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Marin Alsop, conductor  
Joshua Bell, violin  

Rossini: William Tell Overture Listen Now
R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra Listen Now
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 two Tony 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 Goes. In 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 as “Bunheads,” “Psych” and “Royal Pains.” The triple-threat will be singing and dancing to numbers from Anything Goes, Peter Pan, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Gypsy, as well as classics by John Denver, Duke Ellington and more!

Program to include:
Cole Porter: Selections from Anything Goes
Edward "Duke" Ellington: "I'm Beginning to See the Light"
Jule Styne: Selections from Peter Pan
     Selections from Gypsy
John Denver: "Sunshine on my Shoulders"
Jason Robert Brown: "It All Fades Away" from The Bridges of Madison County
Freed, Hoffman & Goodhart: "Fit As A Fiddle," with "Younger" co-star Nico Tortorella 
Jeanine Tesori: Overture to Thoroughly Modern Millie
Harold Arlen: "Down With Love"
Stephen Sondheim: "Anyone Can Whistle" / "Being Alive"

SuperPops
An Evening with Sutton Foster

Marin Alsop, conductor  
Colin Currie, percussion  

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

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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sun, Feb 28, 1:30 pm


The BSO East Coast premiere of James MacMillan’s Percussion Concerto No. 2 is generously underwritten by the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Classical
Colin Currie and Enigma Variations

Marin Alsop, conductor 

Elgar: Enigma Variations Listen Now

Inside Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a riddle that remains unsolved. The enigma theme that Elgar takes through many inventive and striking variations, 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.

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.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Enigma Variations

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, host

Elephants, rhinos and bears, oh my! Listen to the music, bounce, clap and move just like these great big animals! Hosted by Khaleshia Thorpe-Price.

30 minutes prior to each concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. 

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

Please Note: This concert will also take place on Sunday, March 13 at The Gordon Center in Owings Mills. Click here for more information.


February 27 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: Great Big Animals

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Ali is known for her views critical of radical Islam and its suppression of women. Born in Somalia, she sought political asylum in the Netherlands to avoid a forced marriage and was later elected to the Dutch Parliament. Now a U.S. citizen, Ali’s best-selling memoir is titled Infidel.

Speakers Series
Baltimore Speakers Series: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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 Listen Now
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem Listen Now

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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, Mar 5, 6:30 pm

Classical
Brahms' German Requiem

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

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

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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, Mar 12, 6:30 pm

Classical
All-Beethoven

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Rheda Becker, narrator
Robert Cantrell, baritone
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.

Prior to each family concert, join us in the inspiration zone beginning at 9:45 am with fun interactive pre-concert activities!

Family, Special Event, Education
Peter & the Wolf

Ken Lam, Artistic Director and Youth Orchestra Conductor
Mary Poling, Concert Orchestra Conductor
Nana Vaughn, String Orchestra Conductor

2 pm: String and Concert Orchestras
5 pm: Youth Orchestra

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
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerts

Yuri Temirkanov, conductor  
Denis Matsuev, piano  

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

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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Thu, Mar 17, 6:30 pm

Classical, Special Event
Yuri Temirkanov Returns

Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim with his 1978 novel The World According to Garp. Several of his 14 novels have been bestsellers, and five have been adapted to film, including The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp and The Hotel New Hampshire. Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for his script for The Cider House Rules.

Speakers Series
Baltimore Speakers Series: John Irving

If you would like to purchase more than 200 tickets for a Midweek Concert, please email education@bsomusic.org or call (410) 783-8118

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Rheda Becker, narrator
Robert Cantrell, baritone
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, Education
Midweek Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Igor Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat
Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Baltimore Boom Bap Society

Happy Hour @ 5:30-7
Lobby Activities @ 7
Concert @ 8:30

Pulse is back — this time with Dr. Dog! The program starts with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s L’histoire, a high-energy tale told through music of a fiddling soldier who does a deal with the devil — with spoken word narration by the Baltimore Boom Bap Society. Followed by a performance by Dr. Dog, 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
Christina Bianco, vocalist
N’Kenge, vocalist
Kristen Plumley, vocalist
Mandy Gonzalez, vocalist

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, West Side Story and Chicago.

SuperPops
Broadway Divas

Shannan E. Johnson, host

BSO musicians create a musical aviary filled with the Birdie Melodies of robins and cuckoos. Dance, sing and play to the delightful notes of our feathered friends. 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. 

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


April 2 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: Birdie Melodies
Join us for lunch immediately following each family concert!
  • Buffet lunch in the Second Space Lounge
  • Gift for each child in attendance
  • Surprise guest at each luncheon

Tickets to the Family Concerts must be purchased separately and are not included in the price of lunch.

Individual Lunch: $11 per child and $18 per adult

All Four Lunches: $40 per child ($10 per concert) and $60 per adult ($15 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
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

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

Ross has played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process as the point man for both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. With a specialty in Soviet and Middle East policy, he has served as a diplomat under four U.S. presidents. Ross has authored several books and is now a Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Speakers Series
Baltimore Speakers Series: Dennis Ross

Marin Alsop, conductor  

Kevin Puts: The City (BSO Co-Commission, World Premiere)
Christopher Rouse: Processional (BSO Centennial 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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Thu, Apr 14, 6:30 pm


The Co-Commissioning and World Premiere of Kevin Puts' The City are generously underwritten by Claire and Dr. Allan Jensen.

*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
Mahler's Symphony No. 5

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Happy Hour @ 5:30-7
Lobby Activities @ 7
Concert @ 8:30

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 by the featured band 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.

Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Sat, Apr 30, 6:30 pm

Classical
Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

Shannan E. Johnson, host

Experience a sea of musical delight. Sing about frogs and fish, 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. 

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: New Work (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.

*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
A Celebration of Uncommon Women

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

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.

*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
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)
James Lee III: Thurgood's Rhapsody (BSO Centennial Commission, World 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


*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

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

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