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Marin Alsop, conductor
Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano
Renée Morloc, contralto
Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto
Women's Voices of Peabody Opera
Kateryna Sokolova, director

WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 
HINDEMITH Sancta Susanna (semi-staged) 
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 

Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra in the Prelude and Liebestod to Tristan und Isolde, Wagner’s path-breaking expression of love that can only be fulfilled in death. Paul Hindemith’s one-act operatic shocker, Sancta Susanna, depicts two nuns visited by alluring temptations to cast away their vows and live a life of the flesh. Considered the greatest of his symphonies, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony concludes this program revolving around the most intense and forbidden of human passions.

Due to adult subject matter, please note that the staging of Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna in these performances may not be suitable for young children.

Brahms Symphony No. 4

David Danzmayr, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

WEBERN Six Pieces for Orchestra 
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish” 
SCHUBERT Symphony in B Minor, “Unfinished” 
J. STRAUSS, JR. On the Beautiful Blue Danube 

Violin phenom Stefan Jackiw returns to the BSO in a program of Viennese masterpieces, led by rising young Austrian conductor David Danzmayr. From Webern’s daring miniatures for large orchestra to the unforgettably beautiful melodies of Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, from Mozart’s last violin concerto, brimming with exotic flair, to the instantly recognizable Blue Danube waltz, this concert illustrates why Vienna is widely heralded as the capital of classical music.

Mozart Violin Concerto

Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 

Distinguished pianist Emanuel Ax returns to perform Brahms’ mighty Second Piano Concerto, notable for its formidable demands. A scintillating work by Finnish-born composer Lotta Wennäkoski, Hava, is paired with Schubert’s Sixth Symphony, which ranges from the majestic thunder of his idol, Beethoven, to a light-as-air operatic finale.

Emanuel Ax Performs Brahms

Xian Zhang, conductor
George Li, piano

CHEN YI Ge Xu (Antiphony) 
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major 
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 

A wealth of talent fills this program led by the fast-rising young conductor Xian Zhang. Celebrated female composer Chen Yi’s Antiphony opens the program, inspired by the antiphonal singing of South China’s Zhuang minority and featuring extraordinary drumming passages. Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist George Li performs one of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos, and Prokofiev’s greatest symphony, the Fifth, concludes the program.

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 23

Marin Alsop, conductor

BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture 
LERA AUERBACH BSO Commission (World Premiere) 
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, “Classical” 
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella 

Written for a trio of singers and orchestra, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella is a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns. Marin Alsop introduces us to a brilliant and mesmerizing voice—that of the Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach, who brings grandeur and intensity to her large-scale orchestra music. The program is rounded out by Prokofiev’s witty “Classical” Symphony and Brahms’ boisterous Academic Festival Overture.

Stravinsky Pulcinella

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Drawing from their documentary film, "A Tuba to Cuba," the New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band invokes the musical links between New Orleans and Havana in an evening that brings together the sounds of New Orleans jazz and the rhythm and soul at the heart of Cuban music.   

The BSO is not performing on this program.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Nicholas Hersh, conductor
BSO Symphonic Chorale, Edward Polochick, director
Lura Johnson, piano

Experience the multi-Academy Award winning 1984 motion picture, Amadeus, on a giant HD screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live by the Baltimore Symphony, joined by the BSO Symphonic Chorale.

Amadeus LIVE is an Avex Classics International production


Classical, Special Event, Movie with Orchestra
Movie with Orchestra: Amadeus

Jack Everly, conductor
Ben Crawford, vocalist

Vocalist Ben Crawford, current star of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, returns to the BSO to perform show-stopping songs from Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, South Pacific, Company and more.

Ben Crawford: Broadway and Beyond

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
JOHN WILLIAMS Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
ENNIO MORRICONE Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso 
CARLOS GARDEL "Por una Cabeza" from Scent of a Woman
VARIOUS Charlie Chaplin’s Smile

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.

Charlie Chaplin's Legacy: Classical Music in Film

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

Lucas Waldin, conductor
Capathia Jenkins, vocalist
Darryl Williams, vocalist

A tribute to the Queen of Soul, this program features symphony favorite Capathia Jenkins performing such iconic hits as “Respect,” “A Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Amazing Grace” and much more.

Aretha - A Tribute

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

Jack Everly, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society,
    Anthony Blake Clark, director 

You’ll hear the most popular Broadway hits of this dynamic composer and lyricist duo, including selections from My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi and Brigadoon, performed by three exciting vocalists along with the BSO.


Lerner and Loewe Classics

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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