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Gala Concert with Renée Fleming

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Renée Fleming, soprano

One of the most beloved and celebrated singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming brings her luminous voice to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in the BSO’s annual Gala Concert.

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Special Event
Gala Concert with Renée Fleming

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is under attack. Jedi Master Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker the ways of the force in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as the BSO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score live.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner /Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert

Marin Alsop, conductor
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin

VERDI La forza del destino Overture
DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN Voodoo Violin Concerto
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

The power of fate and destiny loom over the season-opening concert, beginning dramatically with the overture to Verdi’s La forza del destino, an opera about ill-fated lovers who seek atonement in a monastery for their forbidden affair. At the centerpiece is the kinetic Voodoo Violin Concerto by cross-over violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, making his BSO debut with his unique blend of violin and urban sounds. Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony ends the concert with an explosion of joyful abandon.

Classical
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite
SCRIABIN Piano Concerto
BARTÓK The Wooden Prince

Returning to the BSO is the brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao, heralded by The New York Times as one of the top pianists performing today. Tao brings his probing imagination to the rarely heard Scriabin Piano Concerto, highlighted by lyrical beauty and gorgeous orchestral writing. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Bartók’s The Wooden Prince complete the program with vivid settings of fairy tales.

Classical
Symphonic Fairy Tales

Marin Alsop, conductor
Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Peabody Women’s Chorus
Kateryna Sokolova, director

WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
HINDEMITH Sancta Susanna (semi-staged)
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra in the Prelude and Liebestod to Tristan und Isolde, Wagner’s path-breaking expression of love that can only be fulfilled in death. Paul Hindemith’s one-act operatic shocker, Sancta Susanna, depicts two nuns visited by alluring temptations to cast away their vows and live a life of the flesh. Considered the greatest of his symphonies, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony concludes this program revolving around the most intense and forbidden of human passions.

Classical
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop, conductor

BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

Composed at the height of the Romantic period, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is both a nod to the past and a look to the future.  Marin Alsop unpacks the profound emotions behind this masterpiece and explores how Brahms paved the way for the modernists of the 20th Century.

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Off The Cuff: Brahms Symphony No. 4

Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Get ready for chills and thrills! Think like a detective to figure out how the composer met his unfortunate demise. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Help solve this perplexing musical murder mystery while learning about the instruments of the orchestra.

Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. For tickets and more information, visit BSOmusic.org/family. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. 

Family
Lemony Snicket's The Composer Is Dead

David Danzmayr, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

WEBERN Six Pieces for Orchestra
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”
SCHUBERT Symphony in B Minor, “Unfinished”
J. STRAUSS, JR. On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Violin phenom Stefan Jackiw returns to the BSO in a program of Viennese masterpieces, led by rising young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr. From Webern’s daring miniatures for large orchestra to the unforgettably beautiful melodies of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, from Mozart’s last violin concerto, brimming with exotic flair, to the instantly recognizable Blue Danube waltz, this concert illustrates why Vienna is widely heralded as the capital of classical music.

Classical
Mozart Violin Concerto

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

LOTTA WENNÄKOSKI Hava
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Distinguished pianist Emanuel Ax returns to perform Brahms’ mighty Second Piano Concerto, notable for its formidable demands. A scintillating work by Finnish-born composer Lotta Wennäkoski, Hava, is paired with Schubert’s Sixth Symphony, which ranges from the majestic thunder of his idol, Beethoven, to a light-as-air operatic finale.

Classical
Emanuel Ax Performs Brahms

Xian Zhang, conductor
George Li, piano

CHEN YI Ge Xu (Antiphony)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5

A wealth of talent fills this program led by the fast-rising young conductor Xian Zhang. Celebrated female composer Chen Yi’s Antiphony opens the program, inspired by the antiphonal singing of South China’s Zhuang minority and featuring extraordinary drumming passages. Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist George Li performs one of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos, and Prokofiev’s greatest symphony, the Fifth, concludes the program.

