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Marin Alsop, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Barry F. Williams, narrator 

JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom) Program Notes
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini  BSO Podcast Program Notes
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”  BSO Podcast Program Notes

Marin Alsop opens the season with Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony, a work that changed the course of music history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner wrote his New Morning for the World for orchestra and narrator, capturing some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most eloquent words. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to play Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Classical
Beethoven Eroica Symphony

Jack Everly, conductor

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire and learns the ways of the Force. Don't miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' Oscar®-winning score live to the complete film.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © 2018 & ™ LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY

Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Star Wars: A New Hope - In Concert

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra (North American Premiere) Program Notes
HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto  Program Notes
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 6  Program Notes
SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7  Program Notes

Sibelius's final symphonies, No. 6 and No. 7, are led by one of the world’s consummate Sibelius interpreters, Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu. The Sixth is delicately beautiful and mysterious, and the Seventh features one of the most powerful endings in classical music. Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth joins the BSO for a stunning showpiece, the popular Hummel Trumpet Concerto, as well as the North American premiere of Penderecki’s Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra.

Classical
Sibelius Symphonies

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Percussion Quartet

Sing, bounce and dance to the rhythms of everything from Ragtime to Mozart and Latin music.

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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

Music Box
Music Box: 1,2,3 Count With Me

Jack Everly, conductor
Tony DeSare, vocalist and pianist

Jazz singer, pianist and big band crooner Tony DeSare joins Jack Everly and the BSO in a dazzling program saluting pop music’s greatest pianists. From Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue to the hits of piano men Billy Joel, Elton John and Ray Charles, this program will have you singing.

SuperPops
Tony DeSare: I Love A Piano

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
The BSO Horn Section: Phil Munds, Lisa Bergman, Austin Larson, Gabrielle Finck
The BSO Violin Section: Boram Kang, Audrey Wright, Angela Lee, Qing Li

SCHUBERT Selections from Rosamunde 
VIVALDI The Four Seasons 
SCHUMANN Konzertstück for Four Horns in F Major 

Led by early music specialist Nicholas McGegan, the program features two BSO violinists in Vivaldi’s beloved Four Seasons. Experience the enchanting incidental music Schubert wrote for the Viennese stage play, Rosamunde. Schumann’s Konzertstück, or Concert Piece for Four Horns, is almost as spectacular to see as it is to hear.

Classical
Vivaldi Four Seasons

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

BSO Pulse is back for the fourth season — bringing together the worlds of classical music and indie artists onto one stage! Each concert crosses genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the BSO, a set from our featured artist and culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups. 

D.C. native Kelela embodies contemporary R&B, blending jazz influences and progressive electronic music to create an entirely new sound. With collaborations that include Solange and The Gorillaz under her belt and praise from The New York Times and Pitchfork (Best New Music), Kelela is an artist you will not want to miss.

Every show kicks off with a pre-concert party with live music, happy hour drink specials and food from our favorite Baltimore spots.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Kelela

Rune Bergmann, conductor
Freddy Kempf, piano

SIBELIUS Finlandia 
GRIEG Piano Concerto 
NIELSEN Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable” 

This salute to the great Scandinavian composers is led by Norwegian conductor Rune Bergmann in his BSO debut. The ever-popular Finlandia is Sibelius’ ode to independence. Grieg’s Piano Concerto spotlights exciting keyboard virtuoso Freddy Kempf. Nielsen’s dramatic Fourth Symphony, "The Inextinguishable," reflects the battles of war and features an epic standoff between two timpanists playing on opposite sides of the stage.

Classical
Grieg Piano Concerto

Prime Time: Grades 3-5

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
NASA Astronaut, narrator

R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra
HOLST "Mars" and "Jupiter" from The Planets
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, 1st movement
MASON BATES Mothership
JOHN WILLIAMS Main Theme from Star Wars

Join this intergalactic experience featuring musical selections from Star Wars, Also sprach Zarathustra, The Planets and more. The program also highlights images from outer space with a NASA astronaut as narrator.

