October 27, 2020
We are grateful to you for your patronage of the BSO, and we want you to be among the first to know about some updates for the 2020-21 season.
Earlier this month, we launched BSO Sessions, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s digital concert series. BSO Sessions shares powerful music and real stories with audiences, reimagining how we fulfill our community’s need for inspirational music and artistic leadership.
We are excited to announce that we are going “all in” with BSO Sessions! In addition to the first three episodes currently available, 27 new installments of the series will be released through June 2021. Highlights of episodes just announced through December include the series debuts of Music Director
Marin Alsop and Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly; the responsible return of our winds and brass to the stage; and, a holiday Pops program featuring timeless classics and BSO Artistic Partner Wordsmith with a new rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” part of a broad array of inspiring programs.
In extending BSO Sessions, we have also come to the important and necessary decision to extend subscription concert cancellations at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and The Music Center at Strathmore through June 19, 2021. We remain committed to bringing our audiences together but our priority must remain the health and safety of our audiences, artists, and orchestra amid the current realities of COVID-19. Just as some of the most significant progress we have made as an organization has resulted from a shared acknowledgement of our realities, the BSO views these subscription cancellations as providing the opportunity to pursue new alternatives with focused attention, innovation, and care.
In addition to BSO Sessions, these alternatives include the consideration of socially-distanced indoor and outdoor rehearsals and performances. We are also actively planning a reimagined, multi-week celebration of Music Director Marin Alsop in June 2021 as she concludes her historic 14-year tenure. The culminating event, a Gala Celebration with vocalist Renee Fleming, remains set for June 20, 2021, with more details to be announced.
Again, thank you for your support. It is our honor and our privilege to share the joy and power of music with you and with our community – virtually in the interim, and together again one day soon.
Peter T. Kjome
President and CEO
Information About Cancelled Concerts for Subscribers
To see a full listing of all cancelled concerts, click here
The following options are available to you for cancelled concerts or if you are unable to attend on a rescheduled date:
- Donate your tickets to provide critical operational support to the BSO
- (outright gift, not connected to Membership status, fully tax deductible)
- Donate your tickets toward the value of a BSO Membership.
- Memberships support the BSO’s mission, while giving donors a full calendar year of privileges and special access. Details of our recently updated Membership program are enclosed. (Amounts will be applied on September 1 and are tax deductible, minus the Fair Market Value of Goods and Services received, per IRS Standards. The Advancement office will send a follow-up communication regarding your status)
- Transfer the value of the tickets into a gift certificate that is redeemable for a period of 4 years
- While we hope you will consider the other options listed above, refunds are available to ticketholders by request.
If we receive no confirmation regarding whether you would prefer to have a refund, gift certificate, or donate the value of your tickets, we will reserve these funds for a period of four years. After that time, we will donate the value of your tickets and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt.
If you have questions, you may also contact us by phone at 877.276.1444. Please note that the BSO Ticket Office is currently operating remotely and responding to a high volume of requests, so your inquiry may take longer than normal to answer. We appreciate your patience and understanding.