Maryland Public Television to Broadcast Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Gala Celebration Honoring Marin Alsop
Partnership Expands Free Programming of The Marin Festival for Viewers Throughout the State
April 28, 2021 (Baltimore) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is joining forces with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to increase accessibility and access throughout Maryland to the BSO’s Gala Celebration, the culminating event of a free multi-week lineup celebrating Marin Alsop as she concludes her historic 14-year tenure as music director.
The one-night-only Gala Celebration will air live on MPT-HD from the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Saturday, June 19 at 8:30 pm. BSO Artistic Partner Wordsmith will emcee the 90-minute program, which includes BSO OrchKids in Price’s Adoration and the world premiere of Destined Words, a BSO commission by Baltimore composer James Lee III in honor of Juneteenth. Featuring special pre-recorded moments and surprises, the evening closes with a performance by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming.
“Marin is a connector, and it feels only fitting to share this celebration of her achievements and legacy with as wide a community as possible,” said BSO Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer Allison Burr-Livingstone. “By partnering with MPT for this year’s Gala Celebration, and by making the entirety of The Marin Festival completely free to the public, we can do just that. Our growing list of sponsors directly enables us to bring everyone in Maryland closer to the power of music when it is needed most while ensuring the BSO meets the pace that Marin’s leadership has set for a bright future.”
“MPT’s relationship with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra goes back to the 1970s and over the years has included a young conductors competition with the BSO at Merriweather Post Pavilion, the 1982 opening concert from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the orchestra’s performance during the national public TV broadcast of the Star-Spangled Spectacular in 2014,” explained MPT President & CEO Larry D. Unger. “As the statewide public TV network, it’s only fitting that MPT is collaborating with the BSO to present this Gala Celebration concert for the benefit of viewers throughout the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area.”
The BSO is issuing a call for public community viewing hub locations, including restaurants, hotels, and outdoor venues to build opportunities for socially distanced viewing parties throughout the state. Business partners interested in joining the celebration of Marin Alsop can create themed packages, experiences, and products for sale over the festival’s duration. A Marin Festival map and marketing efforts will highlight participants of both programs leading up to the festival. To participate, visit BSOmusic.org/FestivalPartner.
The community can also join in the celebration through Salute From Your Seats, offering the chance for audience members to participate in the broadcast in the form of cardboard cutouts filling the seats of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Proceeds from the sale benefit OrchKids, the BSO’s music for social change program.
This year’s Honorary Chairs of the Gala Celebration include Yo Yo Ma; Itzhak Perlman; Sen. Barbara Mikulski; Barbara & Tom Bozzuto; Michael & Jessica Bronfein; Eddie & Sylvia Brown; Kenneth & Donna DeFontes; Philip & Deborah English; Jacqueline & Freeman Hrabowski; Patricia & Mark Joseph; Robert Meyerhoff & Rheda Becker; and The Rosenberg Family: Henry, Dot, Frank, and Ann Rosenberg.
Tom Williams, APR
About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
For over a century, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has been recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras and one of Maryland’s most significant cultural institutions. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the orchestra is internationally renowned and locally admired for its innovation, performances, recordings and educational outreach initiatives including OrchKids.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs annually for more than 275,000 people throughout the State of Maryland. Since 1982, the BSO has performed at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, and since 2005, with the opening of The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, the BSO became the nation’s first orchestra performing its full season of classical and pops concerts in two metropolitan areas. More information about the BSO can be found at BSOmusic.org.
About Maryland Public Television
Maryland Public Television (MPT) is a statewide, public-supported TV network and Public Broadcasting Service member offering entertaining, educational, and inspiring content delivered by traditional broadcasting and streaming on TVs, computers, and mobile devices. A state agency, it operates under the auspices of the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission. MPT creates local, regional, and national content and is a frequent winner of regional Emmy® awards. MPT’s commitment to educators, parents, caregivers, and learners of all ages is delivered through instructional events and Thinkport.org. MPT’s year-round community engagement activities connect viewers with resources on a wide range of topics. For more information visit mpt.org.
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