Curriculum Connections: Science, Science Fiction

If you are reserving tickets for a large group or have special requests, please fill out our reservation request form - Mid-Week Reservation Form. Please note  that groups of 200 or more are required to use the reservation request form.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Symphony Space-tacular: Star Wars and Beyond!

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Narrated by a NASA Astronaut 

Join this intergalactic experience featuring musical selections from Star Wars, Also sprach Zarathustra, The Planets and more. The program also highlights images from outer space with a NASA astronaut as narrator.

Prior to the concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational music adventures including face painting, crafts and more! Join us immediately following the family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Learn more.

Family
Symphony Space-tacular: Star Wars & Beyond!

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Brass Quintet

Delight in fun of singing, dancing and celebrating dinosaurs through interactive music and play.

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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

Music Box
Music Box: Dinosaurs

Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Christina Naughton, piano
Michelle Naughton, piano

MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No. 7 in D Minor 
POULENC Concerto for Two Pianos 
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 5, “Reformation” 

Conductor Kwamé Ryan returns to the BSO, introducing the fast-rising Naughton sisters, twins and duo-pianists whom The Philadelphia Inquirer praised as “paired to perfection” after their Philadelphia Orchestra debut. They perform Poulenc’s brilliantly witty Concerto for Two Pianos, portraying a musical game between close friends who just happen to be keyboard virtuosos. The program concludes with Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5.

Classical
Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos

Marin Alsop, conductor
Katherine Needleman, oboe

ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo  
KEVIN PUTS Oboe Concerto (BSO Commission)
COPLAND Symphony No. 3 

Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man is featured prominently in the finale of his Third Symphony. Composer Andrew Norman's Gran Turismo, inspired by the Italian car-racing video game, is a workout for eight violinists. Influenced by the Academy Award-winning film, Kevin Puts' Oboe Concerto, "Moonlight," a BSO commission, shines the spotlight on Principal Oboe Katherine Needleman.

Classical
Copland Symphony No. 3

Marin Alsop, conductor

COPLAND Symphony No. 3 

Marin Alsop explores Copland's Third Symphony, featuring his famous Fanfare for the Common Man. This grand victory symphony, summing up the American experience of World War II, was written for the largest orchestra Copland ever used.

This 90-minute Off The Cuff concert provides more insight into a single work, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: Copland Symphony No. 3

Chris Botti, trumpet

Grammy® Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti brings his band to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall for a Thanksgiving weekend of Pops concerts. Regularly topping the Billboard jazz albums chart, Chris Botti has established a reputation as a versatile musician in both jazz and pop styles.

The BSO is not performing on this program.

SuperPops
Chris Botti

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

BSO Pulse is back for the fourth season — bringing together the worlds of classical music and indie artists onto one stage! Each concert crosses genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the BSO, a set from our featured artist and culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups. 

Indie darlings Parquet Courts are blowing up on the alternative music scene with their dance-able punk rock hits. Their latest album, produced by Danger Mouse, has been heralded by The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Parquet Courts are all over the festival circuit from SXSW to Lollapalooza, cementing their place as one of the indie scene’s most talked about groups.

Every show kicks off with a pre-concert party with live music, happy hour drink specials and food from our favorite Baltimore spots.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Parquet Courts

Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Joshua Bell
, violin

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV May Night Overture 
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 4 
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto                                

One of today's hottest young conductors, Romanian-born Cristian Măcelaru is joined by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in Dvořák's romantic and stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto, perfectly designed to show off Bell's virtuosic tone and technical command. Vaughan Williams' dramatic Symphony No. 4, one of the most revered symphonies of the 20th century, is also on the program.

Classical, Special Event
Violinist Joshua Bell

Music for Youth: Middle School & High School

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
FLY Dance Company

TCHAIKOVSKY ARR. PAUL MURTHA Selections from A Swingin' Nutcracker!

Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert. Riffing off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created a new Swingin' Nutcracker!

