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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


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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.

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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.

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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 are themes that infuse every aspect of the BSO’s 20092010 concert season—a season that spans continents, centuries and genres to celebrate our roots in all their rich diversity. The tempo will be set with a September Gala concert featuring renowned soloist Lang Lang playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. “Here in Baltimore we have a thriving Asian-American community, as well as a robust Russian community,” says Alsop.“This gala evening will speak to both groups— and to all of us—and serve as a captivating introduction to the season’s theme.” 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

Cultural Connections The BSO has infused its 2009-2010 season with music that celebrates and encourages us to explore our diverse ethnic heritage

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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, 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 four weeks in March, the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 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 a four-week festival, BSO Under the Big Top, 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

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 John Williams. ABBA fans can get their fix at a tribute concert featuring more than 20 hit songs from the super-popular Swedish band of the 1970s. 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; 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 Baltimore to the highest realm. Now, more than ever, let’s see you there for the fun of it!

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of music, magic and comedy featuring quick-change artists David and Dania, and the comedic magic act of Les Arnold 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 this 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.

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“And why not put Peter and the Wolf on an adult concert for a change?” says Alsop. Week Four includes Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, inspired by the classic clowns of the Italian commedia dell’arte and danced to new choreography by the Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers.

Stars and Masterpieces In addition to a varied menu of classical lovers’ favorites including Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, 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 Baltimore native Jonathan Leshnoff (cocommissioned 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 Baltimore’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 by orchestras around the world. Lang Lang,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 20092010. “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 all a 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.”

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More Romp BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, whose musical insight and gift for demystifying classical music keep concertgoers riveted, returns in 20092010 with Off the Cuff, the popular Saturday evening series launched last year. This season’s four-concert line-up will feature Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade; Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. At each event, which runs 60 to 90 minutes without intermission, the Maestra will explore the featured masterpiece in a candid dialogue with the audience that is illuminated by orchestral demonstrations. Programs start at 7 pm, leaving enough time to dine out afterwards and make a night of it. By discussing each composer’s life experience and how it impacted his work, Alsop offers concertgoers a new level of appreciation for these classical masterpieces. Each performance culminates with the featured work played in its entirety and an interactive Q & A. Maestra Alsop will lead three Off the Cuff evenings, with the fourth hosted by Robert Spano, the charismatic music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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elebrate classical music greats with these incredible offerings from the BSO. Each season we present a select group of special concerts representing the very best in soloists and repertoire. Join Marin Alsop in a 2009-2010 season featuring red-hot pianist Lang Lang, phenomenal violinist Itzhak Perlman, and acclaimed singers Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle. Only subscribers can order tickets now, before sales to the general public.

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Gala Celebration Concert Saturday, September 12, 8:30 pm

Itzhak Perlman

Marin Alsop, conductor Lang Lang, piano

Thursday, February 18, 8 pm Sunday, February 21, 3 pm

Heralded the “hottest artist on the classical music planet” by the New York Times, piano superstar Lang Lang joins Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to kick off the 2009-2010 season in exciting style—with Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable First Piano Concerto. This special Opening Gala also features a cast of local performers celebrating the new season.

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 special concerts 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 Lang Lang

Jessye Norman

Ask Your Mama

Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle

Friday, February 5, 8 pm Saturday, February 6, 8 pm Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots

BSO DEBUT

Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama

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

Kathleen Battle

Saturday, May 29, 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

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THURSDAY A Thursdays at 8 pm

tart your weekend early with a Thursday night subscription to the Baltimore Symphony. The Thursday A Series offers you a selection of inspiring symphonic works, world-class soloists and dazzling show-stoppers. Join Marin Alsop and guest conductors Robert Spano and Nicholas McGegan for a series of great musical escapes. You’ll hear masterworks by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven and Mozart along with contemporary works by Jennifer Higdon and John Adams.

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This Thursday Series is offered in your choice of these options: Thursday A: 5 concerts at 8 pm Thursday C: All 10 concerts in series A & B, which includes all regular concerts on pages 10-13 Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits

Time for Three Thursday, September 24 Marin Alsop, conductor Time for Three: Zachary De Pue, violin Nicolas Kendall, violin Ranaan Meyer, double bass

BSO DEBUT

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Leila Josefowicz

Brahms: Hungarian Dances Jennifer Higdon: Concerto 4-3 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Time for Three

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.

Symphonic Fairytales Thursday, October 29 Robert Spano, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade John Adams: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano presents a contrasting program of musical vigor and romance.Violinist Leila Josefowicz collaborates in John Adams’ Violin Concerto, filled with hypnotic melody and rhythmic vigor.The program begins with beguiling tales from Arabian Nights, turned into a perfect tone poem of zestful adventure and tuneful seduction. Stravinsky’s first hit ballet, the haunting story of The Firebird, rounds out the program.

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Hearts, Cards & Carnival Thursday, March 25 Marin Alsop, conductor Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers Vocalists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

“Orchestral music is ‘classic’ precisely because it has withstood the test of time. Its message always becomes modern again with each new generation that discovers it.” —Andrew Balio BSO Principal Trumpet

Barber: A Hand of Bridge Gershwin: Blue Monday Stravinsky: Pulcinella

Cards, games and puppets. This program in our late-winter carnival features concert presentations of two 20th-century American operas. One, by Samuel Barber, is sung over a game of cards in ten minutes, followed by a groundbreaking work by George Gershwin, mixing jazz, voice and Americana— laying the foundation for Porgy and Bess.The evening ends with Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its neo-classical music mirroring a puppet tale of madcap comedy.

André Watts

Robert Levin

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Barber, Bartók & Beethoven Thursday, June 3 Marin Alsop, conductor André Watts, piano Barber: Adagio for Strings Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

An Emperor of a Concerto in the hands of a Prince of the Piano. Renowned pianist André Watts returns to Baltimore with one of his grandest signature works, Beethoven’s last and greatest piano concerto. Music Director Marin Alsop leads performances of 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.

Beethoven & Mozart with a Twist Thursday, February 25 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 concert 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.

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Itzhak Perlman Thursday, February 18, 8 pm 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 compelling 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

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THURSDAY B Thursdays at 8 pm

hursday evenings at the Meyerhoff offer you a series of adventures in music. From the classical sounds of Haydn and Mozart to the American vitality of Aaron Copland and George Gershwin, the Thursday B Series presents you with experience and variety. Marin Alsop and three guest conductors entertain and enlighten you with some of the greatest piano concertos ever written plus percussionist Colin Currie’s exuberant performance of a world premiere.

This Thursday Series is offered in your choice of these options: Thursday B: 5 concerts at 8 pm Thursday C: All 10 concerts in series A & B, which includes all regular concerts on pages 10-13

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All-Gershwin

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Louis Langrée, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano

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Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

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Haydn: Symphony No. 44, “Funeral” Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin: Concerto in F Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” Variations

An evening in high Classical style. Mostly Mozart Festival Director Louis Langrée returns to Baltimore 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.

Music Director Marin Alsop and French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet bring you a jazzfilled 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.

“The soloist contributes to the mood and level of electricity on stage, making each and every performance utterly unique.” —Bo Li BSO Cellist Simone Dinnerstein

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Cirque de la Symphonie New this Season!

Thursday, March 11 Marin Alsop, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie Poulenc: Les Biches Suite Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite Satie: Parade Copland: Billy the Kid Suite

Cirque de la Symphonie

Thursday nights are “Wine Nights” at the Meyerhoff. Come early to enjoy wine and cheese tastings with great deals and great company.

Fun, frightening and fabulous.The BSO’s four-week mid-season music carnival brings 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.

Three Romantics

Colin Currie

Thursday, May 13 Juanjo Mena, conductor Louis Lortie, piano Strauss: Don Juan Schumann: Piano Concerto Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Louis Lortie

Romantic flames illuminate three great works from the passionate 19th century. Strauss’ first tone poem leaps off the page with strength and daring. Schumann’s Piano Concerto 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.

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

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Thursday, April 8 Hannu Lintu, conductor Colin Currie, percussion

BSO DEBUT

Itzhak Perlman Thursday, February 18, 8 pm

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.

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 compelling 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

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FRIDAY E Fridays at 8 pm

he work week is over. Celebrate with a Friday night series at the BSO! Our Friday E Series offers you variety and style with famous soloists and sparkling newcomers. From the American sounds of Barber to the Russian expressions of Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff, classical music never sounded so good.

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Hear engaging musical insights from the experts at 7 pm before all concerts on the Friday E Series—free to ticketholders, courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Associates.

This Friday Series is offered in your choice of these options: Friday E: 6 concerts at 8 pm Friday G: All 12 concerts in series E & F, which includes all regular concerts on pages 14-17 Subscribers enjoy full exchange benefits

Time for Three Friday, September 25 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.

