Carmen to Clyne: Women in Music

Classical

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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.