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies (Jazz History/Culture of Jazz)

If you are reserving tickets for a large group or have special requests, please fill out our reservation request form - Mid-Week Reservation Form. Please note  that groups of 200 or more are required to use the reservation request form.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: A Swingin' Nutcracker!

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
FLY Dance Company

Show-stopping hip-hop dancers join the BSO for this fun-filled holiday concert. Riffing off of Duke Ellington's reimagining of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created a Swingin' Nutcracker that the whole family will love!

Prior to the concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and education music adventures including face painting, crafts and more! Join us immediately following the family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Learn more.

 

Holiday, Family
A Swingin' Nutcracker!

Edward Polochick, conductor and harpsichord
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale
Jennifer O’Loughlin, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
Sidney Outlaw, bass
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor

HANDEL Messiah 

No holiday season is complete without a performance of this great masterwork, including the iconic "Hallelujah" Chorus. A recording of this perennial BSO favorite is released this season on Naxos featuring conductor Edward Polochick and many of the soloists on this performance.

Holiday, Special Event
Handel Messiah

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society,
    Anthony Blake Clark, Music Director

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday pops program, highlighted by festive favorites from Broadway to American classics, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, holiday cookies and ornaments for sale. Join us for this celebration of the holiday season!

Special Event, Holiday
Holiday Pops

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Leon Fleisher, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major 
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 

The BSO celebrates the great Leon Fleisher’s birthday in an extraordinary concert. Highlighting the program is Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, a specialty of Fleisher's. Led by conductor Peter Oundjian, Brahms’ Second Symphony, full of beautiful melodies and one of the most exuberantly joyful finales, concludes the program.

Classical
Leon Fleisher's Birthday Celebration

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot

MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie                             

Messiaen's mind-blowing Turangalîla-symphonie takes listeners on a journey of extreme dynamic contrasts, from sensuous whispers to almost deafening force. Marin Alsop conducts more than 100 musicians in this rarely-heard masterwork, featuring the eerie keyboard instrument ondes Martenot with its otherworldly sci-fi sounds, as well as a dazzling performance by world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. 

Classical
Turangalîla-Symphonie

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Nathalie Forget, ondes Martenot

MESSIAEN Turangalîla-symphonie 

Experience one of the most innovative works of the 20th century. The title comes from two Sanskrit words: "turanga" means movement and rhythm, and "Lîla" refers to a cosmic game. Renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet joins Marin Alsop in a discussion and performance of Messiaen’s great masterwork for over 100 musicians, featuring the eerie keyboard ondes Martenot with its otherworldly sci-fi sounds. 

This 90-minute Off The Cuff concert provides more insight into a single work, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: Turangalîla-Symphonie

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Violin, Cello, Piano Trio

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

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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

Music Box
Music Box: Bugs

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

BSO Pulse is back for the fourth season — bringing together the worlds of classical music and indie artists onto one stage! Each concert crosses genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the BSO, a set from our featured artist and culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups. 

Baltimore musician Dan Deacon is a singular artist who defies all genres and knows no bounds. Catch this one-night-only chance to experience this immersive electronic-acoustic collaboration, including the world premiere of several new compositions. After all, what could be more epic and more Baltimore than bringing together Dan Deacon and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra? 

Every show kicks off with a pre-concert party with live music, happy hour drink specials and food from our favorite Baltimore spots.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Dan Deacon

Markus Stenz, conductor
Baiba Skride, violin

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll 
SIBELIUS Violin Concerto 
HAYDN Symphony No. 104, “London” 

Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz conducts an eclectic program including the beautiful Siegfried Idyll that Richard Wagner wrote for his wife, Cosima. In response to failing his violin audition with the Vienna Philharmonic, Sibelius composed one of the most technically challenging violin concertos ever written, performed here by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. Haydn’s "London" Symphony is the composer's most regal symphony, filled with the sounds of trumpets and timpani.

Classical
Sibelius Violin Concerto

Jack Everly, conductor
Ben Crawford, vocalist
Ted Keegan, vocalist

Jack Everly leads Broadway stars and the BSO in some of the greatest Rodgers and Hammerstein hits, including memorable songs from The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and more.

