« National Symphony returns to recording arena with Eschenbach, American program | Main | Rebounding from deficit year, Baltimore Symphony announces balanced 2009-2010 budget »

January 19, 2011

Marin Alsop, Baltimore Symphony returning to Carnegie Hall for Honegger work

Carnegie Hall announces its season before the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra does, which means I can now report a little something about the 2011-12 lineup:

In November, Marin Alsop and the BSO will perform Arthur Honegger's extraordinary oratorio from the 1930s, "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher" ("Joan of Arc at the Stake").

This enticing news is contained in the Carnegie season announcement, released Wednesday. Local fans of the orchestra will, I assume, hear the oratorio a few days before the New York date. The BSO's most recent Carnegie appearances were last November, when Alsop led the orchestra in two well-received concerts. 

It's obvious that a few details about the 2011 program have yet to be settled at the BSO, since the Carnegie calendar listing looks like this:


Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor

Tenor to be announced

Tenor to be announced

Bass to be announced

Soprano to be announced

Alto to be announced

Chorus to be announced

Children's chorus to be announced

Additional artists to be announced

Stay tuned for the filling in of the blanks when the BSO reveals its full 2011-12 lineup in the weeks ahead.

UPDATE: I have since learned that Alsop will first conduct "Jeanne d'Arc" in July at the Oregon Bach Festival in a semi-staged version directed by James Robinson, artistic director of Opera Theatre of Sant Louis. That version will be re-created in Baltimore and NY. Among the soloists slated for the  Oregon presentation is soprano Tamara Wilson, who has done notable work for Washington National Opera. 


Posted by Tim Smith at 2:10 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes


Kudos to Marin for returning to more adventurous programming. Looking forward to seeing what else she has planned.

Nice! With that kind of programming in mind, I have two words of advice: Edgard Varese.

I'll second that. TIM

Post a comment

All comments must be approved by the blog author. Please do not resubmit comments if they do not immediately appear. You are not required to use your full name when posting, but you should use a real e-mail address. Comments may be republished in print, but we will not publish your e-mail address. Our full Terms of Service are available here.

Verification (needed to reduce spam):

About Tim Smith
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.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
View the Artsmash blog

Baltimore Sun coverage
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop
Famous faces in classical music
Sign up for FREE entertainment alerts
Get free Sun alerts sent to your mobile phone.*
Get free Baltimore Sun mobile alerts
Sign up for nightlife text alerts

Returning user? Update preferences.
Sign up for more Sun text alerts
*Standard message and data rates apply. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Weekend Watch newsletter
Plan your weekend with's best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV picks and more delivered to you every Thursday for free.
See a sample | Sign up

Most Recent Comments
Stay connected