The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced updated COVID-19 protocols, including changes to its vaccination policy and the return of limited concessions, as well as expanded access to free digital education programming.Press Release
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.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced today a series of scheduling changes for its 2021-22 Season of Discovery. The first two weeks of subscription concerts previously scheduled for The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda will be relocated to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
Performances previously scheduled for The Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, September 25 at 8 pm (Bruch and Sibelius) and Saturday, October 2 at 8 pm (Recovered Voices) will take place at the Meyerhoff at their originally scheduled dates and times. BSO at Strathmore ticket holders will be offered comparable seating, and either complimentary parking in Baltimore or complimentary motorcoach transportation from Montgomery County for any performance relocated to the Meyerhoff, or for tickets exchanged for another available Meyerhoff performance for the impacted program. BSO at Strathmore ticket holders will also be offered the opportunity to enjoy the concerts virtually at-home through complimentary livestream access to their impacted program. The BSO’s responsible return policies, including proof of vaccination and masking requirements, apply for all relocated concerts. College students and families in the Montgomery County area are also invited to join the BSO for free September programs at the Meyerhoff and outdoors at The Chrysalis in Howard County on September 17 and 18. All relocated concerts at the Meyerhoff are also available for public sale and weekly performances will be livestreamed at BSOmusic.org/OffStage.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has added two free concerts for younger audiences. Performances include a Free College Kickoff, exclusively for college students on September 17 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Peter and the Wolf with the BSO and Wordsmith, an outdoor concert for families co-presented by the BSO and the Inner Arbor Trust at the Chrysalis in Howard County on September 18.Press Release
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces New Protocols in Preparation for Return to Full Capacity Concerts
To ensure the health and security of patrons, musicians, staff, volunteers, and the community at large, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced today a series of new COVID related protocols as it prepares to welcome audiences back to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore in September for the start of the 2021-22 Season.
Effective September 1, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend all indoor BSO performances and events. Patrons may display proof of vaccination on a smartphone; or show a physical copy of the vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a matching photo ID. Additional options for verification are being explored and will be shared when available. Proof of a negative COVID- 19 test is not acceptable for entry; and in keeping with current vaccination eligibility guidelines, children under the age of 12 will not be admitted to BSO indoor events until further notice. With all venue capacity restrictions currently lifted in Baltimore City and Montgomery County, there are no plans for socially distanced seating; however, facemasks will be required indoors, at all times, for BSO events at both venues until further notice. The consumption of food and beverage will not be permitted indoors, nor will public concessions be available at BSO concerts at either venue for the month of September.Press Release
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced today the receipt of $1.5M from the State of Maryland, the first year of a multi-year bridge of support appropriated to the Orchestra through the legislative actions of the Maryland General Assembly in 2020 and 2021.
Guided by the recommendations of the 2019 State Workgroup on the BSO, chaired by former Senator Ed Kasemeyer, SB1065/HB1658 outlined five-years of decreasing support: FY2022 $1.5M; FY2023 $1.3M; FY2024 $1.1M; FY2025 $0.9M; and FY2026 $0.7M. While enacted into law during Session 2021, Governor Hogan held total authority over the awarding of year one funding (FY2022).Press Release
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Free Summer Concert Series Kicking Off on July 4th with Patriotic Broadcast on WMAR TV-2
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) kicks off a month of free summer concerts on July 4 with the BSO’s 4th of July special, a 30-minute musical televised performance in partnership with WMAR TV-2 followed by a series of free in-person concerts starting July 8 and running through July 30.Press Release
Marylanders Invited to Join Celebration of Music Director Marin Alsop Through Free MPT Gala Broadcast and Community Offerings
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) invites the community to join its celebration in honor of outgoing Music Director Marin Alsop by participating in The Marin Festival and its culminating gala event on Saturday, June 19. More than 50 local organizations from across the state are offering special menus, discounts, and products in honor of Alsop or serving as official viewing locations for the live gala broadcast, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Honors Marin Alsop: A Live Gala Celebration Featuring Renée Fleming, on Maryland Public Television (MPT).Press Release
Maryland Public Television to Broadcast Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala Celebration Honoring Marin Alsop
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is joining forces with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to increase accessibility and access throughout Maryland to the BSO’s Gala Celebration, the culminating event of a free multi-week lineup celebrating Marin Alsop as she concludes her historic 14-year tenure as music director.Press Release
After leading a highly successful turnaround of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, President and CEO Peter Kjome has decided to conclude his tenure with the organization at the end of his contract in January 2022.
During Kjome’s time at the helm, the BSO has made substantial progress to support artistic growth, innovation, and expansion of the Orchestra’s family of audience members and donors. The recently announced 2021-22 Season reflects the positive momentum and transformation underway and was built on the organization’s dramatically increased financial strength.Press Release