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

The story meets the score in our Centennial Off the Cuff series. Explore the backstory on classical music's greatest works and discover their secrets, scandals and twists. This unique series engages you in an entertaining and informative format, including a thrilling performance of the music.


John AdamsBeethoven's Emperor

Fri, May 13, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, May 14, 7 pm:
Meyerhoff

John Adams
, conductor
Jeremy Dink, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor"

Post-minimalist composer John Adams directs renowned and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto. Written while Beethoven was riding out the French siege of Vienna in the cellar of a friend, the composer’s fifth piano concerto is an affirmation of heroic spirit in the midst of what Beethoven called “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!”

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Nicholas HershThe Nutcracker

Fri, Nov 4, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, Nov 5, 7 pm:  Meyerhoff

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.

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Maestra AlsopBeethoven's Symphony No. 7

Fri, Jan 13, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, Jan 14, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

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.”

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Johannes MoserDvořäk's Cello Concerto

Fri, Feb 17, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, Feb 18, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

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.

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Marin AlsopRimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Fri, Mar 31, 7:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, Apr 1, 8 pm: Meyerhoff

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’sScheherazade in stories and music.

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Markus StenzStravinsky's Firebird

Fri, May 15, 8:15 pm: Strathmore
Sat, May 16, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

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.

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