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Marin Alsop, Music Director
Łukasz Kuropaczewski, guitar

John Adams // Short Ride in a Fast Machine Listen Now
John Adams // Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance (East Coast Premiere)
Rodrigo // Concierto de Aranjuez Listen Now
Tchaikovsky // Symphony No. 5 in E Minor Listen Now

This signature program opens with two short, fiery works by John Adams, including the East Coast Premiere of Lola Montez, dedicated to Maestra Alsop. The thrill ride continues with Łukasz Kuropaczewski’s performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the most popular works of the classical guitar repertoire. The program culminates with Tchaikovsky’s powerful Symphony No. 5. 

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Tchaikovsky Thrill Ride

Marin Alsop, Music Director 
Lukáš Vondráček, piano

Tchaikovsky // Hamlet Fantasy-Overture After Shakespeare Listen Now
R. Strauss // Don Juan Listen Now
Rachmaninoff // Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor Listen Now

Explore the poetry, virtuosity and romantic love of three intense works, including Tchaikovsky’s musical telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan. Pianist Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is the perfect interpreter of Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto.

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Poetic Fire: From Hamlet to Don Juan

Markus Stenz, Principal Guest Conductor 
Jonathan Carney, violin
Alfred Walker, bass-baritone

Mendelssohn // The Hebrides Overture Listen Now
Bruch // Scottish Fantasy Listen Now
Wagner // Selections from Parsifal Listen Now

The elusive Holy Grail is a metaphor for desires beyond reach. In Wagner’s retelling of Parsifal, the young knight’s quest is a heroic search for forgiveness and reconciliation. BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney’s violin soars in Bruch’s idyllic dream of Scotland.

Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

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Wagner's Quest

Jun Märkl, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello
Lisa Steltenpohl, viola

Saint-Saëns // Danse Macabre Listen Now
Mozart // Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major Listen Now
R. Strauss // Don Quixote Listen Now

Since it was featured in the film Elvira Madigan, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 has become perhaps the most well-known of his piano concertos. This masterpiece is preceded by Saint-Saëns’ grisly dance of death and followed by Strauss’s quintessential tone poem, Don Quixote.

Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, October 20, featuring Jonathan Carney, Dariusz Skoraczewski and Lisa Steltenpohl.

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Symphonic Stories

Marin Alsop, Music Director 
Sol Gabetta, cello

Mendelssohn // A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Tchaikovsky // Variations on a Rococo Theme Listen Now
Debussy // Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun Listen Now
R. Strauss // Der Rosenkavalier Suite Listen Now

Grammy®-nominated artist Sol Gabetta’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra accents this program of musical iconoclasts. Be transported by Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, a tale of lost love and desire. 

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Sol Gabetta Performs Tchaikovsky

Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and violin

Bach // Violin Concerto in A Minor Listen Now
Schoenberg // Verklärte Nacht (1943) Listen Now
Beethoven // Symphony No. 2 in D Major Listen Now

A phenomenon in the world of music as both violinist and conductor, the legendary Pinchas Zukerman performs Bach’s A Minor Concerto. Verklärte Nacht’s lush and passionate melodies make it one of Schoenberg’s most famous works. The program closes with Beethoven's optimistic Symphony No. 2. 

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Pinchas Zukerman Performs Bach

Robert Spano, conductor
André Watts, piano

Christopher Theofanidis // Dreamtime Ancestors
Elgar // Falstaff Listen Now
Rachmaninoff // Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor Listen Now

André Watts burst onto the music scene when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. The now legendary artist performs Rachmaninoff’s most popular Piano Concerto. Christopher Theofanidis, one of the most performed living composers, honors fellow composer Stephen Paulus in a new work.