Classical
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

Marin Alsop, conductor

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture
LERA AUERBACH BSO Commission (World Premiere)
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella

Written for a trio of singers and orchestra, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns. Marin Alsop introduces us to a brilliant and mesmerizing voice—that of the Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach, who brings grandeur and intensity to her large-scale orchestra music. The program is rounded out by Prokofiev’s witty “Classical” Symphony and Brahms’ boisterous Academic Festival Overture.

Classical
Stravinsky Pulcinella

Marin Alsop, conductor

STRAVINSKY Pulcinella

Pulcinella brought together Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Stravinsky, and Picasso—who created sets and costumes—in a whole new direction after the riotous premiere of the Rite of Spring. Discover how Stravinsky fell in love with the forgotten music and world of commedia dell’arte clowns.

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Off The Cuff: Stravinsky Pulcinella

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Drawing from their documentary film, "A Tuba to Cuba," the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band invokes the musical links between New Orleans and Havana in an evening that brings together the sounds of New Orleans jazz and the rhythm and soul at the heart of Cuban music.   

The BSO is not performing on this program.

SuperPops
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Be transported to a winter wonderland in this enchanting story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman which comes to life and takes him on a trip to the North Pole. The animated film projected with live music performed by the BSO is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. For tickets and more information, visit BSOmusic.org/family. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. 

Family, Holiday
The Snowman

Andy Einhorn, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society,
    Anthony Blake Clark, director 

Broadway musical director Andy Einhorn leads the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in an exciting new holiday program, highlighted by festive favorites, the ever-popular tap-dancing Santas, an audience sing-along and a few musical surprises. The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall becomes a winter wonderland with pre-concert performances, an opportunity for family photos and holiday cookies and ornaments for sale.  Join us for this celebration of the holiday season!

Special Event, Holiday
Holiday Spectacular

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
BSO Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick, director
Lura Johnson, piano

Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore Symphony, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale.

Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production

 

Classical, Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus

Jack Everly, conductor
Jennifer Holliday, vocalist

A diva with a voice that can leave an audience breathless, Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer Jennifer Holliday joins the BSO for a program that ranges from gospel hymns to Broadway showstoppers. You won’t want to miss Jennifer Holliday singing the song that catapulted her to stardom, “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” from the Broadway smash hit musical, Dreamgirls.

SuperPops
Jennifer Holliday

John Storgårds, conductor 
Gil Shaham, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9 
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto 
HAYDN Symphony No. 103, "Drumroll"

Shostakovich confounded the expectations of the Soviet authorities, who were expecting a big, triumphant symphony saluting Stalin, with his Ninth, the lightest and brightest of his symphonies. Legendary violinist Gil Shaham performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, often called the most perfect violin concerto ever written. Haydn’s penultimate symphony, known as the “Drumroll,” features high spirits, drama and a brilliantly dynamic finale.

Classical
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

PRICE The Oak
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

The royal wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry made an international sensation out of the mesmerizing cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who makes his BSO debut playing Saint-Saëns’ charming First Cello Concerto. The concert opens with composer Florence Price’s brooding and lush tone poem, The Oak, and closes with Dvořák’s exquisite Seventh Symphony. 

Classical
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin

BARBER Adagio for Strings
CORIGLIANO The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra
WILLIAMS Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
VARIOUS Charlie Chaplin’s Smile

Combining clips from classic Chaplin films with live music, Charlie Chaplin’s Smile is violinist Philippe Quint’s tribute to Charlie Chaplin on his 130th birthday, tracing Chaplin’s relationship with 20th-century master composers and his own film scores. This cinematic program also features John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne, Barber’s heartbreaking Adagio for Strings (Platoon) and John Williams’ poignant Three Pieces from Schindler’s List.

Classical
Charlie Chaplin's Legacy: Classical Music in Film

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Yulianna Avdeeva, piano

MOZART Marriage of Figaro Overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

The worlds of opera, ballet, comedy and tragedy visit this melodious program, bookended by Mozart’s vivacious Marriage of Figaro Overture and Prokofiev’s dramatic Suite from Romeo and Juliet. Russian piano sensation Yulianna Avdeeva performs Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, the work that first won the composer international fame. A feast of keyboard virtuosity and irresistible lyrical themes, it is highlighted by a magical Nocturne, in which a rapturously beautiful melody makes time stand still.

