WTMD Morning Host Alex Cortright has had many special moments during his involvement with BSO Pulse. “The first time I saw the respectable and composed musicians of the BSO receive the kind of raucous, rock ’n’ roll applause that you’d expect in clubs was priceless,” says Cortright. “They were all wide-eyed and grinning from ear to ear. However, the best part of the series from season to season is the collaboration (the final act of the evening) between the bands and the BSO. This is where worlds collide.”
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will be joined by Moon Taxi for the BSO Pulse season finale on May 17th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. “For our final Pulse concert of the season, audiences can expect an amazing collaboration between the BSO’s killer brass section, and the Nashville-based indie-rock band Moon Taxi,” says BSO Audience Development Manager Rafaela Dreisin. “The BSO will be putting its world-class brass section on display with in-your-face fanfares. It’s an epic finish to our third Pulse season and the perfect thing to pair with Moon Taxi’s electric mix of rock and pop.”
BSO Pulse is a unique setup from “typical” orchestra performances. Prior to the show, there is a performance by Baltimore’s Super City as well as food and happy hour drink specials from local vendors. The BSO will alternate performances with Moon Taxi ending in a collaboration between both groups.
“Over the years, there have been many orchestras hired to perform with rock bands, and it’s usually a simple chart written to echo or sweeten the songs in some way,” explains Cortright. “BSO Pulse is different. This is a true collaboration. Nick Hersh and his team work hard with the bands to contribute something totally fresh and unexpected. Duke Ellington once observed, ‘If it sounds good, then it is good.’ The cross-genre explorations of Pulse sound good.”
For Pulse fans, the fun doesn’t stop with this season finale. “We expect adventurous music lovers to be particularly interested in our second annual New Music Festival from June 21st to 23rd,” says Dreisin. “Spearheaded by Maestra Marin Alsop, the BSO will be performing works by living composers in a three-day festival that extends throughout the city. Highlights of the festival include a Chamber Jam in Graffiti Alley, in partnership with the Motor House, and an orchestra concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall that will be preceded by a block party on Preston Street with food trucks, music by DJ Double 8, and a round-table discussion between Alsop and some of the most well-respected composers of our time.”
For ticket information and more, visit Bsomusic.org.
- "Brynn Devereaux is a freelance writer for Baltimore OUTloud. As an arts writer, she enjoys exploring the local arts scene and bringing attention to new books and authors. Brynn is a Scranton expat and a Towson University graduate."