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bso No Price Increases! at Strathmore 2009-2010 Season Inside More Saturday Concerts! Free Naxos Online Library Celebrating Our Musical Roots Subscribe Now! PASSION ENERGY INNOVATION The BSO Experience. You just have to be there. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Itzhak Perlman Kathleen Battle Gil Shaham Marin Alsop, Music Director Jessye Norman AndrĂŠ Watts Simone Dinnerstein You just have to be there. O ver the past two seasons, the unprecedented collaboration between the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop has delivered performances of contagious energy, artistic innovation and gripping intensity. This season their acclaimed partnership will take you on a new adventure that explores musical influences from around the world, celebrates the whimsical sounds of the circus and showcases the world-class talents of Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, Itzhak Perlman and more—you won’t want to miss a single note. CONTENTS 6 Cultural Connections Marin Alsop celebrates our ethnic heritage and shared cultural connections through music—themes that infuse every aspect of the BSO’s 2009-2010 concert season. 9 10 14 18 20 22 23 24 26 Special Events Classical Thursdays Classical Saturdays BSO SuperPops Season at a Glance Seating Chart, Group Discounts, Parking Pricing Support Your BSO How Do I Order? Look for these symbols throughout the brochure! BSO Under the Big Top Explore Your Roots baltimore symphony orchestra 5 Explore Your Roots Where do I come from? It is a question fundamental to who we are—a question we often start asking as toddlers, one that persists into adulthood and beyond.“Our cultural and ethnic heritage is unique to each of us, and often something that plays a big role in shaping our lives,” notes Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop.“What better way to explore and celebrate our cultural roots than through music?” Finding shared cultural connections and celebrating our ethnic heritage—these are themes that infuse every aspect of the BSO’s 2009-2010 concert season—a season that spans continents, centuries and genres to celebrate our roots in all their rich diversity. The season kicks off with Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto 4-3, built on America’s great folk-country traditions. In October, audiences will experience the music of Eastern European gypsy bands performed by the traditional ensemble, Harmonia. Harmonia combines exquisite singing, fiery violin, rich accordion, vibrant bowed string bass and the distinctive tones of the cimbalom—a relative of the hammered dulcimer that was popular in early Eastern European folk ensembles. “So much of the symphonic repertoire is colored, influenced and inspired by culturally based music—Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Dvorˇák, Brahms and Mozart. But many people are not aware of that,”Alsop notes. “Music reflecting our ethnic heritage is everywhere, Cultural Connections The BSO has infused its 2009-2010 season with music that celebrates and encourages us to explore our diverse ethnic heritage 6 baltimore symphony orchestra but it is rarely highlighted.” The BSO remedies that in 2009-2010 by offering a varied menu of European works with nationalistic origins—from Sibelius’ Finlandia to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to Debussy’s Ibéria. America’s indigenous music also gets its due.A much-anticipated November concert features pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in an all-Gershwin program, which includes rarely performed arrangements by “King of Jazz” big-band leader Paul Whiteman.The visionary poems of Langston Hughes serve as inspiration for a special event in February— AskYour Mama—that teams world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman and composer Laura Karpman.Their innovative collaboration takes concertgoers on an unforgettable journey from opera to jazz and gospel.And in May, Underground Railroad:An Evening with Kathleen Battle offers a not-to-be-missed spiritual exploration into the AfricanAmerican experience. Don’t look for the BSO’s roots-inspired theme to unfold only inside the walls of the concert hall.“The orchestra and I are reaching out to the community to identify the major immigrant groups that have settled in the area and involve them in a bigger way throughout the season,” says Alsop. BSO Under the Big Top At what Alsop describes as the heart of the 2009-2010 season, during three weeks in March, the Music Center at Strathmore will be transformed (at times, almost literally) into a three-ring circus.“As I started thinking about shared traditions, that led me to the idea of the circus, which goes back to Roman times with the Circus Maximus— a community experience,” explains the Maestra.“Music has always been central to the circus, and over the centuries, as different cultures have made the circus their own, we’ve seen the creation of new musical styles.We’ll be exploring that with three concerts in March featuring circus-related pieces from many lands and many times.” Week One will set the stage as the BSO SuperPops and Jack Everly present a concert of music, magic and comedy featuring quick-change artists David and Dania, and the comedic magic act of Les Arnold BSO SuperPops A Pops Season to Transport You rom somewhere over the rainbow to the edges of outer space, the music of the BSO SuperPops will transport you in the 2009-2010 season. Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly has created a series of six concerts that combine magic and mystery with captivating vocal performances and dazzling instrumentation. Experience Hollywood at its Oscar-winning best, when the Baltimore Choral Arts Society joins the BSO to perform epic film scores from the silver screen—including music from Schindler’s List, Star Wars, Gone with the Wind, Titanic, and a special tribute to famed film composer John Williams. Broadway star Linda Eder brings to life the legendary Judy Garland with an emotion-charged performance of the late great’s favorites, including “By Myself,” “It Never Was You” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” There’s also a mystifying program of magic and comedy that will keep you guessing right until the very end; a tribute to Motown featuring the smooth harmonies of the Spectrum quartet; jazz standards and fun with The Duke Ellington Orchestra; and a celebration of all-American composer Irving Berlin, with favorites including “Cheek to Cheek” and “A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody.” “Live music touches the soul,” says Jack Everly. Our BSO SuperPops elevates popular entertainment in Montgomery County to the highest realm. Now, more than ever, let’s see you there for the fun of it! F Linda Eder Jessye Norman baltimore symphony orchestra 7 and Dazzle.Then, in Week Two, take your seat for a program that combines the breathtaking feats of the renowned Cirque de la Symphonie performers with a “very story-oriented repertoire with a lot of folk elements,”Alsop says, including Copland’s Billy the Kid, Poulenc’s Les Biches Suite and Satie’s Parade. The highlight of Week Three will be composer John Corigliano’s Third Symphony, “Circus Maximus.”“This is a piece for a huge band, so we’re going to collaborate with The U.S.Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” plus our wind and brass sections. It’s over the top,” says Alsop, with marching band players in the aisles, the sound of guns firing, and musicians playing from all parts of the hall in what Corigliano describes as “a frenzy of overstatement.” Sharing the program with the 35-minute tour de force is David Little’s Screamer (“a three-ring blur for orchestra”), and a work most often performed during children’s concerts, Peter and the Wolf.“And why not put Peter and the Wolf on an adult concert for a change?” says Alsop. by orchestras around the world. André Watts, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Gil Shaham are just a few of the renowned performers who will share the stage with the BSO in 2009-2010. “I’m thrilled with the caliber of soloists we’ll have,” says Alsop.“Can you imagine Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman in the same season?” “I see this as a season of discovery,” concludes the Maestra.“I want this to inspire us to explore how our ancestry, our cultural background and our individual heritage shaped our musical leanings.We’re one big family and music is our common bond—perhaps this exploration of our roots will reveal even closer relationships among us. And, who knows, maybe you’ll even find a legendary composer in your own family tree.” Jean-Yves Thibaudet Two-week residency November 2009 Look for these symbols throughout the brochure! BSO Under the Big Top Explore Your Roots New this Season! Free Online Naxos Music Library Subscription for all BSO subscribers! Stars and Masterpieces In addition to a varied menu of classical lovers’ favorites, including Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 and 7, the BSO’s 2009-2010 season offers concertgoers some much-anticipated new fare—notably the world premiere of Starburst, a piece by Jonathan Leshnoff (co-commissioned by the BSO) and the U.S. premiere (and BSO co-commission) of Rautavaara’s Incantations, featuring percussion wunderkind Colin Currie. “Part of my programming philosophy is to offer a strong blend of the well-known masterpieces alongside works that are less familiar,” explains Alsop. The premiere of the work by Leshnoff, which appears in April on a program with Rachmaninoff ’s Symphony No. 2, offers an opportunity to celebrate Montgomery County’s Russian community—one of the area’s distinctive ethnic groups, notes Alsop. The Maestra’s recipe for a blockbuster season also features a series of guest appearances including soloists sought after 8 baltimore symphony orchestra magine leaving a concert and wanting to go right home and hear your favorite pieces again and again ... well, now you can! As a BSO subscriber you will gain exclusive online access to the world’s largest collection of streaming classical music. Naxos Music Library is a streaming audio music resource that features more than 400,000 tracks, powerful tools to stimulate music education and research, the daily addition of new releases and remote access. This benefit has a $300 value per person and is completely FREE to you with your BSO subscription and a valid email address! For more information about this exciting new offer, visit BSOmusic.org/naxos. I Join Us at BSOmusic.org! Visit BSOmusic.org/join and become a member of our e-patron