Single Tickets for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2011-2012 Season Go On Sale August 8th
BSO announces three additions to 2011-2012 season: Kings of Salsa, Soweto Gospel Choir and TAO: The Art of the Drum
Baltimore, Md. (August 3, 2011) - Single tickets (non-subscription tickets) for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2011-2012 season go on sale on Monday, August 8 at 10 a.m. To attract patrons to the BSO's interactive website, BSOmusic.org, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering prizes for several lucky winners, including two free subscriptions to the BSO's 2011-2012 season, a lunch date and backstage champagne toast for two with BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and a six concert evening dinner package for Mari Luna Bistro. Patrons can visit bsomusic.org/entertowin between August 8-15 and fill out the online entry form.
The BSO has added three special presentations to next season's offerings: The BSO presents Kings of Salsa, a stunning new dance show that mixes Cuban classics with Havana's best street salsa and hip hop moves, who will perform on Saturday, October 8 at 8 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Backed by the nine-piece band Cuba Ashire, Cuban performers will showcase contemporary versions of dance styles including salsa, rumba, mambo and reggae. Soweto Gospel Choir returns to Baltimore on Thursday, February 16 at 8 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The group last performed in Baltimore in February 2007, giving a spirited and spectacular tour de musical force. The Choir blends traditional South African gospel music with creative arrangements of contemporary tunes. Lastly, TAO: The Art of the Drum, a Japanese Taiko drumming sensation, performs on Thursday, March 22 at 8 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Introducing a brand new genre, TAO demonstrates the highest level of virtuosic drumming, combined with innovative choreography and innovative contemporary costumes. PLEASE NOTE: The Baltimore Symphony will not perform in these special presentations. Please see below for complete event details.
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BSO Special Presentation: Kings of Salsa
Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
About Kings of Salsa
Choreographed by Roclan Gonzales Chavez, this stunning new show pays homage to the great Cuban performers and dance styles from this intoxicating island with a cool contemporary modern twist showing young Cuba today. Regarded as one of the best young choreographers in Cuba, Roclan has created this show to feature the unique talents of some of the Island's best dancers, picked from the cream of Cuba's top dance companies.
Featuring the very best of Havana's cool street salsa and hip hop scene, seamlessly mixed with traditional Afro-Carribbean moves, world class contemporary dance and the Cuban classics, Mambo, Rumba, and Cha Cha makes this a show not to be missed.
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BSO Special Presentation: Soweto Gospel Choir
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8 pm - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
Soweto Gospel Choir
Direct from South Africa, the 26-member Soweto Gospel Choir is an awe-inspiring vocal ensemble, performing its powerful spiritual message in six different languages in a program of tribal, traditional and popular African gospel. With rich harmonies, irresistible rhythms, authentic dance and vibrant costumes, the charismatic group celebrates Africa's rich heritage with traditional African gospel and Spirituals, as well as renditions of music by Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff.
Under the direction of Executive Producer Beverly Bryer, the Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto. Since the Choir began touring internationally in early 2003 they have performed to nightly standing ovations, sold-out houses and rave reviews.
Highlights for the Choir include performing onstage with Anastasia, Queen, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens and Annie Lennox and to an audience of 26,000 at Nelson Mandela's AIDS Fundraising concert in Cape Town in December 2003, broadcast around the globe on MTV. In 2005, the Choir made a triumphant North American debut, performing in 35 cities across the continent. Of their Concert at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times hailed their "cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend." In February 2008, the ensemble received its second Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional World Music Album for their CD "African Spirit." In December 2008, the choir received its third Grammy nomination in the category of Best Contemporary World Music, for their album, "Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre."
The Choir is an advocate for families and establishments caring for orphans in the South African townships that receive no government or outside sponsorship. As a result, the choir has opened its own AIDS Orphans foundation called Vukani (Zulu for "Get up, do something!"). Administered as a joint association by Nkosi's Haven and the Soweto Gospel Choir, the charity supports these families by supplying food, clothes and other provisions. The choir takes an active part in meeting the orphans and families as their way of giving back to society.
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BSO Special Presentation: TAO: The Art of the Drum
Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 8 pm - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
TAO: The Art of the Drum
TAO was formed in Aichi, Japan, in 1993. They moved their base to "Aso-Kuju National Park" in Oita in 1995, seeking better environment for new creations. TAO's home base "Grandioso" was established on the 40,000 square meters of land surrounded by beautiful nature. TAO created the perfect environment for its music creation with three different rehearsal halls. TAO has been producing unique music and styles as well as its artists in Grandioso.
TAO decided to first lay their roots in the southern Kyushu region and focused on performances in Kyushu only until they achieved one million ticket sales in order to establish never conceived world of TAO. TAO attainted its original goal of million tickets sold in seven and a half years. Then they took their shows to the world.
Since the achievement 10 years ago, TAO has performed for more than 4 million spectators in 17 countries and 400 cities. Their success in the world gathered talented creators around the world, which broaden the infinite possibility of TAO. Japan tour has been kicked off since 2009 starting with the 15 shows presented by Fuji TV group. The number of performances had been expanded within a year and TAO will perform 70 shows this year.
TAO performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest art festival in the world in 2004 and 2005 and achieved No.1 ticket sales among more than 2000 groups in both years at the festival. They received a great deal of attention from promoters all around the world. TAO then started full-scale world tours such as a three-month long run performance in Hamburg, 100 shows in Germany and Switzerland, an Australia tour, and Taipei arena shows for the second time in a row. TAO established the firm position in the world as a representative entertainment artist group. Finally, a North American tour, which was a long-term goal since TAO's beginning, started in 2010 and included a performance at the Vancouver Olympics.
Subscriptions are available now; single tickets will be available on August 8th at 10 a.m. through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000, 1.877.BSO.1444 or BSOmusic.org.