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All Rachmaninoff

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Symphonie Fantastique

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Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Marin Alsop, conductor
The Percussion Collective
Felicia Moore, soprano
Kelley O'Connor, alto
Karim Sulayman, tenor
Ryan Speedo Green, bass-baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society,
Anthony Blake Clark, director

MOZART Requiem

Making its BSO debut, the Percussion Collective has most recently been stunning audiences in Europe and Asia and will perform Peabody professor Christopher Theofanidis’ Drum Circles. Also on the program is Mozart’s dramatic Requiem, one of his greatest achievements despite the fact that he didn’t survive to complete it. Baltimore Choral Arts Society will join Marin Alsop and the Orchestra for this magnificent masterpiece.

Mozart Requiem

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor

JAKE HEGGIE Moby Dick Suite
GINASTERA Variaciones concertantes
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads Elgar’s popular Enigma Variations and the beautiful Variaciones concertantes, Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s most famous work. The program opens with Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick Suite from his 2010 opera on Melville’s iconic novel.

Elgar Enigma Variations

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Simon Trpčeski, piano

PROKOFIEV Russian Overture
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)

Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu leads an all-Russian program including the colorful, witty and melodious Russian Overture and Tchaikovsky’s passionate Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring the fiery virtuoso Simon Trpčeski. Stravinsky’s unforgettable tragi-comic puppet reigns over his vivid portrait of a Russian fair in Petrushka.

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Marin Alsop, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

BRETT DEAN Cello Concerto
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Marin Alsop leads the second suite from Ravel’s gorgeous ballet music for Daphnis et Chloé, with its evocative portrait of dawn’s arrival, followed by the Viennese waltz-filled Suite from Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. German cellist Alban Gerhardt performs a new Cello Concerto, written expressly for him by famed Australian composer Brett Dean. We’ll also hear JUMP! by Hungarian composer Judit Varga, renowned in Europe for her film scores.

Daphnis and Chloe

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
André Watts, piano

TEXU KIM Spin-Flip
RAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5

The New York Times has hailed conductor Eun Sun Kim, the newly appointed Music Director of the San Francisco Opera, as “a major star.” Joining her is world-renowned pianist André Watts, who will perform Ravel’s demanding Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, noted for its expressively lyrical melody. Kim also leads Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, widely considered his most beloved.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Kwamé Ryan, conductor
Jonathan Carney, violin
Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello

BRAHMS Concerto for Violin and Cello
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10

The BSO’s Concertmaster Jonathan Carney and Principal Cello Dariusz Skoraczewski perform Brahms’ Double Concerto, a beautiful ode to friendship lost and friendship regained. This magnificent work was Brahms’ successful effort to restore his once close friendship with violinist Joseph Joachim. Conductor Kwamé Ryan leads the Orchestra in Shostakovich’s powerful Tenth Symphony, known for its dramatic effect and captivating beauty.

Brahms Double Concerto

Markus Stenz, conductor
Kate Eastwood Norris, narrator
Amelia D'Arcy, soprano
Women's Voices of the University of Maryland Concert Choir,
     Edward Maclary, director

SHOSTAKOVICH Incidental Music to Hamlet
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream*

Conductor Markus Stenz brings us an entertaining program of music inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Mendelssohn’s marvelous Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, begun when he was 17, captures all the whimsy and fantasy of this beloved comedy with its tale of lovers and clowns lost in a forest enchanted by fairies, and will feature two vocal soloists. Shostakovich’s Incidental Music to Hamlet, written for a satirical production of the play in Moscow in 1932, displays the young composer’s irreverent humor in his music at that time.


*In collaboration with Folger Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mario Venzago, conductor
Louis Lortie, piano

ROSSINI William Tell Overture
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 1
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, “Rhenish”

Effervescent conductor Mario Venzago returns for a program of 19th-century classics including Rossini’s rousing William Tell Overture. Renowned French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie performs Chopin’s stunning First Piano Concerto, written when the composer was only 20. The program also includes Schumann’s most popular symphony, the sweeping “Rhenish” Symphony, with its unforgettable portrait of the imposing Cologne Cathedral overlooking the Rhine.

