On Monday, NPR again turned its coverage to Baltimore, this time to put the spotlight on OrchKids, a community music program run by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
You know the BSO is world renowned, but you’ve never been to the Meyerhoff. You may think of the symphony as an event that’s not right for kids, or you may be worried that you’ll lose focus because you don’t know the music. The orchestra’s weekend concert allays both fears at once.
Usually, we love the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra because they offer great music and a chance to get cultured for a relative bargain. Today, we love the BSO because they turned Baltimore into a chapter from Willy Wonka. The orchestra hid golden tickets all over Maryland.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Brilliant Plan to Save Classical Music and Journalism–At the Same Time!
Journalism and classical music: two beloved, long-standing institutions that are having a hard time making it in today’s world. But put them together, and you get an ingenious plan that benefits both sides.
Bum-bah-duh-bum-bum-bum-bummmm! Or how about Da-da-da-dahhhh Da-da-da-dahhhh! Okay, so no one ever said that classical instrumental music translates well to being crudely transcribed into onomatopoeic syllables, but how else are we supposed to convey the resonance, the booming, the swells of sound that seem almost able to scoop you out of your chair, they’re so powerful? Better to let the work speak for itself, we think. And luckily, Marin Alsop and the BSO have just announced the season for this coming year. It’s chock full of work by the usual classic suspects as well as work by some of the finest living contemporary composers.
Everything’s looking up for the BSA’s holiday show: New place, partnerships and prices, too.
For its annual production of The Nutcracker, the Baltimore School for the Arts has teamed with two other Baltimore cultural organizations: the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Maryland Institute College of Art. The show will also upgrade to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. The classic holiday ballet will feature more than 120 dancers from BSA, its TWIGS program, and its faculty and friends (party scene only!); BSO musicians; and new backdrops painted by MICA students.
Maryland recently found herself haunted by faces of our possible presidential futures. Soon she will get a visitation from our presidential past. Bill Clinton will come to Baltimore to kick off the 2012-2013 of Stevenson University’s Baltimore Speakers Series at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on October 16.
The press release announcing next season’s lineup calls Clinton’s presidency “a time of unprecedented prosperity and change.” Man, rub our faces in it, whydontcha! Still, it could be nice to go see him speak, imagine him with darker hair, and pretend it’s the ’90s again.
Problem is, the only way to get a ticket to escape for a little bit into America’s pre 9/11 golden age and hear some probably undeservedly hopeful talk about globalization and “a common future based on shared goals and values” is to buy a series subscription, which ranges from $265 to $395 per person. So even if you’re die-hard Clinton-head, if you’re not big into Jeanette Walls, Lisa Ling, P.W. Singer, Erskine Bowles, Vicente Fox, and Nando Parrado, it might not be worth it.