2014-2015 season

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A DAY in the LIFE of HAYDN

October 5, 2014

Markand Thakar, conductor
Jonathan Palevsky, narrator

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

program:

HAYDN Symphony no. 6, D major (Morning)
HAYDN Symphony no. 7, C major (Noon)
HAYDN Symphony no. 8, G major (Night)

Joseph Haydn was a titan of the Classical Era, who singlehandedly codified musical forms and ensembles that persist today. With help of a multi-media presentation by WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky, we explore his fascinating life, from an undernourished childhood, to his decades of service as a court musician, to his ultimate renown across the Western world. The concert is musically illustrated with three early symphonies, known as “Morning,” “Noon,” and “Night,” enchanting works featuring solo turns by just about every one of BCO’s world-class musicians.

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STRING MUSIC

November 2, 2014

Markand Thakar, conductor
Youjin Lee, violin
Gold Medalist of the Stulberg International String Competition

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

program:

MOZART Divertimento, K.137
SCHUBERT Rondo for Violin & Orchestra D.438
FAURE Nocturne from Shylock
SAINT-SAENS Havanaise
MASSENET Meditation from Thais
SARASATE Navarra for Two Violins and Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

BCO is delighted to welcome violinist Youjin Lee, Gold Medalist of the Stulberg International String Competition. Our exceptional young virtuoso performs music by Schubert, Saint-Saens and Massenet, and joins our own Stulberg competition Gold Medalist, Madeline Adkins, in Navarra, Pablo de Sarasate’s dazzling evocation of old Spain. BCO also performs favorites by Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

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SPRING MUSIC

February 8, 2015

Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

program:

SCHUBERT Octet, D. 803, F Major
COPLAND Appalachian Spring

Punxsutawney Phil may not agree, but we’re getting ready for spring with two beloved small-ensemble masterworks. Franz Schubert’s warmly captivating Octet for winds and strings, and the original 13-instrument version of Aaron Copland’s ballet for the Martha Graham dance company, Appalachian Spring. (Actually this work, originally titled Ballet for Martha, was inspired by neither spring nor Appalachia. And old Phil really has no idea whatsoever. But we won’t tell.)

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MOMS and MENDELSSOHN

May 10, 2015

Markand Thakar, conductor
Odin Rathnam, violin

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, May 10, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

program:

MOZART Symphony no. 30
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2

Love Mom? Love Mendelssohn? Come celebrate Mother’s Day with BCO, as our sensational soloist Odin Rathnam performs Felix Mendelssohn’s perennial favorite Violin Concerto. Here’s a little inside info: to prevent applause between movements, which was common in Mendelssohn’s day, he through-composed his movements as much as possible, leaving no space for applause. Also on the program is Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 2. An early masterwork by the immortal composer, it features a profoundly beautiful slow movement, and a rip-roaring finale. The concert opens with one of the earliest “mature” symphonies by the 17-year-old Wolfgang Amadé Mozart. More inside info: one of Mozart’s middle names was Theophilus, Greek for “lover of God,” frequently latinized to Amadeus…but Mozart never used that name; he did use Amadé. Now go win those bar bets!

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