Overture Magazine - 2018-19 Season BSO_Overture_JanFeb_19 | Page 6

in B A LT I M O R E S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E S T R A NEWS OF NOTE GAME DAY O BSO percussion and brass players perform at Baltimore Ravens game n Sunday, November 25, after the Thanksgiving holiday, members of the Baltimore Symphony brass and percussion sections performed the national anthem at the Baltimore Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium. Led by Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, the ensemble performed an arrangement of the anthem written by Sean O’Loughlin. “Though the performance itself was brief by orchestral standards, it was certainly one of the more pulse-pounding musical experiences I’ve had,” said Hersh. “We set up at the 20-yard line as the visiting team’s kicker was practicing field goals—over our heads. Then we witnessed the pyrotechnic- infused entrance of the Ravens from the best seats in the stadium. And, for a true rush of adrenaline, try seeing yourself perform in real time on a jumbotron with a stadium’s mega-amplification system echoing around you! But the feeling of a thousands-strong ‘O!’ and swelling cheers with the final crescendo was more than enough to leave us all on cloud nine.” The experience was made even better by a Ravens win over the Oakland Raiders! The game ended with a score of 34 to 17. WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS BSYO musicians perform in the nation’s capital 17 students from the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras program had the opportunity to perform at the White House for the annual Holiday Open House on Friday, November 30. All members of the Youth Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra, the young musicians performed in small ensembles while visitors toured the decorated holiday displays. A private event hosted by the Executive Office of the President, the invitation came after Concert Orchestra Conductor Mary Poling sent in an application and recordings of the group. Students were able to tour the White House following their performance. 4