“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

Mozart and Mahler Friday, November 6 Marin Alsop, conductor Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop leads a program of heavenly perfection. Mozart’s precocious gift for music gave him childhood audiences with emperors and kings. His A Little Night Music remains one of his most-loved and often-played works. Gustav Mahler’s charming Fourth Symphony, inspired by the collection of German folk poems TheYouth’s Magic Horn, depicts an innocent child’s view of heaven. Time for Three

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Jirˇí Be˘lohlávek

Russian Perfection Friday, April 30 Marin Alsop, conductor Gil Shaham, violin Jonathan Leshnoff: Starburst (World Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Stravinsky: Violin Concerto Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Friday, January 22 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 Baltimore 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.

Gil Shaham

Marin Alsop leads this program celebrating Russian music of the past century up to today—from a world premiere by Baltimore composer Jonathan Leshnoff to the sensuous melodies of Rachmaninoff ’s Second Symphony from a hundred years ago. Acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham joins the BSO for the neo-classical wit and stylish eloquence of Igor Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto composed in 1931.

Brahms’ German Requiem Friday, June 11 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

Janice Chandler-Etemé

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. Brahms’ choral masterpiece, A German Requiem, was begun as a loving farewell to his mother, concluding as a grandly moving musical commentary on the fleeting beauty of human life.

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Beethoven & Mozart with a Twist

Ask Your Mama

Friday, February 26

Friday, February 5, 8 pm

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”

Jessye Norman

Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots

BSO DEBUT

Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama Nicholas McGegan

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.

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 worldrenowned 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. AskYour Mama brings together the collective memories of America and the hope for its future. Premium Concert

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FRIDAY F Fridays at 8 pm

ake great music with the BSO a regular part of your life with a Friday-night series at the Meyerhoff.The Friday F Series gives you melodies aplenty, stirring brass and tantalizing rhythms—with some of the best soloists onstage anywhere.The world of music is waiting for you. Let it relax, inspire and rejuvenate your soul.

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Tchaikovsky and Bartók Friday, October 2 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.

James Ehnes

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

All-Gershwin

“It’s a thrill to perform a different program each week. It never gets dull! One week we may be mastering a symphony led by a worldfamous classical conductor and the next, we’re enjoying the Cirque performers flying overhead!” —Paula Skolnick-Childress BSO Cellist

Friday, November 13 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.

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Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony

Jessye Norman

Friday, April 9 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 builds lyrical music built on old and new traditions. Sibelius’s 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.

Ask Your Mama Friday, February 5 Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots

BSO DEBUT

Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama

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, “AskYour 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.

Three Romantics Hannu Lintu

Friday, May 14 Juanjo Mena, conductor Louis Lortie, piano

Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie Friday, March 12 Marin Alsop, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie Poulenc: Les Biches Suite Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite Satie: Parade Copland: Billy the Kid Suite

Fun, frightening and fabulous! The BSO’s four-week mid-season music carnival brings 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.

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 daring. 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. Juanjo Mena

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FRIDAY M Fridays at 8 pm

reat music is good for the soul. Make it part of your schedule in 2009-2010 with the BSO’s Friday night Series M subscription. From Mussorgsky’s popular Pictures at an Exhibition to new works by Dave Brubeck and David Little, this series offers something for everyone. Marin Alsop tops an all-star cast of conductors and soloists playing best-loved pieces by Beethoven, Schubert and Berlioz.

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Robert Spano

Symphonic Fairytales

Pictures of Music

Friday, October 30

Friday, February 12

Robert Spano, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin

Marin Alsop, conductor

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade John Adams: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Spano presents a contrasting program of musical vigor and romance. Superstar violinist Leila Josefowicz collaborates in John Adams Violin Concerto, filled with hypnotic melody and rhythm.The program begins with beguiling tales from the Arabian Nights, turned into a perfect tone poem of zestful adventure and tuneful seduction. Stravinsky’s first hit ballet, the haunting story of The Firebird, rounds out the program.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Demons, Drama and Dance

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.

Friday, November 20 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 symphony takes us on a rollicking dream of passion gone mad.

“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

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Circus Maximus Friday, March 19 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”

André Watts

Our four-week 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 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.

Barber, Bartók & Beethoven Friday, June 4 Marin Alsop, conductor André Watts, piano Barber: Adagio for Strings Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

An Emperor of a Concerto in the hands of a Prince of the Piano. Renowned pianist André Watts returns to Baltimore with one of his grandest signature works, Beethoven’s last and greatest piano concerto. Music Director Marin Alsop leads performances of 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.

