Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced their 2013-14 season with themes including loss, solace and community. Talking about the season, BSO Music Director Marin Alsop said: “Sometimes through tragedy, whether a world war or a personal loss, the beauty of humanity comes out in art.”
Highlights of the season will include Benjamin Britten’s large-scale, profoundly moving “War Requiem”, Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety”, John Adams’ haunting “On the Transmigration of Souls,” which commemorates 9/11, and Karen Tanaka’s “Water of Life,” a reflection on the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
In addition to the recurring theme of solace, there will be uplift, too, especially from such masterworks as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
Beneath the recurring theme of loss and hope next season is “a fundamental thread about community and humanity,” Alsop said, “about bringing people together under the BSO’s umbrella. It’s about partnering with different organizations that can bring so much to the table.”
Click here to read an interview with Marin Alsop about the new season in The Baltimore Sun.