BSO Music Director Marin Alsop Leads the Orchestra in its Centennial Celebration

Marking The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary, its music director, Marin Alsop, conducts the orchestra in the January 13th concert, 8:00PM at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. A pre-concert discussion is scheduled for 7:00PM with Marin Alsop.

Marin Alsop

Marin Alsop

This concert will mark the 100th anniversary of the orchestra’s founding. The evening’s program will include Brahms Academic Festival Overture, Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” and will feature the orchestra’s principal oboist Katherine Needleman playing Christopher Rouse’s Oboe Concerto.

Marin Alsop joined the orchestra in 2007 and has been recognized by two extensions in her tenure until 2021. She is also the music director of Sao Paulo, Brazil Symphony Orchestra and has guest-conducted the great orchestras of the world. In 2013 Ms Alsop, had the honor of conducting the traditional “Last Night of the BBC Proms” which featured the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, tenor Jonas Kaufmann, soprano Daniele de Niese, and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She returned to the Proms in 2015 to conduct the “Last Night” and other programs in the series.

Ms Alsop has long been an advocate of new music and has been the music director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. She also maintains links with her previous orchestras – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conductor laureate Eugene, Oregon Symphony and music director laureate Colorado Symphony. Ms Alsop is the recipient of numerous awards and is the only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

The New York City native attended Yale University, received her master’s degree from The Julliard School, and was the first women to be awarded the Koussevitsky Conducting Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was a pupil of Leonard Bernstein. She is now director of the graduate conducting program at the Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop has long been a champion of the work of Christopher Rouse, the composer of the Oboe concerto, the featured piece on the program. Mr. Rouse is one of today’s most prolific composers. The Baltimore native and current resident has a long list of pieces commissioned by many orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony. He was recently the composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic.

Katherine Needleman joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as principal oboist in 2003. She has been recognized as one of the most talented double reed players performing today. The Washington Post cited her “deliciously plaintive tone,” while the Baltimore Sun notes her “startling agility, endless breaths… and prism of sonic colors.” Rouse’s lyrical and accessible piece is well suited to her talent. Ms Needleman has appeared with many leading orchestras including Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony and others. She’s a Baltimore Native, attended the Baltimore School of the Arts leaving early to attend the Curtis Institute of Music. She’s on the faculties of Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, the Aspen Music Festival and Curtis Institute Summerfest.

The Mid-Shore Symphony Society is now its 45th season presenting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake College to Eastern Shore audiences. These concerts are supported in part by ticket sales, the Maryland Arts Council, Queen Anne’s Art’s County Arts Council, Kent County Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council, and generous contributions by friends of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are $40, students $10, and are available at the door, or call 410 827 5867.


The Messiah Ushers In The Christmas Season at Wye Mills December 5

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale, and internationally acclaimed soloists usher in the Eastern Shore’s Christmas musical season with a complete tradi- tional performance of Handel’s Messiah in the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, December 5 at 7:30PM.

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 8.20.17 AMEdward Polochick is the conductor of the ensemble. He is also the artistic director of the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Mr. Polochick is now in his 18th season as music director of the Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony Orchestra. He was also director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and since 1979 has been director of choral ensembles and opera conductor at the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Polochick is an accomplished pianist and harpsichordist and has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The soloists are American soprano and Peabody Conservatory graduate Jennifer O’Loughlin, who has performed with major orchestras and opera companies throughout Europe. Bass Soloman How- ard recently graduated from the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and has garnered high praise for his performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Santa Fe Opera and l’Opera national de Bordeaux. Tenor Shawn Mathey performs

in leading opera houses and concert halls in Europe and the United States. He is highly regarded as a Mozart specialist but also performs diverse rolls ranging from Puccini to Berg. Mr. Mathey trained at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Mezzo –soprano Nancy Maultsby has developed a repertoire in demand by opera companies ranging from Monteverdi and Handel to recent works by John Adams. This season she’ll be singing with the San Antonio Symphony in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and later she’ll be at Lyric Opera of Kansas City in Dvorak’s Rusalka.

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering, but it has become a xture of the Christmas season. Here on the Shore numerous amateur community performances can be found around the holiday. But none will offer the grandeur of this performance featuring a 70 voice chorale, internationally acclaimed soloists all backed up by the renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The Mid-Shore Symphony Society is now in its 45th season of presenting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Chesapeake College to Eastern Shore audiences. This season the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary.

These concerts are supported in part by ticket sales, the Maryland Arts Council, Queen Anne’s Arts County Council, Kent County Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and generous contributions by friends of the Baltimore Symphony.Tickets are $40, students $10, and are available at the door, or call 410 827 5867.

By Jacob Bell


Baltimore Symphony and Mid-Shore Symphony Society Get Ready for New Season


Now in its 45th year, the Mid-Shore Symphony Society joins Chesapeake College in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with three outstanding concerts for the 2015-16 season tailored to Eastern Shore Audiences.

The schedule includes the BSO’s Christmas season opener on Saturday, December 5 the complete Handel’s Messiah featuring Edward Polochick conducting the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale with soloists to be announced later and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The season’s second concert on Wednesday, January 13, will honor the orchestra’s centennial with its internationally acclaimed music director Marin Alsop conducting the orchestra in the Brahms Academic Festival Overture, a new oboe concerto by Christopher Rouse featuring the BSO’s principal oboist Katherine Needleman, and the program ends with Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.”

The final presentation for the 2015-16 season will be an all American program including Copeland’s The Tenderland Suite, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring soloist Simone Porter. The evening concludes with a Gershwin Prelude, Catfish Row Suite from Porgy and Bess, and a surprise encore.

