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Chris Williams, Principal Percussion

Sounds and stories from Chris’ perspective: the multi-tasking role of percussionists in the orchestra.

ALL proceeds support the educational programs of the BSO. 

Music Adventures is only sold as a four class series. The $12 subscription processing fee does not apply to the Music Adventures series. Please visit bsomusic.org/subscribe to purchase.

Special Event
A View from the Rear

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!

 

Classical
A Night at the Opera

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 pm.

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.

Classical
BSO on the Eastern Shore

Ken Lam, conductor
Becky Mossing, narrator
Brandon Du, violin (BSYO student)
Actors/Dancers from Baltimore School for the Arts and TWIGS

***Limited tickets are available for the April 28th concert at 11:30 AM. Please contact the BSO Education Dept. directly to inquire about availability and to purchase tickets at education@bsomusic.org / 410.783.8118***

This BSO Midweek Concert celebrates youth in music with a concert all about young performers, composers and young audiences.  With selections from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol performed by fifth grader Brandon Du, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and more, the audience will dazzle in the delights of youth at its best and learn about the instrument families along the way.  Then, experience the orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book where the fickle, yet lovable, Remarkable Farkle McBride brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life, dramatized by actors from the Baltimore School for the Arts. 

Age Groups:

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten (10:00 AM)
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 (11:30 AM)
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

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: The Remarkable Farkle McBride

Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor
Produced by Princeton Entertainment

Please Note: There are a small number of limited view seats available in the Terrace for $25. From these seats Pokemon imagery projected on a screen may be partially obstructed by a speaker stack that hangs from the ceiling. To purchase these seats use promo code OBSTRUCTED.

Brought to life by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing all new arrangements and carefully timed visuals from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions has become the must-see video game concert of the year, giving fans and newcomers of all ages a chance to experience the evolution of the Pokémon franchise like never before.

“Young or old, your Poké journey begins and it’s glorious…Go experience this once in a lifetime event.” – iDigital Times

“Diehard fans will relish in seeing their beloved childhood memories played out in front of them.” –Game Music Online

“It’s something purely magical that you just need to experience firsthand.” – Hardcore Gamer

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet-up with friends to catch, battle, and trade Pokémon from your favorite 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 arts education programs.

Special Event
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Ken Lam, conductor
Becky Mossing, narrator
Brandon Du, violin (5th grade student)
Actors from the Baltimore School for the Arts

This BSO Family concert celebrates youth in music with a concert all about young performers, composers and young audiences.  With selections from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnol performed by fifth grader Brandon Du, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and more, the audience will dazzle in the delights of youth at its best and learn about the instrument families along the way.  Then, experience the orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book where the fickle, yet lovable Remarkable Farkle McBride brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life, dramatized by actors from the Baltimore School for the Arts. 

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

Family , Education
The Remarkable Farkle McBride

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 Lunch: $13 per child and $22 per adult

All Four Lunches: $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.

Family , Education
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

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. 

Classical
Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto

The cacophony of the rainforest comes to life through the sounds of exotic birds, monkeys and more!

Get here early! 30-minutes prior to each concert, the lobby fills with a range of musical and creative activities for babies and families.

For babies ages 6 months to 3 years and their families.

Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Concerts take place in the lobby and seating is unreserved.

 

Education, Music Box
In The Treetops

Paula Childress, cello

Musicians have two voices: the first we are born with to express our thoughts and the second we develop on our instruments to express emotions and ideas in our music. You hear the second in concert. Now come hear my personal voice. Sit and chat with me about life as a musician. 

ALL proceeds support the educational programs of the BSO. 

Music Adventures is only sold as a four class series. The $12 subscription processing fee does not apply to the Music Adventures series. Please visit bsomusic.org/subscribe to purchase.

Special Event
True Confessions: 10,000 Hours and 45 Years with the BSO

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.

Classical
Debussy & Don Juan

The 39th Annual Symphony Decorators' Show House will be open to the public beginning Sunday, April 26 through Sunday, May 17, 2015. Tickets are not date specific; you may use your ticket any time during normal operating hours.

Operating Hours:

Sundays: 1 pm to 5 pm

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 10 am to 4 pm

Thursdays: 10 am to 8 pm

Location: Oak Acre in Guilford, 4309 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Special Event
39th Annual Symphony Decorators' Show House

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.