SuperPops
Rodgers and Hammerstein

Marin Alsop, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

JENNIFER HIGDON Low Brass Concerto (BSO Co-commission) 
HELEN GRIME Percussion Concerto (US Premiere)
RESPIGHI Brazilian Impressions 
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome 

Respighi's Pines of Rome and the composer's lesser-known but infectiously brilliant gem, Brazilian Impressions, form the centerpiece of this program. This concert also features the works of two powerhouse women composers, including Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto, co-commissioned by the BSO. Percussionist Colin Currie returns with a new concerto by Scottish composer Helen Grime.

Classical
Respighi Pines of Rome

Markus Stenz, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

CHABRIER España 
KHACHATURIAN Violin Concerto 
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor 
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 

Young Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang, winner of the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, takes center stage for Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. Requiring tons of technical bravura, this concerto exudes Russian Romanticism with a touch of Gershwin. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 is one of the composer's best-loved symphonies. The program concludes with Chabrier’s sparkling España and Beethoven’s thrilling Leonore Overture No. 3.

Classical
Mozart Symphony No. 40

Mario Venzago, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

BERLIOZ Le corsaire 
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture 
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 1 
RAVEL Rhapsodie espagnole 
RAVEL Bolero 

Conductor Mario Venzago leads the Orchestra in Ravel's hypnotic Bolero, a kaleidoscope of different orchestral colors that build to a thrilling conclusion, and the Rapsodie espagnole, which ranges from sultry evocations of Spanish nights to vivid daylight fiestas. Pianist Conrad Tao returns to the BSO to
perform Liszt's breathtaking First Piano Concerto. The program also includes Berlioz's dazzling overtures, Le corsaire and Roman Carnival Overture, capturing the colors and excitement of the Carnival season in Rome.

Classical
Ravel Bolero

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

DEBUSSY Rondes de printemps from Images 
ELGAR Cello Concerto 
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 6 

The brilliant Armenian cellist and Tchaikovsky International Competition winner Narek Hakhnazaryan wowed our audiences last season, and we’re thrilled for his return performing Elgar’s beautiful and elegiac Cello Concerto. Led by BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, this program also features Debussy’s Rondes de printemps from Images and Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony, reminiscent of the composer’s romantic ballet music.

Classical
Elgar Cello Concerto

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

ELGAR Cello Concerto 

Written at the end of World War I, Elgar’s beautiful Cello Concerto was his last completed work and reflects his sadness over the loss of friends and countrymen. In its beautiful melodies, it sums up everything that makes Elgar such a mesmerizing and at times heartbreaking composer. Featuring Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the Gold Medal at the 2011 Tchaikovsky International
Competition in Moscow.

This 90-minute Off The Cuff concert provides more insight into a single work, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: Elgar Cello Concerto

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Wind Quintet

From planes to trains, explore the excitement of traveling to new places and discovering new things.

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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

Music Box
Music Box: All Aboard

Tiny Tots+: Pre-K to Grade 3

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company, Maggie Petersen and Doug McIntyre

VON SUPPÉ Light Cavalry Overture
PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

The BSO musicians must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians become the characters as Prokofiev’s exhilarating musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science (Animals)

If you are reserving tickets for a large group or have special requests, please fill out our reservation request form - Mid-Week Reservation Form. Please note  that groups of 200 or more are required to use the reservation request form.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Jack Everly, conductor
Christina Bianco, vocalist

You'll think you're at a concert featuring Celine Dion, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters and more as actress, singer and impressionist Christina Bianco takes center stage with Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her diva impression videos, and has performed on major television programs such as The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Today Show.

SuperPops
Christina Bianco: Woman of a Thousand Voices

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Magic Circle Mime Company

The BSO musicians must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians become the characters as Prokofiev’s exhilarating musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats.

Prior to the concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational music adventures including face painting, crafts and more! Join us immediately following the family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Learn more. 

