Baltimore Symphony launches “Symphony in the City,” free community concerts

Posted on: January 2, 2020

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is launching a new series of free concerts, “Symphony in the City,” to be performed at communities throughout Baltimore during the 2019-20 season and featuring works by Beethoven as part of the orchestra’s Beethoven 2020 project for the composer’s 250th birthday. The first program on January 14 will take place at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, with Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh leading Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Coriolan and Creatures of Prometheus overtures. A February 21 performance at New Psalmist Baptist Church conducted by Joseph Young will feature violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins in Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2; the program will also include Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst, Florence Price’s Dance in the Canebrakes, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Performances are also planned on February 26 at Morgan State University, with Jonathan Rush conducting music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Joseph Bologne, and Beethoven; and May 20 at Patterson Park, with Nicholas Hersh leading an all-Beethoven program of the Egmont Overture, Wellington’s Victory, and Symphony No. 4. PNC is the presenting sponsor of the free “Symphony in the City” concerts.