Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture - Happy 4th of July
Happy Fourth of July! With the help of Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, we've prepared a special celebratory performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Look out for church bells from churches throughout Baltimore County and children from across the State of Maryland for the iconic cannon booms!
While we wish we could celebrate the Fourth of July with all of our audiences, we are particularly disappointed to not be able to join the residents of Baltimore County at Oregon Ridge Park. As a salute to the residents of Baltimore County and all of our audience members, Nicholas Hersh virtually leads the Orchestra not only from the Oregon Ridge stage, but also from our beloved homes at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore.
Baltimore's Ode to Joy
With new text inspired by Baltimore in this moment of heightened awareness regarding racial injustice, Music Director Marin Alsop, Brandon For Baltimore, Baltimore-based rapper Wordsmith, BSO musicians and BSO OrchKids have come together to share an arrangement of the Ode to Joy theme. For a full conversation of the project, visit the Virtual Governing Members Lounge.
BSO Virtually Performs Powerful Ending of Mahler's Third Symphony
Watch as the BSO musicians virtually perform the final moments of Mahler’s Third Symphony, a piece that features significant orchestral forces. The Orchestra was able to rehearse the great masterwork, but unable to perform it in scheduled concerts March 12-14 as the performances were cancelled due to COVID-19.
The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony were disappointed that they were unable to perform the work and decided to create a virtual performance. Principal Tuba Aubrey Foard said, “We thought Mahler’s glorious and life-affirming coda from this symphony would help everyone feel a little better, knowing that the BSO is with them even when we’re all separated by physical distance.”
Each musician recorded their individual part of the final moments of the symphony at home. The video was produced and edited by BSO Violist Colin Sorgi, who created a click track for each musician to play along to while recording their part. The click track allowed the piece to move with tempo changes as it would in a live performance. Each musician employed two devices; one to play the click track and another device to record both video and audio.