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A packed, eclectic summer with the BSO

A packed, eclectic summer with the BSO

Given all the stretches of cool, damp weather lately, it's hard to believe that summer is almost here. But it's coming and, with it, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's annual summer concerts, which help a good deal to make up for the traditional slowdown of cultural activity around town.

As usual, the BSO will keep things on the lighter side, musically — no daunting Mahler or Bruckner symphonies. But there will be some new twists, thanks, in part, to the "Pulse" series of concerts introduced this season featuring indie bands with the orchestra.

"Given the success of Pulse so far," says BSO associate conductor Nicholas Hersh, "we're implementing...