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May 18, 2011

BSO receives $100,000 grant from NEA to support next season's tours

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra received a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of two domestic tours next season. Although the BSO has received NEA grants in the past, the only other one this large came in 1999.

The money will help fund the orchestra’s visits to New York’s Carnegie Hall in November, and to the West Coast in March and April, the BSO’s first visit to that region of the country since 1988 and the first with music director Marin Alsop.

“The NEA grant will also assist the efforts of the BSO to bring our programming and the innovation that characterizes Marin Alsop’s vision for the orchestra to a wider audience on both the East and West coasts,” said BSO president and CEO Paul Meecham.

The tours will feature works related to ...

the main theme of the 2011-2012 season, “Women as Leaders.” Woven through the programming for that season will be works by female composers. There will also be music inspired by the lives of notable women, such as Arthur Honegger’s oratorio “Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher” (“Joan of Arc at the Stake”), which will be performed at Carnegie Hall after its presentation in Baltimore.

The West Coast tour in March/April 2012 includes two California stops: the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa and the University of California in Berkeley. The orchestra then travels to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene, Oregon.

Repertoire for the West Coast trip will include works by Joan Tower and Jennifer Higdon. Music related to Joan of Arc will also be featured; Alsop will lead the BSO in performances of Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light” as a live soundtrack to the showing of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s acclaimed 1928 silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc.”

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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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