Steven Barta

Beethoven Triple Concerto Friday, May 7 Jonathan Carney, leader and violin Steven Barta, clarinet Phillip Kolker, bassoon Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello Jeffrey Sharkey, piano

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BSO DEBUT

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” Strauss: Duett-Concertino Beethoven: Triple Concerto

Join the BSO for an evening of collaborative intensity. This concert features treasures from across two centuries, artfully performed by four soloists drawn from the BSO’s principal musicians, as well as the director of the Peabody Institute. Schubert’s pulsing and lyrical “Unfinished” Symphony sets the stage with currents of heart-felt longing. Richard Strauss’ Duett-Concertino is a loving portrait of musical charm, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, written for one of the composer’s best piano students, masterfully combines chamber music intimacy with orchestral power.

Jessye Norman

Ask Your Mama Friday, February 5, 8 pm Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots

BSO DEBUT

Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama

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 worldrenowned 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. AskYour Mama brings together the collective memories of America and the hope for its future. Premium Concert

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SATURDAY N Saturdays at 8 pm

pend your weekend enjoying classical music at its finest. Saturday nights bring out the best of Baltimore for the greatest music and the season’s most distinguished guest artists, including Jessye Norman and Kathleen Battle! From Mozart to Brahms, from Mahler to Tchaikovsky and an evening of American spirituals, there’s music to cherish for the most dedicated connoisseur, as well as the most curious newcomer!

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Mozart and Mahler Saturday, November 7 Marin Alsop, conductor Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop leads a program of heavenly perfection. Mozart’s precocious gift for music gave him childhood audiences with emperors and kings. His A Little Night Music remains one of his most-loved and often-played works. Gustav Mahler’s charming Fourth Symphony, inspired by the collection of German folk poems The Youth’s Magic Horn, depicts an innocent child’s view of heaven.

“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.” —Ellen Pendleton Troyer BSO Violinist

Demons, Drama and Dance Saturday, November 21

Tchaikovsky and Bartók

Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Saturday, October 3 Marin Alsop, conductor James Ehnes, violin Harmonia

Michael Daugherty: “Red Cape Tango” from Metropolis Symphony Liszt: Totentanz Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

BSO DEBUT

Traditional Eastern European Folk Music Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Harmonia

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 virtuosity. Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes will captivate you with Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto to close the program.

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 symphony takes us on a rollicking dream of passion gone mad.

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Jessye Norman

Ask Your Mama Saturday, February 6 Marin Alsop, conductor Jessye Norman, soprano The Roots

BSO DEBUT

Laura Karpman: Ask Your Mama

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,“AskYour 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.

Circus Maximus

España

Saturday, March 20

Saturday, April 17

Marin Alsop, conductor The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

Juanjo Mena, conductor Jonathan Carney, violin

David Little: Screamer Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf John Corigliano: Symphony No. 3, “Circus Maximus”

Albéniz, arr. Arbos: Iberia Rodrigo: Concierto de estío Jonathan Carney Debussy: Ibéria Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2

Our four-week 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.

Baltimore 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.

Brahms’ German Requiem Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle Saturday, May 29 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.

Saturday, June 12 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.

Kathleen Battle

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OFF THE CUFF SERIES Z Saturdays at 7 pm

Please note the earlier start time!

ear the inside scoop about musical works of intrigue and fascination. Marin Alsop hosts this special series designed to enlighten and inspire. Each 60- to 90-minute program begins with an engaging and entertaining conversation from the stage, combining musical examples and the stories behind the music. Discover more about classical music as we talk “off the cuff.”

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Marin Alsop

Scheherazade

Pulcinella

Saturday, October 31

Saturday, March 27

Robert Spano, conductor

Marin Alsop, conductor Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers Vocalists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Storytelling and music have collaborated for generations. Guest conductor Robert Spano examines how music can amplify and enhance a plotline, with a discussion of Rimsky-Korsakov’s passionate Scheherazade—a rhapsody for orchestra based on Tales from 1001 Nights. Learn how Rimsky-Korsakov created his exotic sounds, and just what a sinking ship sounds like in music. It’s a grand romantic program to captivate your ears and imagination.

Stravinsky: Pulcinella

Igor Stravinsky catapulted himself to fame by writing music for the ballet. Each of his great ballet scores was created from an outline of a story, working in collaboration with a choreographer to create live theater. Marin Alsop delves into his 1920 ballet Pulcinella, a neo-classical work that echoes older musical traditions dressed up in sometimes startling modern rhythms. How does it all work together? Just how far back or forward did his neo-classicism reach? Learn these answers and more—plus a live performance of the complete ballet.

