The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has a long history of delivering an interesting symphonic season for audiences to enjoy. The upcoming 2018-19 season is no different. With beautiful classical performances, family programs, and fan favorites like “Off the Cuff” and “BSO Pulse,” the BSO will have something for everyone to enjoy this year.

“In the 2018-19 season, there is something for every music lover in Baltimore,” says BSO artistic planner Ab Sengupta. “From all the masterworks you would expect to hear from one of the best orchestras in the country to rarely performed gems, such as French composer Olivier Messiaen’s groundbreaking ‘Turangalîla-symphonie,’ and from Broadway stars like Leslie Odom, Jr., to the immensely talented trumpeter Chris Botti, the Baltimore Symphony each season performs a wide range of outstanding concerts. The innovative series, BSO Pulse pushes the boundaries this season with its most diverse line-up to date, featuring contemporary R&B artist Kelela, indie darlings Parquet Courts, hometown hero Dan Deacon, and singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens. Film buffs will also be thrilled to hear the BSO will present five ‘Movies with Orchestra,’ including Star Wars: A New Hope and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

It takes hard work and time to create a series of programming that is this compelling. “Planning a season is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle where the picture keeps changing,” continues Sengupta. “The BSO maintains close relationships with artists and their managers all over the world. Often, it takes two or three years of planning to engage an artist the BSO feels has something special to say to Baltimore audiences. Great care is taken to make sure we are putting together a varied set of artists and programs each season. And this is just in the selection of artists and repertoire! Once the season is planned, the detailed work of preparing the production aspects of the season begins, which presents a complex set of problems that requires incredible teamwork to solve.”

Fans of the BSO do not need to travel to Baltimore to enjoy the symphony. “The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has a unique situation because it is the only major American symphony orchestra to perform regularly in two major metropolitan areas: the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Music Center of Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland,” says Sengupta. “This allows us to share our performances with an even wider audience and engage with partners and collaborators across Maryland.”

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Brynn Devereaux
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"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."