Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces BSO Academy Festival at Artscape, July 20-21

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Academy activities to take place Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21, 2013.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will host two community activities at Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival held in Baltimore annually. The BSO Academy Festival at Artscape will provide adult amateur musicians the opportunity to perform with the BSO on Saturday, July 20 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The concerts presented by the Academy participants are free and open to the public. Please see below for complete event and registration details.

On Saturday, July 20, the BSO Academy Artscape Orchestras provide participants the opportunity to rehearse and perform side-by-side with the BSO in two different orchestras under conductor Cristian Macelaru. Based on the acclaimed Rusty Musicians with the BSO program, Academy Festival participants will receive a full one-hour rehearsal with BSO members as well as a unique performance for a full audience of family, friends and Artscape attendees. Academy participants also have the chance to sit onstage while BSO musicians perform a selection on each half of the performance.

Participants also have the option to take part in the BSO Academy Chamber Music Weekend at Artscape on Sunday, July 21, where groups of four or more members can play chamber music side-by-side with a member of the BSO. Groups rehearse twice throughout the weekend and will perform an entire chamber music work for a public audience on July 21 at 3 p.m. at the Meyerhoff.

Initially only a week-long program, the BSO Academy now embraces a full continuum of activities for adult amateur musicians with the Baltimore Symphony, including Rusty Musicians with the BSO, Instrument Clinics, Chamber Music weekends and the cornerstone BSO Academy Week later in June. These experiences provide amateur adult musicians the opportunity to perform alongside a top professional orchestra, and receive insights on technique, musicianship and ensemble skills. The June 2012 Academy Week earned extensive coverage in the New York Times by embedded reporter and amateur clarinetist Dan Wakin. (See “Band Camp for Grown-ups,” and “Every chair in this temporary orchestra holds a story,” The New York Times, July 13, 2012.) This year’s Academy Week takes place June 15-22, with 112 Academy members scheduled to participate.

About the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with innovative education and community outreach initiatives.

The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra’s 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. With her highly praised artistic vision, her dynamic musicianship and her commitment to accessibility in classical music, Maestra Alsop’s leadership has ushered in a new era for the BSO and its audiences.

In recent years, Marin Alsop and the BSO have been regularly invited to Carnegie Hall, including Maestra Alsop’s debut in February 2008, a critically acclaimed appearance later the same year to perform Bernstein’s Mass, further performances in November 2010 and again in November 2011 for a performance of Honegger’s dramatic oratorio Jeanne d’Arc au Bucher. The Orchestra under Maestra Alsop undertook their first domestic tour in March 2012 to the West Coast, including a 3-day residency at the University of California, Berkeley.

For more than 80 years, the BSO has maintained a vibrant educational presence throughout Maryland, supporting the local community not only through concerts and recordings, but also through its commitment to actively giving back with its education, outreach and mentorship programs. The 2012-2013 season marks the fifth year of OrchKids™, a year-round in-school and after-school music program designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City’s neighborhoods. OrchKids provides music education, instruments and tutoring to Baltimore’s underserved children at no cost. Since its start in 2008, the program has grown from 30 students to nearly 600 student participants throughout four schools in Baltimore City. The BSO recently launched OrchLab, in partnership with the Montgomery County Public Schools. This music-in-schools program for elementary, middle and high school students in Montgomery County was created to enrich the instrumental music program in schools within the MCPS system that have the greatest need, as well as to provide professional development opportunities for MCPS music instructors. For the 2012-2013 academic year, OrchLab was piloted in 23 schools located in the Downcounty and Northeast Consortia of the MCPS System. OrchLab is an outgrowth of BSO on the Go, the Orchestra’s education outreach program that has provided more than 12,000 students with classroom instruction and performances from BSO musicians since that program’s start five years ago.

The BSO also provides educational opportunities for adult music lovers through special performance opportunities with members of the Symphony. These include Rusty Musicians, one-night-only events that provide amateur musicians the opportunity to meet, rehearse and perform with the BSO and Maestra Alsop. The BSO also offers the BSO Academy Week, a comprehensive continuum of adult music education, the cornerstone of which is an intensive, side-by-side weeklong program of master classes, chamber music, orchestra rehearsals and public performances for amateur musicians and BSO members led by Marin Alsop.

BSO Academy Artscape Orchestras Concert
Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)

Cristian Macelaru, conductor

Wagner: Overture to Flying Dutchman
Chabrier: España
Tchaikovsky: Waltz from Sleeping Beauty
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Rossini: Overture to Barber of Seville
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Offenbach: Orpheus and the Underworld
Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1

Tickets to this concert are free and open to the public. General admission seating only.

BSO Academy Chamber Music Concert
Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. – JMSH

Tickets to this concert are free and open to the public. General admission seating only.

BSO Academy Artscape Orchestras
Saturday, July 20, 2013 – JMSH

Program Fee: $90 per orchestra experience (i.e. $180 for both Group 1 and 2 orchestras)

Group 1 rehearsal: 10-11 a.m.
Group 2 rehearsal: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Performance: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

To apply: Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis (i.e. no audition required). Those interested are encouraged to apply via the online application as soon as possible!

BSO Academy Chamber Music Weekend at Artscape
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – JMSH

Program Fee: $475

Rehearsals: Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, 2103 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Performance: Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 3 p.m.

To apply: Groups should pre-select a piece up to 15 minutes in length that includes themselves and a BSO member, indicating their repertoire and member preferences on their application. While the BSO will do its best to accommodate faculty coach preferences, please note that BSO member requests cannot be guaranteed.

Please note: If you would like to participate in Chamber Music Weekend but do not already have a group, please email Hana Morford (academy(at)bsomusic(dot)org) in order to be placed on a group waiting list.

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