2021 Grammy-Winner Ledisi to Headline Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala in Tribute to Nina Simone
Season Opening Gala Honors 40th Anniversary of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly
BALTIMORE (June 7, 2022) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced Grammy-winning soul and jazz vocalist Ledisi as the headlining guest artist for the Season Opening Gala Celebration on September 17, 2022. Led by conductor Jack Everly, the program features Ledisi’s unique take on the music of legendary singer, songwriter, and activist Nina Simone.
The 2022 Gala kicks off the BSO’s 2022-23 Season and marks the first in-person Gala in four years. New this year, all concert ticket holders are also invited to join the post-concert Gala party. Guests will enjoy access to complimentary beverages, desserts, cash bar, and dancing following the concert. Guests will also have a first look at a unique exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8 pm Gala concert
9:30 pm Post-concert Gala Party
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Tickets begin at $85. To purchase, please contact the BSO’s Patron Support at 410.783.8000 or visit BSOmusic.org. To learn more about sponsorship packages, visit BSOmusic.org/Gala.
About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. The orchestra is internationally renowned and locally admired for its innovation, performances, recordings, and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 275,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the BSO has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and since 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra performing its full season of classical and pops concerts in two metropolitan areas. More recently, 2020 marked the beginning of a new era of artistry, innovation, stability, and digital accessibility, including the launch of the virtual platform BSO OffStage and a groundbreaking docu-concert series BSO Sessions. More information about the BSO can be found at BSOmusic.org.
2021 Grammy-winner Ledisi is a 14-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. She’s garnered three Soul Train Music awards, an NAACP Theater Award, and 13 NAACP Image Award nominations. Most recently, Ledisi received two LA Alliance Ovation Award nominations, one for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Born in New Orleans and raised in Oakland, CA, she has truly earned a place in the pantheon of the greatest singers of her generation. Ledisi is a favorite of the Obamas as well as a long list of icons including the late-Prince, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan. Ledisi secured her first television role playing the legendary Patti LaBelle on the hit BET series, American Soul. She also starred in the BET+ plus drama, Twice Bitten. This year Ledisi landed the starring role in the film Remember Me: The Story of Mahalia Jackson. She will also portray Gladys Knight in Spinning Gold.