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André Watts Returns for Rach 2

Marin Alsop, Music Director
Alisa Jordheim, soprano
Diana Moore, alto
Benjamin Butterfield, tenor
Michael Dean, bass
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director of Choral Activities

Christopher Rouse // Berceuse Infinie (World Premiere Commission)
Mozart // Requiem Listen Now

The power and mystery of Mozart’s final masterpiece has inspired audiences for centuries. Experience the Requiem and the World Premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Berceuse Infinie. Maestra Marin Alsop has praised Rouse's work as "relevant, visceral, moving and thrilling — music that can change people, music that makes time stop.”

Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

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Mozart's Requiem

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Emily Skala, flute
Sarah Fuller, harp

Mozart // Eine kleine Nachtmusik Listen Now
Mozart // Concerto for Flute and Harp Listen Now
Mozart // Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter” Listen Now

Mozart's beloved and revolutionary "Jupiter" Symphony spans the breadth of human emotion, showcasing compositional skill that remains unrivaled. Mozart’s only score for harp, his Double Concerto, performed by BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala and Acting Principal Harp Sarah Fuller, is divine and melodic. 

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Mozart's Jupiter

Marin Alsop, Music Director
James Wyman and Jauvon Gilliam, timpani
Lura Johnson and Michael Sheppard, piano
Wordsmith, narrator

Saint-Saëns // Carnival of the Animals (with hip-hop narration) Listen Now
Philip Glass // Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists Listen Now
Debussy // La Mer Listen Now
Ravel // La Valse Listen Now

Marin Alsop brings Carnival of the Animals into the 21st century with Baltimore hip-hop artist, Wordsmith. Baltimore native Philip Glass creates rhythmic power with his Concerto Fantasy in the hands of Principal Timpanists James Wyman of the BSO and Jauvon Gilliam of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

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Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists

Marin Alsop, Music Director 
Gabriela Montero, piano

Bartók // Concerto for Orchestra Listen Now
Tchaikovsky // Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor Listen Now

Revered pianist Gabriela Montero returns for Tchaikovsky’s virtusotic Piano Concerto No. 1. “[She] has everything: crackling rhythmic brio, subtle shadings, steely power… and, best of all, unsentimental expressivity” (The New York Times). Bartók combines his love of folk music with traditional classical forms and paints a picture with his Concerto for Orchestra, an innovative piece that pops with vivid colors.

Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, January 19, featuring Gabriela Montero.

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Tchaikovsky’s Vivid Virtuosity

Günther Herbig, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Mendelssohn // Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor Listen Now
Bruckner // Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Listen Now

Fall into the Romantic era with this pair of expressive, energetic pieces. Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto is sublimely performed by Stephen Hough, “A virtuoso who begins where others leave off” (Washington Post). A true visionary, Bruckner transcends audiences with the Ninth, his final Symphony.

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Stephen Hough Performs Mendelssohn

Nicholas Hersh, Associate Conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

Price // Dances in the Canebrakes
Prokofiev // Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major Listen Now
Mussorgsky/Ravel // Pictures at an Exhibition Listen Now

There are few pieces of music as visually evocative as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Written in memory of artist Viktor Hartmann, the piece is a musical depiction of an art exhibition. Composer Florence Price was the first African American female recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to have a work premiered by a major symphony orchestra. Witness Joyce Yang push the piano to its limits with her performance of Prokofiev’s colorful Piano Concerto No. 3. 

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Pictures at an Exhibition

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 yet so brilliant that it incited a riot, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring is terrifying, beautiful and awe-inspiring. Branford Marsalis, who belongs to one of the greatest American musical dynasties, joins the BSO for two melodic French pieces for saxophone and orchestra. 

Hear the stories behind the music in Off The Cuff.

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Rite of Spring

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, leads Schubert’s Great C Major Symphony, which represents the composer's orchestral writing at its finest. 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.

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Schubert The Great

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Yao Guang 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 “Little Russian.”

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

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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. 

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Symphonic Dances

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.”

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Mahler’s Titan

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

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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.

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To Bernstein with Love

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. 

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Liszt and Brahms

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.

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Gershwin's Piano Concerto

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.  

 

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Shostakovich’s Hidden Themes

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