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January 27, 2011

A little more news leaks out about Baltimore Symphony's 2011-12 season

Earlier this month, Carnegie Hall's 2011-12 season release provided some enticing info about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's season, too. Now comes news from California, where the Philharmonic Society of Orange County's '11-'12 announcement reveals a little more about the BSO's plans, also enticing.

It has been no secret that the orchestra will do its first beyond-New York tour with music director Marin Alsop next season -- not Europe or Asia, but the West Coast of the U.S., which isn't too shabby.

Now we know that the repertoire will include

Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," Joan Tower's "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman," Jennifer Higdon's Percussion Concerto and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5. The concert in Costa Mesa will be March 28, 2012, so it can be assumed that audiences here will sample that program at some point earlier that month.

At this point, it seems silly to hold back on the full BSO season lineup, which surely can't have that many details left to finalize. But I know how orchestras love to, well, orchestrate, such announcements. I guess we'll have to wait until the marketing and PR stars are aligned just so over Baltimore. 

Posted by Tim Smith at 3:21 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes


Any idea of when the BSO is slated to announce the season? An dthe Kennedy Center for that matter? I know the Washington Opera will do it on February 1st. Thanks!

I sit in blissful ignorance, my normal state. TIM

Tim, Don't we pretty much know there will be a generous representation of Prokofiev Symphonies, given the orchestra's plans to record them for Naxos?

I understand the orchestra's reluctance to announce the next season - they still have lots of seats to sell for this season! When you still have plenty of seats for a Saturday night concert with Ax playing the Brahms 1st Concerto on a program conducted by Alsop that also includes a new work by Golijov, you still have some marketing to do!

By the way, I'd urge your readers not to pass by the Feb 18 concert with pianist Jessica Fliter - based on her two Chopin Cds, I'd rate her one of the top Chopin pianists in the world now - an extraordinary talent. Hear her while you still have the opportunity!

I think you mean Ingrid, but, yes, she's a fine musician. The BSO season announcement is due the first week of March, I'm told. TIM

Indeed I did mean Ingrid - thanks for the correction.

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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