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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.

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. 

Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin

Barber – Adagio for Strings

John Corigliano – The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra
      Philippe Quint, violin

John Williams – Schindler’s List
      Philippe Quint, violin

Ennio Morricone – “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso
      Philippe Quint, violin 

Carlos Gardel – "Por una Cabeza" from Scent of a Woman
      Philippe Quint, violin

Charlie Chaplin’s Smile
Chaplin – “City Lights” Suite
      Philippe Quint, violin
Debussy – Claire De Lune (BSO Only)
Chaplin (arr. by Pedro Giraudo) – Tango Bitterness
      Philippe Quint, violin
Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 5 (BSO Only)
Chaplin (arr. by Leon Gurvitch) – The Kid Fantasy
      Philippe Quint, violin
Chaplin (arr. by Leon Gurvitch) – Theme from Modern Times (Smile)
      Philippe Quint, violin

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.

A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

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.

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

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.


Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Cierra Byrd, mezzo-soprano
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.

Mahler Symphony No. 3

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.

Ray Chen Performs Shostakovich

Marin Alsop, conductor 
David Fray, piano

ANNA CLYNE BSO Commission (World Premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 9, “Jeunehomme” 
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.

Mozart and Mendelssohn

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.

Holst The Planets

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Olga Kern, piano
Hayley Abramowitz, soprano

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.

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto

Paolo Bordignon, harpsichord
Emily Skala, flute
Jonathan Carney, violin
Peabody Dance Department
danah bella, director

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.

Baroque Favorites

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.

Pastoral Symphony

Marin Alsop, conductor 
Wordsmith, spoken word artist
Morgan State University Choir
    Eric Conway, director
Community Chorus of Peabody
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope

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.

Beethoven Ninth

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JUNE 2013
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  • Meyerhoff
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