• Program Information

    This Land is Your LandThis Land Is Your LandMusic for YouthHigh School StudentsSTEAMCentennialWednesday, October 26, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Thursday, October 27, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Friday, October 28, 10 am & 11:30 am

    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Vince Vaise, Chief Interpreter of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, narrator
    Living Historians from Fort McHenry

    “This Land Is Your Land” honors the 100th year of the National Park Service with live orchestral music, highlighting our country’s most beautiful National Parks. From the history of how the National Park Service came to be, to the significance of the parks in modern day, this concert showcases curriculum connections to social studies, history, science, English language arts, 21st century skills and music.

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    The SnowmanThe SnowmanTiny TotsPrime TimeSTEAMWednesday, November 30, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Friday, December 2, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Young Soloist
    The Snowman animated film

    A winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman by author Raymond Briggs. This STEAM concert also explores the role of climate and the seasons with selections from Vivaldi’s "Winter" from The Four Seasons.

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    Heroes & VillainsHeroes & VillainsMusic for YouthCentennialThursday, February 9, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Friday, February 10, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor
    Actors

    Want to know what makes heroes great? Join us for the ultimate hero and villain showcase! Featuring music by Beethoven and Stravinsky, this concert depicts iconic figures from music, literature, movies and American culture. Highlighting elements of a story and connections to English language arts curriculum, this arts-integrated concert will excite students with music as they cheer on their favorite heroes.

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    Beethoven's Nifty NumbersBeethoven's Nifty NumbersTiny TotsPrime TimeSTEAMCentennialWednesday, April 19, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Friday, April 21, 10 am & 11:30 am
    Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Nicholas Hersh, conductor

    Test your counting skills while you go on a treasure hunt with the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and more! In this concert, the BSO shows how playful patterns and rascally rhythms are a simple matter of mathematics.

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    If you would like to purchase more than 200 tickets for a Midweek Concert, please email Education@BSOmusic.org or call 410-783-8118.


    Tiny TotsTiny Tots: Pre-K – Kindergarten
    Approximately 40 minutes in length
    These interactive concerts introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra and provide a gateway into thinking about music through other subjects.

    Prime TimePrime Time: Grades 1-3
    Approximately 40 minutes in length
    Prime Time concerts excite students through musical exploration and an introduction into arts-integrated curriculum links.

    Music for YouthMusic for Youth: Grades 4-6
    Approximately 40 minutes in length
    Whether new comers to the orchestra or already young musicians, these concerts will engage students and provide meaningful connections to key curriculum subjects.

    High School StudentsMidweek Concerts for High School Students: Grades 9-12
    Approximately 45 minutes in length
    With exciting music, visuals and stimulating narratives, these concerts will foster a lifelong appreciation for how the arts connect all aspects of our modern-day and future lives.

    STEAMSTEAM Concerts
    These concerts explore connections to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

    CentennialCentennial Concerts
    These concerts celebrate the BSO Centennial and connect to season themes of Beethoven and Stravinsky.

    To download a pdf of the order form for email/fax/mail orders, please click here.

  • FAQs

    How much do BSO Midweek Concert tickets cost?

    BSO Midweek Concert tickets cost $6.50 each. For every fifteen (15) paid students, you receive one (1) complimentary chaperone ticket.

    How do I purchase tickets for BSO Midweek Concerts?

    For smaller orders of up to 200 seats, we encourage you to order tickets directly online by visiting BSOkids.org and clicking on the concert date/time of your choice. Many concert dates book up quickly, so please reserve your tickets in advance and no later than two weeks prior to the concert date. For orders over 200 seats, please contact us at Education@BSOmusic.org or 410-783-8118.

    Ticket orders of any size may also be requested by sending us this order form. You may email, fax or mail us the completed form at: Education@BSOmusic.org / fax 410-783-8004 / or BSO Education Department, 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

    Payments must be received within two weeks of placing the order or two weeks prior to the performance date, whichever is earlier. Unpaid orders are subject to cancellation. The BSO cannot provide refunds or exchanges except in specific situations of unplanned school closures or delayed opening times (see “What happens in the event of inclement weather?”).

    What is the seating process for Midweek Concerts?

    Seating is done by the Education staff to keep groups together whenever possible. If you need special accommodation, please contact Education@BSOmusic.org or call 410-783-8118.

    Please confirm with us if you need special accommodation a minimum of two weeks prior to the concert date.

    Where are the concerts held?

    Midweek Concerts are held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore at 1212 Cathedral St. Directions to the Meyerhoff can be found at the "Plan Your Field Trip" tab.

