2016-2017 Season

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Lyrical Delights

October 2, 2016

Madeline Adkins, violin
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C “Jupiter”

Blast off with BCO’s season-opener, including Mozart’s last and grandest symphony, nicknamed “Jupiter” for its unusual breadth. Our star concertmaster Madeline Adkins again steps in front of the orchestra to perform Prokofiev’s brilliant, colorful second violin concerto. And did you know that Bartok traveled from village to village throughout Romania recording the rich variety of folk music, using one of the first Edison wax cylinders? One of the results is the tuneful set of folk dances that opens the program.
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What the Fugue?

November 27, 2016

Jonathan Palevsky, narrator
Bryan Young, bassoon
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3:00 p.m.

program:
CORELLI Christmas Concerto
VIVALDI Bassoon Concerto in E Minor
BACH Little Fugue in G Minor
MOZART Adagio and Fugue
STRAVINSKI Concerto in D

Some of our most popular events have been Jonathan Palevsky’s "Informances," entertaining illustrated descriptions of the music. This season Jonathan takes on the Baroque. One prominent Baroque form was the concerto, characterized by the opposition of large and small (or single) forces. A second was the fugue, involving the juxtaposition of melodic lines. From the Baroque Era we play Corelli’s so-called Christmas Concerto, a work opposing large and smaller groups of instruments; Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto performed by the BCO’s virtuoso principal bassoonist Bryan Young; and Bach’s Little Fugue. The concert closes with two Baroque-influenced works: Mozart’s valiant attempt at fugue writing, and Stravinsky’s jaunty neo-Baroque Concerto in D.
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Dancin’ Shoes

February 12, 2017

Max Pollak, tap dancer
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BERNSTEIN On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
GOULD Tap Dance Concerto
Tap dance solo encore
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4

Fred Astaire live in person? We have the next best thing. Brilliant tap dancer Max Pollak takes over the stage with Morton Gould’s entertaining and theatrical Tap Dance Concerto. Making music with your feet….priceless! We set the mood with Leonard Bernstein’s jazzy Dance Episodes from the musical On the Town. And we close with Beethoven’s fourth symphony, because…well, Beethoven.
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Mad about Madeline

April 9, 2017

Madeline Adkins, violin
Lura Johnson, piano

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

program:
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No.1, Op. 78
PIAZZOLLA Grand Tango
HAYDN Violin Concerto in C Major
TCHAIKOVSKY Valse Scherzo

Didn’t get enough of Madeline? Neither did we. The luminous Ms. Adkins performs the stunningly beautiful first sonata for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms. After intermission she again appears as soloist in Franz Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major. And if that isn’t enough, we’ve convinced her to close with one of her renowned virtuoso show piece performances.
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All that Glitters…

May 28, 2017

Yaegy Park, violin (Stulberg International Competition Gold medalist)
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

program:
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 4 in D, K.218
SARASATE Zigeunerweisen
BRAHMS Serenade no. 2, Op. 16 in A Major

BCO audiences have delighted with our annual presentation of Gold Medal winners of the Stulberg International Competition. This year we feature Yaegy Park, whose artistry and technical wizardry belie her 17 years. Ms. Park brings her unusual musical maturity to Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s Violin Concerto no. 4, and her lightning fast fingers to Pablo de Sarasate’s arrangement of gypsy airs, Zigeunerweisen. The concert closes with the rich, golden hues of the young Johannes Brahms’ A-major serenade.
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