2017-2018 Season

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Triumphal Delights

October 1, 2017

Daniel Hass, cello (Stulberg International Competition Gold Medalist)
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

program:
ROSSINI Overture from The Italian Girl in Algiers
LESHNOFF Cello Concerto
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Rossini’s overture from The Italian Girl in Algiers opens the season, drawing us into a festive mood. Rossini’s playfulness and mastery is on full display. The dramatic Cello Concerto by Jonathan Leshnoff, BCO’s composer-in-residence, is full of nervous energy that announces its presence with authority. It is performed here by Stulberg International String Competition winner, Daniel Hass. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s powerful Symphony No. 7. Instantly popular, instantly recognized as a work of genius — the second movement was encored at its premiere! — this is a titanic work and magnificent season starter.
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Love From Afar

November 26, 2017

Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

program:
SKALKOTTAS Five Greek Dances
BARTÓK Divertimento
WIRÉN Serenade for Strings
GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes

With this program, we travel to far-off worlds and explore works of enchanting beauty represented by the composers’ respective countries — Greece, Sweden, Hungary, and Argentina. The first half of the program reflects an inner longing spun from the musical memories of composers Skalkottas and Wirén. The second half features compositions by Bartók and Ginastera. Dramatic and experiential in their immediacy, they combine lyrical romanticism with sophisticated rhythms.
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3 Serenades

February 11, 2018

Madeline Adkins, violin
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, February 11, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

program:
ELGAR Serenade for Strings
BERNSTEIN Serenade: after Plato’s ‘Symposium’
(for solo violin, harp, percussion, and strings)
TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings

Madeline Adkins graces our stage as soloist once again and brings her remarkable talents to Bernstein’s dramatic Serenade: after Plato’s ‘Symposium’ (for solo violin, harp, percussion, and strings). Elgar’s Serenade, which opens the program, is a study in elegance and is one of the composer’s more popular works. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, one of the most beloved pieces in the string repertoire, is rich with towering chords and character and a fitting end to a varied, powerful program.
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Jazz by Any Other Name

March 18, 2018

Jonathan Palevsky, narrator
Rob Patterson, clarinet
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

program:
JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer
STRAVINSKY Ragtime from L’histoire du soldat
MILHAUD The Creation of the World
COPLAND Concerto for Clarinet

Join BCO and Jonathan Palevsky for another of his popular ‘Informances,’ this time on the evolution of Jazz in classical music. The concert progresses musically through a variety of Jazz styles that showcases the breadth of the genre, from the traditional to the modern, drawing strength from the whole. Jonathan’s wry narration will bring the details and historical tidbits into focus with his characteristic humor and asides. Sit back and delight in a treat for ear and mind!
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Madly Mozart

May 13, 2018

Steven Masi, piano
Markand Thakar, conductor

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Free easy parking! View map in PDF)
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

program:
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
MOZART Divertimento, K. 131
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459

Born in Salzburg in 1756, little ‘Wolfie’ — baptized as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart — was destined for immortality from the start. Out of the composer’s vast repertoire, we’re delighted to present three favorites. The concert begins with the engaging Eine kleine Nachtmusik, followed by the delightful Divertimento for woodwinds, four French Horns, and strings. We finish with one of Mozart’s magnificent later piano concertos performed by the gifted soloist, Steven Masi. Mozart’s works demand continuous perfection, yet BCO will try three-in-a-row… we must be mad!
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