    When will I receive my tickets to the concert?

    There are no printed tickets for Midweek Education Concerts. Once your order has been placed and paid for, you will receive an Education Acknowledgement Form reflecting the number of tickets purchased. The Education Acknowledgement Form also serves as your ticket to the concert. Please bring a copy of this form with you on the day of the concert. Your seating assignment will be given to you when you arrive.

    What happens in the event of inclement weather?

    In the event of unplanned school closures or delayed opening times, as determined by the City of Baltimore and/or area Public and Private School administrations, tickets may be exchanged for a rescheduled concert date (if a reschedule date is available) or a Midweek concert in the same or following concert season (subject to availability), or refunded on a case-by-case basis.

    In the event that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra must cancel a concert as a result of numerous unplanned school closures, the BSO will make every attempt to reschedule the concert. In this instance, tickets may be exchanged for the reschedule date (subject to availability) and refunds may be given on a case-by-case basis.  

    If a student is absent, can I get a refund?

    Unfortunately, no refunds or exchanges are possible for any circumstances except as indicated for specific situations of unplanned school closures (see “What happens in the event of inclement weather?”).

    Can I take photographs during the concert?

    No. Cameras, tape recorders and video/audio recording are not permitted inside the concert hall.

    Can my students sit in the hall or lobby to eat a snack or lunch?

    Unfortunately, there is no space in the lobby for groups to eat. On a sunny day, we recommend using Pearlstone Park, located just across the street from the Meyerhoff.

    We are a small homeschool family. Can we still attend the Midweek Concerts?

    Absolutely! Homeschool and small groups are welcome to attend all of our concerts. If you are part of a larger homeschool group and plan to arrive separately, please make sure that all parties know the name of the person who placed the order and bring a copy of the Education Acknowledgement Form with you on the day of the concert.

    Can I bring my young child if he/she sits on my lap?

    You must purchase an individual ticket for each member of your group, regardless of age. If you need to bring a younger child, you may stay in the lobby and view the concert on video monitors. We do not recommend attendance at Midweek Concerts for children under the age of 3. (Children ages 6 months to 3 years are welcome to attend our Music Box Series Concerts. Information regarding Music Box can be found here.)

    I have a child with special needs in my class. How can I make sure his/her needs are met?

    Please contact the Education Department at 410-783-8118 or Education@BSOmusic.org. Every effort will be made to accommodate your group. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is wheelchair accessible, and we offer assistance for students who are hard of hearing. Sign-interpreted performances may also be arranged upon request (requests must be made at the time of your reservation but no later than 3 weeks prior to each performance).

    Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?

    For questions regarding ticket purchases, arrival and check-in, or any special requests, please contact the Education department at 410-783-8118 or Education@BSOmusic.org.

  • Plan Your Field Trip

    Before the Concert

    • Resource Guides: The BSO, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), provides tailor-made teacher resources for each Midweek Concert program. All Teacher Resource Guides align to state and national curriculum and common core standards. Click on the "Teacher Resource Guides" tab to access free lesson plans made possible by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.
    • Special Needs: If members of your group have special needs, please list these needs on your order form, phone, or email. In addition, please contact the BSO Education Department at 410-783-8118 or Education@BSOmusic.org at the time of your reservation but no later than two weeks prior to the concert to confirm all accommodations.
    • Directions: Click here for directions to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

     The Day of the Concert

    • Upon arrival at the Hall, please make sure to follow the directions of the BSO representatives and Baltimore City Police Officers on duty. They are there for your safety and assistance.
    • If you are traveling by bus: a BSO representative or Baltimore City Police Officer will greet your bus and instruct you on where to park. A BSO representative will also provide your bus driver with a street parking permit, as well as instructions on entering the building. Please do not leave your bus unattended until receiving directions from a BSO representative or Baltimore City Police Officer.
    • If traveling by car or van, you may pay to park in one of the adjacent garages or on the street, if available.
      • Cathedral Street Garage: Located at the corner of Preston and Cathedral Streets opposite the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The entrance is on Cathedral Street. The cost is typically $12 per vehicle, cash only. Handicap parking is available.
      • Symphony Center Garage: Located on Park Avenue directly across from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The cost is typically $12 per vehicle, cash only. Handicap parking is available.
    • Click here for more information about directions to the Meyerhoff.

    At the Concert

    • When you enter the Hall, please check in at the table in the main lobby for your seating assignment.
    • Remind your students that no food, drink or chewing gum is allowed in the hall.
    • Please turn off cell phones, cameras or any other video/recording devices.

