BSO offers up a little bit of everything at Strathmore

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Entertainment,Music,Marie Gullard

Everyone loves a taste of coming attractions, and Thursday the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is prepared to give its concertgoers a preview they'll not soon forget.

Music director Marin Alsop leads the BSO in a preview of its new season offerings at Strathmore. And it has sweetened the musical pot with an affordable ticket price -- all seats are priced at $10 each.

The program -- and the season -- highlights musical scores from Hollywood's beloved films, such as "West Side Story" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

"Great cinema has the power to inspire, excite, entertain and make us laugh," noted Alsop. "A crucial component of a great film is a captivating and compelling musical score. I'm thrilled to present some of the best movies throughout the ages, enhanced by full orchestral scores with themes that have become embedded in the soundtrack of our culture."

Onstage
BSO: Season Preview Concert
» Where:Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda
» When:8 p.m. Thursday
» Info:$10, but seating is limited; 410-783-8000; bsomusic.org

Some of the greatest classical music -- symphonies, sonatas and concertos -- will be sampled, with Alsop providing commentary on each work. Beethoven's iconic Symphony No. 5, Mahler's Symphony No. 1 and selections from Rachmaninoff's "Cinq Etudes-tableaux" are some of the highlights of the program.

Audiences will get to experience some American music, including John Adams' "Short ride in a Fast Machine" and "Ku-Ka-Ilimoku" by Maryland native Christopher Rouse.

"This season, we explore American culture through the voices of some of our nation's treasured composers," Alsop continued. "From Chris and Dave Brubeck's jazzy 'Ansel Adams: America' to [Aaron] Copland's triumphant Third Symphony to [Leonard] Bernstein's mournful 'Kaddish Symphony' to the East Coast premiere of Baltimore's own Christopher Rouse in his brand new Third Symphony, we will experience the amazing mosaic that is America."

The BSO is internationally recognized as having achieved a pre-eminent place among the world's most important orchestras, while its conductor, Alsop, made musical history in September 2007 as the first woman to head up a major American orchestra.

"The preview concert provides an opportunity for audience members to experience repertoire that will be performed throughout the 2012-13 season," said Matt Spivey, vice president of artistic operations at the BSO. "Maestra Alsop will lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra [Thursday] in the season's most exciting and innovative works."

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