The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop have announced their 2015/16 centennial season. To mark the centenary BSO present a star-studded line-up of artists and promise lots of enticing repertoire from huge blockbusters of standard repertoire, to contemporary works and world premieres.
The season includes homecomings by violinist Hilary Hahn and pianists Andre Watts and Leon Fleisher. They also welcome artists who have made their debut on the BSO stage or had successful collaborations in the past, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Lang-Lang.
Major works Marin will conduct throughout the season include symphonies by Mahler, Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Beethoven, Verdi’s Requiem, Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony and Also sprach Zarathustra, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, semi-staged with the Morgan State University Choir, and much more.
The season sees 12 commissioned works, including a percussion concerto and contemporary works like John Adams’ Harmonielehre, conducted by the composer. 22 works will be from living composers, including Baltimore-born Philip Glass and Christopher Rouse, along with two British composers, Anna Clyne and Thomas Ades.
Marking the actual anniversary on February 11 will be a special gala concert led by Marin and featuring former collaborator with the BSO, Joshua Bell, playing his own version of Bernstein’s West Side Story suite.
Giving a speech at the season announcement, Marin said: “This season, we pay homage to that enduring legacy of artistic greatness and community engagement through a season more spectacular, meaningful and innovative than any other in our history. It is our way of saying thank you to the audiences who have supported us and grown with us over time. And it is also our invitation to join us to see what artistic achievements and community milestones the Orchestra’s next 100 years will bring.”
This will be their ninth season under the direction of Marin Alsop, whose tenure runs until 2021.
To see full details of the 2015/16 season click here. Tickets are available now to subscribers. Tickets to non-subscribers will go on sale in early August 2015.