Monday, May 6, 2013
BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Marin Alsop, music director
John Adams: Shaker Loops
Jennifer Higdon: Concerto 4-3
Time for Three, string trio
New York Premiere
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 4 (1947 version)
Baltimore and Bethesda, Maryland
Population 619,493 and 60,858
Founded 1729 and 1871
Orchestra Founded 1916
Baltimore—otherwise known as Charm City—is a colorful, diverse city that is Maryland’s largest and its economic hub. Known for the Inner Harbor, quirky neighborhoods and the world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center, the city is home to the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium, state-of-the-art stadiums for the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens, and the world-class art collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. Baltimoreans take immense pride in their city, yet continue to welcome visitors with down-to-earth, small-town spirit and hospitality.
Bethesda is a bustling urban community in Montgomery County, just north of Washington, DC. Downtown is home to 20 art galleries, more than 250 restaurants, two live theaters, music and dance studios and numerous boutiques. The area is renowned for three of the world’s leading biomedical research centers—the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, admired for its pursuit of artistic excellence, has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and community outreach initiatives. In addition to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where the orchestra has performed for 30 years, the BSO is a founding partner and the resident orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda. With its opening in 2005, the BSO became the nation’s only major orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas.
The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra’s twelfth music director, the first woman to head a major American orchestra. The BSO has achieved critical acclaim for its recordings. In 2009, the BSO and Marin Alsop released Bernstein’s Mass, which rose to number six on the Classical Billboard Charts and received a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Album.
For more than 80 years, the BSO has maintained a vibrant educational presence throughout Maryland. The 2012-2013 season marks the fifth year of OrchKids™, a year-round program that provides music education to Baltimore’s neediest youngsters at no cost. For more information, visit bsomusic.org.