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MUSIC BOX Children’s concert series re-launches at Strathmore T he BSO’s Music Box concert series, for children ages 6 months to 3 years, is re-launching in Montgomery County this winter. Starting in February, Music Box concerts will be presented at the AMP by Strathmore in partnership with Strathmore education and in collaboration with Levine Music. The half-hour concerts hosted by Maria Broom feature small ensembles of BSO musicians performing classical and children’s songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. “We are so excited to bring the BSO Music Box concerts back to Montgomery County this season,” said BSO Director of Education and Community Engagement Carole Wysocki. “The Music Box series is such a wonderful way for parents to share the joy of music with their very young children. Everyone will go away humming and smiling!” Music Box concerts at Strath- more begin on February 16 with “All Aboard,” a program that explores the excitement of traveling to new places. For the full schedule of Music Box performances, please visit BSOmusic.org. IN THE NEWS OrchKids ends 2018 on a high note F ollowing a New York Times article in May that landed on the front page of the Arts section, the BSO OrchKids have achieved several high-profile stories in regional, national and international news outlets. In conjunction with the group’s 10-year anniversary in 2018, students have been featured everywhere from The Irish Times to ZDF German television to O, The Oprah Magazine. Most recently, OrchKids students and siblings Keith Fleming and Desha Banks were featured in a segment on the nationally-televised CBS Evening News. Keith and Desha have both been involved with OrchKids since it launched in 2008 and have gone on to participate in music festivals across the country and around the world. “I joined OrchKids 10 years ago, and the program has had such a huge impact on my life,” said Keith. “Some kids I know never leave Baltimore, but, because of OrchKids, I’ve had the chance to travel around the country and even to Austria and England for music festivals. It’s really inspired me in so many ways, and my dream now is to start my own CBS Evening News music education program.” films OrchKids student Desha Banks teaching Stay tuned for even more OrchKids a cello lesson. success stories in 2019 and beyond! The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with first music director Gustav Strube at the Lyric Opera House, circa 1920. DAY OF GIVING BSO launches new fundraising initiative on February 11 T he Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performed for the very first time on February 11, 1916. “The occasion was one that will remain long in the memory of all who were present,” The Baltimore Sun reported at the time. “This concert marked a turning point in the musical life of Baltimore.” To commemorate this historic date, on February 11, 2019, the BSO community in Maryland and around the globe celebrates the impact of philanthropy in supporting high-quality music performance and music education. Over the last 100 years, the shared vision of BSO donors has helped the organization grow from the Lyric stage to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to The Music Center at Strathmore and to international acclaim. Join us for a day of celebrating the generous spirit of our supporters and be a part of the transformative power of music in our community by making a gift on this special day: February 11, 2019. The Day of Giving features challenges issued by fellow donors, a fundraising concert in support of our OrchLab education program and much more! For more information, visit BSOmusic.org/dayofgiving and follow the BSO on social media. @BSOmusic @BaltSymphony t @BaltSymphony 5