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Peter Oundjian, conductor
YaoGuang 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 YaoGuang 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 his “Little Russian” Symphony.

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

Learn more about the program in Overture Magazine

Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

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. Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, his commanding final work, brings a beautiful sense of melody to the powerful "Dies Irae" chant. 

Learn more about the program in Overture Magazine

Rachmaninoff's 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.”

Learn more about the program in Overture Magazine

Beethoven and Mahler

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.

Learn more about the program in Overture Magazine

George Balanchine taken at Fire Island, MA, 1950 to 51, photo by Tanaquil LeClerqc

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.

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. 

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.

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.  


Bernstein and Shostakovich

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JUNE 2013
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