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Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

Rameau: Suite from Dardanus Podcast Symbol
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 Listen NowPodcast Symbol
Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style Listen NowPodcast Symbol
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 “Italian” Listen NowPodcast Symbol

Baroque and early Classical expert Nicholas McGegan brings his infectious enthusiasm to a light and buoyant program. 18th century delights by Mozart, who composed his youthful Violin Concerto No. 3 when he was only 19, and Rameau prepare the way for early 19th century classics by Schubert and Mendelssohn. Both young composers in their early 20s found inspiration from the beauty, art, vitality and happiness of Italy. Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud makes a welcome return as concerto soloist.

Classical
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms (BSO Premiere)
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish" Listen NowPodcast Symbol
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

Reflective and mournful, yet optimistic, this program reveals artists at important turning points. Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms is a moving elegy written shortly after the passing of her mother. Schumann's richly Romantic symphony was written on the edge of his eventual madness and collapse. Following the lukewarm reception for his first concerto, Brahms waited 22 years before penning the second. Here, as performed by virtuoso Hélène Grimaud, it was clearly worth the wait: an expansive meditation on Brahms' life and the promise of the future.

Classical
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Marin Alsop, conductor
Gregory Smith, narrator

Gregory Smith: The Animated Orchestra

Experience the story of a mischievous ferret as his wild escapades wreak havoc in an old instrument shop in Gregory Smith’s The Animated Orchestra. Be sure to practice your “ferret sounds” to help put this piece together, accompanied by sound effects from the BSO.

Inspiration Zone! Prior to each concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational musical adventures. Activities vary from concert to concert but may include an instrument petting zoo, exciting arts and crafts, interactive workshops, performances by BSYO and OrchKids, face painting and more!

Family Concert Luncheons! Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Second Space. Tickets must be purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.

Family, Education
The Animated Orchestra
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.

$11 per child and $18 per adult

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

Paul Goodwin, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Górecki: Three Pieces in the Old Style for String Orchestra Podcast Symbol
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat,“Dumbarton Oaks” Podcast Symbol
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Listen NowPodcast Symbol
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

With his informed historical approach, Paul Goodwin is the ideal conductor to reveal the musical relationship between classical Beethoven in his dazzling Fourth Symphony and the sprightly 20th century neoclassicism of Igor Stravinsky. Goodwin is joined by another artist making his debut, the remarkable 21-year-old Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, harnessing his prodigious skill to conquer Beethoven’s grandest concerto of all, the “Emperor.”

Classical
Beethoven's Emperor

Nicholas Hersh, BSYO Artistic Director

2:30 pm - String and Concert Orchestra
5:30 pm - Youth Orchestra

Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 250 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. Buy one concert, get one free! Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Supported, in part, by Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman

For more information, visit BSOmusic.org/BSYO.

Education
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras: Carver Center

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO cellist Kristin Ostling. The class takes place from 6-7 pm, preceded by a happy hour at 5:30 pm.

NEW this year, classes may be purchased as a series or individually.

Series Price: $120 (BSA Members) | $150 (Non-members)
Per Class Price: $36 (BSA Members) | $45 (Non-members)

To receive the Member discount, please contact the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

To become a BSA member and receive a discount on your tickets, contact Louise Reiner at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
The Power of Live Music

Jack Everly, conductor

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Celtic style with stepdancing, bagpipes and lively, haunting melodies from the Emerald Isle. Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops join with a host of guests to commemorate the wearin’ of the green! Featuring music from the films Braveheart and Titanic, Broadway standards from Brigadoon and Finian’s Rainbow, “Danny Boy” and so much more.

SuperPops
Celtic Celebration

Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Listen Now
Chausson: Poème for Violin and Orchestra Listen Now
Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra Listen Now
Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947) Listen Now

A superb music colorist and BSO favorite, Tortelier has conjured up an enchanting French-inspired program that has a hint of mystery and just a touch of the sinister. Dukas’ magicians pull the strings as apprentices reach too far, and Stravinsky’s puppets dare to dream of love. Violinist Augustin Hadelich’s fingers fly through two evocative works: gypsies tease in the flashy Tzigane, while a spurned lover has the last word in Poème. This is truly a program designed to show off the wizardry of the BSO!

Classical
Stravinsky's Petrushka

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, host
Boram Kang, violin
Bo Li, cello
Mary Woehr, piano

Bees, Lady Bugs, Spiders and Butterflies! All of our favorite insects come together with music from a BSO ensemble.

30 minutes prior to the 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.

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

Education, Music Box
Music Box: Bugs!

