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Marin Alsop, conductor
Anna Christy, soprano
Matthew Plenk, tenor
Elliot Madore, baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director
Peabody Children’s Chorus, Doreen Falby, director

Lori Laitman: UNSUNG (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements Listen Now
Orff: Carmina BuranaListen Now

Soaring and gorgeous, earthy and bawdy, the epic Carmina Burana celebrates the ephemeral nature of life, the joys of spring, drinking, gambling, gluttony and lust — and also their cost. Filled with driving rhythmic changes and harmonies, its inventive, percussive score beckons to our primitive nature. It’s paired with Stravinsky’s first major work written in the US, inspired by his response to World War II. Stormy and edgy, it captures just how in touch Stravinsky was with the mood of a world emerging from the trauma of war.


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
Carmina Burana

Jack Everly, conductor
Ron Remke, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Kathy Voytko, vocalist

Four of Broadway’s brightest stars take the stage with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops for an evening of sizzlin’ showstoppers. All your favorites from “The Great White Way” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

SuperPops
Broadway's Leading Men

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price, host
John Locke, percussion
Brian Prechtl, percussion
Chris Williams, percussion
Bill Richards, percussion

Musical notes playfully dance around as we count, sing and bounce!

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.

Music Box, Education
Music Box: 1, 2, 3, Count with Me

Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

Beethoven: Overture to Coriolan Listen Now
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Listen Now
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 Listen Now

Two revolutionary composers, both as musicians and as humanists, are explored by Vasily Petrenko, who made a strong impression on his last BSO visit. Written after the death of Stalin, Shostakovich’s pulsing and militaristic 10th Symphony is often called an “optimistic tragedy.” Beethoven complements the work with his tumultuous, war-like Coriolan Overture and the Third Piano Concerto, performed by emerging Israeli-born New Yorker Inon Barnatan, hailed as “superb” by The New York Times, and here making his BSO debut.

Classical
Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10

Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde

Pre-concert lobby performances by PM Lignum and Ami Dang

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 Brett Dennen, 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. More info at BSOpulse.org.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Brett Dennen

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Angela Hewitt, piano

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus (BSO Premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Listen Now
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 Listen Now

Hannu Lintu is joined by a close collaborator, 2006 Gramophone “Artist of the Year” Angela Hewitt, to perform Beethoven’s joyful Piano Concerto No. 1. In a natural mode, the program opens with Finnish composer Rautavaara’s evocative blending of taped birdsong recorded at the Arctic Circle with symphony orchestra. Listen for the songs of birds and feel the sunlight warming the fields in Dvořák’s pastoral Eighth Symphony, which conjures country walks in his native land.

Classical
Dvořák's Symphony No. 8

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Vince Vaise, Chief Interpreter of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, narrator
Living Historians from Fort McHenry

Please note the following performances are SOLD OUT:
Wednesday, October 26th 11:30am
Thursday, October 27th 11:30am
Friday, October 28th 10:00am

“This Land Is Your Land” honors the 100th year of the National Park Service with live orchestral music, highlighting our country’s most beautiful National Parks. From the history of how the National Park Service came to be, to the significance of the parks in modern day, this concert showcases curriculum connections to social studies, history, science, English language arts, 21st century skills and music.

Music for Youth: Grades 4-6
Wednesday @ 10 am
Thursday @ 10 am
Friday @ 11:30 am

Approximately 40 minutes in length
Whether new comers to the orchestra or already young musicians, these concerts will engage students and provide meaningful connections to key curriculum subjects. 

Midweek Concerts for High School Students: Grades 9-12
Wednesday @ 11:30 am SOLD OUT
Thursday @ 11:30 am SOLD OUT
Friday @ 10 am SOLD OUT
Approximately 45 minutes in length
With exciting music, visuals and stimulating narratives, these concerts will foster a lifelong appreciation for how the arts connect all aspects of our modern-day and future lives.

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

Teachers Guide

Please note that tickets for Midweek concerts are not refundable.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: This Land Is Your Land

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

John Williams: Selections from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Listen Now
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain Listen Now

Celebrate a very spooky Halloween with ghosts, goblins, magic and the BSO! Sparks will fly in Mussorgsky’s spellbinding Night on Bald Mountain and John Williams’ whimsical music from Harry Potter.