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Pictures of Music

Saturday, May 1

Saturday, February 13

Marin Alsop, conductor

Marin Alsop, conductor

Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Dave and Chris Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America (East Coast Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Mussorgsky/orch. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Rachmaninoff ’s Second Symphony helped launch the career of this monumental pianist, composer and conductor. His ultra-Romantic symphony has long been an audience favorite —filled with mesmerizing melodies, passionate musical outbursts and lovingly quiet interludes. How did Rachmaninoff do it? Was there a formula to his success at writing a “good tune?” How did he combine it all together into a formally structured symphony? Marin Alsop describes the small notes, the Russian-ness and the overall concept of this hit symphony.

Music can be a feast for the ears, just as color and shape speak to the eyes. Here, Marin Alsop explores musical painting through two works—a brand new commission, combining the jazz artistry of Dave Brubeck and his composer son Chris with the stunning nature photography of Ansel Adams, plus Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. How do pictures and music work together? How does the color of sound imitate visual variation? How does the brain combine the two?

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CASUAL SERIES I Saturdays at 11 am

The Casual Series is offered as 6 Saturday concerts at 11 am Series Presenting Sponsor:

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lassical music doesn’t have to be stuffy. Spend six casual Saturday mornings with the BSO. Come early for pastries and coffee, then enjoy a relaxing atmosphere of tuneful splendor.Whether the music is serious or filled with good-natured whimsy, you’re sure to have a good time with friends listening to Beethoven, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and more!

Symphonic Fairytales

Pictures of Music

Saturday, October 31

Saturday, February 13

Robert Spano, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin

Marin Alsop, conductor

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite John Adams: Violin Concerto

Dave and Chris Brubeck: Ansel Adams: America (East Coast Premiere, BSO Co-Commission) Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler

Leila Atlanta Symphony Music Director Robert Josefowicz Spano presents a colorful program of contrasting 20th-century masterpieces.Violinist Leila Josefowicz collaborates in John Adams’ Violin Concerto, filled with hypnotic melody and rhythmic vigor.The experience also features music from Stravinsky’s first hit ballet, the haunting story of The Firebird.

Music for the eyes, and pictures for the ears. 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.This visual and musical program concludes with Hindemith’s mesmerizing ode to the 16th-century painter Mathis Grünewald. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah

Pulcinella

Saturday, December 12

Saturday, March 27

Marin Alsop, conductor

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 R&B. Maestra Alsop’s Too Hot to Handel will get you out of your seat and into the holiday spirit!

Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Madeline Adkins

Royal Fireworks Music Saturday, January 16 Madeline Adkins, leader and violin Shea Scruggs, oboe Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3 Vivaldi: Oboe Concerto Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks

BSO Associate Concertmaster Madeline Adkins directs a sparkling Baroque program that includes Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks and J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 with the beloved “Air on a G String.” Shea Scruggs, the BSO’s new Assistant Principal Oboe, will make his solo debut in Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto.

It’s story time at the symphony—and not just for kids. Prokofiev’s classic tale of a heroic boy and threatening wolf takes center stage in this concert of musical storytelling.The morning also includes a suite from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its angular music mirroring a puppet tale of madcap comedy.

Beethoven Triple Concerto Saturday, May 8 Jonathan Carney, leader and violin Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello Jeffrey Sharkey, piano

BSO DEBUT

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” Beethoven: Triple Concerto

This concert features treasures artfully performed by soloists drawn from the BSO’s principal musicians, as well as the director of the Peabody Institute. Schubert’s pulsing and lyrical “Unfinished” Symphony sets the stage. Beethoven’s Triple Concerto masterfully combines chamber music intimacy with orchestral power.

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SUNDAY K Sundays at 3 pm

njoy thrilling symphonic music at its very best with weekend matinee concerts presented by the BSO.The six Sunday afternoons of the Sunday K Series at Meyerhoff offer you great sounds and great soloists, including esteemed pianists André Watts and Garrick Ohlsson. You’ll be delighted by melodies from Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Mozart. And mesmerized by our program brimming with Spanish rhythms!

