Baltimore Symphony’s 2020-21 season: Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky, new music by Theofanidis and Castelló

Posted on: March 10, 2020

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced their 2020-2021 season with a lineup of works that honor conductor Marin Alsop’s tenure with the orchestra,” writes Elizabeth Nonemaker in Sunday’s (3/8) Baltimore Sun. As previously announced, Alsop will step down as music director in August 2021. “Many of the works programmed for 2020-2021 have a special meaning for Alsop. Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring’ was the first piece Alsop guest-conducted with the BSO, and Mahler was on the program for her inaugural concert as music director in September 2007. Since then, the late Romantic composer ‘has become a calling card’ for the orchestra…. ‘It feels only fitting to end [the season] with Mahler’s triumphant ‘Resurrection’ Symphony,’ said Alsop. That performance will include the Morgan State University Choir…. Other highlights include a season opener featuring violin superstar [and Baltimore native] Hilary Hahn performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto…. Noteworthy, too, is a semi-staged production of Beethoven’s only opera, ‘Fidelio’ [in a] production by Heartbeat Opera…. The upcoming season features a number of new works, including ‘Drum Circles’ by Christopher Theofanidis … and a world premiere by Angélica Castelló that celebrates the James Webb Space Telescope, the planned successor to the Hubble Telescope.”