Music from The Nutcracker

Thu, Nov 3, 8 pm: Meyerhoff
Sun, Nov 6, 3 pm:

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano

John Adams: The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra
Ravel: Shéhérazade Listen Now
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Overture Miniature Listen Now
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act II Listen Now

Newly appointed BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh embraces love and longing in this program. He opens with John Adams’ witty musical depiction of Chairman Mao and his future wife joining in a humorous, slightly amorous foxtrot. The sights and sounds of dream-like Arabian Nights are conjured in Ravel’s ravishingly beautiful song cycle. And what better way to be transported to the Land of Sweets than through the glorious, joyous music of Tchaikovsky’s second act from The Nutcracker?

Please note: There is no dance accompanying this program.

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Handel's Messiah

Fri, Dec 2, 7:30 pm: Meyerhoff
Sat, Dec 3, 8 pm: Strathmore
Sun, Dec 4, 3 pm: Meyerhoff

Edward Polochick, conductor and harpsichord
Jennifer O’Loughlin, soprano
Diana Moore, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Luca Pisaroni, bass baritone
Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

Handel: Messiah Listen Now

From the sheer joy and magnitude of the “Hallelujah” chorus to the delicate beauty of the arias, it’s no wonder this beloved work has crowned holiday celebrations for centuries. The BSO’s annual complete performance of the Messiah, led from the harpsichord by the dynamic Edward Polochick, is a musical tradition you’ll want to make your own.

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Family Concert: The Snowman

Sat, Dec 3, 11 am: Meyerhoff

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

A winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. Get into the spirit of the holiday season and create lasting memories in this enchanting program featuring the BSO and the animated film based on Raymond Briggs’ book.

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Swingin' Nutcracker à la Ellington Featuring Step Afrika!

Thu, Dec 8, 8 pm: Strathmore
Fri, Dec 9, 7:30 pm: Meyerhoff
Sat, Dec 10, 2 pm: Meyerhoff
Sat, Dec 10, 7:30 pm: Meyerhoff
Sun, Dec 11, 2 pm: Meyerhoff

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Step Afrika!, dancers

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, composed and arranged by Ellington/Strayhorn/Murtha

STEP into the holiday season with this fully realized jazz version of the timeless Nutcracker. Riffing off of Ellington’s dazzling reimagining of a portion of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, jazz composer Paul Murtha has created an entire “Swingin Nutcracker” with both an Act 1 and Act 2.

This semi-staged production features the vibrant and percussive dancing of Washington based company, Step Afrika! Join the BSO for this very special world premiere.

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Music Box: Snowflakes on Parade

Sat, Dec 10, 9 am & 10:30 am: Meyerhoff

Wintertime means snow time! Listen and dance along as we go dashing through the snow.

30 minutes prior to the concert, the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. 

Created for babies ages 6 months through 3 years old.

Please note: Attendees of all ages are required to have a ticket. Concerts take place in the lobby and seating is unreserved.

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Movie and Music: It's a Wonderful Life

Thu, Dec 15, 7 pm: Meyerhoff
Fri, Dec 16, 7 pm: Meyerhoff

Justin Freer, conductor
Handel Choir of Baltimore

George Bailey’s extraordinary Christmas Eve journey with an Angel Second Class is a story we turn to year after year. As the BSO performs the score live to accompany the film, you’ll experience the warmth of this cinematic classic as never before.

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Holiday Pops with Storm Large

Sat, Dec 17, 2 pm: Meyerhoff
Sat, Dec 17, 7:30 pm: Meyerhoff
Sun, Dec 18, 2 pm: Meyerhoff

Storm Large, vocalist
Baltimore City College Choir
Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers

Vocal sensation Storm Large of Pink Martini joins the BSO for a sparkling holiday celebration! Bring the whole family to get in the spirit of the season with this special program of carols, classics and lots of surprises. Plus — back by popular demand, the Tap-Dancing Santas are comin' to town!

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