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Christopher Seaman, conductor and harpsichord
Jonathan Carney, violin

Debussy, Ibéria from Images, movement 1
Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”, movement 1
Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”, movement 3
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet:
    Suite No. 2, I. The Montagues and Capulets
    Suite No. 1, V. Masks
    Suite No. 1, VII. Death of Tybalt

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Vivaldi, “Spring” from The Four Seasons
Elgar, Enigma Variations

Special Event
Season Preview Concert

Christopher Seaman, conductor
Lang Lang, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Piano phenom Lang Lang joins conductor Christopher Seaman to kick off the BSO’s Anniversary season in thrilling style. Heralded as “the hottest classical musician on the planet” by The New York Times, Lang Lang brings his emotive flair to Rachmanioff’s enchanting Second Piano Concerto.

Special Event
Gala Celebration with Lang Lang

Marin Alsop, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Anna Clyne: Masquerade (BSO Premiere)
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony

What better way to start the season than a concerto favorite paired with a virtuoso masterpiece for the BSO, An Alpine Symphony. Richard Strauss’ love note to nature captures the scale, danger and majestic glory of the Alps. At her legendary London Proms debut in 2013, Marin Alsop introduced tonight’s opening work, Masquerade, by Anna Clyne. 

Classical
An Alpine Symphony

Philip Glass: Symphony No. 3

Doors open at 5 pm
Lobby bands at 7 pm
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Special Event, BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Dawes

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
Glazunov: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”

Beethoven’s walk through the Viennese countryside is no stroll in the park. We encounter one of the great storms in music followed by Beethoven’s sublimely joyous expression of gratitude after the tempest. The BSO’s world class Concertmaster, Jonathan Carney, now in his 14th season, takes center stage with Glazunov’s bittersweet and romantic Violin Concerto. 

Classical
Beethoven's Pastoral

Markus Stenz, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin
Lisa Steltenpohl, viola

Morgan Smith, Don Giovanni
Javier Arrey, Masetto
Jennifer Black, Donna Elvira
Timothy Bruno, Il Commendatore
Pureum Jo, Zerlina
Yi Li, Don Ottavio
Angela Meade, Donna Anna
Thomas Richards, Leporello

Mozart: Symphony No.1
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Mozart: Scenes from Don Giovanni

With his illustrious opera background, the BSO’s new Principal Guest Conductor, Markus Stenz, brings to life the dark humor and supernatural drama of Mozart’s libertine, woman-seducing antihero who ultimately receives his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni headlines this all-Mozart concert also featuring the solo debut of the BSO’s new Principal Viola Lisa Steltenpohl.

Classical
All-Mozart

Markus Stenz, conductor

Morgan Smith, Don Giovanni
Javier Arrey, Masetto
Jennifer Black, Donna Elvira
Timothy Bruno, Il Commendatore
Pureum Jo, Zerlina
Yi Li, Don Ottavio
Angela Meade, Donna Anna
Thomas Richards, Leporello

Mozart: Scenes from Don Giovanni

Everyone loves an anti-hero, and Mozart’s titular libertine Don Giovanni — or Don Juan — seduces and preys upon women before ultimately receiving his karmic undoing. Don Giovanni is Mozart’s most Romantic opera which deals in psychological and supernatural drama balanced with dark humor that would go on to inspire 19th-century composers and delight audiences long after.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Don Giovanni

Jack Everly, conductor

Hear your favorite radio hits across the decades in one fun concert. Relive memorable moments through this program that features blockbusters like “Graceland,” “I Will Survive,” “Happy,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Let It Be,” “Dancing Queen,” ”Sweet Caroline” and many more.

SuperPops
Classic FM: Five Decades of Radio Hits

Marin Alsop, conductor
Edward Berkeley, stage director and concert adaptation

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet

Sebastian Stimman, Romeo
Christina Sajous, Juliet
Shirine Babb, Lady Capulet
Lise Bruneau, Chorus, Tibalt, Lady Montague, Citizen, Servant, Masker, Balthasar, Father John, Watch, Page
Louis Butelli, Friar Lawrence, Juliet's Nurse, Lord Montague
Nehal Joshi, Benvolio, Paris, Prince Escalus
Brad Koed, Mercutio, Lord Capulet

Prokofiev’s sumptuous ballet music underscores the struggles of young love amidst violent tragedy like no other representation of Shakespeare’s classic play. Lush, romantic melodies contrast with music of the warring Montagues and Capulets. Edward Berkeley, who triumphed with his adaptation of A Midsummer’s Night Dream for the BSO, returns with a new concert adaptation of this love story and will stage direct an ensemble of actors with orchestra.                                                         

Presented in association with Folger Theatre.

