- One ticket to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: “The Blue Danube” & More!
- When: Thursday, January 2, at 8 p.m.
- Where: Strathmore
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
- $16 for upper tier seating (up to $31 value)
- $25 for grand tier center seating (up to $49 value)
- $32 for rear orchestra seating (up to $65 value)
- $37 for mid orchestra seating (up to $74 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents an evening evoking the glittering splendor of 18th and 19th century Vienna, Austria’s capital and home to some of history’s most celebrated composers. The program intersperses Mozart’s Classical gems with waltzes by the Strausses, the city’s preeminent musical clan in the 1800s.<p>
- Mozart—La clemenza di Tito: The opera tells the tale of the Roman emperor Titus, set to Mozart’s stately, flowing music.
- Johan Strauss II—Acceleration Waltz: The dance’s sprightly, speeding opening and three-beat melody provided the perfect sound for 19th-century teenagers to awkwardly sway to.
- Mozart—Exsultate, jubilate: The young composer’s religious motet showcases playful trills that have more in common with love-addled arias than traditional liturgical music.
- Josef Strauss—Die Libelle: Translated as “the dragonfly,” the piece channels its colorful namesake with gauzy string harmonies that languidly hover over crisp percussion.
- Mozart—Idomeneo: Mozart’s notoriously difficult opera was revised in 1931 by yet another, unrelated, Strauss—Richard.
- Johan Strauss II—Blue Danube Waltz: Perhaps best known to modern audiences for its use in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Strauss’s elegant waltz opens with a slowly blossoming theme, punctuated by merrily chirping woodwinds.<p>
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been on the cutting edge of the American musical scene since its founding in 1916. Its taste for innovation was developed early—the BSO was originally established as the country’s only municipally owned symphony. Even after it became a private institution, the organization continued to blaze trails, becoming the first American orchestra to tour the USSR in the wake of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Change came from within the ensemble, as well; in 2007, for instance, the symphony named Marin Alsop artistic director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra.
But even with all of these milestones reached, firsts claimed, and boats rocked straight back onto their oarlocks, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra never loses sight of the music. Full seasons of concerts fill two venues—the Meyerhoff and Strathmore—with everything from the precise formality of Beethoven to the freewheeling exuberance of Broadway hits. And when they aren’t taking the stage, the symphony hits the recording booth to immortalize such acclaimed pieces as “The Red Violin,” expanded from the eponymous film’s Oscar-winning score, and a live recording of The Rite of Spring.