September 6, 2011

Hopkins Symphony Orchestra announces 30th anniversary lineup

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra has announced its 30th anniversary season, which begins in October. Jed Gaylin, now in his 19th season as music director of the HSO, will lead the orchestra through its four symphonic concerts in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

At 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, pianist Katie Mahan joins the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, part of a Slavic-themed program that also features Dvorak’s sunny Symphony No. 8 and an early folkloristic work by Witold Lutoslawski.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Johns Hopkins Choral Society and the Goucher College Chorus will join the HSO for Debussy’s Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music. The 8 p.m. concert will conclude with Tchaikovsky’s rousing Symphony No. 4.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, pianist Clipper Erickson will return to the HSO to perform Barber’s Piano Concerto. Also on the program is Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

In the season finale, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, the HSO will present Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, along with the winner or winners of the HSO biannual Concerto Competition. This will be the first time concerto winners will be invited to perform with the HSO on the Shriver Hall Auditorium stage.

The Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra will offer the following performances during the 2011–2012 season:

Guest conductor Jason Love will conduct Copland’s Quiet City, along with works by Daugherty, Elgar and Bartok, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center. Admission to this concert is free.

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, Vladimir Lande returns to the Chamber Orchestra to conduct Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Jupiter, in the Mattin Center’s Second Decade Society Room.

Lande also will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in its final concert, which will feature Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, in the Mattin Center’s Second Decade Society Room.

The orchestra’s 20th Annual Concert for Children and Families will feature excerpts from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and an instrumental “petting zoo,” inviting the audience onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close. The event will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. The 2011–2012 HSO Biannual Concerto Competition will take place in closed auditions on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The only community orchestra in the city of Baltimore, the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra is a program of The Johns Hopkins University. Each year, the HSO offers four symphonic concerts, three chamber concerts and a special children’s program. Orchestra members are Johns Hopkins students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as Baltimore-Washington area musicians.

HSO programs are supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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