Classical
Romeo and Juliet: In Concert

Joshua Weilerstein, conductor  
Valentina Lisitsa, piano  

Christopher Rouse: Prospero's Rooms (BSO Premiere)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”          

Making their BSO subscription debuts, two rising stars showcase their talents. YouTube sensation, Valentina Lisitsa brings passion and drama to Mozart’s D-minor piano concerto. Joshua Weilerstein leads the BSO in Mendelssohn’s evocative musical reminiscence of the Scottish highlands and also Prospero’s Rooms, which channels the gothic energy of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” composed by Baltimore’s own Christopher Rouse.  

Classical
Mendelssohn and Mozart

Music by Philip Glass
Based on the book by Brian Greene
Narrative adapted by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang
Film created and directed by AL and AL

Commissioned and produced by World Science Festival (New York) with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Southbank Centre (London) with the Royal Society.  Co-commissioned by Associazione Festival della Scienza, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow’s Concert Halls.  Executive Producers:  Tracy Day, World Science Festival, New York; Gillian Moore, Southbank Centre, London.

Wednesday, October 28: 10 am & 11:30 am
Thursday, October 29: 10 am & 11:30 am
*For High School Audiences: Friday, October 30: 10 am & 11:30 am

Exploring the intersections of music and science, “Icarus at the Edge of Time” is a symphonic journey of black holes, space travel and scientific discovery. This story depicts a strange and exciting future where mankind travels to new worlds with music by Philip Glass, narration by astrophysicist Mario Livio, narrative adapted by Brian Geene and David Henry Hwang, based on the book by Brian Greene, and film by duo AL and AL. Connecting music with science, social studies, language arts and mathematics, this STEAM-activated concert will delight students and teachers and challenge us to think about what life could be at the center of a black hole.

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.

NEW for 2015-2016: Midweek Concerts for High School Students
This brand new concert series for the 2015-2016 season is geared to inspire and ignite the imagination of audiences in 9th-12th grade. With exciting music, visuals and stimulating narratives, these concerts will foster a life-long appreciation for how the arts connect all aspects of our modern day.

Midweek Concert
Midweek Concert: Icarus at the Edge of Time

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
BSO Soloists
Scott Simon, narrator
Brian Greene, special guest

Philip Glass: "Into the Air" from Life: A Journey Through Time
Vivaldi: Concerto for Four Violins and Cello
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Trumpets
Vivaldi: “Spring” from The Four Seasons
Vivaldi: “Summer” from The Four Seasons
Philip Glass: Icarus at the Edge of Time

Separated by four centuries, Philip Glass’s upbeat minimalist style is a recognizable descendant of the Four Seasons. Vivaldi’s beloved, vivid depiction of the seasons contrasts with the collision of real science and science fiction in Brian Greene’s novella, Icarus at the Edge of Time. Glass’ intoxicating score accompanies video images of a young boy’s time-traveling journey towards a black hole.

Classical
Time Travel

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

How do notes on a page communicate an idea? Why do we hear a thunderstorm, winter’s chill or a bird song when we listen to an orchestra play? Vivaldi set out to show Baroque critics that ”program music” had its place among serious compositions. Those ideas he captures in music have made The Four Seasons a concert hall staple and a popular cultural touchstone.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: A Season of Vivaldi

Event Schedule:

Pre-Judge Event @ 10am - $41

Evening Finals @ 5pm - $56

Premium Meet & Greet @ 3:30pm - $86
(Includes admission to the Evening Finals)
Meet & Greet with:
Jay Cutler
IFBB Pro
4X Mr. Olympia Champion

Day Pass (Includes admission to both the 10am & 5pm events) - $81

Special Event
NPC Jay Cutler Baltimore Classic Championships

John Luther Adams: Become River

Doors open at 5 pm
Lobby bands at 7 pm
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Special Event, BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Wye Oak

Jun Märkl, conductor
Lise de la Salle, piano

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Debussy: Images
Ravel: Boléro

Revel in the flamenco rhythms, colorful sounds and evocative scents of Spain as Falla, Debussy and Ravel each draw on a Spanish muse. The crowd-pleasing crescendo and orchestral textures of Ravel’s Boléro bring the program to a rousing conclusion.

