BSO Offers Open Rehearsal as Part of Free Fall Baltimore 2012

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) offers a unique opportunity to experience the rehearsal process as part of the Free Fall Baltimore Festival on October 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) offers a unique opportunity to experience the rehearsal process as part of the Free Fall Baltimore Festival on October 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Audience members can observe the interaction between conductor Juanjo Mena, pianist Benedetto Lupo and BSO musicians as they prepare for an upcoming performance featuring Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and works by Dvořák and Bartók. Please see below for complete program details.

His life in constant turmoil, Tchaikovsky poured his soul into each of his symphonies–symphonies that would express his inner anguish and romantic passions as no music had ever dared. His Symphony No. 4 in F minor, written between 1877 and 1878, was first performed at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow on February 10, 1878 with Nikolai Rubinstein as conductor.

Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances are a series of 16 orchestral pieces written between 1878 and 1886. Originally written as a piano duet, the Slavonic Dances were inspired by Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and were orchestrated at the request of Dvořák's publisher soon after composition. The pieces, lively and overtly nationalistic, were well received at the time and today are among the composer's most memorable works.

Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto was one of his last works; he lost his battle with leukemia before completing it. Written as a gift for his wife on her 42nd birthday, this three-movement work is indicative of Bartók’s later style.

The BSO is partnering with Free Fall Baltimore as it celebrates its seventh year of bringing free cultural activities to Baltimore. Free Fall Baltimore presents more than 300 free events almost every day throughout the month of October.

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Maestro Juanjo Mena returns to the USA in the 2012-13 for re-engagements with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony and appearances with the orchestras of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. He is a frequent visitor to American Orchestras having also conducted the orchestras of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Houston, and Indianapolis.

Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester and Principal Guest Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, Juanjo Mena is one of Spain’s most distinguished international conductors.

Worldwide, Juanjo Mena has appeared with the Dresden Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Oslo Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de São Paulo, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and the BBC Scottish Symphony too name only a few.

A guest of international festivals, Maestro Mena has appeared at the BBC Proms, Stars of White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Hollywood Bowl, Grant Park (Chicago) and La Folle Journee (Nantes). His future engagements include the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona.

Also active in opera, Juanjo Mena has led productions of Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Le Nozze di Figaro, Erwartung, Bluebeard’s Castle, Ariadne auf Naxos, Elektra, Salome, Der Fliegende Holländer and Tristan und Isolde.

Juanjo Mena’s recent CD for Chandos of works by Gabriel Pierné with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra was named Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine (March 2011). Other recording projects include works by de Falla, Montsalvatge and Weber. Mo. Mena has also recorded Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony for Hyperion with the Bergen Philharmonic and a collection of Basque symphonic music for Naxos with the Bilbao Symphony.

Born in Vitoria, Juanjo Mena began his musical training at the Vitoria-Gasteiz Conservatory (Basque Country). He studied composition and orchestration with Carmelo Bernaola and conducting with Enrique Garcia-Asensio at the Royal Higher Conservatory of Music in Madrid, where he received the Prize of Honor. Awarded a Guridi-Bernaolo Scholarship, he pursued further conducting studies in Munich with Sergiu Celibidache.

Benedetto Lupo, pianist
The Italian pianist Benedetto Lupo was awarded the first prizes at various international competitions such as the London Terence Judd Prize (1982), the Alfred Cortot Competition (1980), the International Competition “Premio de Jaén” (1982), the Robert Casadesus International Competition (1985), and the Gina Bacheur Piano International Competition (1986). After winning the bronze medal in 1989 at the eighth edition of the Van Cilburn Competition he really gained worldwide recognition, and was consequently invited by important American orchestras and concert halls such as the New York Lincoln Center, or the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

In his frequent tours around Europe and America he has collaborated with orchestras such as: Montréal Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Orchestre du Capitole in Toulouse, Sinfónica Nacional RAI in Turin, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Sinfonica de Santa Cecilia in Roma, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and many more, as well as the main Spanish orchestras.

His professional career has led him to work with renowned conductors such as Michel Plasson, Kent Nagano, Bernard Labadie, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Jurowski, Michael Stern, George Pehlivanian, Lü Jia, or Peter Maag, and some Spanish conductors like Josep Pons or Víctor Pablo Pérez. He has also performed with artists such as Nikita Magaloff, Murray Perahia, Marisa Somma, Sergio Perticaroli, or Aldo Ciccolini.

He has appeared in some of the most distinguished stages like the London Wigmore Hall, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale de Bolonia y Florencia, La Fenice de Venecia y en ciudades como Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Hanover, Madrid. He has been invited as well by well known music festivals such as the Yokohama Piano Festival, the America’s Grant Park Festival in Chicago, or the Istanbul Festival.

He has recorded for labels like Arts, Teldec, BMG y VAI. His recorded repertoire covers the integral works for piano and orchestra by Robert Schumman, and the first recording of the Konzertstück op. 86 for piano. He was awarded the Diapason d’Or in France (2005) with the publication of the “Concerto Soirée” for the label Harmonia Mundi.

Benedetto Lupo has been invited to take part in the jury of the Casadesus, Bachauer and Montreal competitions.

Open Rehearsal: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:15 a.m.) – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Juanjo Mena, conductor
Benedetto Lupo, piano

Dvořák: Selections from Slavonic Dances, Op. 72
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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