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Marin Alsop, Music Director
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Anna Clyne // Abstractions
Ibert // Concertino da camera Listen Now 
Milhaud // Scaramouche Listen Now 
Stravinsky // Rite of Spring Listen Now 

A piece of music so wild, so barbaric and so brilliant, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is considered one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, joins the BSO for two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra. 

Read more about the program in Overture Magazine


Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

Classical
Rite of Spring

Marin Alsop, Music Director

Stravinsky // The Rite of Spring Listen Now  

Stravinsky pushed the boundaries of classical instruments to evoke earthy and bestial sounds in his awe-inspiring The Rite of Spring. Join Marin Alsop and the BSO for a performance of the composer’s galvanizing masterpiece. Join us after the concert for a conductor-led Q&A session.

*The Saturday, February 24 performance will be followed by a ‘Single Malt Stravinsky’ after-party featuring live music from Elon, food specials from The Local Oyster and $6 whiskey specials! 

Read more about the program in Overture Magazine

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: Rite of Spring

Justin Freer, conductor
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by live music from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Kristen Plumley, vocalist
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Anthony Blake Clark, Music Director

Join Jack Everly for a star-studded performance, featuring three Broadway singers and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, in a salute to operetta. Enjoy memorable melodies from Lehar to Lloyd Webber, with favorites show tunes from Vienna’s The Merry Widow, Showboat and Phantom of the Opera.

SuperPops
From Vienna to Broadway

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor
Ellen Pendleton Troyer, Irish Fiddle

Bring your wee ones and join the BSO for music from the Emerald Isle. This St. Patrick’s Celebration features Anderson’s Irish Suite; BSO musicians Ellen Pendleton Troyer, Jonathan Jensen, Tim Dilenschneider, Chris Williams, Lura Johnson and Brian Prechtl performing traditional Irish reels; Irish dancers from the Broesler School of Irish Dance; and bagpiper Sara Artes.

Join us in the lobby prior to the performance and enjoy interactive activities for families! 

Family
St. Patrick’s Celebration
Join us for lunch immediately following each family concert!
  • Buffet lunch in the Park Avenue 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
Family Luncheon: St. Patrick's Celebration

From Page to Stage: Inside the Orchestra Library

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Principal Librarian Michael Ferraguto. Michael will discuss the journey of music from the composer’s sketches to the concert hall, and the crucial role the orchestra librarians play in a successful performance.

Series Price: $120 (BSA Members) | $150 (Non-members)

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

Buy all four classes and save!

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 Vikki McAdory at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
Music Adventures with Michael Ferraguto

Lahav Shani, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Prokofiev // Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor Listen Now
Schubert // Symphony No. 9 in C Major, “The Great” Listen Now

Lahav Shani, winner of the Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition and newly appointed Music Director of the Israel Philharmonic, leads Schubert’s "Great" C Major Symphony. The BSO is joined by Prokofiev specialist Nikolai Lugansky for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a piece of herculean virtuosity, emotional intimacy and extreme difficulty.

The appearance of guest conductor Lahav Shani and pianist Nikolai Lugansky is generously underwritten by the Peggy & Yale Gordon Trust.

Classical
Schubert The Great

Nicholas Hersh, BSYO Artistic Director

2:30 pm - String and Concert Orchestras

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. 

Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $5 students, $10 seniors (60+). All tickets sold at the door will be $25 CASH ONLY. 

Purchase both performance times for the price of one! Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

 

Education
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Concert

Pre-concert party starts at 6 pm
Happy Hour specials from 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor

Tchaikovsky // Souvenir de Florence for string orchestra

Pre-concert lobby performance by Nick and Luke

BSO Pulse brings together the worlds of classical and indie music onto one stage. The concert begins with a BSO performance, followed with a set by Valerie June, 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. The New York Times hails Valerie June as one of America's "most intriguing, fully formed new talents."

 

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Valerie June

Peter Oundjian, conductor
YaoGuang Zhai, clarinet

Rachmaninoff // Isle of the Dead Listen Now
Weber // Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major Listen Now
Tchaikovsky // Symphony No. 2 in C Minor, “Little Russian” Listen Now

Guest conductor Peter Oundjian transports you to another land with this evocative program including Rachmaninoff’s Isle of the Dead. BSO Principal Clarinet Yao Guang Zhai showcases the versatility of the clarinet as melancholic, triumphant and playful in Weber’s Concerto No. 2. Hear Tchaikovsky's score climb to joyful heights in his “Little Russian” Symphony.

Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, March 23, featuring Yao Guang Zhai.

Classical
Rachmaninoff’s Transcendent Fantasy

Markus Stenz, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Beethoven // Symphony No.1 in C Major Listen Now
Korngold // Violin Concerto in D Major Listen Now
Rachmaninoff // Symphonic Dances Listen Now

This journey of melodic splendor begins with Beethoven’s playful and spirited First Symphony. The BSO is joined by Arabella Steinbacher for Korngold’s lush Violin Concerto No. 1. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, his commanding final work, brings a beautiful sense of melody to the powerful Dies Irae chant. 