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Barber: Adagio for Strings Listen Now
Steven Mackey: Beautiful Passing (BSO Premiere)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Listen Now

Barber’s famous elegy, the quietly powerful and reflective Adagio for Strings is the perfect prelude for Jennifer Koh’s performance of Mackey’s Beautiful Passing, a tribute to his mother’s life and strength. The violin is once again the protagonist, this time weaving its sensuous melody as Scheherazade in Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful portrait of a sultan’s wife.

Classical
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Marin Alsop, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Listen Now

Maestra Alsop and the orchestra tell the tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in stories and music.

Saturday at the Meyerhoff: Join us for our inspired Off the Cuff series — an hour-long performance by the Baltimore Symphony plus an after-party!


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

Explore the backstories of classical music’s greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. Each conductor will lead us through an entertaining exploration of each work, followed by a full performance of the piece.

Learn more about the classical concert.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Ray Chen, violin BSO Late Night

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 Listen Now
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Listen Now

Violinist Ray Chen brings his extraordinary talents to the concerto by Paganini, a consummate showman whose works of astounding virtuosity and flashy style lead to rumors he had sold his soul! And if that isn’t enough, Berlioz’s richly orchestrated Symphonie fantastique conjures a tale of obsessive love leading to madness, an opium dream and a dance with the Devil. French conductor Ludovic Morlot makes a welcome return for this pyrotechnic program.

BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 7, featuring Ray Chen.

 

Classical
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Actors

Test your counting skills while you go on a treasure hunt with the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and more! In this concert, the BSO shows how playful patterns and rascally rhythms are a simple matter of mathematics.

10 am Performances: Tiny Tots: Pre-K – Kindergarten
Approximately 40 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.

11:30 am Performances: 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.

STEAM Concert
This concert explores connections to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Please note that tickets for Midweek concerts are not refundable.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Beethoven's Nifty Numbers

Jack Everly, conductor

This is the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner. The Doo Wop Project is history you can dance to! Stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical join the SuperPops and harmonize the classics of The Crests, The Flamingos, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, as well as newer hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.

SuperPops
The Doo Wop Project

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Go on a musical treasure hunt of counting fun! Uncover playful patterns, rascally rhythms, and nifty notes and numbers in the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more.

Inspiration Zone! Prior to each concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational musical adventures. Activities vary from concert to concert but may include an instrument petting zoo, exciting arts and crafts, interactive workshops, performances by BSYO and OrchKids, face painting and more!

Family Concert Luncheons! Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Second Space. Tickets must be purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.

Family, Education
Beethoven's Nifty Numbers
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.

$11 per child and $18 per adult

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

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh. The class takes place from 6-7 pm, preceded by a happy hour at 5:30 pm.

NEW this year, classes may be purchased as a series or individually.

Series Price: $120 (BSA Members) | $150 (Non-members)
Per Class Price: $36 (BSA Members) | $45 (Non-members)

To receive the Member discount, please contact the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

To become a BSA member and receive a discount on your tickets, contact Louise Reiner at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
ABCs of Conducting

Marin Alsop, conductor
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, director BSO Late Night

Arvo Pärt: Credo (BSO Premiere) Listen Now
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms Listen Now
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 Listen Now

Maestra Alsop presents a program of spiritual reflection and sacred inspiration from the Eastern Orthodox Church. Influenced by Bach’s cantata Es ist genug and by Latin mass text, Credo is Arvo Pärt’s merging of the worlds of love and hate to offer healing. Stravinsky’s austerely beautiful and moving Symphony of Psalms employs a large chorus and orchestra (without violins and violas) to recreate the dark, mysterious ritual atmosphere of the church. Finally, Rachmaninoff’s lush Symphony No. 2 was prompted by his exile from Russia as he grappled with history and faith.

BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 28, featuring the University of Maryland Concert Choir.

 

Classical
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, host
Marcia Kämper, flute
Karin Brown, viola
Jacqueline Pollauf, harp

Celebrate our home state of Maryland through music, dance and song. 

30 minutes prior to the 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.

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

Education, Music Box
Music Box: Our Maryland

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Please Note: The BSO is not a part of this performance.

Special Event
Golden Dragon Acrobats

Markus Stenz, conductor
David Fray, piano

Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Listen Now
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major Listen Now
Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete) Listen Now

Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz gives us a rare opportunity to hear the color and brilliance of Stravinsky’s complete score for The Firebird, the commission from Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes that catapulted him to fame in pre-WWI Paris. Years later, Paris was again the setting for Ravel’s popular jazz-inflected concerto, a perfect vehicle for the musical refinement and elegance of French pianist David Fray, who makes his BSO debut.

Classical
Stravinsky's Firebird

Markus Stenz, conductor

Stravinsky: The Firebird (Complete) Listen Now

Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz reveals the genesis of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score The Firebird.

Saturday at the Meyerhoff: Join us for our inspired Off the Cuff series — an hour-long performance by the Baltimore Symphony plus an after-party!