club! By providing us with your email address, you can receive information about discounted tickets and exclusive pre-sales, as well as our pre-concert emails containing program notes, multimedia and important information for your upcoming concert. SPECIAL EVENTS Add these exclusive special events to your series before tickets go on sale to the general public! elebrate the very best of symphonic music with these incredible offerings from the BSO at Strathmore. Each season, we present a select group of special concerts, representing the best in soloists and repertoire.The 2009-2010 season offers an unprecedented line-up including the phenomenal Itzhak Perlman and acclaimed singers Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle. C Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah Itzhak Perlman Thursday, December 10, 8 pm Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin Katherine Needleman, oboe Marin Alsop, conductor Experience “the jazziest, most soulful reinterpretation of Handel’s Messiah you’ll ever hear” (NewYork Post). Having thrilled audiences across the country, Too Hot to Handel takes the timeless brilliance of Handel’s classic oratorio and infuses it with a blend of jazz, gospel, rock and funk. Maestra Alsop’s Too Hot to Handel will get you out of your seat and into the holiday spirit! Saturday, February 20, 8 pm J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman returns for a special concert showcasing three centuries of great music. Perlman and BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman team up for a splendid Baroque concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Serenade for Strings plunges us full-tilt into musical romance and the most famous symphony of all—Beethoven’s Fifth— takes us on a grand musical journey from the uncertainty of shadows to confident sunshine. No exchanges into this concert. Premium Concert Marin Alsop Jessye Norman Ask Your Mama Thursday, February 4, 8 pm Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots BSO DEBUT Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle Thursday, May 27, 8 pm Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama Kathleen Battle, soprano Morgan State University Choir Eric Conway, director Hot jazz, German lieder, Cha-Cha and Afro-Cuban drumming come together in Ask Your Mama by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman in collaboration with world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman and the poetry of Langston Hughes. His epic poem,“Ask Your Mama:Twelve Moods for Jazz,” creates a compelling tapestry of orchestral music integrated with technology, sound samples and newly created video.A heady mixture of intersecting cultures, AskYour Mama brings together the collective memories of America and the hope for its future. Premium Concert Superstar Kathleen Battle sings in a new program celebrating the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Featuring favorite and meaningful spirituals, hymns and musical majesty, this evening of enchanting music filled with history, faith and meaning lets Battle’s sumptuous voice take flight. Premium Concert Kathleen Battle ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. 9 CLASSICAL THURSDAYS Thursdays at 8 pm njoy thrilling symphonic music at its very best with the Classical Thursdays Series at Strathmore.These seven evenings with the BSO offer you great sounds and great soloists, including worldrenowned violinists Gil Shaham and James Ehnes. You’ll be delighted with melodies by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Debussy. And mesmerized by our program of Spanish rhythms! E Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits Tchaikovsky and Bartók Thursday, October 1 Marin Alsop, conductor James Ehnes, violin Harmonia BSO DEBUT Traditional Eastern European Folk Music Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Continuing our season-long celebration of folk music’s influence on classical traditions, Music Director Marin Alsop leads a program filled with life and dance. The concert opens with special guests Harmonia performing traditional folk music of Eastern Europe. Bartók’s towering Concerto for Orchestra is full of folk rhythms and zest—and expertly showcases the BSO’s sectional virtousity. Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes will captivate you with Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto to close the program. “Some of my most memorable concerts with the Baltimore Symphony have been when I can sense that the audience is one with the orchestra, feeling the emotion of every crescendo and the electricity of every melody.” —Chris Dudley BSO Principal Trombone James Ehnes Jean-Yves Thibaudet Demons, Drama and Dance Thursday, November 19 Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Michael Daugherty: “Red Cape Tango” from Metropolis Symphony Liszt: Totentanz Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique Marin Alsop leads a program of musical flair and fantasy. Michael Daugherty’s whimsical “Red Cape Tango” portrays Superman’s fight to the death with Doomsday. French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet flashes his breathtaking technique in Franz Liszt’s “Dance of Death” for piano and orchestra.And Berlioz’s brilliantly orchestrated and artfully conceived