The National Philharmonic, conducted by Piotr Gajewski, will present a concert titled Eroica + Beethoven on September 21 & 22.The Eroica Trio is comprised of Erika Nickrenz, piano, Sara Parkins, violin and Sara Sant’Ambrogio, cello.The concert will feature Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major and his Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major(“Eroica”). The Triple is considered “one of the most unusual concertos in the Western tradition.”
The planned performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert that was originally scheduled for September 19 at The Music Center at Strathmore, has been postponed to Spring 2020. The future date is to be announced within the next two weeks. The BSO has noted that “The Ticket Office will be in touch with those patrons who currently hold tickets for the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert performance once the new date is confirmed.”
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 on September 28.The orchestra, with violinist/composerDaniel Bernard Roumain, will perform his Voodoo Concerto.The program will include Verdi's La forza del destino Overture.
Image below: Daniel Bernard Roumain - Credit Bethaniel Hines
The BSO, conducted by Matthias Pintscher, will perform the Scriabin Piano Concerto with pianist Conrad Tao on October 3.The program will include Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Bartók’s The Wooden Prince.
Image below: Conrad Tao - credit Brantley Gutierrez
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, with the Women’s Voices of Peabody Opera, directed by Kateryna Sokolova, will perform a concert with soloists Aušrinė Stundytė, soprano, Renée Morloc, contralto & Sonya Alexandra Knussen, contralto on October 20. The program will include Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna (semi-staged) and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4.
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Off the Cuff: Brahms Symphony No. 4 on October 18."Composed at the height of the Romantic period, Brahms’ Fourth Symphony is both a nod to the past and a look to the future.Marin Alsop unpacks the profound emotions behind this masterpiece and explores how Brahms paved the way for the modernists of the 20th Century."
The BSO, conducted by David Danzmayr, with violinist Stefan Jackiw, will perform Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish” on October 26.The theme of the concert will be Viennese masterpieces. The program will include Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra, Schubert's Symphony in B Minor, “Unfinished” and J. Strauss, Jr.'s On the Beautiful Blue Danube.
The BSO, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt, will perform Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Emanuel Ax on November 9.The program will include Finnish-born composer Lotta Wennäkoski’s Hava, paired with Schubert’s Sixth Symphony.
Image below: Ruth Reinhardt - Photo by Harrison Linsey
The BSO, conducted by Xian Zhang, will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major with pianist George Li on November 16.Theprogram will include female composer Chen Yi’s Antiphony, which is inspired by the antiphonal singing of South China’s Zhuang minority and features extraordinary drumming passages.
Prokoﬁev’s greatest symphony, the Fifth, will conclude the program.
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Off the Cuff: Stravinsky's Pulcinella on November 22.“Pulcinella brought together Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Stravinsky, and Picasso—who created sets and costumes—in a whole new direction after the riotous premiere of the Rite of Spring. Discover how Stravinsky fell in love with the forgotten music and world of commedia dell’arte clowns.”
The BSO, conducted by Marin Alsop, will perform Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, which has been called "a sparkling evocation of the world of commedia dell’arte clowns," on November 24. The program will include the world premiere of a BSO commission by Russian-American composer and pianist Lera Auerbach. The concert will also include Prokoﬁev’s “Classical” Symphony and Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture.
Snarky Puppy will perform at The Music Center on September 12.The band is a funky, jazz-based collective of more than 25 musicians who recently releasedImmigrance. Band founder Michael League has said that the globally-minded record is all about movement and the idea “that everything is fluid, that everything is always moving, and that we’re all in a constant state of immigration.”
Lucinda Williams & her band Buick 6 will perform music from her award-winning album titled Car Wheels On A Gravel Road as part of her 20th Anniversary Tour at The Music Center on September 24.Performance of the album in its entirety will be followed by a set of songs from throughout Lucinda’s career.
The United States Navy Band will perform a concert titled America’s Navy—Celebrating 244 Years of Service in the Music Center on October 2.The concert will feature the Concert Band, Sea Chanters Chorus, and the Cruisers performing popular songs from the past, present, cinema, and more. The Naval heritage will be honored throughout the concert, paying tribute to wounded warriors and our nation.
India.Arie, the four-time Grammy-winning artist and songwriter, will perform at Strathmore on October 11. Arie is said to be “a spiritual leader as well as a performer,” and her visionary music is said to “inspire and uplift.”
Whose Live Anyway? with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis & Joel Murray will be at The Music Center on October 12.It will be an evening of improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions. Audience participation is key to the show, so "bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! The cast will showcase some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as exciting new ones."
Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Music Center on October 13.The company’s musical expression has been described as “contrasting as yin and yang, yet just as complementary when masterfully melded, they now come together in perfect harmony.”
Strathmore will present Ray LaMontagne - Just Passing Through with special guests Kacy & Clayton in The Music Center on October 15.The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will return to the stage on his Just Passing Through acoustic tour. Accompanied by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, the duo will perform songs from LaMontagne’s body of work.
Strathmore will present Sergio Mendes & Bebel Gilberto on the 60th Anniversary of Bossa Novain the Music Center on October 16.The multi-Grammy-winning producer, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist Sergio Mendes was one of the most internationally successful Brazilian artists of all time.”
Vocalist Bebel Gilberto is the daughter of João Gilberto.
Washington Performing Arts will present the Chick Corea Trilogywith Christian McBride and Brian Blade at the Music Center on October 30.The Trilogy "deliver up-to-the minute takes on the Great American Songbook, Corea originals, and more."