Classical
Symphonic Dances

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Anna Menendez, flamenco dancer
Nicole Kelsch, Principal Dancer from Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Explore the grace and power of dance, ranging from ballet to flamenco. Musical highlights include Bizet’s Carmen Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite. This concert is highlighted by dance performances from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and professional flamenco artist Anna Menendez.

Tiny Tots, Pre-K to Grade 2
Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10 am & 11:30 am
Friday, April 13, 2018, 10 am & 11:30 am

Curriculum Connections: Science

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Ballet to Flamenco

Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor
Frankie Moreno, vocalist

Gifted musician and showman Frankie Moreno returns to the BSO with his signature blend of rock, soul and swing. Twice named “Las Vegas Headliner of the Year,” Frankie has been wowing audiences from coast to coast, performing his own brand of piano-pounding Rock 'n’ Roll.

SuperPops
Vegas Nights with Frankie Moreno

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor
Anna Menendez, flamenco dancer
Nicole Kelsch, principal dancer from Ballet Theatre of Maryland

Journey from the grace and power of ballet to the color and flair of flamenco in this program of iconic dance repertoire. This concert is highlighted by performances by Nicole Kelsch from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and professional flamenco dancer Anna Mendendez. The program includes Bizet's Carmen Suite, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and Strauss' The Blue Danube Waltz.

Family
Ballet to Flamenco
Join us for lunch immediately following each family concert!
  • Buffet lunch in the Park Avenue 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
Family Luncheon: Ballet to Flamenco

Markus Stenz, Principal Guest Conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Ryo Yanagitani, piano

Beethoven // Concerto for Violin, Violoncello and Piano Listen Now
Mahler // Symphony No. 1 in D Major, “Titan” Listen Now

Join BSO Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz for two titans of the classical repertoire. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto features three soloists, including two BSO leaders, Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and Principal Cello Dariusz Skoraczewski. Mahler said that, “A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything.” Experience the massive orchestral forces of the “Titan.”

Classical
Mahler’s Titan

Marcia Kämper, flute
Kevin Smith, violin
Karin Brown, viola

For children ages 6 months-3 years

The cacophony of the rainforest comes to life through the sounds of exotic birds and playful monkeys, featuring BSO flute and strings musicians!

Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children's songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy.

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

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

Music Box
Music Box: In the Treetops

Solo Playing on the Violin vs. Orchestral Playing

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Violinist Ellen Troyer. Ellen will discuss solo playing on the violin vs. orchestral playing, and how different techniques are required, including sound production, bow technique, ensemble playing, mindset, and how different sound qualities are used for different composers.

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

Buy all four classes and save!

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 Vikki McAdory at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
Music Adventures with Ellen Troyer

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers
Staged by Deborah Wingert
Coached by Heather Watts

Tchaikovsky // Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky // Suite from Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky // Serenade for Strings in C Major (Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust) Listen Now

Marin Alsop conducts an all-Tchaikovsky program including Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and Suite from Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky is famous for ballet, yet his Serenade for Strings was not originally composed for dance. Its poignant themes inspired world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine to transform it into a ballet. Experience this graceful score destined for dance performed by dancers from the Baltimore School for the Arts, staged by Deborah Wingert with coaching by Heather Watts, both former New York City Ballet dancers.

Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

George Balanchine taken at Fire Island, MA, 1950 to 51, photo by Tanaquil LeClerqc

Classical
Tchaikovsky with Balanchine

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers
Staged by Deborah Wingert
Coached by Heather Watts

Tchaikovsky // Serenade for Strings in C Major (Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust) Listen Now

Tchaikovsky is famous for ballet, yet his Serenade for Strings was not originally composed for dance. Its poignant themes inspired world-renowned choreographer George Balanchine to transform it into a ballet in 1934. Experience the musical and visual journey of this graceful score destined for dance performed by dancers from the Baltimore School for the Arts, staged by Deborah Wingert with coaching by Heather Watts, both former New York City Ballet dancers. Join us after the concert for a conductor-led Q&A session.

*The Saturday, April 28 performance will be followed by a ‘Tchaikovsky Chaser’ after-party featuring live music from Tongue in Cheek, food specials from Wicked Sisters and $6 Moscow mule specials! 

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: Tchaikovsky with Balanchine

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Nicola Benedetti, violin

John Williams, Luciano Berio and John Corigliano // Birthday Bouquet
Bernstein // Serenade Listen Now
Bernstein // Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Listen Now
Bernstein // Three Dance Episodes from On The Town Listen Now

The BSO celebrates Bernstein’s centennial with Nicola Benedetti, one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. This performance of Bernstein favorites also includes works by modern composers written in homage to his genius. Together, they illustrate how impossible it is to singularize Bernstein’s brilliance.

Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, May 4, featuring Nicola Benedetti.

Classical
To Bernstein with Love

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Scott Simon, commentator

Bernstein // Overture to Candide
John Williams, Luciano Berio and John Corigliano // Selections from Birthday Bouquet
Bernstein // Selections from West Side Story and On The Town

Join us for this unique BSO concert as NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” host Scott Simon joins Marin Alsop on stage for an exploration of Bernstein’s genius.

This Off The Cuff experience features a lively commentary on Marin’s musical mentor Leonard Bernstein and selections from Bernstein’s iconic music including West Side Story, Candide and On The Town.

Scott Simon has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody and the Emmy, and he is the popular host of Weekend Edition Saturday, which summarizes the week's news and offers features on a wide range of topics, including arts, entertainment, and human interest stories.

Join Scott Simon in the lobby post-concert for a book signing.

Special Event
NPR’s Scott Simon Joins the BSO in a Salute to Bernstein

Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor

Under the baton of Jack Everly, experience Raiders of the Lost Ark like never before as the BSO performs John Williams' epic score alongside the classic Steven Spielberg film.

SuperPops, Movie with Orchestra
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Movie with Orchestra

The Joy of Chamber Music

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Violinist Greg Mulligan.

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

Buy all four classes and save!

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 Vikki McAdory at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
Music Adventures with Greg Mulligan

Pre-concert party starts at 6 pm
Happy Hour specials from 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor

Pre-concert lobby performance by SuperCity 

BSO Pulse brings together the worlds of classical and indie music onto one stage. The concert begins with a BSO performance, followed with a set by a set with Moon Taxi, 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: Moon Taxi

Mario Venzago, conductor
Kit Armstrong, piano

Liszt // Les Préludes Listen Now
Mozart // Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major Listen Now
Brahms // Symphony No. 3 in F Major Listen Now

Beloved conductor Mario Venzago directs Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem Les Préludes. “He gets a refinement of tone and dynamics from the BSO that no one else has quite matched” (Baltimore Sun). Brahms’ Third Symphony spans the full range of human emotion from excitement to despair. Mozart’s vivacious Piano Concerto No. 22 is matched by young virtuoso Kit Armstrong. 

Classical
Liszt and Brahms

Nicholas Hersh, BSYO Artistic Director

7 pm - String, Concert and Youth Orchestras

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. 


Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $5 students, $10 seniors (60+). All tickets sold at the door will be $25 CASH ONLY. 

 

Education
Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Concert

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Kirill Gerstein, piano

Stravinsky // Suite from The Firebird (1919) Listen Now
Gershwin// Concerto in F Listen Now
Schumann // Symphony No. 2 in C Major Listen Now

Under Marin Alsop’s baton, Stravinsky’s dazzling Firebird concludes with one of the most exalted finales in all of music. Gershwin’s Concerto in F is a blend of traditional classical forms and the freedom of American jazz. After a year without writing music, Schumann’s incredibly personal Second Symphony expresses his triumph over darkness.

Classical
Gershwin's Piano Concerto

Kevin Smith, violin
Audrey Wright, violin
Lisa Steltenpohl, Principal viola
Lachezar Kostov, Assistant Principal cello

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Celebrate the colors of the American flag with a string quartet of BSO musicians.

Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children's songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy.

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

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

Music Box
Music Box: Red, White and Blue

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Bernstein // Slava! A Political Overture
Bernstein // Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety" Listen Now
Shostakovich // Symphony No. 5 in D Minor Listen Now

The BSO’s season culminates witha duo of transformative composers.  Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, celebrated in its time by both repressed audiences and officials alike, is a stunning example of the symphony as artistic salvation.  Bernstein’s Slava! and “The Age of Anxiety” use art to cultivate poignant messages that resonate throughout time.  

 

Classical
Shostakovich’s Hidden Themes

How I Wrote a Musical

Join us for an exciting educational offering designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music, hosted by BSO Bassist Jonathan Jensen. Jonathan will discuss his journey as a musician and how he developed an interest in songwriting and composing along with orchestral playing

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

Buy all four classes and save!

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 Vikki McAdory at 410.783.8023 or Associates@BSOmusic.org.

Music Adventures
Music Adventures with Jonathan Jensen

For availability, contact the BSO Ticket Office at 410.783.8000.

Marin Alsop, Music Director
John Williams, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Join us for this one-night-only special event! Music Director Marin Alsop and world-renowned, Academy Award-winning composer John Williams lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the music of his acclaimed film scores, including selections from Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, Memoirs of a Geisha, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more.

VIP Post-Concert Reception

A limited number of tickets are available for a VIP post-concert Dessert & Champagne Reception with John Williams and Marin Alsop. VIP Reception tickets are available only to concert attendees for an additional $500. VIP ticket holders will receive a wristband on the evening of the concert that must be worn to attend the reception. You must display both your concert ticket for the evening and your reception voucher to receive a wristband.

Special Event
An Evening with John Williams

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