 

Family
Peter and the Wolf

Marin Alsop, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

JOHN ADAMS Scheherazade.2
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade 

Marin Alsop conducts two contrasting musical takes on the infamous legend from One Thousand and One Nights, Rimsky-Korsakov’s gorgeous and ever-popular Scheherazade and John Adams’ Scheherazade.2. Adams takes Rimsky-Korsakov’s idea of using a solo violin as the voice of the enchantress and turns it into what he describes as a “dramatic symphony” that makes impressive use of the violin. This piece was written expressly for acclaimed violinist Leila Josefowicz.

Classical
Scheherazade

Marin Alsop, conductor
Valentina Peleggi, conductor
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director

ROXANNA PANUFNIK (World Premiere, BSO Commission) 
COPLAND Appalachian Spring 
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms 
VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No. 10 

Marin Alsop conducts the world premiere of a BSO commission for orchestra and chorus by popular British composer Roxanna Panufnik. The chorus is also featured in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, which includes one of his most haunting melodies, and Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No. 10, a colorful and rhythmically propulsive work inspired by popular Brazilian music. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, created as ballet music for Martha Graham, remains one of the most beloved expressions of the American spirit.

Classical
Appalachian Spring

Thestrals and prophecies and Umbridge, oh my! CineConcerts presents Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ like it’s never been seen before. Let the wizarding world enchant you all over again as the film is projected onto a giant screen and a live symphonic orchestra performs the score. Laugh, cry, and cheer at your favorite scenes in this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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)

Movie with Orchestra, Special Event
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ in Concert

Markus Stenz, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano

SCHOENBERG Pelléas und Mélisande 
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 

Renowned German pianist Lars Vogt is showcased in Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, a pillar of the romantic repertoire. Principal Guest Conductor Markus Stenz leads the Orchestra in Schoenberg’s lush, late-Romantic orchestral tone poem, Pelléas und Mélisande.

Classical
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Violin, Cello, Piano Trio

A, B, C, D, E, F, G....learn and sing and play — yippee! Join us for a fun exploration of the building blocks of reading and writing through music.

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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

 

Music Box
Music Box: Alphabet Soup

Marin Alsop, conductor
Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, Director

GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess 

Back by popular demand, Marin Alsop leads the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir, as well as vocal soloists, in a semi-staged production of Porgy and Bess. Featuring such well-known hits as “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Gershwin’s jazzy folk opera endures as an American classic since its 1935 premiere.

THE GERSHWINS® Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin

Classical, Special Event
Porgy and Bess

Prime Time+: Grades 3-6

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Becky Mossing, narrator
Joseph Wos, illustrator

ROSSINI Finale from William Tell Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Waltz from Serenade for Strings
J. STRAUSS Pizzicato Polka
GABRIELI Antiphonal Music for Brass, Canzon Ch. 172
PRECHTL Percussion Piece TBA
MENDELSSOHN Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
BRITTEN Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Take a musical journey around the orchestra and learn about the different instrument sounds, from the distinctive trumpets in the William Tell Overture to the beautiful melodies in Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra shines the spotlight on the instruments of the orchestra, enhanced by illustrations created on the spot during the performance.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Science (Classification of Instruments)

If you are reserving tickets for a large group or have special requests, please fill out our reservation request form - Mid-Week Reservation Form. Please note  that groups of 200 or more are required to use the reservation request form.

Midweek Concert, Education
Midweek Concert: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Jack Everly, conductor
Leslie Odom, Jr., vocalist

He won the 2016 Tony® Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his role as Aaron Burr in the original production of Hamilton. We are thrilled to present Leslie Odom, Jr. with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for one night only in a mix of Broadway and American classic hits.

Special Event
Leslie Odom, Jr. with the BSO

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Becky Mossing, narrator
Joe Wos, illustrator

Take a musical journey around the orchestra and learn about the different instrument sounds, from the distinctive trumpets in the William Tell Overture to the beautiful melodies in Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings. Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra shines the spotlight on the instruments of the orchestra, enhanced by illustrations created on-the-spot during the performance.