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

Explore the backstories of classical music’s greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. Each conductor will lead us through an entertaining exploration of each work, followed by a full performance of the piece.

Learn more about the classical concert.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Stravinsky Firebird

Pre-concert lobby performance by Curved Light and TT the Artist

BSO Pulse brings together the worlds of classical music and indie rock onto one stage. The concert begins with a BSO performance, followed with a set by Lower Dens, and culminates with both groups performing on stage together. Between sets, BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh and WTMD morning host Alex Cortright talk about the meaning behind the music, bringing the artists into the conversation to reveal insights and to draw parallels across genres. The night kicks off with a pre-concert party in the lobby of the Meyerhoff featuring live music, happy hour drink specials, and food from our favorite Baltimore restaurants and breweries.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Lower Dens

Markus Stenz, conductor
Andrew Balio, trumpet

Mozart: Symphony No. 29 Listen Now
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto Listen Now
Detlev Glanert: Frenesia (BSO Premiere)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks Listen Now

Maestro Stenz is a master of both the classic and modern Austro-Germanic repertoire. Mozart’s graceful Symphony No. 29 is modeled after Haydn, who Mozart often called his teacher. Haydn’s own humorous and virtuosic trumpet concerto showcases Principal Trumpet Andrew Balio. Transforming the orchestral palette, Stenz introduces fun and frantic Frenesia, an ironic homage to Richard Strauss, whose own whimsical tribute to the medieval trouble-maker, Till Eulenspiegel, makes for a rousing finale.

Classical
Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Nicholas Hersh, BSYO Artistic Director

3 pm - String, Concert and Youth Orchestra

Launched in 2012, the BSYO comprises three orchestral ensembles of 250 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.

Supported, in part, by Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman

For more information, visit BSOmusic.org/BSYO.

Education
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras: Meyerhoff

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO English Horn Jane Marvine. The class takes place from 6-7 pm, preceded by a happy hour at 5:30 pm.

NEW this year, classes may be purchased as a series or individually.

Series Price: $120 (BSA Members) | $150 (Non-members)
Per Class Price: $36 (BSA Members) | $45 (Non-members)

To receive the Member discount, please contact the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

To become a BSA member and receive a discount on your tickets, contact Louise Reiner at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
Leadership Roles in a Symphony Orchestra

Jack Everly, conductor

Soar through the stars with Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece as you’ve never seen or heard it before! Jack Everly conducts John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score live as the classic film is projected on a giant HD screen. Bring the whole family to experience the magic of Elliott and his friend from far, far away.

™ & © Universal Studios

SuperPops
Movie and Music: E.T. The Extraterrestrial In Concert

Christoph König, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 Listen Now
Messiaen: Les offrandes oubliées
Gershwin: An American in Paris Listen Now

Four peer composers looked to France for inspiration with wildly different results. Christoph König opens with Ravel’s gentle memorial dedicated to friends lost in the war. The shift to fiery Prokofiev demands tremendous athleticism from the soloist, the superstar Ukrainian-Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman. Olivier Messiaen’s deeply spiritual meditation takes us to an ethereal realm before Gershwin’s jazzy, raucous riff on Paris will have us humming into the night.

Classical
Gershwin and Prokofiev

Marin Alsop, conductor
Featuring soloists from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

Bach's beloved Brandenburg Concertos come to life in the hands of Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, the six unique concertos showcase both the power of the orchestra and the talents of the highly-skilled soloists. This is Bach at his best.

Classical
Brandenburg Concertos

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, host
Phil Munds, horn
René Hernandez, trumpet
Nate Hepler, trumpet
John Vance, trombone
Seth Horner, tuba

Listen, bounce and move around to music all about summertime, sunshine, the beach, ice cream, swimming and more!

30 minutes prior to the 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.

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

Education, Music Box
Music Box: Celebrate Summertime

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Violist Peter Minkler. The class takes place from 6-7 pm, preceded by a happy hour at 5:30 pm.

NEW this year, classes may be purchased as a series or individually.

Series Price: $120 (BSA Members) | $150 (Non-members)
Per Class Price: $36 (BSA Members) | $45 (Non-members)

To receive the Member discount, please contact the Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

To become a BSA member and receive a discount on your tickets, contact Louise Reiner at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
My Life on the 'C' String: A Violist's Journey

Marin Alsop, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Christopher Theofanidis: The GAME (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
Beethoven: Violin Concerto Listen Now
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, “Organ” Listen Now

Marin Alsop pulls out all the stops for our closing concert with one of her signature works, Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ.” Add to that the Beethoven Violin Concerto with audience favorite Gil Shaham, who will dazzle and charm us with his virtuosity. This is a program that is grand in every way— a fitting way to close out the first season of our second century.


Ten American composers have each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Lori Laitman, 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 uncommon 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
Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

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