Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra have announced their 2014-15 season with themes exploring spirituality and transcendence. Since becoming Music Director in 2007, Marin has devised a theme to unify each season. Talking about the theme, Marin said:
“Our season captures the transformational power of music and aspires to offer a transcendental connection for people beyond their own worlds. Spirituality is an extremely personal journey and that is the profound beauty of music: its message is always an individual, personal one.”
Highlights of the 2014-15 season will see Marin conducting Mahler’s third and fourth symphonies, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony (which will be recorded for the BSO’s Bernstein series on the Naxos label), Chichester Psalms and a semi-staged version of the musical Candide staring Broadway diva Patti LuPone, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy to works by contemporary composers; Christopher Rouse’s Rapture and Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral.
Marin Alsop’s dry wit and encyclopedic knowledge of classical repertoire have been the winning combination behind the popular Off the Cuff series. Due to popular demand the 2014-15 season will expand to five concerts. Highlights include Marin exploring the story behind Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphonies in Symphonic Plays directed by BSO-Playwright in residence Didi Balle, and the complexities of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.