Chopin Piano Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor
Ning Feng, violin
Dancers from Baltimore School for the Arts

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet, Overture-Fantasy
PAGANINI Violin Concerto No. 1
ELLINGTON Sophisticated Lady
ELLINGTON Night Creature

Chinese violinist Ning Feng, winner of the International Paganini Competition and a much sought-after soloist, will join Marin Alsop for Paganini’s First Violin Concerto, an exciting combination of technical wizardry and beautiful melodies. Also on the program is the sophisticated big-band-flavored jazz of Duke Ellington in his Night Creature, featuring Baltimore School for the Arts dancers.

From Paganini to Ellington

Peter Oundjian, conductor
YaoGuang Zhai, clarinet

MOZART Clarinet Concerto
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7

Mozart wrote his last concerto for the clarinet. Among his greatest works for a soloist, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto will showcase the BSO’s Principal Clarinet YaoGuang Zhai. Conductor Peter Oundjian also leads the Orchestra in Bruckner’s magnificent Seventh Symphony. A work filled with heart-stirring melodies, this is one of Bruckner’s most beloved symphonies.

Mozart Clarinet Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major
GERSHWIN Variations on “I Got Rhythm”
RESPIGHI Roman Festivals

The brilliant pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to the BSO and shows off his phenomenal talent for mixing jazz with classical keyboard feats. Maurice Ravel’s love for George Gershwin’s music influenced his Concerto in G Major, a blend of French lyricism and jazz exuberance. Thibaudet pairs this with Gershwin’s vivacious “I Got Rhythm” Variations. Under Marin Alsop’s baton, the program also features Debussy’s sensuous Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Respighi’s spectacular Roman Festivals, a feast of kaleidoscopic color and sheer volume.

Thibaudet Plays Ravel

Julian Rachlin, violin and conductor

VIVALDI The Four Seasons
MOZART Divertimento in D Major
PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

As a teenager, Julian Rachlin was a phenomenal violin prodigy. In this chamber orchestra program, he plays the roles of violinist and conductor in two versions of “The Four Seasons.” Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons from Italy vividly set the model for descriptive music. The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Argentina’s brilliant master of the tango Astor Piazzolla makes a fiery, mesmerizing contrasting work. The program also includes Mozart’s charming Divertimento in D Major, written when he was only 16 for outdoor entertainment in Salzburg.

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Marin Alsop, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

BERNSTEIN Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront*†
BARBER Violin Concerto
RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances

Grammy Award-winning German-American violinist Augustin Hadelich joins Marin Alsop and the Orchestra in Barber’s Violin Concerto. The program also includes a suite from Leonard Bernstein’s only independent film score, On the Waterfront, and concludes with Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and its unforgettable solo for saxophone.

*Todd Hitchcock, Director of Programming at the AFI Silver Theatre, will give a pre-concert talk at The Music Center at Strathmore about On the Waterfront at 6:30 pm on Thursday, June 3.
†The Parkway Theatre in Baltimore will screen matinee performances of On the Waterfront during this weekend.

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

MOZART The Magic Flute Overture
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2
BRAHMS Symphony No. 1

Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena is paired with one of the world’s most esteemed pianists, Yefim Bronfman. Bronfman performs Saint-Saëns' Second Piano Concerto, written in only seventeen days and known for its splashy arpeggios and beguiling grace. The program opens with Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute and closes with Brahms’ monumental First Symphony with its heroic striving first movement and its triumphant finale.

Brahms Symphony No. 1

Marin Alsop, conductor
Morgan State University Choir,
Dr. Eric Conway, director
Joélle Harvey, soprano
J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”

Mahler’s Second Symphony, “Resurrection,” is a vast, cinematic canvas depicting a last judgment with an uplifting message of forgiveness and hope. The Morgan State University Choir and two operatic singers join Marin Alsop and the BSO for this thrilling season finale. The program also includes a world premiere by sound artist and composer Angélica Castelló, co-commissioned by the BSO and the Space Telescope Science Institute, which celebrates the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the new infrared space observatory.

Mahler Symphony No. 2

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JUNE 2013
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