Join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a series of FREE summer performances in July! Kicking off with a 4th of July Special on WMAR TV-2 (6:30pm), in-person concerts resume at Oregon Ridge Park, the Patio Stage at The Music Center at Strathmore, Boordy Vineyards, and, marking the return of audiences to the concert hall, indoors at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Ticket reservations will be made available June 22, 2021

Please note all performances will have a limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Capacity will vary by venue. Tickets are required. There is a four-ticket limit per household for all events. Masking and social distancing are subject to change based on the latest public health and government guidelines and may vary by venue. Additional details will be sent to ticket holders prior to the performances.

 

The BSO’s 4th of July Special
Sunday, July 4, 6:30 PM
Watch on WMAR TV-2

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Jonathan Rush, conductor

SMITH (arr. Hersh) "The Star-Spangled Banner"
IVES Variations on “America” for Brass Band
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

Tune into WMAR TV-2 (check your local listings) for an Independence Day special performance featuring a program of patriotic favorites, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Ives’ Variations on “America,” and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.





 

An American in Paris
Thursday, July 8, 7 PM Oregon Ridge Park
Saturday, July 10, 7 PM Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Nicholas Hersh, conductor

SMITH (arr. Damrosch) “The Star-Spangled Banner”
MILHAUD Le boeuf sur le toit
MARK O'CONNOR Appalachia Waltz
JOHNSON (arr. Hersh) Harlem Symphony, Mvt. I and IV
ELLINGTON (arr. Jensen) “Come Sunday”
GERSHWIN An American in Paris

The BSO’s summer series kicks off with Darius Milhaud’s Le boeuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof), an exuberantly boisterous ballet score inspired by Brazilian popular music. Jazz-influenced works, from James P. Johnson’s cinematic Harlem Symphony to George Gershwin’s film score hit An American in Paris, close the program.

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Famous Fanfares
Wednesday, Jul 14, 7 PM Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Thursday, July 15, 7 PM Oregon Ridge Park
Friday, July 16, 7 PM Boordy Vineyards

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Jonathan Rush, conductor

COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
JOAN TOWER Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks, Mvt. I and III
DVOŘÁK Serenade for Winds
JOHN WILLIAMS “Superman March”
JOHN WILLIAMS Olympic Fanfare and Theme
SOUSA The Thunderer

Bold and triumphant fanfares and marches abound in this program. Tower’s Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman is dedicated to Marin Alsop and pairs beautifully with Copland’s quintessential work. Prepare for the start of the Olympics with John Williams’ uplifting fanfare, and revel in his valiant “Superman March”. The Orchestra wraps up the program with the iconic marching band sound of Sousa’s The Thunderer.

 

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America and Beyond
Thursday, July 22, 7 PM Oregon Ridge Park
Friday, July 23, 7 PM Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Jonathan Rush, conductor

DUKAS Fanfare to Precede La Péri
IVES (arr. Crees) Variations on “America” for Brass Band
MOZART Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, “Gran Partita”
ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK American Fanfare
HUSA Divertimento for Brass and Percussion
BERNSTEIN (arr. Murtha) “Cool” from West Side Story
LUDWIG GÖRANSSON (arr. Murtha) “The Mandalorian” from The Mandalorian

Expect the unexpected as a well-known tune is twisted and turned upside down in Ives’ Variations on “America”. Then, settle into the joy of Mozart’s “Gran Partita” Serenade where every note falls perfectly into its proper place. For something completely different, don’t miss “Cool” from West Side Story or the BSO’s performance of the theme song from the hit Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian.

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SPECIAL Chamber Music in Montgomery County

Friday, July 23, 7 PM Strathmore Patio Stage
Join BSO musicians for a night of string chamber music in a one-night-only special appearance at the Patio Stage at Strathmore.

TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence

Tickets for this event are available by phone only. Please call Patron Support at 1.877.276.1444 for more information.

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Summer Spectacular
Wednesday, July 28, 7 PM Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Thursday, July 29, 7 PM Oregon Ridge Park
Friday, July 30, 7 PM Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Jonathan Rush, conductor
Chelsea Kim, violin
Holly Jenkins, violin

ROSSINI Overture to The Barber of Seville
JOHN WILLIAMS “Elegy” from Lincoln
ARTURO MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
STILL “Can't You Line 'Em”
CARLOS SIMON Fate Now Conquers
BOLOGNE Sinfonie Concertante No. 2, Mvt. I
IBERT Divertissement, Mvt. IV, V, and VI
JOHNSON “Charleston”

The summer season closes with a performance that includes music from a wide range of genres; from opera to film music, jazz hits, and more. Highlights include Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Overture, the electrifying momentum of Márquez’s Danzón No. 2, and Carlos Simon’s Fate Now Conquers, a new work inspired by an entry from Beethoven’s diary.

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Summer with the BSO is Made Possible By:

PNC Foundation