2015-2016 season

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THE IMMORTALS

September 20, 2015

Markand Thakar, conductor
Katherine Needleman, oboe

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BEETHOVEN Egmont: Overture
MOZART Oboe Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, “Scottish"

We're opening the season with three immortal masterworks, beginning with the gripping Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven. We present the return of a Baltimore musical icon, oboist Katherine Needleman, here performing the Oboe Concerto by Wolfgang Mozart. And we finish with one of Felix Mendelssohn’s greatest works, his Symphony no. 3, so called Scottish. This glorious symphony was inspired by a visit to the ruins of the chapel of the 16th-century Holyrood Palace, residence of royals as far back as Mary, Queen of Scots.
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VIENNA, CITY OF ROMANCE

November 22, 2015

Markand Thakar, conductor
Jonathan Palevsky, narrator

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

program:
MOZART Serenade for Winds K.388
STRAUSS/SCHOENBERG Emperor Waltzes
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 1

WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky joins us again for one of his wildly popular Informances, visually annotated talks about the music accompanied by BCO performances. Jonathan addresses Vienna, the “New Orleans” of Europe, a city with its own lighthearted approach to food and music. The concert begins with a Serenade by Wolfgang Mozart for winds from the 18th century, followed by set of Johann Strauss waltzes from the 19th century, and ending with an early 20th-century — and quite romantic work — by Arnold Schoenberg, the Chamber Symphony No. 1.
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STRINGS OF FIRE

January 17, 2016

Markand Thakar, conductor
Madeline Adkins, violin

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BACH, CPE Symphony in D Major (W.183/1)
BACH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
SARASATE Introduction and Tarantella
ELGAR Serenade
SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony

Dmitri Shostakovich published his intense and passionate String Quartet no. 8, with the dedication “to the memory of the victims of fascism and war.” It is a fitting tag for this most popular work, performed here in the arrangement for string orchestra. The concert opens with a symphony by Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach, a master of the Empfindsamer style that paved the way from the Baroque to the Classical. CPE’s father, JS Bach, is represented with the A-Minor Violin Concerto performed by our own beloved concertmaster, Madeline Adkins, who will also thrill us with a virtuoso showpiece by the Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate. The profoundly peaceful Serenade for string orchestra by the British Sir Edward Elgar rounds out the program.
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AS GOOD AS GOLD

May 29, 2016

Markand Thakar, conductor
Zlatomir Fung, cello
Gold Medalist of the Stulberg International String Competition

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, May 29, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BACH, JC Symphony in D Major, W.C. 27
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1

BCO is proud to continue our relationship with the Stulberg International String Competition, this year presenting the 2014 Gold Medalist, 16-year-old Zlatomir Fung. Zlatomir may be young, but he is a remarkable musician, a competition winner who has been wowing audiences around the country. The concert concludes with the first symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven, begun at the still tender age of 25. And while Johann Christian Bach was probably not a young man when he composed the bright, vivacious Opus 18 symphonies, this youngest son of the master Johann Sebastian is well known for mentoring the 8-year-old Wolfgang Mozart in London.
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