Classical
Strauss' Four Last Songs

PLEASE NOTE: The BSYO performance on Sunday, March 8th is now a FREE Open Rehearsal performance. Reservations are still required. If you previously purchased a ticket, the cost of your ticket will be automatically refunded.

If you are attending the performance on Sunday, please consider making a contribution to the BSYO while you are there. All donations are tax deductible and your generosity helps us nurture the musical talents of our region's youth. The suggested contribution is $10. 

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

Education
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra

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.

Classical
Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Journey across the globe through music, song and dance as the BSO celebrates a multitude of cultures around the world.

Get here early! 30-minutes prior to each concert, the lobby fills with a range of musical and creative activities for babies and families.

For babies ages 6 months to 3 years and their families.

Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Concerts take place in the lobby and seating is unreserved.

 

Education, Music Box
Around the Globe

Marin Alsop, conductor
Garnett Bruce, director
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, music director 

CAST: 

Peter Sagal (Narrator)
Keith Jameson (Candide)
Lauren Snouffer (Cunégonde)
Judy Kaye (The Old Lady)
Joshua Hopkins (Dr. Pangloss)
Mark Diamond (Maximilian/Judge)
Marie Lenormand (Paquette)
Stephanie Sadownik (Baroness/Sheep)
Curtis Bannister (Baron/Inquisitor/Don Isaachar/Cacambo/Ragotski)
Patrick Cook (Judge/Prefect/Governor/Vanderdendur)
Andrew McLaughlin (Judge/Captain/Crook)
Melissa Wimbish (Sheep)
Lewis Shaw (Heresy Agent/Archbishop/Slave Driver)

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

Phil Munds, principal horn

A talk about preparing for a concert week: what goes into preparation to play a symphony, including physical preparation to play a wind instrument, practice time and mental preparation, as well as what we do to keep ourselves healthy and in top form. A behind the scenes look…

ALL proceeds support the educational programs of the BSO. 

Music Adventures is only sold as a four class series. The $12 subscription processing fee does not apply to the Music Adventures series. Please visit bsomusic.org/subscribe to purchase.

Special Event
Preparing to Play a Symphony

Red, white and blue – and patriotic fun, too! Join the BSO for our annual holiday celebration featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever and many more while watching a dazzling display of fireworks. Plus, hear the BSO’s “O, Say Can You Sing?” contest winner perform The Star-Spangled Banner.

Join us for delicious eats from local food trucks, in partnership with The Gathering! Gates open at 5:00 pm.

Plan your visit to Oregon Ridge Park

Please note: No glass, grills or pets are permitted inside park. Tickets purchased on the day of the performance at the gate will be $20 for Adults and $10 for Children 12 & under.

Free Shuttle Parking Park at the Verizon lot on Shawan Road, directly across from the Hunt Valley Town Centre, and ride the FREE shuttle bus to the park. Take I-83 to exit 20A (Shawan Road East) and follow the signs to BSO Shuttle.

On-Site Parking Permits Parking Permits can be purchased IN ADVANCE from the Meyerhoff ticket office for $12 or at the lot for $15.


Come Together
Groups of 15 or more receive great group discounts!
Bringing a BIG group? Consider renting a tent or pavilion for a pre-concert picnic.
Contact the Group Sales Office at 410.783.8170 or groups@bsomusic.org

Summer, Special Event
Star-Spangled Spectacular

Jonathan Carney, leader and violin

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Handel: Selections from Water Music

Vivaldi’s vivid depiction of the seasons comes to life as BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney expertly weaves his sound through the varied textures of this perennial favorite. This all-Baroque program ends with selections from Handel’s revered Water Music, a work that premiered on the River Thames at the request of King George I.

Classical, Summer
The Four Seasons

Tito Munoz, conductor
Ariel Horowitz, violin

Barber: The School for Scandal Overture
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

Bold, thrilling and moving all at once. Premiered 120 years ago upon Dvořák’s arrival in the U.S., his Ninth Symphony is emblematic of a foreigner’s portrayal of the life and times of early America. Experience a perfect collision of folk tunes and gypsy flavor from Dvořák’s native Bohemia and his impressions of an exciting turn of-the-century life in the “New World.”

Classical, Summer
Dvořák's New World Symphony

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JUNE 2013