    After the Concert

    • Ask your students to remain in their seats at the end of the concert. Please listen carefully as a BSO representative announces the dismissal procedure from the stage.
    • Once your group is dismissed, proceed quickly and quietly to your designated exit. If you are unclear as to which exit to use, please do not hesitate to ask a BSO representative.
    • We love hearing what students think about our programs! Ask your students to reflect on what they saw and heard at the BSO. Please send feedback to:

    BSO Education Department
    1212 Cathedral Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Education@BSOmusic.org

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the BSO Education Department at 410-783-8118 or Education@BSOmusic.org.


    Directions to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

    Coming from Downtown Baltimore

    • Take Charles Street North past the Washington Monument.
    • 6 blocks after the Monument, turn left at Preston Street and continue two blocks to Cathedral Street. The Meyerhoff is on the left at the corner of Cathedral and Preston.
    • CARS: Turn right on Cathedral Street to enter the Cathedral Garage.

    Coming from Pennsylvania, Timonium, Cockeysville, Towson (and points north)

    Park free at Timonium or Lutherville light rail stop and take the train to the Cultural Center stop or:

    • Take I-83 South to Exit 6 (North Avenue/Mt. Royal Avenue). Stay in the center lane to go straight through the light (you will be on Mt. Royal Avenue) and go straight through 3 lights.
    • Before the 4th light there is a fork in the road. Bear right at the fork. That will put you on Cathedral Street. The Meyerhoff is on the right side at the next corner (Cathedral and Preston).
    • CARS: Turn left on Cathedral Street to enter the Cathedral Garage.

    Coming from Bel Air, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, White Marsh

    • Take I-95 South. Follow signs for I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel to I-395 Downtown Baltimore.
    • Follow the signs for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) North.
    • Take MLK North for about 3 miles to the intersection of MLK and Howard Street. Stay in your right lane.
    • Follow the signs for Chase Street/I-83. Go through 3 lights. The Meyerhoff will be on your left.
    • CARS: Proceed straight to the Cathedral Garage on your right.

    Coming from Virginia, Washington, Columbia (and points south)

    • Take I-95 North to I-395 Downtown Baltimore (Exit 53).
    • Follow the signs for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) North.
    • Take MLK North for about 3 miles to the intersection of MLK and Howard Street. Stay in your right lane.
    • Follow the signs for Chase Street/I-83. Go through 3 lights. The Meyerhoff will be on your left.
    • CARS: Proceed straight to the Cathedral Garage on your right.

    Coming from Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Severna Park, Pasedena

    Park free at Cromwell or Ferndale light rail stop and take the train to the Cultural Center stop or:

    • Take I-695 (Beltway) toward Towson.
    • From I-695, take I-95 North to I-395 for Downtown Baltimore.
    • Follow the signs for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) North.
    • Take MLK North for about 3 miles to the intersection of MLK and Howard Street. Stay in your right lane.
    • Follow the signs for Chase Street/I-83. Go through 3 lights. The Meyerhoff will be on your left.
    • CARS: Proceed straight to the Cathedral Garage on your right.

    Coming from West Virginia, Frederick (and points west)

    • Take I-70 East and follow onto I-695 (Beltway) towards Glen Burnie.
    • From I-695, take I-95 North to I-395 for Downtown Baltimore.
    • Follow the signs for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (MLK) North.
    • Take MLK North for about 3 miles to the intersection of MLK and Howard Street. Stay in your right lane.
    • Follow the signs for Chase Street/I-83. Go through 3 lights. The Meyerhoff will be on your left.
    • CARS: Proceed straight to the Cathedral Garage on your right.
  • Teacher Resource Guides

    Teacher Guides for Midweek Concerts

    The BSO provides arts-integrated, STEAM activated Teacher Resource guides to complement the Midweek concerts. Each guide is written by a highly skilled group of Maryland educators with specialism in music, drama, science, English/Language Arts and visual arts, led by extraordinary award-winning curriculum writer and editor, Richard McCready. The activities are designed to inspire creative interactions with the concert materials and to provide a more personal and more deeply engaging concert experience for students.

    2016-2017 Midweek Concert Teacher Guides are coming soon!


    STEAM Activated, Arts Integrated

    • Innovative teacher resource guides designed to enhance each concert program
    • Created in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), guides are thoughtrfully designed for each concert program by a hand-picked team of educators with specialism in music, social studies, science, English/language arts, drama, and visual arts
    • Written by expert advisors from Johns Hopkins, the National Park Service, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library
    • Guides align to: 
        » State and National Curriculum
        » Common Core Standards
        » National Arts Standards
          » 21st Century Skills