Great Britain Bound: The BSO Heads Overseas

On August 21st, 102 musicians, ten staff members, two consultants, and 82 guests embark on a legendary international tour. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform in their first international tour in Ireland and the UK. “The BSO is honored to make its return to international touring at such prestigious festivals and venues,” says Tonya McBride Robles, BSO general manager. “The invitation to play not once, but twice, at the Edinburgh Festival, and on the actual anniversary of Bernstein’s birthday during his centenary, is a privilege. Likewise, performing at the BBC Proms, with a radio and television broadcast of the […]

Kick Off Summer with the New Music Festival

Kick off your summer with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as they celebrate contemporary classical music during their New Music Festival. From June 20th to 23rd, Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO will tour Baltimore venues and perform pieces by Thierry De Mey, Du Yun, Dan Visconti, Osvaldo Golijov, and James MacMillan. The festival will also feature the world premiere of Kevin Puts’s Oboe Concerto, “Moonlight.” “The BSO’s New Music Festival focuses on the idea of combining music and art in fresh and approachable ways by connecting the music of some of the most creative composers active today with […]

BSO Pulse Finale with Moon Taxi

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 […]

Blockbuster at the BSO: Raiders of the Lost Ark

  Indiana Jones. The name alone makes your brain start to play the iconic theme music and creates a strong desire to hold a whip. Watch Harrison Ford escape the gigantic stone sphere and battle Nazis at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore on May 10th to 13th. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform the John Williams score as Raiders of the Lost Ark plays on the big screen. For those who have not attended a “Movie with the Orchestra” performance, get ready to experience […]

See the Music, Hear the Dance Top-notch Baltimore high school dancers join the BSO

  Ballet is more than pretty music and graceful movements. Renowned choreographer George Balanchine is quoted as saying, “See the music, hear the dance.” In “Tchaikovsky with Balanchine,” audience members will be able to experience and delight in the relationship between music and dance at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore April 26th through 29th. Under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will be joined by the Baltimore School for the Arts for an evening of ballet and symphony. “Tchaikovsky composed some of the most beautiful melodies ever written,” […]

Gay Composer Poulenc’s Work Headlines Tiffany Concert Poulenc’s wit, grace, and savoir faire tickles audiences today

When the Tiffany Series at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church presents its concert entitled “A Passion for Poulenc” on May 6th, it will be highlighting the music of a French composer whose unique style – a juxtaposition of lyrical melodies, ironic, even subversive harmonies, and shifts from parody to tragedy – has been linked to his complex feelings about his homosexuality. Francis Poulenc came of age in post-war Paris of the 1920s, the city of Picasso, Man Ray, Serge Diaghilev (“Les Ballets Russes”), and Igor Stravinsky, whose “The Rite of Spring” had recently created a near-riot.  Jazz was new, and music […]

Vegas Nights with Frankie Moreno

    Las Vegas is coming to Baltimore in the form of the dazzling Frankie Moreno. The Las Vegas “Headliner of the Year” winner will join Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) from April 12th through 15th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore. “Frankie Moreno is a consummate showman who embraces all kinds of music with irresistible enthusiasm, musicianship, and charm,” says Abhijit Sengupta, director of artistic planning. “There is simply no one like him, and the staff, musicians and crew of the Baltimore Symphony look forward to letting […]

More Than Tuxedoed Musicians: An interview with conductor Nicholas Hersh

In movies, symphony conductors are portrayed as unsmiling, intense men in coattails that lead a stuffy – but beautiful – musical performance by unsmiling, intense musicians. Nicholas Hersh may have intensity, but he’s anything but unsmiling or stuffy. In his role as associate conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hersh has worked hard to help breakdown the stereotype of symphonies and cultivate a unique musical experience for listeners of all ages and backgrounds. Hersh began his musical career as a cellist, an instrument he still plays. “I picked up the cello and brought it to my parents. My parents had […]

Out and Proud Country Singer: Chase Sansing

Putting queer in Country The opening line of country singer Chase Sansing’s song, “Begins with You” starts with, “In a world where you can be just about anything, be yourself.” The Pride anthem, that celebrates both the LGBTQ community as well as the freedom of individuality, has recently garnered a lot of attention. Also receiving an equal amount of attention is Sansing, the handsome 24-year-old openly gay country singer, who has touched the hearts of many with his soulful voice and insightful music. Baltimore OUTloud recently chatted with the humble musician about his coming-out process, his music, and his goals […]

More than Movie Music at Baltimore Symphony

  IMAX is garbage compared to watching a movie at the symphony. A bold (but completely true) statement. There is nothing like watching your favorite characters up on the screen and hearing the score being performed live by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recently, the BSO and the University of Maryland Choir performed while Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban played on the big screen. The experience was mesmerizing. To the delight of his audience, guest conductor Justin Freer began the evening calling out to each individual house and encouraged attendees to interact with the movie. This is a common […]