&ldquoAs Alsop faced the cellos and drew from them the most tremendously shaped phrases with every inflection of her baton, you were aware of being in the presence of greatness.&rdquo
12th September 2014
Marin and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrate the Star-Spangled Banner





On Saturday September 13, Marin and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will take part in a Star-Spangled Spectacular, celebrating the bicentennial of the American National Anthem. Hosted by acclaimed actor, musician and author John Lithgow and his co-host, the multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, Marin will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra alongside an inspiring star-studded line-up from the world of pop, country, rock and classical at the Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore. The concert pays tribute to the nation’s ideals and culminates with Baltimore’s largest fireworks display. The event will be broadcast nationally live on PBS’ “Great Performances” series from 8pm (EDT).

Thursday September 18, signals the official opening of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2014/15 season. Returning for his first BSO engagement in 14 years, violinist Pinchas Zukerman joins forces with Marin and the BSO to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, a work widely considered the pinnacle of violin literature. Concluding the concert is Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. This will be the first concert in a very exciting season for the BSO. To find out what else they will be performing visit Marin’s schedule.

On Saturday September 20, Marin and BSO continue their celebration of classic Americana with their annual Gala Celebration at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. On the heels of the 200th birthday of the National Anthem, the evening will showcase American music and artists, beginning with a revival of Ferde Grofé’s Ode to the Star-Spangled Banner, brought back to the stage for its first public performance in 80 years. The program also features celebrated blind American jazz pianist Marcus Roberts with the Marcus Roberts Trioper forming Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; Center Stage’s visionary Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah narrating Copland’s Lincoln Portrait; and the Morgan State University Choir lending their voices to selections from the composer’s Old American Songs.

Talking about the gala and the start of the 2014/15 season, Marin said: “This is my favorite time of the year:  back to school and the new concert season starting up,  We have a fabulous season at the BSO kicking off this week with Mahler 4 and our season gala, featuring my old friend, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and highlighting partnerships with Centerstage and the Morgan State Chorus.  This gala celebrating our amazing educational programs will feature kids from Orchkids and the BSYO joining the BSO. A perfect kick off to an exciting new year. I hope you can join us!”

To find out more visit the BSO website.