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 include 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
Witches, Wizards, Ghosts and Goblins
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, Education
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Elfman: The Nightmare Before Christmas

What's this, what's this?! — the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton's macabre classic. Danny Elfman's rambunctious, colorful score will roar into life in the hands of the BSO as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King's quest to seize Christmas.

Special Event
Movie and Music: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano

John Adams: The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
Ravel: Shéhérazade Listen Now
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Overture Miniature Listen Now
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II Listen Now

Newly appointed BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh embraces love, longing and dance in this program. He opens with John Adams’ witty depiction of Chairman Mao and his future wife joining in a humorous, slightly amorous foxtrot. The sights and sounds of dream-like Arabian Nights are conjured in Ravel’s ravishingly beautiful song cycle. And what better way to be transported to the Land of Sweets, than through the glorious, joyous music of Tchaikovsky’s second act from The Nutcracker?

Classical
The Nutcracker

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Tchaikovsky: Selections from The Nutcracker Listen Now

Maestro Hersh demonstrates how the lively music of The Nutcracker delivers such powerful imagery that it can stand alone as concert music without the ballet in a fun-loving Off The Cuff.


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: The Nutcracker

All aboard! The sounds of travel come alive as we sing about cars, trucks, trains and boats.

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: Cars, Trucks, Trains & Boats

Marin Alsop, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 Listen Now

An acknowledged Mahler authority, Maestra Alsop is passionate about this composer — a man who grappled mightily with his own nature and that of all mankind, illuminating the human condition with every note he wrote. The Sixth Symphony is a massive undertaking— for the composer, for the conductor, for the orchestra and for the audience. Big, dramatic and life-affirming, it packs into one masterpiece Mahler’s lifelong efforts to succeed against the inevitable blows of fate. Not heard at the BSO since 1992, this is a rare opportunity to experience this extraordinary work.

Classical
Mahler's Symphony No. 6

Doc Severinsen, host and trumpet

Heeeeeere’s Doc and his big, bad band! Known worldwide for his thirty years at the helm of The Tonight Show Band, the gutsy trumpeter and his equally stupendous lineup bring you an evening of hard-swingin’ favorites from the Basie and Ellington repertoire as well as pop and jazz standards. You’ll hit a high note — and Doc will hit tons — in this unstoppable show.

Please note: The BSO will not be performing in this concert.

SuperPops
Doc Severinsen and Friends: The Art of the Big Band

Marin Alsop, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Reginald Smith, Jr., bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director
St. Lawrence String Quartet

TJ Cole: Double Play (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
John Adams: Absolute Jest (BSO Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" Listen Now

The 2016 Centennial year reaches its finale with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. No other work creates such breathless excitement, whether you're hearing it for the first time or returning to it as a familiar favorite. Remarkably, Beethoven was completely deaf when he conducted its 1824 premiere performance. He had to be turned around to face the audience after the final notes had died away to recognize the waving handkerchiefs and hats in hands, a tribute to a man who could not hear the applause.


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.

Special Event, Classical
Beethoven Weekend: The Ninth Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Joshua Guerrero, tenor
Reginald Smith, Jr., bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, "Choral" Listen Now

What better way to cap off the BSO's 100th year with the opportunity to sing in the finale performance of Beethoven's Ninth! Maestra Alsop will rehearse the audience in sections of the "Ode to Joy" before the BSO gives a complete performance of the work, with chorus and audience joining in the final celebratory song of friendship and peace.

Sunday, November 20, 1:30 pm: Pre-Concert Lecture with Dr. Richard Kogan, "Beethoven's Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph"

Classical
Beethoven Weekend: Symphony No. 9

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Young Soloist
The Snowman animated film

A winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman by author Raymond Briggs. This STEAM concert also explores the role of climate and the seasons with selections from Vivaldi’s "Winter" from The Four Seasons.

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: The Snowman

Edward Polochick, conductor and harpsichord
Jennifer O’Loughlin, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Luca Pisaroni, bass baritone
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

Handel: Messiah Listen Now

From the sheer joy and magnitude of the “Hallelujah” chorus to the delicate beauty of the arias, it’s no wonder this beloved work has crowned holiday celebrations for centuries. The BSO’s annual complete performance of the Messiah, led from the harpsichord by the dynamic Edward Polochick, is a musical tradition you’ll want to make your own.