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Tchaikovsky and Bartók

Mozart and Mahler

Sunday, October 4

Sunday, November 8

Marin Alsop, conductor James Ehnes, violin Harmonia

Marin Alsop, conductor

BSO DEBUT

Traditional Eastern European Folk Music Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

James Ehnes

This Sunday Series is offered in your choice of these options: Sunday K: 6 concerts at 3 pm Sunday P: All 12 concerts in series K & L, which includes all regular concerts on pages 24-27

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 European flavors. Bartók’s towering Concerto for Orchestra is full of folk rhythms and zest and expertly showcases the BSO’s sectional virtuosity. Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes will captivate you with Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Violin Concerto to close the program.

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik Mahler: Symphony No. 4

Marin Alsop leads a program of heavenly perfection. Mozart’s precocious gift for music gave him childhood audiences with emperors and kings. His A Little Night Music remains one of his most-loved and often-played works. Gustav Mahler’s charming Fourth Symphony, inspired by the collection of German folk poems TheYouth’s Magic Horn, depicts an innocent child’s view of heaven.

Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Sunday, January 24 Jirˇí Be˘lohlávek, conductor Garrick Ohlsson, piano Beethoven: Coriolan Overture Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Dvorˇák: Othello Overture Janácˇek: Taras Bulba

“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

Garrick Ohlsson

BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor Jirˇí Be˘ lohlávek comes to Baltimore 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 program bristles with daring and destiny. Famed pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins in with Beethoven’s Third 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.

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Circus Maximus

España

Sunday, March 21

Sunday, April 18

Marin Alsop, conductor The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

Juanjo Mena, conductor Jonathan Carney, violin

David Little: Screamer Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf John Corigliano: Symphony No. 3, “Circus Maximus”

Albéniz, arr. Arbos: Iberia Rodrigo: Concierto de estío Debussy: Ibéria Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2

Our four-week 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.

Baltimore favorite Juanjo Mena lights up the stage 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.

Itzhak Perlman Sunday, February 21, 3 pm 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 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

André Watts

Barber, Bartók and Beethoven Sunday, June 6 Marin Alsop, conductor André Watts, piano Barber: Adagio for Strings Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celeste Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

An Emperor of a Concerto in the hands of a Prince of the Piano. Renowned pianist André Watts returns to Baltimore with one of his grandest signature works, Beethoven’s last and greatest piano concerto. Music Director Marin Alsop leads performances of 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.

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SUNDAY L Sundays at 3 pm

here’s nothing better than a Sunday matinee with the BSO! Sign up for our Sunday L Series at the Meyerhoff and enjoy the best in symphonic music—with world-famous soloists and rich variety. The series features music by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Copland, as well as intriguing works from folk traditions around the world.

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Simply Classical

Cirque de la Symphonie

Sunday, October 25

Sunday, March 14

Louis Langrée, conductor Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Marin Alsop, conductor Cirque de la Symphonie

BSO DEBUT

Haydn: Symphony No. 44, “Funeral” Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Enjoy an afternoon in high classical style. Mostly Mozart Festival Director Louis Langrée Louis Langrée returns to Baltimore 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.

Poulenc: Les Biches Suite Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin Suite Satie: Parade Copland: Billy the Kid Suite

Fun, frightening and fabulous.The BSO’s four-week mid-season music carnival brings 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.

All-Gershwin Sunday, November 15 Marin Alsop, conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Gershwin: Concerto in F Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” Variations

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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. Cirque de la Symphonie

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Hearts, Cards & Carnival Sunday, March 28 Marin Alsop, conductor Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers Vocalists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Barber: A Hand of Bridge Gershwin: Blue Monday Stravinsky: Pulcinella

“The chemistry on stage is at an all-time high, and the music that fills the hall hits you right at the core of your imagination.”

Cards, games and puppets.This program in our late-winter carnival features concert presentations of two 20th-century American operas. One, by Samuel Barber, is sung over a game of cards in ten minutes, and is followed by a groundbreaking work by George Gershwin, mixing jazz, voice and Americana —laying the foundation for Porgy and Bess. The afternoon ends with Stravinsky’s ballet score to Pulcinella, its neo-classical music mirroring a puppet tale of madcap comedy.

