by Michael Mohammadi
One thing I miss greatly about living in Baltimore is nights at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall where I enjoyed numerous performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) (especially as a grad student taking advantage of student rush ticket pricing!). I was lucky enough to see performances under music director Yuri Temirkanov and current directory Marin Alsop and cherished the opportunities I had to see them create magic through their creative directing. Sadly, I have not had the opportunity to listen to the BSO live since 2009. Not until next month.
July 8, 2011 I am fortunate enough to be attending the opening night of the BSO. Not my well-known and beloved Baltimore “BSO”, but that of my new ‘local’ BSO- the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The 2011 season kicks off at the Tanglewood with an all-Italian opening night program, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra led by Swiss Conductor Charles Dutoit. Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is located in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. I am excited beyond words for this opening performance and not only welcome but urge you all to join me!
The Boston Symphony Orchestra opens its 2011 Tanglewood season with an all-Italian program under the direction of the eminent Charles Dutoit, who will lead a cast of soloists, chorus, and orchestra in excerpts from Act 1 of Bellini’s Norma and the Trio from Act 3 of Verdi’s I Lombardi. The evening will feature the BSO debuts of soprano Angela Meade and Italian tenor Roberto De Biasio, who will be joined by the young American mezzo Kristine Jepson, internationally renowned American bass-baritone James Morris, and the highly acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus. The program concludes with Respighi’s spectacularly virtuosic and colorful Pines of Rome. The 2011 Tanglewood season opens June 25 with Earth, Wind, & Fire and closes with the annual Tanglewood Jazz Festival, September 2-4, with a wide variety of artists featured in orchestral, chamber music, recital, jazz, and popular artists concerts throughout the season.
Images courtesy of BSO.ORG.