Classical
Handel's Messiah

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

A winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. Get into the spirit of the holiday season and create lasting memories in this enchanting program featuring the BSO and the animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ book.

Inspiration Zone! Prior to Meyerhoff, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational musical adventures. Activities include 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 the Meyerhoff concert for a buffet lunch in the Second Space. Tickets must be purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.

Family, Education
The Snowman
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, Education
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Step Afrika!, dancers

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, composed and arranged by Ellington/Strayhorn/Murtha

STEP into the holiday season with this fully realized jazz version of the timeless Nutcracker. Riffing off of Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of a portion of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created an entire “Swingin Nutcracker” with both an Act 1 and Act 2.

This semi-staged production features the vibrant and percussive dancing of Washington based company, Step Afrika! Join the BSO for this very special world premiere.

Special Event
A "Swingin' Nutcracker" à la Ellington

Wintertime means snow time! Listen and dance along as we go dashing through the snow.

Please note the concert times on December 10th. Shows will run at 9 am and 10:30 am on this date.

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: Snowflakes on Parade

Justin Freer, conductor
Handel Choir of Baltimore

George Bailey’s extraordinary Christmas Eve journey with an Angel Second Class is a story we turn to year after year. As the BSO performs the score live to accompany the film, you’ll experience the warmth of this cinematic classic as never before.

Special Event
Movie and Music: It's a Wonderful Life

Timothy Myers, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist
Baltimore City College Choir
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

Vocal sensation Storm Large of Pink Martini joins the BSO for a sparkling holiday celebration! Bring the whole family to get in the spirit of the season with this special program of carols, classics and lots of surprises. Plus — back by popular demand, the Tap-Dancing Santas are comin' to town!

Special Event
Holiday Pops with Storm Large

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Director J.J. Abram’s thrilling reboot is touching down at the Meyerhoff! The BSO performs Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live for two nights of warp-speed blockbusters. On Thursday, join Kirk and Spock in an alternate-reality battle to stop Romulan Nero from destroying the Federation. Come back Friday for the action-packed second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness, in which a devastated Starfleet contends with a threat to Earth from within its own ranks.

©2009 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.

Special Event
Movie and Music: Star Trek

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Director J.J. Abram’s thrilling reboot is touching down at the Meyerhoff! The BSO performs Michael Giacchino’s thrilling score live for two nights of warp-speed blockbusters. Join us for the action-packed second installment in which a devastated Starfleet contends with a threat to Earth from within its own ranks.

©2009 Paramount Pictures. ™ CBS Studios Inc.

Special Event
Movie and Music: Star Trek Into Darkness

Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (BSO Premiere)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 Listen Now
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” Listen Now

The finest British pianist of his generation, Paul Lewis makes his BSO debut with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. From the beginning of this lyrical work the piano firmly takes the lead, and so does this thrilling artist, a recognized Beethoven specialist. Dima Slobodeniouk, a conductor with deep Russian roots, frames the concerto with two masterpieces of his native land: the first-ever BSO performance of Stravinsky’s 1920 miniature gem — a perfect showcase for the BSO’s winds — and Tchaikovsky’s profoundly stirring “Pathétique” Symphony.

Classical
Tchaikovsky's Pathetique

Marin Alsop, conductor
Valentina Peleggi, conductor*
Jonathan Carney, violin

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnolListen Now
Walton: Violin Concerto Listen Now
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Listen Now

From the vivid first notes of the Capriccio espagnol to the joyous close of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, this program is sheer delight. The Capriccio, a feast of Spanish melodies and a showpiece for soloists within the orchestra, introduces newcomer Valentina Peleggi, the current winner of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia fellowship. Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes center stage in Walton’s tempestuous Violin Concerto, shining a light on his virtuosic talents. Beethoven called his Seventh Symphony “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”

Classical
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

Marin Alsop, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Listen Now

Marin Alsop illuminates the backstory of the work Beethoven called “one of the happiest products of my poor talents.”


