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Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

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

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.

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop, conductor
Hélène Grimaud, piano

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

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.

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Paul Goodwin, conductor
Jan Lisiecki, piano

Górecki: Three Pieces in the Old Style for String Orchestra Podcast Symbol
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat,“Dumbarton Oaks” Podcast Symbol
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” Listen NowPodcast Symbol
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Listen NowPodcast Symbol

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.”

Beethoven's Emperor

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!

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.

Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Ray Chen, violin BSO Late Night

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.

BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 7, featuring Ray Chen.


Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

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

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.

BSO Late NightBSO Late Night: New thie season! Join us in the lobby of the Meyerhoff for a post-concert performance on Friday, April 28, featuring the University of Maryland Concert Choir.


Rachmaninoff 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.

Stravinsky's Firebird

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.

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

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.

Gershwin and Prokofiev

Marin Alsop, conductor
Featuring soloists from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

Bach's beloved Brandenburg Concertos come to life in the hands of Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era, the six unique concertos showcase both the power of the orchestra and the talents of the highly-skilled soloists. This is Bach at his best.

Brandenburg Concertos

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.

Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony

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