An exciting upcoming BSO at Strathmore program is built around the theme of remarkable women. Perfect for Mother's Day weekend, he new program is called Carmen to Clyne: Women in Music and takes place on Saturday, May 7 at 8 pm. French violinist Alexandra Soumm will make her BSO debut, and the orchestra will offer two world premieres as part of our Centennial commissioning project.

You may remember composer Anna Clyne, whose work Masquerade was featured on the very first concert of this season. The other premiere is Joan Tower’s work that is the sixth in a series called Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman.

Tower’s first Fanfare was composed in 1986 and was premiered by the Houston Symphony. It was inspired by Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and employs similar instrumentation, except Tower added the glockenspiel, marimba, chimes and drums. The second Fanfare was commissioned by Absolut Vodka, and the third was created for Carnegie Hall’s 100th anniversary. The fourth was commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony and the fifth was written for the Aspen Music Festival. The first five Fanfares have been performed worldwide by over 500 groups. The whole work was recorded by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and dedicated to the conductor of the recordings, our very own Marin Alsop.

The full program on Saturday, May 7 at Strathmore is:

Carmen to Clyne: Women in Music

Music Director Marin Alsop, conducting
Alexandra Soumm, violin

JOAN TOWER: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 6 (World Premiere)
LALO: Symphonie espagnole

- Intermission -

ANNA CLYNE: New Work (World Premiere)
BIZET: Selections from Carmen