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BSO Announces 2011-12 Season

March 1, 2011

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced its forthcoming season today, and, at the risk of further overusing one of the more obnoxious cliches of the day, it’s fairly epic. Here are just a handful among many highlights:

• In a nod to Marin Alsop’s trailblazing stint as the music director of a major American orchestra, the BSO pays tribute to other “revolutionary” women with a season-long series of concerts and events. Among the most intriguing are performances of Arthur Honegger’s underheard oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au Bücher (Nov. 17-18  plus Nov. 19 at Carnegie Hall in New York) as well as performances of Richard Einhorn’s Visions of Light accompanying its inspiration, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent-film masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc (March 2-4, 2012). And some of the season’s earliest big nights feature the world premiere of the BSO-commissioned Chuphshah! Harriet’s Drive to Canaan, Baltimore-based composer James Lee III’s  celebration of the life and work of Harriet Tubman. The season’s guest soloist line-up features a conspicuous number of women performers as well, from BSO debuts such as pianist Olga Kern (Jan. 19 and 21, 2012) to the return of Baltimore’s own Hilary Hahn (Sept. 10).

• In addition to Hahn, the orchestra welcomes a number of classical superstars, including Itzhak Perlman (Jan. 12-15, 2012), André Watts (May 10-13, 2012), and Baltimore’s own Leon Fleisher (May 3 and 6, 2012).

• Not content to roll in a string of standard seat fillers, the orchestra presents a number of new works by living composers, including the Einhorn and Lee pieces plus Philip Glass’ LIFE: A Journey Through Time (Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 4, 2012), Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto (March 22-24, 2012), and more.

• The standard repertoire programming presents many evenings to look forward to, including performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection” (Sept. 15-17), a program of Copland and Gershwin (Nov. 10-13), Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major (Feb. 23-26, 2012),  Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 in C Major “Lenningrad” (May 3-6, 2012), and more.

There are also the usual holiday programs and the SuperPops bills, plus prestigious New York and West Coast road dates. Head on over to the BSO’s site to view a season-preview video.

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