Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces BSO Encore, Powered by PNC
Hosted by Jonathan Palevsky and Kati Harrison on WBJC
July 15, 2020 – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) today announced the launch of BSO Encore, Powered by PNC, a series of BSO performances to be broadcast on WBJC radio. Beginning on Sunday, July 19, WBJC will broadcast ten archived BSO programs every Sunday from 1 pm - 3 pm. The broadcasts can be heard on 91.5 FM or on WBJC.com.
All BSO Encore, Powered by PNC broadcasts will include a listening experience with a BSO musician and Music Director Marin Alsop to introduce each piece on the program. In reflection of Maestra Alsop’s 14-year tenure with the BSO, the series presents performances from the BSO’s 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, Maestra Alsop’s first two seasons with the BSO.
“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be able to bring full orchestra performances from our archives to the community with the help of WBJC and PNC,” said BSO President and CEO Peter Kjome. “The energizing and powerful experience of having many of the world’s most accomplished musicians all on stage and creating music together cannot be replicated in the same way from our homes. We are also honored to begin celebrating Music Director Marin Alsop’s remarkable tenure by revisiting the inspiring performances of her first two seasons with the BSO throughout this series.”
“PNC has a long history of supporting arts and culture organizations, like the renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, because we recognize the role that the arts plays in bringing our community together,” said Laura Gamble, PNC regional president for Greater Maryland. “As we engage with the arts a bit differently this year, this is the perfect opportunity to bring our city’s communities together to experience the BSO Encore, Powered by PNC series airing on WBJC radio.”
“We are thrilled that, after more than two decades, BSO live performances have returned to WBJC,” said WBJC host Jonathan Palevsky. “During these challenging times, when live performances are not possible, WBJC is delighted to present our amazing orchestra to the Baltimore/Washington area over the air at 91.5 FM and streaming to the world at WBJC.com. To collaborate with the BSO is a privilege; for us here at WBJC this is clearly the best of all possible worlds!”
Hosted by WBJC personalities Jonathan Palevsky and Kati Harrison with special guests, the first broadcast will include an interview with Principal Flute Emily Skala to introduce a program that includes Marin Alsop leading the BSO in Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3; Baltimore-composer Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, performed by Skala; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Informal video interviews between BSO musicians and program notes annotator Jan Bedell, program notes and additional content can be found at BSOmusic.org/Encore.
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. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, 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 information about the BSO can be found at BSOmusic.org.