symphony takes us on a rollicking dream of passion gone mad. 10 ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. Marin Alsop Pictures of Music Thursday, February 11 Marin Alsop, conductor Dave and Chris Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America (East Coast Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler Mussorgsky/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition Music for the eyes, and pictures for the ears—celebrate relationships between the visual arts and musical genius. American jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his son, composer Chris Brubeck, create a multi-media celebration of nature photographer Ansel Adams, combining the symphony orchestra with stunning photography of the American West. The program continues with Hindemith’s mesmerizing ode to 16th-century painter Mathis Grünewald and concludes with a musical artwalk rendered in Ravel’s consummate orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Circus Maximus Thursday, March 18 Marin Alsop, conductor The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” David Little: Screamer Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf John Corigliano: Symphony No. 3, “Circus Maximus” Our mid-season carnival goes to the center ring with musical giants and tigers and wolves, oh my! We open with a quick work by David Little, who imagines a circus very nearly out of control—in laughter, music and mayhem. Prokofiev’s classic and triumphal tale of a heroic boy and threatening wolf takes center stage, only to be followed by a crazy and gargantuan musical portrayal of the Circus Maximus from ancient Rome. Here, bigger-than-life entertainments stand as humorous commentary on our own busy and bustling lives. 90.9 FM’s Music Notes LIVE! With WETA’s David Ginder Free before every Classical Thursdays concert Do you want to enrich your concert experience? Come early to hear WETA 90.9 FM’s David Ginder’s insightful and witty commentary on the evening’s concert program.The 40-minute pre-concert lectures feature music clips and surprise appearances by BSO musicians and guest artists. Music Notes LIVE! begins at 7 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. The program is FREE to all ticket holders. No reservations are required but capacity is limited, so patrons will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. baltimore symphony orchestra 11 CLASSICAL THURSDAYS CON’T Thursdays at 8 pm Juanjo Mena España Thursday, April 15 Juanjo Mena, conductor Jonathan Carney, violin Albéniz, arr. Arbos: Iberia Rodrigo: Concierto de estío Debussy: Ibéria Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2 Audience favorite Juanjo Mena lights up the night with this spirited program filled with Spanish rhythm and life. Two musical portraits of the Iberian peninsula sparkle with color and character. A masterful violin concerto by the blind composer Joaquín Rodrigo expresses the pleasures of a sultry Spanish summer and features BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney. Comedy concludes our journey in the vivacious dances from Falla’s humorous ballet The Three-Cornered Hat. Gil Shaham Russian Perfection Thursday, April 29 Marin Alsop, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Jonathan Leshnoff: Starburst (World Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Stravinsky: Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 “Experiencing live music can evoke that feeling of connection and common experience that is becoming increasingly rare in today’s world.” —Phillip Kolker BSO Principal Bassoon Marin Alsop leads this program celebrating Russian music of the past century up to today—from a brand-new co-commission and world premiere by composer Jonathan Leshnoff to the sensuous melodies of Rachmaninoff ’s Second Symphony.Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham joins the BSO for the neoclassical wit and stylish eloquence of Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto composed in 1931.This is truly a program showcasing the variety of the Russian spirit. 12 ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. Add These Special Thursday Concerts to Your Series! Jessye Norman Ask Your Mama Thursday, February 4, 8 pm Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots BSO DEBUT Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama Janice Chandler-Etemé Brahms’ German Requiem Thursday, June 10 Marin Alsop, conductor Janice Chandler-Etemé, soprano Stephen Powell, baritone Baltimore Choral Arts Society Tom Hall, director Morgan State University Choir Eric Conway, director Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915 Brahms: A German Requiem Marin Alsop closes the season with a concert of innocence and remembrance. In Knoxville, Summer of 1915, the words of poet-author James Agee recall an idyllic summer evening, delicately set to Barber’s folk-like music and lit by a shimmering sunset. Completing the program is Brahms’ choral masterpiece, A German Requiem, begun as a loving farewell to his mother and concluding as a grandly moving musical commentary on the fleeting beauty of human life. Hot jazz, German lieder, Cha-Cha and Afro-Cuban drumming come together in AskYour Mama by Emmy Award-winning composer Laura Karpman in collaboration with world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman