Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Plan To Start New Music Festival, Which Will Open Mid-July


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) generally dedicates its energies to more upbeat music during the summer months. Oftentimes, the BSO plays music made famous from modern movies. This will only change slightly, because there is still a “Harry Potter” film score to be presented this year. However, BSO has something edgier and heavier in mind.


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Will Launch New Music Festival

On Friday, the BSO announced the launch of a New Music Festival scheduled for mid-July. The festival will feature two concerts, one displaying orchestral works and the other chamber pieces. The talented lineup will include six Baltimore premieres and a world premiere of a work that is currently be amid production by Jandali.

Works by Kevin Puts, who currently teaches composition at the Peabody Institute and 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning composure, and Christopher Rouse, Baltimore-based, 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning composure.

Two buzz-generating composures, German-born, Syrian-American Malek Jandali and Iranian-Born Gity Razaz, both living in New York, will also be part of the lineup.

Soprano Agata Zubel, a Polish composure recognized for boundary-pushing and complex work, will get the most exposure with reference to works programmed.

“ I am really excited about having her here,” BSO’s music director, Marin Alsop said. “She is an amazing vocalist. She will be featured both nights and give a late-night performance after a chamber music concert.”

The chamber music concert will kick off the festival on July 13, featuring members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Zubel, BSO players and other guest artist.

The festival’s BSO (second) concert will open on July 15 and feature a pair of Zubel pieces and a reprise of “The City,” a piece by composure, Puts, and James Bartolomeo, a famous videographer.

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