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FROM THE PRESIDENT
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.
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Peter T. Kjome
President and CEO
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra