Mahler's Symphony No. 5
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Marin Alsop, conductor
Christopher Rouse: Processional (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere)*
Kevin Puts: The City (BSO Co-Commission, World Premiere)
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Returning to the work that launched her BSO tenure, Marin Alsop likens Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 to climbing Mount Everest for conductors. Mahler’s most popular symphony is paired with the world premiere of a newly-commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts, celebrating the vitality of the American city in music with an original film by James Bartolomeo showcasing iconic imagery from Baltimore’s past and present.
Strathmore Pre-concert Lecture: Thu, Apr 14, 6:30 pm
The Co-Commissioning and World Premiere of Kevin Puts' The City are generously underwritten by Claire and Dr. Allan Jensen.
Ten American composers each composed a short celebratory work to be presented during the Centennial season. These include TJ Cole, Kristen Kuster, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Joan Tower, James Lee III, Jonathan Leshnoff, Christopher Rouse and Christopher Theofanidis. Chosen themes for the commissions include: fanfare for the common woman, earth, death of Poe and dancing blue crabs. These Celebration Centennial works have been commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.
*Commissioned for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop by Classical Movements, Inc. as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program. Also made possible by a grant from New Music USA through a generous contribution from Thomas Brener and Inbal Segev, and additionally supported by the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Randolph S. and Amalie R. Rothschild Endowed Fund for New Music.