and the poetry of Langston Hughes. His epic poem,“Ask Your Mama:Twelve Moods for Jazz,” creates a compelling tapestry of orchestral music integrated with technology, sound samples and newly created video.A heady mixture of intersecting cultures, AskYour Mama brings together the collective memories of America and the hope for its future. Premium Concert Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle Kathleen Battle Thursday, May 27, 8 pm Kathleen Battle, soprano Morgan State University Choir Eric Conway, director Superstar Kathleen Battle sings in a new program celebrating the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Featuring favorite and meaningful spirituals, hymns and musical majesty, this evening of enchanting music filled with history, faith and meaning lets Battle’s sumptuous voice take flight. Premium Concert baltimore symphony orchestra 13 CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 6 Saturdays at 8 pm aturday evenings with the BSO at Strathmore offer you a series of adventures in music. From the classical sounds of Haydn and Mozart to the American vitality of Aaron Copland and Jennifer Higdon, the Classical Saturdays 6 Series presents you with experience and variety. S Save 15% when you buy all 10 concerts on Classical Saturdays 6 and 4! Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits Attend Symphonic Explorations, a free pre-concert lecture before select Classical Saturdays concerts taught by Amy Park, Dean of the Levine School of Music. Registration is requested. Visit BSOmusic.org/explorations for details. Time for Three Simone Dinnerstein Time for Three Saturday, September 26 Marin Alsop, conductor Time for Three: Zachary De Pue, violin Nicolas Kendall, violin Ranaan Meyer, double bass BSO DEBUT Brahms: Hungarian Dances Jennifer Higdon: Concerto 4-3 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 Symphony meets bluegrass in this effervescent program of charm and fancy. Jennifer Higdon’s groundbreaking concerto, written for the oh-so-much-fun trio Time for Three, builds on one of America’s great folk-country traditions, with a symphonic hoe-down that will leave you smiling. The concert also features some of Brahms’ most delightful Hungarian Dances and concludes with the energetic and triumphant music of Tchaikovsky’s fate-filled Symphony No. 4. Simply Classical Saturday, October 24 Louis Langrée, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano BSO DEBUT Haydn: Symphony No. 44, “Funeral” Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 Join the BSO for an evening in high classical style. Mostly Mozart Festival Director Louis Langrée returns to lead a trio of works by the three greatest masters of the classical era.Young American pianist Simone Dinnerstein makes her BSO debut with one of Mozart’s most joy-filled concertos, while Langrée explores an animated symphony by Franz Joseph Haydn and the early Romantic contours of Beethoven’s powerful Fourth Symphony. 14 ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. Itzhak Perlman Saturday, February 20 Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin Katherine Needleman, oboe J.S. Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman returns for a special concert showcasing three centuries of great music. Perlman and BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman team up for a splendid Baroque concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Serenade for Strings plunges us full-tilt into musical romance, and the most famous symphony of all—Beethoven’s Fifth— takes us on a grand musical journey from the uncertainty of shadows to confident sunshine. No exchanges into this concert. Premium Concert “Like someone who cooks a fine meal, a musician’s real reward is in experiencing the satisfaction his or her music brings to those who hear it.” —Greg Mulligan BSO Violinist Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Saturday, April 10 Hannu Lintu, conductor Colin Currie, percussion BSO DEBUT Sibelius: Finlandia Einojuhani Rautavaara: Incantations (U.S. Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 Two of today’s bright young talents join together for the United States premiere of a brand-new work by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Acclaimed as the creative heir to Sibelius, Rautavaara creates lyrical music built on old and new traditions. Sibelius’ own early fanfare for a nation, Finlandia, begins the evening, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony completes the concert with a variety of dance rhythms built into a compelling and joyful symphonic treat. Cirque de la Symphonie Cirque de la Symphonie Hannu Lintu Saturday, March 13 Barber, Bartók and Beethoven Marin Alsop, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie Poulenc: Les Biches Suite Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite Satie: Parade Copland: Billy the Kid Suite Saturday, June 5 Marin Alsop, conductor André Watts, piano Barber: Adagio for Strings An Emperor of Bartók: Music for Strings, a Concerto in the hands Percussion and Celeste of a Prince of the Piano. Beethoven: Piano Renowned pianist André Watts Concerto No. 5, returns with one of his grandest “Emperor” signature works, Beethoven’s last and Fun, frightening and fabulous.The BSO’s midseason music carnival