BWW Reviews: Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone Join Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season
It was one of the most incredible experiences I've had sitting on the stage of the Josephy Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, just a few feet from Maestra Marin Alsop as she conducted the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra play highlights from the just announced 2014-15 season. What a clever way of introducing the media to next season. And to top off this incredible morning, we were privileged to hear the incredible Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg rehearse the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 with the BSO.
Music Director Alsop took the microphone to welcome the assorted media to the first-ever presentation of highlights of the new season allowing the press to actually sit on the stage alongside the BSO musicians, a once in a lifetime opportunity. I chose to sit near Concertmaster Jonathan Carney.
Alsop explained the theme of next season would be to explore themes of spirituality and transcendence. She announced that the BSO would celebrate its 20th anniversary at its second home at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD by adding a Sunday Matinee series and presenting an anniverary concert on February 5, 2015 featuring Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto as well as orchestral showpieces by Respighi, "The Pines of Rome" and "Church Windows".
Another change was expanding the popular "Off the Cuff" series to five concerts.
There will be a Gala Concert celebrating Baltimore and the 200th Anniversary of the "Star Spangled Banner" on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Alsop will lead the BSO in Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" joined by Center Stage's Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah as narrator, and "Old American Songs" performed by the Morgan State University Choir. Also on the program will be Grofe's "Ode to the Star Spangled Banner" and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue".
For theater lovers, Leonard Bernstein's Operetta CANDIDE will be given a semi-staged production featuring Tony winner Patti LuPone as the "Old Lady" (June 11-14) and her EVITA co-star and Tony winner actor Mandy Patinkin will be performing his DRESS CASUAL concert January 22-25.