“Making music with the musicians of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and for the audiences of the BSO is two hours of pure joy for me,” says principal pops conductor Jack Everly. On March 8th through 11th at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore, Everly and the BSO will perform a tribute to the operetta with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Broadway singers Ted Keegan, Ben Crawford, and Kristin Plumley. Everly says it will be “a musically lavish and melodic evening.”
Soloist Ben Crawford is excited to be back at the BSO. “Quite simply the BSO is one of the best symphony orchestras in the country,” says Crawford. “It’s always thrilling to be on stage with them. I always jump at the opportunities to perform with the BSO because they’re such a fantastic culmination of combined talents. It’s always a pleasure!”
Baltimore Choral Arts Society director, Anthony Blake Clark says, “Choral Arts is always thrilled when we get to be the BSO’s symphony chorus. Our favorite thing about working with the orchestra is the flexibility of the musicians and fitting our piece of the musical puzzle into the artistic product. To work with such world-class musicians and conductors is a great joy for our chorus. I’m probably most excited about working with Maestro Everly for the first time – the chorus has told me over and over how wonderful he is and how intelligently done his pops concerts are!”
“From Vienna to Broadway” will feature tunes from Lehar to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Audiences will hear pieces from Vienna’s The Merry Widow, Showboat, Candide, Phantom of the Opera, and more. “I think the repertoire that we bring to Baltimore is preserving the art of symphony pops yet putting a new stamp on it for this time and generation,” says Crawford. “Combined with a strong classical season like the BSO has, the pops ‘fills out’ the patron’s ear for the entire season. The BSO schedule is always loved by their adoring patrons and there’s nothing like hearing and feeling a crowd that truly loves what they’ve come to see.”
Tickets are available at Bsomusic.org. The BSO will perform at the Music Center at Strathmore on March 8th at 8 pm, March 9th at 8 pm, March 10th at 8 pm; and then March 11th at 3 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.