Classical
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Marin Alsop, conductor 

PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Originally wanting to give his ballet a happy ending, Prokofiev ultimately composed heartbreakingly beautiful music for the tale of the star-crossed lovers' deaths, alongside the shocking violence of the Capulet/Montague feud that dooms them.

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Off The Cuff: Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Imagine the sounds of the classics with a Hip Hop beat! How about a mash-up with some cool rockin’ rhythms? Don’t miss this special program when the BSO joins with Grammy®-nominated beatboxer and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon and wildly original electric cellist/composer Wytold for a crash course in the fundamentals of remixing! Through beatboxing, improvising and other creative techniques, these area favorites take inspiration from a Bach Prelude, Pachelbel’s Canon, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and other masterpieces featured everywhere from movies to TV to weddings—and make them completely their own.

Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. For tickets and more information, visit BSOmusic.org/family. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates.  

Family
Classical Mash-Up

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Darryl Williams, vocalist

A tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace” and much more.

SuperPops
Aretha - A Tribute

Nicholas McGegan, conductor and harpsichord
Avi Avital, mandolin

HAYDN Symphony No. 80
VIVALDI Mandolin Concerto
VIVALDI Lute Concerto in D Major
BIZET Symphony No. 1

Early-music specialist Nicholas McGegan returns to the BSO to lead a vibrant program of music for chamber orchestra, from Haydn’s effervescent Symphony No. 80 to two sunny Vivaldi concertos featuring Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital. The concert concludes with the youthful verve of Bizet’s Symphony No. 1, composed when he was 17 and a student at the Paris Conservatory.

 

Classical
Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor 
University of Maryland College Park Concert Choir
   Edward Maclary, director  
Peabody Children’s Chorus
     Doreen Falby, director

MAHLER Symphony No. 3

Mahler’s Third Symphony is the heart of his symphonic output. In six movements, it looks at the totality of the natural world, beginning with plants and animals, rising to humans and culminating in the divine. Its last movement, which Mahler named, “What love tells me,” is a magnificent arc of melody, as beautiful as anything he wrote.

Classical
Mahler Symphony No. 3

Ray Chen Performs Shostakovich

Jun Märkl, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

MESSIAEN The Forgotten Offerings 
SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1
RAVEL Pavane for a Dead Princess
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration

Violin sensation Ray Chen returns to perform Shostakovich’s formidable First Violin Concerto, a deeply personal work that was hidden from the scrutiny of the Stalinist regime. The program also includes Ravel’s hauntingly beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess and Richard Strauss' contemplative and powerful tone poem, Death and Transfiguration.

Classical
Ray Chen Performs Shostakovich

Off The Cuff: Shostakovich Violin Concerto

Jun Märkl, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1

Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto was composed during a time of severe censorship in Soviet Russia, so the composer did not premiere his work until after Stalin's demise. Violinist Ray Chen, winner of the Yehudi Menuhin and Queen Elisabeth competitions, illuminates the hidden messages of this highly personal work.

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Off The Cuff: Shostakovich Violin Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor 
David Fray, piano

ANNA CLYNE BSO Commission (World Premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme”
FANNY MENDELSSOHN-HENSEL Overture in C Major
FELIX MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

A work newly commissioned by the BSO from the dynamic young British composer Anna Clyne is juxtaposed with Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major. We also hear Fanny’s famous brother’s “Italian” Symphony, with its most joyous of all opening themes. French pianist David Fray performs Mozart’s youthful masterpiece of the classical style, the Piano Concerto No. 9.

Classical
Mozart and Mendelssohn

Through the Eye of the Telescope

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

Experience otherworldly images of galaxies far, far away as a Hubble Scientist is your guide in this concert featuring music by Strauss, Mozart, Holst and more. In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, this program is presented in collaboration with NASA, the Goddard Space Flight Center, and Space Telescope Science Institute.

