Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Summer Concert Lineup

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Summer Concert Lineup

Launching Music for Maryland Tour and Expansive Fourth of July Celebrations

 

BALTIMORE (April 27, 2022) – 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.

The BSO also expands and returns to its Fourth of July traditions in 2022. The BSO’s Star-Spangled Spectacular kicks off the celebrations at Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County on July 3, followed by performances at the newly renovated Rash Field in Baltimore City on July 4 and Boordy Vineyards on July 7. Movie with Orchestra selections also bring the BSO back to its home venues – the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore – with Toy Story in Concert on July 15-17 and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concerton August 12 and 13 with a special trip to Merriweather Post Pavilion on August 14.

For more information and ticket reservations or purchases, please visit BSOmusic.org/Summer.

 

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Schedule of Events

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR
SUN, JUL 3, 8 PM OREGON RIDGE PARK

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Wordsmith, spoken word artist
Runa Matsushita, violin (Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras)

Join the BSO at Oregon Ridge Park for our annual Star-Spangled Spectacular featuring patriotic favorites. The performance closes with a fantastic fireworks display! Arrive early and grab a bite to eat or a drink from local food trucks. Homemade picnic items and BYOB can be enjoyed in the park before and during the performance. Don’t forget your favorite blanket or lawn chair!

Tickets are required. Event parking is on-site only and included in the price of your ticket.

FREE STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION IN BALTIMORE CITY
MON, JUL 4, 8 PM RASH FIELD

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Wordsmith, spoken word artist
Runa Matsushita, violin (Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras)

Celebrate the 4th of July with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and everyone’s favorite patriotic musical selections.

STAR-SPANGLED CELEBRATION
THU, JUL 7, 7 PM BOORDY VINEYARDS

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Wordsmith, spoken word artist
Runa Matsushita, violin (Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras)

Celebrate the USA in a patriotic performance at Boordy Vineyards on July 7. Sip on Boordy’s original wines while you enjoy the orchestra.

Tickets are required. Parking is available on-site. This event is 21 and older. Please note that there will not be fireworks following this performance.

MUSIC FOR MARYLAND: GARRETT COUNTY
SAT, JUL 9, 8 PM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT GARRETT COLLEGE

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Andrew Balio, trumpet

The Music for Maryland Tour kicks off in Garrett County with a program showcasing the county’s namesake, John W. Garrett. Born in Baltimore, Garrett became the president of the B&O Railroad for over a quarter-century. Reflecting on the railroads of America, this concert features lighthearted works that will make you feel like you are on an adventurous train ride across the USA!

Opening Night of Garrett County’s Performing Arts Center – more information at BSOmusic.org/Summer.

TOY STORY IN CONCERT
FRI, JUL 15, 8 PM MEYERHOFF
SAT, JUL 16, 3 PM STRATHMORE
SUN, JUL 17, 3 PM MEYERHOFF

Susie Benchasil Seiter, conductor

Ever wonder what toys do when people aren't around? Toy Story answers that question with a fantastic fun-filled journey, viewed mostly through the eyes of two rival toys – Woody, the lanky, likable cowboy, and Buzz Lightyear, the fearless space ranger.  Led by Woody, Andy's toys live happily in his room until Andy's birthday brings Buzz Lightyear onto the scene. Afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart, Woody plots against Buzz.

But when circumstances separate Buzz and Woody from their owner, the comically-mismatched duo eventually learn to put aside their differences, and they find themselves on a hilarious adventure-filled mission where the only way they can survive is to form an uneasy alliance.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All rights reserved.

MUSIC FOR MARYLAND: PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
FRI, JUL 22, 7 PM NATIONAL HARBOR ON THE PLAZA STAGE

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Boram Kang, violin
Jacob Shack, viola

Overlook the Potomac as you listen to the BSO perform at the National Harbor in Prince George’s County. Perfect for a summer evening by the water, this performance features playful music the entire family will enjoy. The concert concludes with the University of Maryland’s Fight Song, go Terps!

Music for Maryland Tour reservations are Pay-What-You-Wish encouraged, but not required. Help us bring music to our state at BSOmusic.org/Summer.

MUSIC FOR MARYLAND: CARROLL COUNTY
SAT, JUL 23, 7 PM CARROLL COMMUNITY COLLEGE ROTARY AMPHITHEATER

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Qing Li, violin

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra visits Carroll County for a family-friendly patriotic performance! Celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave with works that honor Charles Carroll, the county’s namesake. Take a trip back to 1776 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence to hear music that Mr. Carroll might have enjoyed.

Music for Maryland Tour reservations are Pay-What-You-Wish encouraged, but not required. Help us bring music to our state at BSOmusic.org/Summer.

MUSIC FOR MARYLAND: CALVERT COUNTY
SAT, JUL 30, 7 PM PNC WATERSIDE PAVILION AT THE CALVERT MARINE MUSEUM

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Aaron LaVere, trombone

The Patuxent River makes the perfect backdrop as the BSO stops at the PNC Waterside Pavilion at the Calvert Marine Museum in Calvert County, home of the beloved Maryland blue crabs. Jonathan Leshnoff’s Dancing Blue Crabs! is an American favorite you won’t want to miss. From the mountains to the sea this is a perfect summer concert for the family!

Music for Maryland Tour reservations are Pay-What-You-Wish encouraged, but not required. Help us bring music to our state at BSOmusic.org/Summer.

MUSIC FOR MARYLAND: KENT COUNTY
SAT, AUG 6, 7 PM WILMER PARK IN CHESTERTOWN

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Ivan Stefanovic, violin

Blue skies, sailboats, and flying flags set the scene as the BSO makes their final stop on the first leg of the Music for Maryland Tour in Kent County. This family-friendly program features American favorites including Jonathan Leshnoff’s Dancing Blue Crabs! and a special nod to Kent County and Superman himself, Clark Kent, with John Williams’ Superman March. Experience the perfect way to celebrate the summer in Maryland.

Music for Maryland Tour reservations are Pay-What-You-Wish encouraged, but not required. Help us bring music to our state at BSOmusic.org/Summer.

DONOR APPRECIATION CONCERT & PICNIC

SUN, AUG 7, 3 PM MEYERHOFF

As a special thank you for your dedication and support of the BSO, we invite Members to join us for a concert and end-of-summer picnic with BSO musicians! Assistant Conductor Jonathan Rush leads the orchestra in a performance featuring cheerful works from Bernstein, Ellington, Beethoven, and more.
You’re invited: become a Member with a gift of $75 to reserve your spot for two guests. Visit BSOmusic.org/Donate to become a member. Please note seating will be general admission and first-come, first-served.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE™ IN CONCERT
FRI, AUG 12, 8 PM MEYERHOFF
SAT, AUG 13, 3 PM MEYERHOFF
SUN, AUG 14, 8 PM MERRIWEATHER

Introducing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ in Concert to the Harry Potter™ Film Concert Series. Audiences can relive the magic of Harry’s sixth year at HogwartsSchool of Witchcraft and Wizardry, set to the music of a live symphony orchestra. Watch Harry become a wiz at potions, win Felix Felicis, and uncover the meaning of Horcruxes!

WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s22)

 

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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.

 

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