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Marin Alsop, conductor
Reverend Jimmie Thomas, narrator

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Forrest: "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands"
Dvořák: Adagio allegro molto from Symphony No. 9
Richard Smallwood: "Total Praise"
Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World
Johnson: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Bob Christianson: Hallelujah from Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Music Director Marin Alsop leads the BSO, the Bethel AME Church Choir, BSYO and the BSO OrchKids in a free concert in recognition and admiration of the spirit of the citizens of Baltimore. Central to the concert is New Morning for the World by Joseph Schwantner, the narration comprised of public speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King that spanned more than a decade of his life. “In a world and country that can sometimes seem so divided," says Alsop, "the BSO strives to bring our neighbors together through our common language — music."

Please Note: This is a free concert. Tickets will not be issued for this performance and seating is first come, first served. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. The concert will take place on 1300 Druid Hill Road, Baltimore, MD 21217.

 

Classical, Special Event
Symphony for the City: The BSO at Bethel

Shannan E. Johnson, host
Christopher Williams, principal percussion
John Locke, percussion
Brian Prechtl, percussion
Mark Huang, bass

Experience a sea of musical delight. Sing about fish, dolphins and whales, and dive into music all about the water. Hosted by Shannan E. Johnson.

30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. Meet Puddles and the National Wildlife Service for special preconcert activities!

Created for babies ages 6 months through 3 years old.  Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket.


May 7 concerts take place in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Music Box Concerts at the Silver Spring Civic Building are supported in part through a grant from Montgomery County, Maryland’s FY16 Community Access Program. Montgomery County is proud to support great performances at the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Music Box, Education
Music Box Series: Life in the Water

Marin Alsop, conductor
Alexandra Soumm, violin (BSO debut)

Joan Tower: Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21
Anna Clyne: Abstractions (BSO Commission, World Premiere)
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
          Prélude
          Aragonaise
          Intermezzo
          Habañera
          Chanson du Toréador
          Danse bohème
          Les Toréadors

This program features Marin Alsop conducting the world premieres of BSO Commissions from two extraordinary women. The first is by legendary composer Joan Tower, who is currently writing the sixth of her fanfares for uncommon women in honor of our Centennial season, and the other is a brand new, full-length symphonic work from the up-and-coming Anna Clyne, who will use contemporary art from the Baltimore Museum of Art as her inspiration for the work. The celebration of women continues with the gifted violinist and humanitarian Alexandra Soumm in her BSO debut, and will conclude with selections from Bizet’s Carmen, a tribute to one of classical music’s most beloved heroines.


Abstractions is commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop, Music Director, by Bonnie McElveen-Hunter in honor and friendship of Rheda Becker and Robert E. Meyerhoff.

Ten American composers each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Joan Tower, James Lee III, Jonathan Leshnoff,Christopher Rouse and Christopher Theofanidis. Chosen themes for the commissions include: fanfare for the common woman, earth, death of Poe and dancing blue crabs.

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

Classical, Special Event
Carmen to Clyne: Women in Music

Bryan Stevenson, Keynote

On May 11, 2016, the Public Justice Center will celebrate 30 years of excellence in legal advocacy with a celebration that promises to be high-profile and high-impact. The evening will feature Bryan Stevenson, one of the most important voices of our time. Desmond Tutu has called Mr. Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” He is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, the author of Just Mercy and the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award.

Special Event
Public Justice Center 30th Anniversary

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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sun, May 15, 1:30 pm

The appearance of guest conductor and composer John Adams is made possible through the major support of the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Guest Artist Fund.

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!”

It's fun. It's laid back. It's Off the Cuff.

The story meets the score in our Centennial Off the Cuff series. Explore the backstory on classical music's greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. This unique series engages you in an entertaining and informative format, including a thrilling performance of the music.

The appearance of guest conductor and composer John Adams is made possible through the major support of the Alvin and Fanny Blaustein Thalheimer Guest Artist Fund.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Beethoven's Emperor

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 235 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.

Education
BSYO: String, Concert and Youth Orchestras

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

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

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

Add parking for all three dates.

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

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

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

Special Event
Music Adventures: Traveling the World

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

Tan Dun: Water Concerto
Libby Larsen: EARTH Holst Trope (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, May 21, 6:30 pm


The appearance of the guest artists is made possible through the major support of the Ruth Blaustein-Rosenberg Guest Artist Fund.

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

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

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.

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

Classical
Bach's B Minor Mass

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

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

Joining us for Friday's performance? Come to the after-party at Ryleigh's Oysters! Click here for more information.

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

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

RECORD SHOP KIDS:
Xavier Brebnor
Kyshawn Lane, Gilbert
Joseph Perkins, Duane
Morgan Scott

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

SuperPops, Special Event
Hairspray: In Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

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

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

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


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

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

Classical
Appalachian Spring

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

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

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

Add parking for all three dates.

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

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

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

Special Event
Music Adventures: A Future for Classical Music

Marin Alsop, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello 

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

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

Special Event, Classical
Yo-Yo Ma

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

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

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

Classical, Special Event
Verdi's Requiem

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

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

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

Summer
Star Spangled Spectacular

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

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

Summer
Grateful Dead Symphony

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Meng Su, guitar

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

Get ready to mambo! You won’t be able to restrain your dance moves once the flavors of Piazzolla, Gershwin and Bernstein start cooking in this sizzling program of salsa. Before the concert, enjoy some sangria and partake in a tango on the patio.

Summer, Classical
Salsa at the Symphony

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

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

Learn more at ffsymphony.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer, Classical
Bach and Blue

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