Join us immediately following each family concert for a buffet lunch in the Meyerhoff lobby. For tickets and more information, visit BSOmusic.org/family. Luncheon tickets purchased separately. Hosted by the Baltimore Symphony Associates. 

Family
Through the Eye of the Telescope

Peter Oundjian, conductor
University of Maryland College Park Concert Choir
     Edward Maclary, director

VIVIAN FUNG Dust Devils
DEBUSSY Nocturnes
HOLST The Planets

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, the BSO salutes this historic milestone with performances of Holst’s The Planets, complete with Hubble photos and a special guest from NASA. The program also includes the tone poem Dust Devils by Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung and Debussy’s Nocturnes, the ultimate impressionist work capturing the beauty and wonders of Planet Earth.

Classical
Holst The Planets

Off The Cuff: Holst the Planets

Peter Oundjian, conductor

More an astrologer than an astronomer, Gustav Holst’s depiction of planets from our solar system has been sampled, stolen and cherished by the likes of Frank Zappa, John Williams and Hans Zimmer. The BSO salutes the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, complete with Hubble photos and a special guest from NASA.

HOLST The Planets

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Off The Cuff: Holst the Planets

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Olga Kern, piano

ANNA CLYNE Restless Oceans (U.S. Premiere)
MAHLER Symphony No. 4
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

Rachmaninoff’s most virtuosic work, the thrilling and dauntingly difficult Third Piano Concerto, is performed by the great Russian pianist Olga Kern. First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition when she was just 17, Kern is known for her vivid stage presence and extraordinary technique. The concert opens with a new work written by dynamic British composer Anna Clyne and Mahler’s enchanting Fourth Symphony.

Classical
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is under attack. Jedi Master Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker the ways of the force in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as the BSO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score live.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner /Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – In Concert

Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord

BACH Orchestra Suite No. 3
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
TELEMANN Don Quixote
PURCELL The Fairy Queen: Suite No. 1
HANDEL Water Music: Suite No. 2

In a conductor-less program that puts the musicians of the BSO front and center, this concert explores the mastery of Bach and musical story-telling at its finest. Handel’s popular Water Music captures the audacious mood of George I’s boating parties on the Thames, while Telemann and Purcell depict two classics of literature, Don Quixote and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is a musical feast of high drama for those who love the colors and sonorities of Baroque music.

Classical
Baroque Favorites

Evgeny Kissin, piano

BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 8, “Pathétique”
BEETHOVEN Variations and Fugue, “Eroica”
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 17, “The Tempest”
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 21, “Waldstein”

“Without question he is a phenomenal pianist, a deeply intuitive and sensitive musician,” The New York Times. One of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation, Evgeny Kissin performs a recital of Beethoven's treasured piano sonatas.

The BSO is not performing on this program.

Classical, Special Event
Evgeny Kissin In Recital

Jack Everly, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society,
    Anthony Blake Clark, director 

You’ll hear the most popular Broadway hits of this dynamic composer and lyricist duo, including selections from My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi and Brigadoon, performed by three exciting vocalists along with the BSO.

 

SuperPops
Lerner and Loewe Classics

Marin Alsop, conductor
Viktoria Mullova, violin

BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony no. 6, "Pastoral"

The first orchestral program commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth features the long-awaited BSO debut of renowned Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova, who performs Beethoven’s sublime Violin Concerto. Beethoven’s beloved “Pastoral” Symphony, evoking birdsong and flowing streams, takes us to the scene of a bucolic village and draws our attention to the beauty and fragility of the natural world.

Classical
Pastoral Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Wordsmith, spoken word artist

REENA ESMAIL New Work (World Premiere)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

The season closes with Beethoven’s ode to joy, the Ninth Symphony, which conveys his message about humankind. Reimagining the Ninth Symphony as a 21st-century call for unity, justice, and empowerment, Marin Alsop, the BSO and members of the rich musical community of Baltimore boldly interpret Beethoven’s ideas in response to today’s world.

Classical
Beethoven Ninth

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