Tickets are $40, $10 for students, and $105 for the complete season. For best seats, call 410 827 5867. All performances in 2016 begin at 8:00PM with a preconcert conversation with the conductor at 7:30PM at the college’s Todd Performing Arts Center. The Messiah concert begins at 7:30PM.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Eastern Shore concerts are presented by the Mid-Shore Symphony Society and Chesapeake College and are supported in part by tick- et sales, grants from the Kent County Arts Council, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, the Talbot Council Arts Council, and generous contributions from friends of the BSO. Visit


Spy Tip for Opera Lovers: Baltimore Symphony and National Opera Team Up in Wye Mills

From tragic to comedic to romantic to whimsical the Washington National Opera (WNO) joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) to present some of opera’s greatest hits at 8:00PM on Saturday, April 25 at Chesapeake College Todd Performing Art Center. Margaret Sippey, artistic planning manager and assistant to the BSO’s music director Marin Alsop, will moderate a discussion with Grant Gershon the evening’s conductor and stage director Edward Berkeley at 7:00PM.

Young Artist Program will perform in a wonderful evening featuring the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Rossini, Donizetti, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Offenbach and Strauss.

The WNO’s Young Artists Program is a major resident training program for professional artists on the verge of international careers. The program offers exceptionally promising young singers, coach/accompanists, conductors, and stage directors a course of intensive training, study, and performance opportunities. The young artists are professional artists of the highest caliber who train in residence with the WNO for two years. They are chosen from an international pool of hundreds of applicants through a competitive audition process.

Grant Gershon is currently in his 14th year as artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as resident conductor of the Los Angeles Opera. The Los Angeles Times has declared that the Chorale “has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon.” Opera News calls him “a first-rate conductor.” He has recorded five commercial CD’s with the Chorale.

Interview with Grant Gershon

Edward Berkeley teaches vocal arts at the Juilliard School. He is also artistic director of the Willow Cobin Theater Company, director of the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and guest faculty with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindermann Young Artist Development Program. His long list of director credits at Juilliard include Don Giovanni and the Death of Klinghoffer. Berkeley has directed N.Y. premieres of plays by Terence McNally, Tennessee Williams and other noted authors.

Now completing its 44th year, The Mid-Shore Symphony Society presents concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with partial support from Queen Anne’s County Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and the Kent County Arts Council.

Tickets are $40 and $10 for students and are available at the door or call 410 827 5867

BSO Concert Dedicated to Arthur Kudner

Saturday night’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concert at Chesapeake College is dedicated to Arthur H. Kudner, Jr. Kudner was a founding member and first president of the Mid-Shore Symphony Society the presenter of the orchestra’s Eastern Shore concerts.

Kudner is recalled by many as a man of clear vision and extraordinary commitment to the community. In 1970 he gathered some friends from Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties, and together they developed a plan to bring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to the Eastern Shore for periodic concerts.

That was 43 years ago, and his visionary dream is continuing today with the internationally acclaimed guest artists and orchestra musicians that come to Chesapeake College three times a year.

Subscriptions for the BSO’s 44th season can be purchased at Saturday night’s concert. There will be champagne and chocolates for the first 50 subscribers provided by Mason’s Restaurant and Town and Country Liquors of Easton. Payment can be made in cash, credit card number and check.

The concert begins at 8PM, at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts center on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are available at the door.

BSO Features Classical Favorites at Season’s Final Concert

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) concerts at Chesapeake College conclude the 2013-14 season on Saturday, March 29 with a program of classical favorites. Marcelo Lehninger leads the orchestra, and Madeline Adkins, the BSO’s associate concert-master, is the featured soloist. The concert starts at 8PM with a pre-concert lecture led by Matt Spivey, vice president of the BSO’s artistic operations, at 7PM.

The program includes Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished,” Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending featuring violin soloist Madeline Adkins, Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo, and concludes with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 “Italian.”

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Marcelo Lehninger

Brazilian born Marcelo Lehninger is being recognized as one of the most gifted conductors of his generation. He was recently appointed music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra and renewed his contract with the Boston Symphony and promoted to associate conductor. Lehninger was appointed by James Levine and conducted the orchestra on several occasions at Symphony Hall, Boston, Tanglewood, and New York’s Carnegie Hall. New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini wrote that he was “terrific” and conducted “with impressive technique, musical insight, and youthful energy.” Before dedicating his career to conducting, Lehninger studied piano and violin and was mentored by conductors Kurt Masur and Leonard Slatkin. Lehninger and his wife and daughter divide their time between Boston and Los Angeles. This will be Marcelo Lehninger’s Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s debut.

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Madeline Adkins

Madeline Adkins was appointed associate concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra by its former conductor Yuri Temirkanov. She appears frequently as soloist with the BSO, and is concertmaster of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Adkins has also served as guest concertmaster with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras including being concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. She comes from a very musical Texas family, which included four violinists, two cellists, and a soprano. Adkin’s sister Elisabeth is the associate concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra, and two other siblings are titled players with the Dallas and Houston Symphonies. The family joins together several times a year as the Adkins String Ensemble.

Tickets are $40 and $10 for students. They can be purchased at the door or call 410 827

NOTE: Due to a scheduling change some tickets issued early might read March 28.

Early subscription for the 2014-15 season can be purchased in the lobby before the performance
and during the intermission. There will be champagne and chocolate for the first 50 subscribers
through the generosity of Mason’s and Town and Country Liquors of Easton. Payment
can be made in cash, credit card number and check.

Baltimore Symphony concerts at Chesapeake College are presented by the Mid-Shore Symphony Society and supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Kent County Arts Council.