Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with your BSO!

Throughout the month of February, music lovers can look forward to various programs that focus on the great musical contributions of various Black artists spanning the African diaspora such as Kwamé Ryan, James P. Johnson, William Grant Still, Jonathan Rush, Wordsmith, Anthony Parnther, and Josanne Francis. We have also included educational programming where families and students can attend our Midweek: The Jazz Age performance and be immersed in the music of the Harlem Renaissance. Concertgoers can also revisit Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie with the epic film score played by the Orchestra and led by the go-to Hollywood conductor, Anthony Parnther (Wakanda Forever, Encanto). With an exciting month ahead, guests can enjoy the following performances to celebrate Black History Month:

Black History Month Concerts


Midweek: The Jazz Age - Harlem Renaissance

STEAM-activated, arts-integrated orchestra concerts for students Pre-K through Middle School and beyond. Midweek Concerts are appropriate for all children, regardless of age.

Jonathan Rush, conductor
Wordsmith, spoken word artist

GERSHWIN Introduction from Porgy & Bess
JAMES P. JOHNSON Harlem Symphony, Movt. III
GERSHWIN (arr. Hershey Kay) “I Got Rhythm” from Girl Crazy
PRICE "Juba Dance" from Symphony 1
STILL “The Blues” from Lenox Avenue
STILL Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American,” Movt. III

Explore the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, a period in American history in which the creativity of African Americans left its mark on generations of civil rights activists, artists, and thinkers including Harlem and Negro Dancers by Langston Hughes and Heritage by Gwendolyn B. Bennett.

MUSIC FOR YOUTH: Recommended for GRADES 4-8 and up


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Marvel Studio’s Black Panther Live In Concert

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what superhero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.” Now you can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar® and Grammy®-winning score live to picture.

Anthony Parnther, conductor


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Calypso Fusion

Drums, Drums, Drums – including steelpan drums – are the focus of this Family Concert. Josanne Francis, steelpan artist, joins the BSO for an exploration of percussion instruments, especially those with pitch. Other traditional orchestral percussion instruments, like xylophone and timpani, share the spotlight. Don’t miss it!

Jonathan Rush,
conductor Josanne Francis,
steelpan artist Steelpan Ensemble

JAN BACH Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra
STRAVINSKY Infernal Dance from The Firebird

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