continues by bringing the circus to town—performed under the Big Top by the Greatest Orchestra on Earth! This program of brilliant music and spectacular performance features Cirque de la Symphonie performers on and above the stage, presenting a feast for your eyes and ears. Marin Alsop leads a magnificent line-up of music from across the continents, from Poulenc’s charming portrayal of Louis XIV to Aaron Copland’s “ride tough, let’s dance and shoot-’em-up” depiction of Billy the Kid. greatest piano concerto. Music Director Marin Alsop leads Barber’s achingly beautiful Adagio for Strings and offers contrast with a unique work of folk rhythms and tingling sonorities created by one of the 20th century’s most creative masters, Béla Bartók. André Watts baltimore symphony orchestra 15 CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 4 Saturdays at 8 pm ake world-class music with the BSO a regular part of your life with a Saturday night series at the Music Center at Strathmore that features four phenomenal piano soloists.The Classical Saturdays 4 Series gives you melodies aplenty, stirring brass and tantalizing rhythms— with some of the best soloists on stage anywhere. M Save 15% when you buy all 10 concerts on Classical Saturdays 6 and 4, including Itzhak Perlman! Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits All Gershwin Saturday, November 14 Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin: Concerto in F Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” Variations Music Director Marin Alsop and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet bring you a jazz-filled program of classic Gershwin, featuring his ground-breaking Rhapsody in Blue in its original orchestration for jazz orchestra and piano solo. Also on the program is the grander Concerto in F and the “I Got Rhythm” Variations, both created for Paul Whiteman’s big band. Lift your spirits with this upbeat evening of classic Americana. Jean-Yves Thibaudet Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Saturday, January 23 Jirˇí Be˘lohlávek, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Dvorˇák: Othello Overture Janácˇek: Taras Bulba BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Jirˇí Be˘ lohlávek comes to Strathmore with a program exploring heroes in music. From Beethoven’s overture about a legendary Roman general to Dvorˇák’s tone poem on Shakespearean tragedy, the evening bristles with daring and destiny. Famed pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins the BSO in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, taking the composer’s own favorite role as heroic soloist. Janácˇek’s Taras Bulba powerfully describes a Slavic champion of fierce will and courage. Garrick Ohlsson 16 ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. Louis Lortie Nicholas McGegan Beethoven & Mozart with a Twist Saturday, February 27 Nicholas McGegan, conductor Robert Levin, piano BSO DEBUT Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 Robert Levin: Improvisation in the Style of Beethoven Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter” This program is a musical treat of classical favorites. Pianist Robert Levin takes the solo role in Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, a magnificent and zest-filled work infused with youthful energy and brilliance. Levin then presents his own classically inspired improvisation on the piano, just as Mozart or Beethoven might have done for their audiences. Period performance specialist Nicholas McGegan leads the BSO in Mozart’s final symphony—the grandeur and grace of Mozart at his very best. Three Romantics Saturday, May 15 Juanjo Mena, conductor Louis Lortie, piano “Listening to music is the ultimate journey of the imagination. No matter what the composer intended, it will always have a meaning that is personal to each of us.” Strauss: Don Juan Schumann: Piano Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 3 Romantic flames illuminate three great works from the passionate 19th century. Strauss’ first tone poem leaps off the page with strength and depth. Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written at the age of 32, blazes with symphonic fortitude and fire—played here by famed Canadian pianist Louis Lortie to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Brahms’ autumnal Third Symphony is a grandly formed work, positively glowing with romantic heat. —Ellen Pendleton Troyer BSO Violinist baltimore symphony orchestra 17 BSO SUPERPOPS Thursdays at 8 pm Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits usic abounds! Led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the BSO at Strathmore’s SuperPops series offers you a delightful array of popular musical acts and memories. From Hollywood to Broadway, Magic to Motown and the American songbooks of Judy Garland and Irving Berlin, we’ve got your favorites covered—in grand style and with full symphony orchestra in the mix. M Hollywood Sings Thursday, October 8 Jack Everly, conductor Baltimore Choral Arts Society Tom Hall, director The BSO SuperPops season kicks off with Jack Everly leading the BSO and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in soundtracks from Hollywood.You’ll be transported by uplifted voices and orchestra performing epic film scores from the silver screen, including music from Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur, Star Wars, Gone with the Wind and Titanic and with a special tribute to John Williams. It’s Hollywood at its Oscar-winning best—with the BSO! Duke Ellington Orchestra Thursday, November 5 Paul Mercer Ellington, conductor and leader America’s contribution to world music takes center stage with this SuperPops special event—for one incredible night of legendary jazz standards and fun. The Duke Ellington Orchestra rocks the rafters at Strathmore led by Duke’s grandson Paul Mercer Ellington and featuring such timeless hits as “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll” and “Lush Life.” Please note that the BSO will not be performing in this concert. Jack Everly 18 ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. Linda Eder’s Judy Garland Songbook Thursday, January 28 Jack Everly, conductor Linda Eder, vocalist Jack Everly and the BSO SuperPops welcome internationally acclaimed Broadway star Linda Eder for a special tribute to the legendary Judy Garland.With all the emotion of Garland’s voice, Eder makes these songs her own, dazzling us with her favorites from the Judy Garland songbook, including “By Myself,” “The Trolley Song,”“It Never Was You,”“Almost Like Being in Love” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Motown Tribute with Spectrum Thursday, April 22 Linda Eder Spectrum: Darryl Grant, vocalist Perre Jovan, vocalist David Prescott, vocalist Cushney Roberts, vocalist Thursday, March 4 Jack Everly, conductor The BSO Superpops and Jack Everly join in on the fun of the Circus Festival with a concert of music, magic and comedy you won’t want to miss—and won’t soon forget.You’ll be wowed by quick-change artists, David and Dania, who mystify audiences with their stunning costume changes. Anything can happen with the comedic magic act of Les Arnold and Dazzle that will keep you laughing and asking,“How did they do that?” This musical and magical roller-coaster ride is sure to amaze and captivate! Feel the groove with the cool sounds of Motown presented live and with jive by one of today’s hottest and most talented vocal groups.This show features the hits of Motown and R&B with full orchestra, angelic harmonies, snazzy costuming and deft choreography.The classic sounds of the 1960s never sounded so groovy. Irving Berlin A Tribute to Irving Berlin Thursday, May 20 Jack Everly, conductor Ashley Brown, vocalist Tony DeSare, vocalist and piano “Jack Everly always adds his special flair to the Pops experience.We really get to let our hair down and have fun with the audience.” —Madeline Adkins BSO Associate Concertmaster Join the BSO SuperPops and Jack Everly for a lovely spring program of music by all-American songwriter Irving Berlin, featuring internationally renowned singer and pianist Tony DeSare alongside Broadway star Ashley Brown.Together they sing favorite hits such as “Cheek to Cheek,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody,” “How Deep Is the Ocean,”“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,”“Blue Skies” and “God Bless America.” “Ashley Brown is a joy to watch,” says NewYork Daily News.Tony DeSare is among “neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick, Jr. to Michael Bublé.” baltimore symphony orchestra Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth 19 BSO Season at a Glance CONCERT CLASSICAL THURSDAYS Time for Three Marin Alsop, conductor Jennifer Higdon Concerto 4-3 Tchaikovsky and Bartók Marin Alsop, conductor James Ehnes, violin CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 6 CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 4 10/1 10/8 Simply Classical Louis Langrée, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano 10/24 Duke Ellington Orchestra Paul Mercer Ellington, conductor/leader 11/5 All Gershwin Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano 11/14 11/19 Too Hot to Handel Marin Alsop, conductor 12/10 Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Jirˇí Be˘lohlávek, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano 1/23 Linda Eder’s Judy Garland Songbook Jack Everly, conductor 1/28 Ask Your Mama Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano Pictures of Music Marin Alsop, conductor Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman, conductor and violin Katherine Needleman, oboe 20 baltimore symphony orchestra SPECIAL EVENTS 9/26 Hollywood Sings Jack Everly, conductor Demons, Drama and Dance Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano SUPERPOPS 2/4 2/11 2/20 2/20 CONCERT CLASSICAL THURSDAYS CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 6 Beethoven & Mozart with a Twist Nicholas McGegan, conductor Robert Levin, piano CLASSICAL SATURDAYS 4 3/4 Cirque de la Symphonie Marin Alsop, conductor 3/13 3/18 Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Hannu Lintu, conductor Colin Currie, percussion España Juanjo Mena, conductor Jonathan Carney, violin SPECIAL EVENTS 2/27 Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth Jack Everly, conductor Circus Maximus Marin Alsop, conductor SUPERPOPS 4/10 4/15 Motown Tribute with Spectrum 4/22 Russian Perfection Marin Alsop, conductor Gil Shaham, violin 4/29 Three Romantics Juanjo Mena, conductor Louis Lortie, piano 5/15 Irving Berlin Program Jack Everly, conductor 5/20 Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle Morgan State University Choir 5/27 Barber, Bartók and Beethoven Marin Alsop, conductor André Watts, piano Brahms’ German Requiem Marin Alsop, conductor Baltimore Choral Arts Society 6/5 6/10 baltimore symphony orchestra 21 Seating Chart Upper Tier Upper Tier Boxes Left Grand Tier Upper Tier Boxes Right Grand Tier Boxes Left Grand Tier Front Promenade Premier Grand Tier Boxes Right Promenade Promenade Boxes Left Promenade Center Boxes Promenade Boxes Right Orchestra Tier Orchestra Tier Boxes Left Promenade Front Left Orchestra Tier Boxes Left Orchestra Tier Boxes Right Orchestra Tier Boxes Right 22 baltimore symphony orchestra Orchestra A-C Promenade Front Right Ask Your Mama (premium) Kathleen Battle Classical Thur & Sat Itzhak Perlman SuperPops (premium) (premium) Too Hot to Handel 6 Classical Saturdays 4 Classical Saturdays 10 Classical Saturdays* 7 Classical Thursdays 6 SuperPops ORCH. CENTER AISLE $367.50 $245 $580 $428.75 $367.50 $61.25 $61.25 $75 $61.25 ORCH. CENTER & LEFT $313.50 $209 $495 $365.75 $313.50 $52.25 $52.25 $65 $52.25 ORCH. A-C $150 $100 $212.50 $175 $367.50 $25 $52.25 $30 $25 Limited Availability $150 $100 $212.50 $175 $313.50 $25 $52.25 $30 $25 ORCH. TIER PREMIER** $480 $320 $800 $560 $480 $80 $80 $85 $80 ORCH. TIER BOXES $367.50 $245 $580 $428.75 $367.50 $61.25 $61.25 $75 $61.25 ORCH. TIER REAR $313.50 $209 $495 $365.75 $313.50 $52.25 $52.25 $65 $52.25 PROM. BOXES** $480 $320 $800 $560 $480 $80 $80 $85 $80 PROM. PREMIER $313.50 $209 $495 $365.75 $313.50 $52.25 $52.25 $65 $52.25 PROM. & PROM. FRONT R&L $232.50 $155 $365 $271.25 $232.50 $38.75 $38.75 $55 $38.75 GRAND TIER $232.50 $155 $365 $271.25 $232.50 $38.75 $38.75 $55 $38.75 GRAND TIER BOXES $150 $100 $212.50 $175 $150 $25 $25 $30 $25 $232.50 $155 $365 $271.25 $232.50 $38.75 $38.75 $55 $38.75 $150 $100 $212.50 $175 $150 $25 $25 $30 $25 Limited Availability ORCH. 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Convenience and savings for groups of 15+ • Reserve now, pay later • No ticket processing fees • Seating together • One complimentary ticket per 40 tickets purchased per performance Contact BSO Group Sales: 1.877.BSO.1444 or groups @BSOmusic.org Parking P At the Music Center at Strathmore your concert ticket is also your parking voucher for the night! For all BSO performances enjoy FREE parking in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage located off of Tuckerman Lane and featuring a convenient skywalk over to the Music Center. At the end of your concert, the gates to the garage will be open for 30 minutes to exit. If you leave before, or up to 90 minutes after this 30 minute period, you can just show your ticket stub to the Metro attendant to exit. baltimore symphony orchestra 23 BECOME A BSO MEMBER AT STRATHMORE! our Membership contribution to the Baltimore Symphony will support the Orchestra’s educational, artistic and community programming in the greater Washington area. Your generosity will help the BSO develop the new generation of musicians and music lovers through innovative education programs in area schools. Your gift will also sustain the BSO’s national reputation for musical excellence and artistic innovation and support community outreach programming that makes music accessible to everyone. Become a Member of the BSO family today! Y Jill and Jim Lipton with BSO soloist Stefan Jackiw For more information about becoming a Member, please call 301.581.5215, or visit BSOmusic.org/support. $75 Bach Level Members • Two complimentary tickets to a Donor Appreciation Concert (R) $500 Britten Level Members All of the above, plus… • One-time guest pass to the Comcast Lounge • Opportunity to purchase tickets prior to public sale* • Invitation to the Baltimore Symphony Opening Gala (B) $2,500 Governing Members All of the above, plus… • NEW! 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By day, those same musicians share the joy of music with Montgomery County residents of all ages through a variety of education and outreach programs. Designed to take music education beyond the concert hall to provide an interactive classroom experience, BSO on the Go has reached over 4,000 students in 50 local elementary schools in the past two years. Offered free of charge to both students and schools, BSO on the Go is made possible by our generous BSO at Strathmore supporters. Montgomery County senior citizens also enjoy the opportunity to experience the artistic excellence that is the BSO’s hallmark. Working in partnership with the Montgomery County Recreation Department, ensembles of BSO musicians perform free concerts presented at county senior centers from Silver Spring to Damascus. Making classical music relevant and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds is the cornerstone of the BSO’s mission. Through our educational and outreach programs, the BSO inspires music lovers of all ages – by day and by night! baltimore symphony orchestra 25 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Baltimore Symphony Orchestra BSO at Strathmore Subscription Office 1212 Cathedral Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201 Patron Number Source Code ORDER NOW! BSOmusic.org/subscribe • 1.877.BSO.1444 • Return the enclosed order form. You just have to be there. 2009-2010 SUBSCRIPTION SEASON INFORMATION ACQ