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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.

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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?

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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.

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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. 

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An Evening with Jason Alexander

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

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.

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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.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 10th anniversary of The Music Center at Strathmore on Thursday, February 5, 2015, with a gala party prior to the concert. You can add the inaugural BSO at Strathmore Gala to your evening by visiting bsomusic.org/strathmore10  or by calling Jack Fishman at (301) 581-5210.

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Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninoff

Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. Since taking the helm of CBS’s “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” in 2005, the show has set all-time viewer records in the nine years that it has been on the air. On April 28, Ferguson announced that he will be stepping down as host of “The Late Late Show” in December 2014. Ferguson was most recently heard on the big screen as he reprised his character ‘Gobber’ in How to Train Your Dragon 2.


On September 22, 2014, the new syndicated game show “Celebrity Name Game” debuted with Ferguson as host, from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette. “Celebrity Name Game” puts celebrities on the spot as they compete to identify famous names based on improvised clues.  

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Craig Ferguson

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.

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David Gergen

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Madeline Adkins, violin
Rui Du, violin
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Emily Skala, flute
Michael Lisicky, 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
Rui Du, violin
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Emily Skala, flute
Michael Lisicky, 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.

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Off the Cuff: The Bach Family

Ken Lam, conductor
Baltimore City College Choir, Marcus Smith, director
Shannan E. Johnson, narrator

Celebrating Black History Month, this concert highlighs the innovations of Elijah McCoy, Duke Ellington and Harriet Tubman. Featuring spirituals sung by Baltimore City College Choir and music by Ellington, this program honors the impact of African-American 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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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: 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

Ken Lam, conductor

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.

For children 4 and up and their families! Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.

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African-American Innovators

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

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.

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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.

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Symphonic Explorations: Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpčeski

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

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Simona Saturova, soprano
Joanne Lunn, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
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.

For children 4 and up and their families! 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.

Off The Cuff
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.

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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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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.

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Dan Rather

Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor
Produced by Princeton Entertainment

Brought to life by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra accompanied by exciting visuals on a giant screen, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. The premiere of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in Washington, D.C. sold out with a second performance added by popular demand. Don’t miss this one night only Baltimore performance!

With millions of video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements with carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video games including:

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue
Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver
Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire
Pokémon Emerald
Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl
Pokémon Platinum
Pokémon Black and Pokémon White
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

$1 of each ticket goes to supporting the education programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

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. 

For children 4 and up and their families! Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Classical
Bernstein's Candide

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JUNE 2013