BSO announces 2020-2021 season, Alsop’s last as music director

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Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The 2020-2021 season will be her last as music director. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In her final season as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop will conduct some of her favorite works, such as Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé,” the organization announced today.

The 2020-2021 concert calendar will also continue Alsop’s commitment to performing new music, including a season-ending performance of a work by Angélica Castelló that was co-commissioned by the BSO and the Space Telescope Science Institute. Among the other pieces: Christopher Theofanidis’ Drum Circles, which includes the performances of four soloists from The Percussion Collective; a suite of songs from Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”; Judit Varga’s “JUMP!”; and Texu Kim’s “Spin-Flip.”

Kicking off the season on Sept. 12 is an opening gala highlighted by soloist Hilary Hahn, a Baltimore native and Grammy Award winner, joining the BSO for Brahms’ “Violin Concerto.”

And on the subject of homecomings, Tony Award winner André De Shields will take the stage as part of the BSO’s SuperPops series, conducted by Jack Everly, to sing theater staples written by Stephen Sondheim for four nights in February 2021. The series will also pay tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Several popular features, such as Movies with Orchestra (this year’s films: “Toy Story,” “Psycho” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1”) and Off the Cuff, return once again.

The full season schedule can be viewed here.

One week ago, the orchestra announced the 2020-2021 season would be Alsop’s last as music director, a role she has held since 2007. The first woman in the U.S. to lead a major orchestra, Alsop will continue to conduct the BSO for three concert weeks through the next five seasons as Music Director Laureate.

And she will remain involved with OrchKids, a program she founded to help teach local children about classical music.

Brandon Weigel


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