In addition to naming Marin Alsop its next music director this week, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced programming for its 90th-anniversary season, which begins this fall.
Alsop, who does not take up her new position full time until the 2007-2008 season, will conduct Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 1 -- the 1987 winner of the lamented Kennedy Center-based Friedheim Award -- in January 2006. In June she will lead John Corigliano's "Red Violin Concerto" with soloist Joshua Bell. Alsop, Bell and the BSO will also record the work for Sony Classical. This will be the orchestra's first recording project in almost a decade.
The Baltimore Symphony will present more than 40 concerts at its new, second home in North Bethesda, the Music Center at Strathmore. Most of the orchestra's subscription season will be played at Strathmore as well as at Meyerhoff Hall in downtown Baltimore, the group's home base.
This is the last season of Yuri Temirkanov's music directorship, and he will conclude his tenure next June with the same piece that started it off -- Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection." Janice Chandler-Eteme and Nancy Maultsby, the same soloists who appeared with Temirkanov in that initial performance in January 2000, will be on hand to send him off, as will the Baltimore Symphony Chorus. Temirkanov will also conduct music by Dvorak, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and an all-Mozart program.
A series called "Symphony With a Twist" will feature pre-concert live jazz in the Meyerhoff and Strathmore lobbies, along with tapas and martini bars. Programs include "A Night in Havana" with the jazz clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and "The Lure of the Diva," a program of opera selections featuring soprano Emily Pulley and mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer, under the direction of David Alan Miller.
Conductor Kwame Ryan, in his second appearance with the orchestra, will lead Bartok's opera "Bluebeard's Castle" in November. In April, "On the Transmigration of Souls," John Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning choral work commemorating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, will receive its first Baltimore performance, under the direction of Carlos Kalmar.
Soulful Symphony, an African American orchestra led by Darin Atwater that combines classical jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and works by black composers, will present two programs at Strathmore -- "Soulful Celebration," with Duke Ellington's arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" and Quincy Jones's gospel rendition of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 10, and "Symphony of Love," with works by George Walker and Atwater himself on March 10.
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