Classical
Boléro

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin

Dvořák: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Four Legends

Hilary Hahn, Baltimore’s own international star violinist, brings her unique flair to Dvořák’s lyrical and playful concerto. Sibelius’ Four Legends tells the saga of the mythological hero, Lemminkäinen.  Hannu Lintu offers Finnish authenticity in his commanding interpretation of this masterpiece.  

Classical
Dvořák’s Violin Concerto

Darin Atwater, artistic director

After 15 wildly successful seasons wowing audiences with their unique music, Soulful Symphony invites you to spice up your Thanksgiving Weekend and celebrate their triumphant return to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a 15th Anniversary concert.

Program highlights include a full array of Soulful favorites — Leonard Bernstein's Candide Overture, Jazz, Soul, Pop, excerpts from Song in a Strange Land, a tribute to Andre Crouch and the world premiere four-movement preview of The Audacity of Hope, a piece composed by Darin Atwater based on President Barack Obama’s political biography of the same name.

Please Note: The BSO does not perform on this concert.

Special Event
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents: Soulful Symphony's 15th Anniversary Concert

Ken Lam, Conductor
Images from the book "The Polar Express"

Wednesday, December 2: 10 am & 11:30 am
Friday, December 4: 10 am & 11:30 am

Join us for this true holiday classic full of adventure, wonder and magic! Hop on the Polar Express and let Ken Lam and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra take you on an exciting journey to the North Pole. With thrilling visuals, dancing and engaging music by Robert Kapilow, these performances are sure to delight young audiences.

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten
Approximately 35 minutes in length
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
Approximately 40 minutes in length
Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts integrated curriculum links.

Midweek Concert
Midweek Concert: The Polar Express

Edward Polochick, conductor
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

Handel: Messiah

Composed in just 24 days of divine inspiration, Handel’s beloved and revered Messiah serves as one of the staples of the cherished choral canon and of the jubilant holiday season. Conductor and harpsichordist Edward Polochick performs and leads the BSO and the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale in an inspired performance of this treasured oratorio, exalted for its glorious “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Special Event
Handel's Messiah

Ken Lam, conductor

Truly a holiday classic! Hop on the train as we yell "All aboard!" for a first-class ride to the North Pole on The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who believes will have your young ones waiting for the sound of Santa’s bells! As still images from the book are projected onto the stage, the music by Robert Kapilow and the words on the pages of this magical Caldecott Medal winner will come to life.

Family , Education
Polar Express

Damon Gupton, conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell, host and vocalist

Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the BSO SuperPops to warm your heart with traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. Best known for his many turns on “The Great White Way”  and for his numerous television appearances from “Frasier” to  “Glee,” the charismatic Brian Stokes Mitchell is sure to delight in this festive holiday treat — including a special appearance by Santa himself!

SuperPops, Special Event
'Tis the Season with Brian Stokes Mitchell

Eric Conway, conductor
Morgan State University Choir
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Eric Conway leads the Morgan State University Choir and the BSO in a selection of Christmas favorites culminating in a gospel cantata. The sweet harmonies of MSU’s chorus promise to lift the spirit and nourish the soul.

Special Event
Christmas with the Morgan State University Choir

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director

John Williams: Home Alone

The score to Home Alone contains some of John Williams’ most instantly recognizable and beloved melodies in a career full of memorable soundtrack themes. Conductor Nicholas Hersh leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a live score accompaniment of the classic 1990 film.

Special Event
Home Alone: Movie and Music

Jack Everly, conductor

Ring in the new year as Cirque de la Symphonie pairs world-class acrobats and gymnasts with music by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a one-of-a-kind experience. Classical favorites take on new meaning in an aerial ballet that features jugglers, balancing acts, contortionists and symphonic sounds.

