Overture Magazine - 2018-19 Season BSO_Overture_JanFeb_19 | Page 4

FROM THE PRESIDENT 2018-19 SEASON W elcome to this performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With a spirit of gratitude for the steadfast support of our community, we thank you for joining us for this concert. As the largest arts organization in the State of Maryland, all of us at the BSO appreciate and value the importance of engaging with the community we serve. In recent months, we’ve been fortunate to have a number of opportunities to take our music outside the Meyerhoff and Strathmore into new venues, performance spaces and even the homes of television viewers across the nation. Our BSO OrchKids program celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018 and garnered a significant amount of attention along the way. After landing on the front page of The New York Times Arts section, OrchKids appeared in outlets including The Irish Times, The Times of London and ZDF German television, bolstering the program’s truly international reputation. OrchKids was also featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and a segment on the nationally-televised CBS Evening News, which is seen by millions of viewers across the U.S. We look forward to many more successes for OrchKids in its next decade and beyond. THU, APR 11, 8 PM STRATHMORE FRI, APR 12, 8 PM MEYERHOFF SAT, APR 13, 8 PM MEYERHOFF SUN, APR 14, 3 PM MEYERHOFF MARIN ALSOP, CONDUCTOR MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR, ERIC CONWAY, DIRECTOR Back by popular demand, Marin Alsop leads the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir in a semi-staged production of Porgy and Bess. Featuring such well- known hits as “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Gershwin’s jazzy folk opera endures as an American classic since its 1935 premiere. THE GERSHWINS® Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin In November, members of the BSO performed our national anthem at M&T Bank Stadium before a Baltimore Ravens game. Led by our outstanding Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, members of the BSO brass and percussion sections performed a special arrangement of the music created right here in Maryland. One week later, students from the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras were invited to the White House to perform during the annual Holiday Open House. These are both once-in-a-lifetime events for any musicians, and we are proud to represent our city and our country in these endeavors. Of course, none of what we do here at the BSO would be possible without the support of people like you. We rely on our strong network of donors, sponsors, ticket-buyers and partners in order to be able to bring music to the people of Maryland and beyond. Your generosity makes programs like BSYO and OrchKids possible. With your vital support, we will sustain artistic excellence and strengthen our business model to ensure our community, and our audiences in Baltimore, Bethesda and the State of Maryland, are home to a world-class orchestra for many years to come. On behalf of our Board of Directors, musicians and staff, thank you for your attendance, and we hope you enjoy this concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. TICKETS FROM $25 BSOMUSIC.ORG 410.783.8000 2 OV E R T U R E / BSOmusic.org Peter T. Kjome President and CEO Baltimore Symphony Orchestra