Prior to the concert, join us in the lobby starting at 9:45 am for a range of exciting, interactive and educational music adventures. Activities may include arts and crafts, an instrument petting zoo, performances by BSYO and OrchKids, face painting and more! Join us immediately following the family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. Learn more. 

Family
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Jack Everly, conductor

Jack Everly leads the Orchestra in Gershwin’s extraordinary film score, including “Embraceable You” and “I Got Rhythm,” as you enjoy the classic 1951 film featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Magnifique!

Movie with Orchestra, SuperPops
Movie with Orchestra: An American in Paris

For children ages 6 months-3 years

Maria Broom, host
Harp, Flute, Oboe Trio

Over and under, high and low, loud and soft. Explore the world of opposites with an unlikely trio 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 musicians of the BSO 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.

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

Music Box
Music Box: Opposites

Marin Alsop, conductor
James Ehnes, violin

STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben 
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto 

Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra in Ein Heldenleben, “A Hero’s Life,” one of Richard Strauss’ most exhilarating tone poems and a terrific showpiece for large orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s dashing and elegant Violin Concerto is performed by James Ehnes, one of the world’s most sought-after
violinists. His playing has been described as "effusively lyrical and hair-raisingly virtuosic" (The Guardian).

Classical
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

BSO Pulse is back for the fourth season — bringing together the worlds of classical music and indie artists onto one stage! Each concert crosses genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the BSO, a set from our featured artist and culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups. 

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens has taken the folk world by storm, winning a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album with The Carolina Chocolate Drops and receiving critical acclaim for her solo career. Hear the 2017 MacArthur "Genius Grant" winner who is revitalizing decades of American roots music with invigorating style.

Every show kicks off with a pre-concert party with live music, happy hour drink specials and food from our favorite Baltimore spots.

BSO Pulse
BSO Pulse: Rhiannon Giddens

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin

BRAHMS Violin Concerto 
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905" 

BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney takes center stage for Brahms’ beloved Violin Concerto, featuring some of the most beautiful melodies in classical music. Conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, “The Year 1905,” perhaps the most poignant, dramatic and powerful of his 15 symphonies.

Classical
Brahms Violin Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor
André Watts, piano

BRAHMS arr. SCHOENBERG Piano Quartet in G Minor 
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” 

Revered pianist André Watts returns to the BSO to perform Beethoven’s last piano concerto, the mighty "Emperor." Marin Alsop also leads the Orchestra in Brahms’ most exhilarating chamber work, his youthful Piano Quartet in G Minor with its thrilling rondo finale, arranged for large orchestra by Schoenberg.

Classical
André Watts Performs Beethoven's Emperor

Marin Alsop, conductor
André Watts, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” 

André Watts joins Marin Alsop and the BSO for a performance and discussion of Beethoven’s last piano concerto, the mighty "Emperor." Though the composer didn’t give it that name, it’s worthy of the title because of its majestic tone and heroic gestures.

This 90-minute Off The Cuff concert provides more insight into a single work, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Off The Cuff
Off The Cuff: André Watts Performs Beethoven's Emperor

Marin Alsop, conductor

MAHLER Symphony No. 9 

Mahler’s magnificent Ninth Symphony depicts the composer’s epic battle between his passionate love for life and the dread of death, particularly on Mahler’s mind since Beethoven, Schubert and Bruckner had been unable to survive past their ninth symphonies. Marin Alsop conducts this glorious work, a vivid testament to the power of a live concert experience.

Classical
Mahler Symphony No. 9

Marin Alsop, conductor

BERNSTEIN West Side Story

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic winner of 10 Oscars® – the BSO performs Leonard Bernstein's score live with the re-mastered film (directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, featuring Robbins' choreography, Ernest Lehman's screenplay, Arthur Laurents' book and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics) shown in hi-def with original vocals and dialog intact.

West Side Story © 1961 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Inc. All rights reserved. © A.M.P.A.S

Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Movie with Orchestra: West Side Story

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