Special Event
Cirque de la Symphonie

Marin Alsop, conductor
Joseph Young, conductor*
Leon Fleisher, piano

Shulman: A Laurentian Overture*
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 4
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

A formidable interpreter of Rachmaninoff, Marin Alsop taps into the composer’s vein of Romantic melancholy, nostalgic for the Russia of his youth. The Baltimore-themed first half opens with a 1952 overture by locally born Alan Shulman, conducted by Peabody alum Joseph Young. Piano giant Leon Fleisher performs one of his iconic pieces, the Piano Concerto for Left Hand by Prokofiev.

Classical
Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3

Marin Alsop, conductor

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

Described as a “six-and-a-half-foot scowl” by his contemporary Stravinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff was not what most would call a happy man. Part of that legendary sour outlook came from a life in exile after he and his family left Bolshevik Russia. Still, a connection to his homeland runs through much of his music, and his third symphony is filled with that Russian heritage, love and longing.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3

Marin Alsop, conductor
Katherine Needleman, oboe

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Christopher Rouse: Oboe Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony weaves struggle, tragedy and eventual triumph into a story that celebrates human possibility. BSO Principal Oboe Katherine Needleman expresses the lyrical themes and technical fireworks of Baltimore native Christopher Rouse’s genial and spirited oboe concerto. 

Classical
Eroica

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

For the first time, Pixar presents a compilation of the music and imagery from Pixar’s 13 feature films, performed by the BSO SuperPops. Featuring visually stunning clips and memorable scores from all your favorite Pixar films including Toy Story, Up, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc. and more.

SuperPops
Pixar In Concert

Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Sergey Khachatryan, violin  

Janáček: Jealousy
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

“You just never know when lightening will strike,” said the Baltimore Sun on Jakub Hrůša’s 2014 debut. In his welcome return, he is joined by the electrifying Armenian, Sergey Khachatryan, in Sibelius’s intense and thrilling violin concerto.  Brahms’ Fourth Symphony represents the capstone of the composer’s symphonic achievement, a profound expression of the complexity of the human spirit.

Classical
Brahms' Symphony No. 4

Ken Lam, conductor

Thursday, February 4: 10 am & 11:30 am
Friday, February 5: 10 am & 11:30 am

When sports and music collide it makes for an exciting adventure! Explore the physics of motion behind baseball, swimming, racing, running and cycling, as well iconic sports heroes such as Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe and more. Featuring selections including John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Handel’s Water Music and family favorites like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” sports and music fans alike will leave the Meyerhoff with a greater appreciation for the dedication that it takes to achieve excellence in both activities!

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.

Midweek Concert
Midweek Concert: All About Sports

Mario Venzago, conductor
André Watts, piano  

Gluck: Selections from Armide
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme”
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

A lion of the piano and regular BSO guest soloist since his days as a student at the Peabody Institute, André Watts delights in Mozart’s first mature concerto, a masterpiece of wit and poignancy. Mario Venzago contrasts the elegance of late 18-century French opera with Schumann’s sunlit Symphony No. 4, written shortly after his marriage to Clara.

Classical
André Watts Plays Mozart

Ken Lam, conductor

When sports and music collide it makes for an exciting adventure. Explore baseball, swimming, racing, running, and biking and such iconic sports heroes as Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe and more. Featuring selections including Rossini’s Overture to William Tell and family favorites like "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," this is sure to please all of your sports fans!

Family , Education
All About Sports

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Joshua Bell, violin 

Join Marin Alsop, the BSO and superstar violinist Joshua Bell for a unique event to mark our centennial — 100 years of music, inspiration and commitment to the community. In celebration, we promise an evening as extraordinary as our journey, a recognition of where we began and a promise of what’s ahead. Unexpected, fresh and surprising — this is one night you won’t want to miss this season.

Special Event
BSO 100th Anniversary Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor  
Joshua Bell, violin  

Rossini: William Tell Overture
R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

The grand fanfare and orchestral roar of Also sprach Zarathustra is a perfect showpiece for our world-class BSO. One of the most celebrated violinists of the modern era, Joshua Bell brings his unique blend of passion and virtuosity to Tchaikovsky’s timeless Violin Concerto.

