Overture Magazine - 2015-2016 Season March-April 2016 - Page 8

{ BSOlive upcoming key events MaY/June Events at The Music Center at Strathmore [S] and at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall [M] Off the Cuff SAT, MAY 7, 8 pm [M] SUN, May 8, 3 pm [S] FRI, MAY 13, 8:15pm [S] SAT, MAY 14, 7pm [M] Marin Alsop, conductor Alexandra Soumm, violin (BSO debut) John Adams, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano Joan Tower: Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (BSO Centennial Commission, World Premiere) Lalo: Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21 Anna Clyne: New Work (BSO Commission, World Premiere) Bizet: Selections from “Carmen” Marin Alsop conducts the world premieres of BSO commissions by two extraordinary women. Legendary composer Joan Tower’s Sixth Fanfare for Uncommon Women celebrates the BSO’s Centennial season. Anna Clyne will use contemporary works from the Baltimore Museum of Art as inspiration. Violinist Alexandra Soumm, in her BSO debut, will perform Lalo’s virtuosic Symphonie espagnole. Beethoven’s Emperor Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” John Adams directs renowned and award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. Written while Beethoven was riding out the French siege of Vienna in a friend’s cellar, the fifth piano concerto affirms heroic spirit in the midst of what Beethoven called “Nothing but drums, cannons, human misery of every sort!” The Planets FRI, MAY 20, 8 pm [M] SUN, MAY 22, 3 pm [M] SAT, MAY 21, 8 pm [S] THURS, MAY 12, 8pm [M] SUN, MAY 15, 3pm [S] John Storgårds, conductor (BSO debut) Christopher Lamb, percussion Women of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Tom Hall, director John Adams, conductor Jeremy Denk, piano Tan Dun: Water Concerto Holst: The Planets Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor” John Adams: Harmonielehre The natural world — on this planet and beyond — is on full musical display with Tan Dun’s Water Concerto and Gustav Holst’s The Planets. ChineseAmerican composer Tan Dun uses the elemental force of water as both subject matter and instrument in this strikingly original concerto. Beethoven’s Emperor Post-minimalist conductor-composer John Adams returns to the BSO to conduct Beethoven’s grandiose Emperor concerto and his own intensely expressive symphonic essay Harmonielehre. Strathmore pre-concert lecture: Sun, May 15, 1:30 pm Yulia Van Doren 6 O v ertur e | Bach’s B Minor Mass THURS, MAY 26, 8 pm [S] FRI, MAY 27, 8 pm [M] SAT, MAY 28, 8 pm [M] Nicholas McGegan, conductor Yulia Van Doren, soprano Christopher Ainslie, countertenor Thomas Cooley, tenor Dashon Burton, bass Baltimore Choral Arts Society Tom Hall, director www. bsomusic .org J.S.Bach: Mass in B Minor Nicholas McGegan brings his mastery and affection for early music to Bach’s great Mass in B Minor. These first BSO performances in 50 years are a fitting Centennial season showcase for the BSO and Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Premium Concert BSO SuperPops Hairspray: In Concert Featuring John Waters THURS, JUNE 2, 8pm [S] FRI, JUNE 3, 8pm [M] SAT, JUNE 4, 3pm & 8pm [M] SUN, JUNE 5, 3pm [M] Jack Everly, conductor John Waters, narrator A Full Broadway cast “You can’t stop the beat” in this encore performance of a semi-staged concert production featuring Baltimore’s own John Waters as narrator. Relive 2013’s sold-out performances of this quirky classic through your favorite songs from the musical that follows a young girl’s dream to star in a dance show as she ends up changing the world. Appalachian Spring THURS, JUNE 9, 8 pm [M] FRI, JUNE 10, 8 pm [M] SAT, JUNE 11, 8 pm [S] Marin Alsop, conductor Baltimore School for the Arts Dancers Copland: Appalachian Spring Thomas Adès: Polaris (BSO Premiere) Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 Performed with its original Martha Graham choreography, Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring evokes the wide-open landscape and inherent optimism of American possibility. Ravel’s luxurious, flamboyant orchestral showpiece follows a work by one of the most original and compelling voices of our time, Thomas Adès. Yo-Yo Ma Premium Concert Yo-Yo Ma WED,