—Kristin Ostling BSO Cellist

Beethoven Triple Concerto

Brahms’ German Requiem

Sunday, May 9

Marin Alsop, conductor Janice Chandler-Etemé, soprano Stephen Powell, baritone Baltimore Choral Arts Society Tom Hall, director Morgan State University Choir Eric Conway, director

Stephen Powell

Sunday, June 13

Jonathan Carney, leader and violin Steven Barta, clarinet Phillip Kolker, bassoon Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello Jeffrey Sharkey, piano

BSO DEBUT

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished” Strauss: Duett-Concertino Beethoven: Triple Concerto

A program of collaborative intensity, this concert features treasures from across two centuries, artfully performed by four soloists drawn from the BSO’s principal musicians, as well as the director of the Peabody Institute. Schubert’s pulsing and lyrical “Unfinished” Symphony sets the stage with currents of tender longing. Richard Strauss’ Duett-Concertino is a loving portrait of musical charm, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, written for one of the composer’s best piano students, masterfully combines chamber music intimacy with orchestral power. Ilya Finkelshteyn

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. Brahms’ choral masterpiece, A German Requiem, was begun as a loving farewell to his mother, concluding as a grandly moving musical commentary on the fleeting beauty of human life.

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Itzhak Perlman

Sunday, February 21, 3 pm 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 returns for a special concert showcasing three centuries of compelling 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

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BSO SUPERPOPS SERIES U, V, W Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm

Jack Everly, Principal Pops Conductor usic abounds! Led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the BSO’s SuperPops series offers you a delightful array of popular musical acts and memories. From Hollywood to Broadway, magic to Motown, we’ve got your favorites covered—in grand style and with full symphony orchestra in the mix.

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Hollywood Sings Friday, October 9 (U) Saturday, October 10 (V) Sunday, October 11 (W) 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, with a special tribute to John Williams. It’s Hollywood at its Oscar-winning best—with the BSO!

ABBA Tribute Friday, November 27 (U) Saturday, November 28 (V) Sunday, November 29 (W)

Jack Everly

“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” want to relive the larger-than-life phenomenon of ABBA! You’ll be “Having the Time of Your Life” at our ABBA Tribute.“The Winner Takes It All” at these concerts, with more than 20 of your favorite ABBA hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,”“Take A Chance On Me,” “Fernando,” and many more. From clubs to stage to the movies, relive this unforgettable music recreated live just for you. Please note that the BSO will not be performing in this concert.

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Linda Eder’s Judy Garland Songbook Friday, January 29 (U) Saturday, January 30 (V) Sunday, January 31 (W) Jack Everly, conductor Linda Eder, vocalist

Motown Tribute with Spectrum Friday, April 23 (U) Saturday, April 24 (V) Sunday, April 25 (W) Spectrum: Darryl Grant, vocalist Perre Jovan, vocalist David Prescott, vocalist Cushney Roberts, vocalist

Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth Friday, March 5 (U) Saturday, March 6 (V) Sunday, March 7 (W) 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 Friday, May 21 (U) Saturday, May 22 (V) Sunday, May 23 (W) 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.”

Photo by Museum of the City of New York/Getty Images

Linda Eder

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.”

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HOLIDAY CONCERTS elebrate the holidays with the BSO! Add these special December events to your series subscription—and be the first with tickets to these popular celebrations of music, faith and wintertime magic. From Handel’s Messiah (traditional or spicy!) to our own brand of big-show holiday fun, these concerts are designed to be cherished and enjoyed with your entire family.

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Handel’s Messiah Friday, December 4, 7:30 pm Edward Polochick, conductor Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale

Handel’s glorious oratorio, featuring the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale with the BSO, led by conductor Edward Polochick.

Too Hot to Handel: The Gospel Messiah Friday, December 11, 8 pm 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 R&B. Maestra Alsop’s Too Hot to Handel will get you out of your seat and into the holiday spirit!

Holiday Spectacular with the BSO Friday, December 18, 2 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday, December 19, 2 pm & 7:30 pm Sunday, December 20, 2 pm Tuesday, December 22, 2 pm & 7:30 pm Wednesday, December 23, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

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Jack Everly, artistic director & conductor Ann Hampton Callaway, host Capitol Quartet Holiday Spectacular Chorus and Dancers

Baltimore’s most popular holiday tradition! Whirl into a winter wonderland with Ann Hampton Callaway as she hosts this musical extravaganza. Dazzle your senses with Jack Everly conducting more than 100 singers, dancers and musicians, a show-stopping troupe of tap dancing Santas and special guests, Capitol Quartet.

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FAMILY CONCERTS Saturdays at 11 am

This Family Series is offered as: Series X: 4 concerts at 11 am Seating is reserved so order early for best availability! Series Presenting Sponsor:

hildren are fascinated and intrigued by the language of music. Each year the BSO offers an exciting series of Family Concerts, designed to tantalize and captivate. Sign up now for this very special series of concerts, filled with storytelling, dance and merriment. Help start a lifelong love of music—with Mozart, Saint-Saëns and more!