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: Beethoven's Symphony No. 7

Johannes Debus, conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano

Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville Listen Now
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Listen Now
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 Listen Now

While the prolific Gioachino Rossini could toss off an entire opera in a matter of weeks, not so for our other two composers. Beethoven labored so long over his first piano concerto that it inevitably became his second. Acclaimed debut artist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet gives an elegant interpretation of this witty and expansive work. And Brahms, keenly aware of Beethoven’s long shadow, did not finish his transporting First Symphony, often dubbed “Beethoven’s Tenth,” until he was 42. BSO debut conductor Johannes Debus proves that this program of treasured and timeless classics was well worth the wait.

Classical
Brahms' Symphony No. 1

Jack Everly, conductor
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocalist
Tony DeSare, vocalist
Frankie Moreno, vocalist

Come fly away with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops as we welcome Broadway’s own Tony DeSare, Ann Hampton Callaway and Frankie Moreno for a tour of your favorite Sinatra standards. It takes you back to the time when a great voice and a great song came together… and there was magic.

SuperPops
A Tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Markus Stenz, conductor
Gabriela Montero, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 Listen Now
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic” Listen Now

The vibrant Venezuelan Gabriela Montero, known as much for her dazzling improvisations as for her brilliant command of the repertoire, makes her BSO debut. Perhaps, like Mozart himself, she will indulge in some improv. Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz conducts Bruckner’s most popular symphony, the Fourth known as the “Romantic,” with its brilliant use of horns and allusions to the hunt. A showcase for the BSO’s great brass section!

Classical
Bruckner's Symphony No. 4

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Want to know what makes heroes great? Join us for the ultimate hero and villain showcase! Featuring music by Beethoven and Stravinsky, this concert depicts iconic figures from music, literature, movies and American culture. Highlighting elements of a story and connections to English language arts curriculum, this arts-integrated concert will excite students with music as they cheer on their favorite heroes.

Music for Youth: Grades 4-6
Approximately 40 minutes in length
Whether new comers to the orchestra or already young musicians, these concerts will engage students and provide meaningful connections to key curriculum subjects.

Please note that tickets for Midweek concerts are not refundable.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Heroes & Villains

Marin Alsop, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello
Kwame Kwei-Armah, narrator

Jonathan Leshnoff: Dancin' Blue Crabs (BSO Centennial Celebration Commission, World Premiere)*
Barber: Symphony No. 1 Listen Now
Copland: Lincoln Portrait Listen Now
Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen Now

American Classics. Marin Alsop, a champion of American music, pairs Samuel Barber’s unabashedly Romantic First Symphony with Copland’s dramatic evocation of the nation’s 16th President, narrated by Baltimore’s own Kwame Kwei-Armah. And the greatest concerto in the cello literature, an exquisite tribute to a dying first love, was also written in America, after the Czech composer Antonin Dvořák moved here from his native Moravia. Johannes Moser brings this concert to a rousing conclusion.


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
Dvořák's Cello Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello

Dvořák: Cello Concerto Listen Now

Back by popular demand, cellist Johannes Moser joins Maestra Marin Alsop in a truly special Off The Cuff exploring Dvořák’s haunting cello concerto.


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: Dvořák's Cello Concerto

Steve Reich: Double Sextet

Pre-concert lobby performances by Blacksage and All Rogers, Jr.

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 Lake Street Dive, 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. More info at BSOpulse.org.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Lake Street Dive

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

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

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's Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

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

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 include 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.

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, Education
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

Paul Goodwin, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat,“Dumbarton Oaks”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Listen Now
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Listen Now

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

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

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, who spins tales of Arabian nights.

Classical
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Marin Alsop, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Listen Now

The Arabian Nights come to life as Maestra Alsop and the orchestra tell the tale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade in stories and music.


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's Scheherazade

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!

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

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.

Classical
Berlioz's 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 include 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.

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, Education
BSA Family Concert Luncheon

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

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.

Classical
Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2

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.


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's Firebird

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

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. More info at BSOpulse.org.

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

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
Claudia Mahnke, mezzo-soprano (Judith)
Alan Held, bass-baritone (Bluebeard)

Bartok: Bluebeard's Castle Listen Now

A young woman. Her new husband. Her new house: a dark, mysterious castle. What lurks behind seven locked doors is the stuff of nightmares. Béla Bartók’s haunting and thoroughly gripping masterwork brings this one-act psycho-thriller to life. Semi-staged and video-enhanced, this is a must-see Marin Alsop/BSO production.

Classical
Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle

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

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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