Classical, Special Event
Joshua Bell Plays Tchaikovsky

Jack Everly, conductor

Sutton Foster has captured the hearts of audiences all over the globe with her dazzling on-stage performances. She has received twoTony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Reno Sweeny in Anything GoesIn addition to her work on stage, Foster is the current star of TV Land's “Younger” and can also be seen in hit shows such asBunheads,” “Psych” and “Royal Pains.”

SuperPops
An Evening with Sutton Foster

Marin Alsop, conductor  
Colin Currie, percussion  

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
James MacMillan: Percussion Concerto No. 2 (BSO Co-Commission & East Coast Premiere)                          
Elgar: Enigma Variations

The riddle that Edward Elgar built into his Enigma Variations remains unsolved, but no answer is needed to appreciate the spirit and inventions of Elgar’s masterpiece. Scottish solo percussionist Colin Currie brings power and musicality to James MacMillan’s new concerto in this all-British program.

Classical
Enigma Variations

Marin Alsop, conductor 

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Inside Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a riddle that remains unsolved. The enigma theme that Elgar takes through many inventive and striking variations that are each dedicated to someone in his life, is actually a companion melody written to a well-known tune.  Can you solve the mystery of Elgar’s riddle? Probably not, but no answer is needed to enjoy Elgar’s masterwork.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Enigma Variations

Markus Stenz, conductor
Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Eric Owens, bass-baritone  
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, director  

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Written after the passing of both his mother and close friend Robert Schumann, Brahms’ deeply personal and compelling A German Requiem gives eloquent comfort to the grieving. Opening the program is Bach’s third orchestral suite featuring “Air,” one of the most famous movements in Baroque music.

Classical
Brahms' German Requiem

Markus Stenz, conductor  
Lars Vogt, piano  
Kwame Kwei-Armah, narrator

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Overture and Incidental Music to Egmont

This all-Beethoven program showcases the composer’s range and originality. Conductor Markus Stenz leads the BSO in the Romantic and triumphant incidental music to Egmont, and the brilliant German pianist Lars Vogt performs the first concerto, a homage to Mozart’s Classical grandeur.

Classical
All-Beethoven

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Rheda Becker, narrator
Bob Brown Puppets

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Will Peter and his animal friends make it away from the wolf safely? Find out as you experience the world’s most famous musical fairytale brought to life by the Bob Brown Puppets. Learn more about your favorite instruments and be captivated by Prokofiev’s triumphant tale of a heroic boy and a mischievous wolf.

Family , Special Event, Education
Peter & the Wolf

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor  
Denis Matsuev, piano  

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

At the heart of the anniversary celebrations, Music Director Emeritus Yuri Temirkanov brings authenticity and passion to two classics of the Russian repertoire. Tchaikovsky lays bare his soul in the fourth symphony, which combines fragile beauty and brassy bombast. First Prize winner of the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Denis Matsuev proves himself the equal to Rachmaninoff’s famous, bravura concerto.

Classical, Special Event
Yuri Temirkanov Returns

Ken Lam, conductor
Rheda Becker, Narrator
Bob Brown Puppets

Wednesday, March 23: 10 am & 11:30 am
Thursday, March 24: 10 am & 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 29: 10 am & 11:30 am

Sergei Prokofiev’s orchestral children’s tale comes to life in an exciting adaptation of the classic story. Watch and listen as the brave Peter outwits the wolf, and makes some new animal friends along the way. With narration by Rheda Becker and performance by Bob Brown Puppets, children will learn more about their favorite instruments and be captivated by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra!

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten
Approximately 35 minutes in length
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
Approximately 40 minutes in length
Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts integrated curriculum links.

Midweek Concert
Midweek Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Igor Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat

Doors open at 5 pm
Lobby bands at 7 pm
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Special Event, BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Dr. Dog

Jack Everly, conductor

Is there room on stage for more than one diva? Find out during this concert as Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops are joined by four larger-than-life Broadway leading ladies! Get ready for some thrilling, showstopping performances— and maybe just a bit of competition — as they pull out all the stops in selections from blockbuster musicals including Les Misérables, Dreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Annie and Chicago.

