Baltimore Symphony heads into three-day new-music festival

Posted on: July 13, 2017

“Baltimore’s summer arts scene has a new kid in town—the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival,” writes Katrina Schmidt in Wednesday’s (7/12) Baltimore Style. “Curated by BSO director Marin Alsop and world-renowned cellist Inbal Segev, the [July 13-15] festival will showcase both orchestral and chamber performances…. The shows are at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Peabody Institute and a less conventional venue—Station North pizza mainstay Joe Squared…. Featuring Baltimore native Christopher Rouse and Peabody instructor Kevin Puts, the festival’s connections to Charm City are clear—but it aims to appeal universally, too. Musicians and composers … [include] Polish soprano Agata Zubel, Iranian-born composer Gity Razaz and German-born, Syrian-American pianist Malek Jandali…. The festival opens at the Peabody Institute’s Griswold Hall, featuring Zubel’s ‘Labyrinth,’ among other works. Zubel will provide the vocals for the chamber performance, which includes three BSO premieres and the Baltimore premiere of Razaz’s ‘The Legend of Sigh.’ ” Saturday’s event at Meyerhoff is entitled “Marin Conducts The City” and will include Puts’s The City (the score accompanies a film meant to illustrate Baltimore’s “strength and hope”), Jandali’s The Silent Ocean, and Zubel’s Chapter 13 and In the Shade of an Unshed Tear.

Posted July 13, 2017