Soul singer Ledisi will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for their season opening gala on Sept. 17. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 40th anniversary of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall with its 2022-2023 Season Opening Gala Celebration on Sept. 17. 

Grammy Award-winning soul and jazz singer Ledisi will join the BSO to showcase music from the late singer, songwriter, musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone.

Ledisi will perform her rendition of Simone’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and “I Put a Spell on You.” The

BSO OrchKids and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras will join the orchestra on stage for perhaps Simone’s most famous ballad, “Feeling Good.”

“The Gala has always been the Symphony’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds felt at the heart of the Orchestra,” board member Terry M. Rubenstein, granddaughter of the late Joseph Meyerhoff, said in a statement. “My grandfather considered the Symphony Hall a gift to Baltimore and loved nothing more than to see it filled with life, community, and music. This year, the first Gala in four years and nearly 40 years to the day of the Hall’s public opening, we have so much to celebrate – including this incredible home.”

This gala will kick off the “year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.” Attendees will get a first look at the current developments and a new exhibition displaying the symphony hall’s history.

The event will also begin the year-long farewell to Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly as he completes his final season with the BSO. 

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate 40 years of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, a performance venue designed specifically to showcase the Baltimore Symphony and so much more,” said President and CEO Mark Hanson. “As we look to the next 40 years, the BSO is committed to finding additional ways to bring new audiences and a broad array of performing artists into the hall while also continuing to present the Orchestra throughout our community and state.”

The BSO has a full calendar of fall events, including intimate jazz concerts to the “Symphony in the City” series, where the orchestra gives free concerts around Baltimore. And, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the BSO will welcome schools to “Midweek Education Concerts.”

Following the gala event will be a post-concert celebration, including complimentary drinks, desserts, snacks, a DJ, dancing, photo opportunities, and a commemorative 2022 Gala tumbler.

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