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Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano 

Stravinsky: "Divertimento" from The Fairy's Kiss
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: The Tempest, Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture

The BSO meets the Bard in an evening of fantasy, magic and romance! Shakespeare inspires Tchaikovsky’s epic Tempest, Fantasy-Overture and the seductive Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy-Overture. Also, Simon Trpčeski plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 

Shakespeare in Love & Simon Trpčeski

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.

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Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Simona Saturova, soprano
Joanne Lunn, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Kyle Ketelsen, bass-baritone
University of Maryland Concert Choir

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5
Mozart: Mass in C minor

Founder of the renowned Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki makes his BSO debut as he leads an all-Mozart program, including the fifth Violin Concerto with Augustin Hadelich. The University of Maryland Concert Choir and four talented soloists perform Mozart’s sublimely beautiful Great Mass.

Mozart’s Great Mass

Acclaimed author of Truman John Adams, and most recently The Greater Journey, this two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award has been called a National Treasure. A gifted storyteller, he has narrated several PBS documentaries, including The Civil War and Napoleon, and the motion picture Seabiscuit.

This event is only available for purchase as part of the Baltimore Speakers Series subscription package. Please visit for more information.

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David McCullough

Marin Alsop, conductor
Sol Gabetta, cello

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
Ravel: La Valse
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Would you like to dance? In orchestral technicolor, Marin Alsop and the BSO bring to life the lighter and darker sides of the waltz as imagined by Ravel and Strauss in pre- and post-WWI Europe. After her triumphant 2012 debut, star cellist Sol Gabetta returns to perform Haydn’s sparkling concerto.

Haydn and Ravel

Marin Alsop, conductor

Marin Alsop brings her unique touch to the BSO family series, leading the orchestra in this delightfully humorous program. Gregory Smith’s  Mr. Smith’s Composition takes the audience on a journey into the mind of Mr.Smith as he composes. This program also includes selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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

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Mr. Smith's Composition

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.

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BSA Family Concert Luncheon

Jack Everly, conductor

AFI’s greatest movie musical comes to the big screen at the Meyerhoff with live accompaniment by the BSO SuperPops. Singin’ in the Rain, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, features a lighthearted downpour of iconic dance and memorable songs including “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “Fit As a Fiddle” and more!

Please Note: At the Meyerhoff, there are a limited number of "obstructed view" seats available in the Terrace Sides for $35. Your view of the movie screen from these seats may be partially obstructed by a speaker that hangs from the ceiling. To purchase these seats, please contact the BSO Ticket Office at 877-276-1444.

Singin' in the Rain

Marin Alsop, conductor
Adam Walker, flute

Shostakovich: Festive Overture
Kevin Puts: Flute Concerto - East Coast Premiere
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

The Fifth, the second masterpiece of Tchaikovsky’s great final symphonic trilogy, takes us on a passionate journey from self-doubt to seeming triumph, embracing in a moment of inner repose the slow movement’s famous, wistful, horn solo. An extraordinary talent, Adam Walker makes his BSO debut with the East Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts’ Flute Concerto.

Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Didi Balle, director and Playwright-in-Residence

If Beethoven’s Fifth is “Fate knocking at the door,” wrote a commentator, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth is “Fate trying to get out.” Things just got interesting. Marin Alsop and Playwright-in-Residence Didi Balle join forces once again to guide audiences through Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a heady mix of drama, vigor and passion. Enjoy dramatic interpretation on the stage that breaks down the musical elements that give this masterpiece its hyper-Romantic character, followed by the work in its entirety.

Off The Cuff
Off the Cuff: Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Katherine Needleman, oboe

Haydn: Symphony No. 96, “Miracle”
Vaughan Williams: Oboe Concerto
Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Few works can match the orchestral color, sonic impact or sheer excitement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Experience it – live – along with Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto performed by BSO Principal Oboe Katherine Needleman


Pictures at an Exhibition

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!

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 p.m.

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.

BSO on the Eastern Shore

Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius who plays the violin, flute, trombone and drums with incredible skill. Experience the orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book where the fickle, yet lovable Farkle brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life.


Age Groups:

Tiny Tots: Pre K – Kindergarten
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
Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts integrated curriculum links.

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Midweek Concert: Remarkable Farkle McBride

Rather anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from 1981 to 2005. During this time, he also contributed to CBS’s 60 Minutes. Rather is now the managing editor and anchor of the cable television news magazine Dan Rather Reports. In 2012, he released his bestseller Rather Outspoken on his life and the state of journalism today.

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Dan Rather

Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor
Produced by Princeton Entertainment

Brought to life by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra accompanied by exciting visuals on a giant screen, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. The premiere of Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in Washington, D.C. sold out with a second performance added by popular demand. Don’t miss this one night only Baltimore performance!

With millions of video games sold since its debut in 1996, Pokémon continues to provide memorable entertainment around the world. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions gives loyal fans and newcomers a chance to experience the evolution of the franchise through all-new orchestral arrangements with carefully timed visuals drawing from classic and recent Pokémon video 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 the education programs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions

Ken Lam, conductor

Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius who plays the violin, flute, trombone and drums with incredible skill. Experience an orchestral adaptation of actor John Lithgow’s mesmerizing children’s book, where the fickle, yet lovable Farkle brings the sounds and rhythms of the orchestra to life. 

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

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Remarkable Farkle McBride

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. 

Tchaikovsky's 1st Piano Concerto

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.

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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.

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 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

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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.


Strauss' Four Last Songs

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.

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.

Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Garnett Bruce, director
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

*The BSO regrets to announce that due to a scheduling conflict, Patti LuPone has regrettably withdrawn from the Orchestra’s upcoming production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, slated for June 11, 2015 at The Music Center at Strathmore and June 12-14, 2015 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Please stay tuned for further casting announcements. 

CAST in order of appearance: 

Dr. Pangloss: Joshua Hopkins
Candide: Keith Jameson
Paquette: Marie Lenormand
Cunegonde: Lauren Snouffer
Maximillian: Mark Diamond

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!

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.

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Preparing to Play a Symphony

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