Literature, dance, visual arts in focus at Baltimore Symphony for 2017-18

Posted on: March 21, 2017

“The underlying theme of the season is a celebration of literature, art and dance,” writes Tim Smith in Sunday’s (3/19) Baltimore Sun about the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-18 season. “ ‘People are drawn to multidisciplinary programs and this kind of cross-pollination,’ BSO music director Marin Alsop said. … [George] Balanchine’s choreography for ‘Serenade for Strings’ will be recreated by local dancers … The world of dance will also be referenced in programs featuring … Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The literature element next season can be found in such works as Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Overture … and his Romeo and Juliet Overture.… Another literary item is Strauss’ Don Quixote. The prominent solo parts will be played by the BSO’s principal cello Dariusz Skoraczewski and principal viola Lisa Steltenpohl.… Visual art-related music will get particular attention [with] ‘La Mer’ by Debussy and ‘La Valse’ by Ravel” in a collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art. “Baltimore rapper Wordsmith will create and perform the hip-hop narration for the BSO’s January program” of Carnival of the Animals. “The BSO will give the world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s ‘Berceuse Infinie,’ written for the orchestra.”

Posted March 21, 2017