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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is returning to radio with BSO Encore! Tune in to WBJC each week to hear a never-before-released recording from the BSO's archives. These broadcasts, made possible with generous support from PNC, showcase exceptional performances from Music Director Marin Alsop's first two seasons with the BSO.

Hosted by Jonathan Palevsky and Kati Harrison, each two-hour program includes insights about the pieces that were performed from Marin Alsop and one of the BSO's fabulous musicians.

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Past Broadcasts

Sunday, July 19
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
ROUSE Flute Concerto with BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

With its iconic opening four-note motif, Beethoven’s beloved Fifth Symphony is paired with his Leonore Overture No. 3. From his opera Fidelio, the Overture is a musical expression of the triumph of good over evil, and the pure joy and grandeur of the human spirit. The broadcast also featured BSO Principal Flute Emily Skala performing Baltimore native Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto. A “certifiable hit” (The Detroit Free Press), Rouse’s composition evokes the traditions of Celtic music.

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Sunday, July 26
CORIGLIANO Piano Concerto with pianist William Wolfram
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3

A concert to remember, enjoy listening to this performance from April 2008 which includes the thunderous chords of Beethoven’s glorious “Eroica” Symphony, considered by some to be his greatest symphony, and Oscar-winner John Corigliano’s grand, energy-packed Piano Concerto with guest soloist William Wolfram.

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Sunday, August 2
BARBER Medea's Dance of Vengeance
ORFF Carmina Burana

Marin Alsop, conductor
Maria Kanyova, soprano
Gordan Gietz, tenor
Leon Williams, baritone
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
Peabody Children’s Chorus

You know you’re in for something spectacular with one of the best-known works of the last century, Carl Orff’s spine-tingling Carmina Burana. From its use in film soundtracks to ads, its appeal is unequivocal, and with over 250 performers, its magnitude is stunning. The performance opens with another setting of ancient text, Medea’s Dance of Vengeance, one of Barber’s most alluring works.

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Sunday, August 9

Marin Alsop, conductor
Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Richard Clement, tenor
Kevin Deas, bass
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

TOWER Concerto for Orchestra
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

Tune in for a broadcast of the BSO and Maestra Marin Alsop together with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a grand performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Its unforgettable “Ode to Joy” melody will sound in your ears long past the final chords of the piece. The program also includes the dynamic Concerto for Orchestra by American composer Joan Tower. The action-packed work offers a journey of sweeping intensity and heart-rending beauty.

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Sunday, August 16
WAGNER Immolation Scene
HOLST The Planets

Marin Alsop conducts a program that begins with the concluding moments of Wagner’s epic “Ring” as the heavens erupt into all-consuming flames. The journey accelerates into space with the percussion-inspired sound world of Daugherty’s UFO, a modern counterpart to Holst’s greatest masterpiece, The Planets.

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Sunday, August 23
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major
ROUSE Concerto for Orchestra
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B Minor

The orchestra as soloist opens this program, first in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and then in Baltimore native Christopher Rouse’s Concerto for Orchestra. The broadcast ends with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth, what many consider to be his greatest symphony.

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Sunday, August 30
IVES The Unanswered Question
MOZART Symphony No. 29 in A Major
Saint-Saëns' "Organ" Symphony with organist James Harp

The Unanswered Question is Ives’ musical attempt to probe the questions of “Who are we? What is the meaning of life?” This is contrasted by the youthful exuberance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. The broadcast closes with the sheer force of Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony.

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Sunday, September 6
BERNSTEIN Opening Prayer
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

Bernstein’s Opening Prayer was premiered for the 1986 reopening of Carnegie Hall. Here it is aptly paired with the Ninth Symphony of his idol Gustav Mahler.

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Sunday, September 13
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Sunday, September 13 at 1 pm
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme by Haydn
BRUCH Violin Concerto with BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Concertmaster Jonathan Carney performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a magical combination of dramatic expression and lyrical intensity. Likewise, Copland’s Third Symphony is built on the composer’s personal mixture of strong rhythms and dance-inspired tunes, but also features meditative passages of quiet fervor. Its thunderous conclusion is based on his “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The broadcast opens with Brahms’ pioneering Variations on a Theme by Haydn.

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Sunday, September 20
BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture
HIGDON Violin Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 5

Relive the excitement as violin phenomenon and Baltimore native Hilary Hahn performs Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto, a piece co-commissioned by the BSO. The concerto is framed by Beethoven’s heroic Egmont Overture and Dvořák’s charmingly melodious Fifth Symphony. Hosted by WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky and Kati Harrison, this two-hour program includes insights about the music from BSO Principal Librarian Michael Ferraguto.

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