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Programs recommended for children ages 4 & up and their families. All concerts feature the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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BSO Family Fun Zone The BSO Family Fun Zone features attractions for the whole family, beginning at 10 am before each concert. Explore new sounds with Port Discovery’s Rhythm Tree, learn about exotic animals from the Maryland Zoo’s ZOOmobile, be a musical virtuoso on an instrument, or get your face painted—all at the Meyerhoff!

The Polar Express Saturday, December 5 The Peabody Children’s Chorus

Experience the magic of the holiday season by taking a ride on Chris Van Alsburg’s The Polar Express. This timeless tale of a boy who still believes makes every child always hope to hear the ringing of Santa’s bells. As images from the book are projected onto the stage, the words on the pages of this Caldecott Medal-winner will come to life through full orchestra and a children’s chorus. In addition, help us ring in the season by joining the orchestra and children’s choir in a holiday sing-a-long!

Scheherazade Saturday, March 6 Enchantment Theater Company

Join the BSO and Enchantment Theater Company as Scheherazade’s 1001 tales come to life! With the magic of music and theater, you can let your imagination run wild as your family is whisked away to experience adventures both great and small.

Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage

Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, January 30 Classical Kids Live!

Bob Brown Puppets Rheda Becker, narrator

Peer into a mysterious chest and travel back in time with Mozart’s young son Karl as he learns about his father’s incredible childhood, his passion for composing and musical genius. Listen as the BSO plays music from Mozart’s most important and engaging works, including the famous The Magic Flute, as a backdrop to the young composer’s extraordinary life experiences.

Step right up! Let the BSO, Bob Brown Puppets and narrator extraordinaire Rheda Becker dazzle you with this delightful rendition of Saint-Saëns’ beloved classic. Come one and all to a musical carnival complete with an elephant, kangaroos, a dancing turtle and a beautiful swan.

Rheda Becker

Saturday, April 24

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BSO Season at a Glance Gala Celebration with Lang Lang

9/12

Time for Three Marin Alsop, conductor

9/24

9/25

Tchaikovsky and Bartók James Ehnes, violin

10/2

10/3

10/4

Hollywood Sings Jack Everly, conductor

10/9-11

Simply Classical Simone Dinnerstein, piano Symphonic Fairytales Leila Josefowicz, violin

10/22

10/25

10/29

10/30

10/31

Scheherazade—Off the Cuff Robert Spano, conductor

10/31

Mozart and Mahler Marin Alsop, conductor All-Gershwin Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

11/6

11/12

11/7

11/8

11/13

Demons, Drama and Dance Marin Alsop, conductor

11/15

11/20

11/21

ABBA Tribute 11/27-29

Handel’s Messiah Edward Polochick, conductor

12/4

The Polar Express 12/5

Too Hot to Handel Marin Alsop, conductor

12/12

12/11

Holiday Spectacular Ann Hampton Callaway, host

12/18-23

Royal Fireworks Music Madeline Adkins, leader and violin Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Garrick Ohlsson, piano

1/16

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1/24

Linda Eder’s Judy Garland Songbook Jack Everly, conductor

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Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage

Ask Your Mama Jessye Norman, vocalist Pictures of Music Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

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Pictures of Music—Off the Cuff Marin Alsop, conductor

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Mysterioso: Music, Magic, Mayhem & Mirth Jack Everly, conductor

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Scheherazade 3/6

Cirque de la Symphonie Marin Alsop, conductor

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Circus Maximus Marin Alsop, conductor Hearts, Cards & Carnival Marin Alsop, conductor

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Pulcinella Marin Alsop, conductor

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Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony Colin Currie, percussion

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España Juanjo Mena, conductor

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Motown Tribute with Spectrum 4/23-25

Carnival of the Animals Rheda Becker, narrator

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Russian Perfection Gil Shaham, violin

4/30

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2—Off the Cuff Marin Alsop, conductor

5/1

Beethoven Triple Concerto Jonathan Carney, leader and violin

5/7

Three Romantics Louis Lortie, piano

5/13

5/8

5/9

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A Tribute to Irving Berlin Jack Everly, conductor

5/21-23

Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle Barber, Bartók and Beethoven André Watts, piano Brahms’ German Requiem Marin Alsop, conductor

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Prepaid parking vouchers may be purchased by checking the parking box on your subscription order form. We will mail you a parking voucher for each concert on your series. You can also order parking for special events in addition to your subscription series by checking the appropriate box on your order form.


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