Adam Walker, flute

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto - East Coast Premiere
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

The Fifth, the second masterpiece of Tchaikovsky’s great final symphonic trilogy, takes us on a passionate journey from self-doubt to seeming triumph, embracing in a moment of inner repose the slow movement’s famous, wistful, horn solo. An extraordinary talent, Adam Walker makes his BSO debut with the East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto.

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Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Didi Balle, director and Playwright-in-Residence

If Beethoven’s Fifth is “Fate knocking at the door,” wrote a commentator, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is “Fate trying to get out.” Things just got interesting. Marin Alsop and Playwright-in-Residence Didi Balle join forces once again to guide audiences through Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a heady mix of drama, vigor and passion. Enjoy dramatic interpretation on the stage that breaks down the musical elements that give this masterpiece its hyper-Romantic character, followed by the work in its entirety.

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Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Katherine Needleman, oboe

Haydn: Symphony No. 96, “Miracle”
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Few works can match the orchestral color, sonic impact or sheer excitement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Experience it – live – along with Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto performed by BSO Principal Oboe Katherine Needleman

 

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Pictures at an Exhibition

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Pictures at an Exhibition

Grant Gershon, conductor
Edward Berkeley, stage director

From tragic to comedic, romantic to whimsical - the BSO and Washington National Opera team up to present opera scenes featuring artists from the Domingo-Cafritz young artist program. A wonderful evening featuring Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and more!

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A Night at the Opera

Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius who plays the violin, flute, trombone and drums with incredible skill. Experience the orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book where the fickle, yet lovable Farkle brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life.

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Age Groups:

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten
These interactive concerts introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra and provide a gateway into thinking about music through other subjects.

Prime Time: Grades 1-3
Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts integrated curriculum links.

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Plan Your Midweek Visit

Questions about the Midweek Concerts? The BSO Education Department would love to help. Please contact us at education@bsomusic.org | 410.783.8118

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Midweek Concert: Remarkable Farkle McBride

Rather anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. During this time, he also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released his bestseller Rather Outspoken on his life and the state of journalism today.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit www.baltimorespeakersseries.org for more information.

Special Event
Dan Rather

Ken Lam, conductor

Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius who plays the violin, flute, trombone and drums with incredible skill. Experience an orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book, where the fickle, yet lovable Farkle brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life. 

Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.

Family , Education
Remarkable Farkle McBride

Marin Alsop, conductor
Lukáš Vondráček, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 7

Once deemed “worthless” and “impossible to play,” by critics, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is now regarded as one of classical music’s most enchanting solo works. Marin Alsop leads remarkable young Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček in this timeless concerto. 

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Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto

Mario Venzago, conductor
Oliver Schnyder, piano

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
Haydn: Harpsichord Concerto in D Major
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Debussy: La Mer

Shimmering and evocative, rich but subtle, Debussy’s La Mer has endured as one of the composer’s most admired works. Mario Vengazo conducts the thrilling and passionate Don Juan – strength and daring that leaps off the stage.

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Debussy & Don Juan

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Debussy & Don Juan

Markus Stenz, conductor
Heidi Melton, soprano

Weber: Der Freischütz Overture
R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

Guest conductor Markus Stenz brings panache and musical depth to signature German repertoire, including Schumann’s vibrant Second Symphony and the return of impressive rising star Heidi Melton in Richard Strauss’ last great outpouring for the soprano voice.

 

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Strauss' Four Last Songs

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Strauss' Four Last Songs

Jack Everly, conductor

Behind every great film is a compelling score, and the works of noted film composer John Williams are nothing short of brilliant. Join us for a celebration of this iconic contemporary composer and hear your favorite themes from blockbusters such as Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Harry Potter and Empire of the Sun.

SuperPops
A Tribute to John Williams

Christoph König, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

Sibelius: Symphony No. 7
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Power, simplicity, beauty. Christoph König conducts the most famous symphony of all – Beethoven’s Fifth. Also, Alban Gerhardt pours heart and soul into one of Shostakovich’s most difficult pieces, the Cello Concerto No. 1.

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Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Please note: You must have a ticket for the 8pm BSO performance in order to attend the Symphonic Explorations lecture.

One of the best ways to enrich your experience at the symphony is to learn more about orchestral music and its composers. The BSO at Strathmore has partnered with Levine to offer stimulating, in-depth lectures to complement select Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts held at The Music Center at Strathmore.

Taught by Melinda Baird, chair of piano at Levine and Joel Friedman, Levine faculty lecturer, these lectures explore the music of the evening's concert program with discussions that delve into the historical context of the repertoire and the composers.

The 45-minute sessions are FREE to ticket holders and meet before the selected performances at 7:00 PM in Room 309 at The Strathmore, followed by a performance by the BSO at 8:00 PM. Registration is required.

Interested concert-goers must register by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the lecture to reserve seats. All reserved seats will be held until 6:50 PM the evening of the lecture, after which they will be released as general admission seating. For more information, please call (202) 686-8000 x1547.

Special Event
Symphonic Explorations: Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Kevin Newbury, director
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

*The BSO regrets to announce that due to a scheduling conflict, Patti LuPone has regrettably withdrawn from the Orchestra’s upcoming production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, slated for June 11, 2015 at The Music Center at Strathmore and June 12-14, 2015 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Please stay tuned for further casting announcements. 

CAST in order of appearance: 

Dr. Pangloss: Joshua Hopkins
Candide: Keith Jameson
Paquette: Marie Lenormand
Cunegonde: Lauren Snouffer
Maximillian: Mark Diamond

Leonard Bernstein: Candide

Celebrate the end of the BSO’s season with Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant comedic operetta Candide! Based on the classic Voltaire tale of innocence, optimism and the unexpected lessons of life, Marin Alsop conducts this semi-staged operetta with Broadway’s brightest stars!

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Bernstein's Candide

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