BSO at Strathmore
The Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its uncompromising pursuit of artistic excellence, the Baltimore Symphony has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout the Maryland community through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.
The BSO made musical history in July 2005 when it announced the appointment of Marin Alsop as its next music director, making her the first woman to lead a major American orchestra. Maestra Alsop’s inaugural concerts in September 2007 marked the dawn of a new era for the BSO, as she brings her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship and her commitment to accessibility in classical music to BSO audiences throughout Maryland.
With the opening of the Music Center at Strathmore in February 2005, the Baltimore Symphony became the nation’s first orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas. In its 10 years as the founding partner and resident orchestra of the Music Center, the BSO presents approximately 35 performances in the concert hall annually, including several classical series, BSO SuperPops, a new Sunday matinee series, Marin Alsop’s signature Off the Cuff series and Music Box concerts for young children. Under the auspices of the BSO, some of the world’s most renowned musicians have performed at Strathmore, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Andre Watts.
The BSO at Strathmore is actively involved in giving back to Montgomery County and the Greater DC area, continuing the Orchestra’s 91-year history of high-quality education programs for music-lovers of all ages. In addition to mid-week education concerts and free pre-concert lectures, the BSO collaborates with the Levine School of Music and the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra to present lecture series and master classes for area youth. Since 2006, the BSO at Strathmore has offered Montgomery County grade schools BSO on the Go, an outreach initiative which brings small groups of BSO musicians into local schools for free and interactive music education workshops, and OrchLab which enriches the instrumental music curriculum, enhances student performance skills and offers professional development to school music educators. Adults from Montgomery County can participate in The BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians, which provide amateur adult musicians the chance to rehearse and perform with the BSO, and continuing education opportunities such as pre-concert lectures at Strathmore, Road Scholar, and OSHER programs.
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