SuperPops
Broadway Divas

Marin Alsop, conductor
Kwame Kwei-Armah, director
Morgan State University Choir,  Eric Conway, director

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

Derrick Parker, Porgy
Laquita Mitchell, Bess
Leah Hawkins, Maria
Larry D. Hylton, Sportin' Life
Lester Lynch, Crown

The experiences and love story of the denizens of Catfish Row make Porgy and Bess one of the most beloved American operas. The concert version of Gershwin’s music offers humor, romance and tragedy in timeless songs now firmly established in the Great American Songbook.

Special Event
Gershwin's Porgy and Bess: In Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor  

Kevin Puts: The City (Symphony No.5 ) (BSO Co-Commission, World Premiere)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Returning to the work that launched her BSO tenure, Marin Alsop likens Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 to climbing Mount Everest for conductors. Mahler’s most popular symphony is paired with the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, celebrating the vitality of the American city in music with unique images created by videographer James Bartolomeo.

Classical
Mahler's Symphony No. 5

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Doors open at 5 pm
Lobby bands at 7 pm
Concert to follow

Expand your musical horizons with Pulse, a new concert series that brings together the classical world and the indie rock scene on one stage. Each concert will explore connections that cross genres, opening with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a performance featuring the headliner and culminating with a unique collaboration. Start the evening off with food from some of the area’s best restaurants, happy hour specials, local vendors and live pre-concert entertainment!

Pulse is made possible by a generous grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Special Event, BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: The Lone Bellow

Andrey Boreyko, conductor  
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello  

Victoria Borisova-Ollas: The Kingdom of Silence (BSO Premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5

Prokofiev was called to write “a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit,” in the midst of World War II. The triumphant Symphony No. 5 churns with hope and joy in the face of horror. BSO Principal Cello Dariusz Skoraczewski performs Tchaikovsky’s cheerful and demanding cello showpiece, Variations on a Rococo Theme.

Classical
Variations on a Rococo Theme

Marin Alsop, conductor 

The radio series Hidden World of Girls by NPR’s Kitchen Sisters explores the diverse lives of girls and the women they become—stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities—women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide. The musical adaptation by Laura Karpman and other leading female composers brings those stories to the concert hall in a dramatic multimedia experience.

Special Event
Hidden World of Girls

Marin Alsop, conductor  
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Clarice Assad: Dreamscapes (BSO Premiere)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

In this celebration of women in classical music, the gifted violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg pairs a work specially written for her by the Brazilian composer Clarice Assad with Bruch’s timeless Romantic concerto — all under the baton of Marin Alsop. It was soon after Schumann’s happy marriage to Clara that he embarked, with her encouragement, on his joyous, exuberant first symphony.

Classical
Nadja Returns

John Adams, conductor  
Jeremy Denk, piano  

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”
John Adams: Harmonielehre

Post-minimalist conductor-composer John Adams returns to the BSO podium to conduct Beethoven’s grandiose “Emperor” concerto and his own intensely expressive Harmonielehre, the symphonic essay that helped him become one of the most performed and important composers alive.

Classical
Beethoven's Emperor

John Adams, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano 

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

Post-minimalist composer John Adams directs renowned and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto. Written while Beethoven was riding out the French siege of Vienna in the cellar of a friend, the composer’s fifth piano concerto is an affirmation of heroic spirit in the midst of what Beethoven called “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!”

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Beethoven's Emperor

John Storgårds, conductor  
Christopher Lamb, percussion  
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women's Chorus, Tom Hall, director

Tan Dun: Water Concerto
Holst: The Planets

The natural world — on this planet and beyond — is on full musical display with Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Part composer, part shaman, Chinese-American composer Tan Dun uses the elemental force of water as both the subject matter and the instrument in this strikingly original concerto.

Classical
The Planets

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. 

Classical
Bach's B Minor Mass

Jack Everly, conductor
Featuring John Waters and a full Broadway Cast

 “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.

SuperPops, Special Event
Hairspray: In Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

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. 

Classical
Appalachian Spring

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 of world-weary grief and full-throated terror display virtuoso singers and orchestra in an exhilarating season finale.  

Classical, Special Event
Verdi's Requiem

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JUNE 2013