Grammy-Winning Soul and Jazz Vocalist Ledisi Kicks Off Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 2022-23 Season Opening Gala

BALTIMORE (August 30, 2022) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) launches the 2022-23 season on September 17, 2022, with the return of its signature Season Opening Gala Celebration. Under the baton of conductor Jack Everly, the BSO will be joined by Grammy-award-winning soul and jazz vocalist Ledisi who will share her unique take on the music of legendary singer, songwriter, and activist Nina Simone.

Guests will enjoy a concert featuring Ledisi’s rendition of Simone’s most famous works such as “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “I Put a Spell on You,” as well as orchestral favorites such as Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story. Students from BSO OrchKids and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras join Ledisi and the BSO on stage for a special performance of Simone’s “Feeling Good.”



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Jonathon Heyward is Named Music Director of  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra


BALTIMORE (July 21, 2022) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces the appointment of 29-year-old, American-born conductor Jonathon Heyward as Music Director and holder of the Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Chair. Heyward’s five-year contract begins in the 2023-24 season. He will serve as Music Director Designate for the upcoming 2022-23 season and lead two weeks of performances in May 2023.

Heyward’s selection was unanimous from the Baltimore Symphony Music Director Search Committee, comprised of BSO musicians, staff, and community members. In March 2022, he led three performances that included the Baltimore Symphony’s first-ever performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. Quickly re-engaged, he returned in April to lead a Benefit Concert for Ukraine at the Meyerhoff.



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2021 Grammy-Winner Ledisi to Headline Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  Gala in Tribute to Nina Simone

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.

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Mayor Scott Announces Return Of 4th Of July Celebration With New Partnerships And Fireworks

Mayor Brandon M. Scott announces the return of festivities and fireworks to the Inner Harbor on Monday, July 4, 2022, from 4:00–10:00 p.m. “I am genuinely excited to announce that our 4th of July celebration, including fireworks, will be back and bigger than ever for Summer 2022,” says Mayor Scott. This multifaceted event is produced by a tremendous partnership of prominent Baltimore organizations coming together under Mayor Scott’s leadership to give Baltimore something beautiful to celebrate.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO), and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPB) are collaborating on the evening’s programming to create a truly special event for the Baltimore community, the people of Maryland, and visiting guests. Also participating in the day’s festivities is a host of renowned Baltimore institutions including the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB), Baltimore Orioles, American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM), National Aquarium in Baltimore, and media partner WJZ.


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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Summer Concert Lineup

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced the details of its summer schedule. The lineup includes the launch of the Music for Maryland Tour, in which the Orchestra performs in all Maryland jurisdictions over the next three summers, and a series of Star-Spangled Celebrations beginning with a return to Oregon Ridge Park.

In the first year of the Music for Maryland Tour, the BSO will travel to six counties: Carroll, Calvert, Kent, Howard, Garrett, and Prince George’s counties. Showcasing the Orchestra as one owned by the entire State of Maryland, performances are curated to celebrate each county’s hometown pride. Led by Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush, concert themes span from train-inspired music – with John W. Garrett (of Garrett County) having served as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad President – to the University of Maryland’s Terps’ Fight Song in Prince George’s County. A multi-year initiative grounded in partnerships, the BSO is also approaching the Music for Maryland Tour as a means to engage in mini-residencies across Maryland. The BSO will share a free program featuring BSO musicians and narrators curated explicitly for young listeners and families in each tour jurisdiction.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Names Mark C. Hanson as New President and CEO

Following a rigorous national search, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced the appointment of industry veteran Mark C. Hanson as the orchestra's new president and chief executive officer effective April 21.

Hanson brings more than 20 years of demonstrated success as a collaborative, imaginative, and focused leader who has driven organizational change in the orchestral world. As a CEO, he successfully led the San Francisco, Houston, and Milwaukee symphony orchestras through economic transformations, artistic leadership transitions, and internal culture building. In each market, Hanson continually found new and innovative ways to develop financial growth plans, drive unique and diverse artistic programming, and effectively bring together staff, musicians, and board members to create cohesive teams working toward common goals.



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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2022-23 Season to Welcome Seven Conducting Debuts in Second Year of International Music Director Search

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) 2022-23 season features signature festivals, historical celebrations, major choral works, and bold new music as it enters the second year of its Music Director search.

A celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Jack Everly’s extraordinary tenure as Principal Pops Conductor opens the season with the first full Gala experience in four years on September 17. The performance honors the rich history of jazz in Baltimore, with a special guest artist to be announced in June.


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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Contract Extensions for Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and Artistic Partner Wordsmith

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced the two-year contract extensions of Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush and Artistic Partner Wordsmith through the 2023-24 season. Both Rush and Wordsmith were first appointed to two-year positions in fall 2020 and will lead the return of the BSO’s free Symphony in the City series this spring.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Additional Schedule Changes Due to Unresolved Strathmore Labor Negotiations

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced today a series of scheduling changes for its 2021-22 Season of Discovery. In addition to the previously announced relocations during the first two weeks of subscription concerts, performances through October 17 originally scheduled at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda are either being relocated to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore or canceled.

The performance previously scheduled for The Music Center at Strathmore on Sunday, October 10 at 3 pm (Imani Winds with the BSO) will take place at the Meyerhoff at its originally scheduled date and time. The performances scheduled for Friday, October 8 at 8 pm (Off The Cuff: Phenomenal Women) and Thursday, October 14 at 8 pm (Celebrating John Williams) have been canceled (performances of both programs previously scheduled for the Meyerhoff will proceed as advertised). These new changes are in addition to the previously announced change in venue for performances on Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm (Bruch and Sibelius) and Saturday, October 2 at 8 pm (Recovered Voices), which will now take place at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.


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