Governor Larry Hogan is expected to sign a bill granting an additional $3.2 million to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the next two years — a potentially crucial step towards resolving a contentious labor dispute and allowing the the organization to remain a 52-week ensemble.
The season kicks off July 3 with the traditional “Star-Spangled Spectacular” at Baltimore County’s Oregon Ridge Park. The 8 p.m. performance will include “patriotic scores and family favorites,” and will conclude with a fireworks-laden performance of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The rain date for the show is July 4.
2. ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
The season also includes a July 11-13 “Movie with Orchestra” concert, featuring the BSO performing the score of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” live as the movie is shown onscreen at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The concerts are set for 7:30 p.m. July 11-12 and 3 p.m. July 13.
The upcoming production of “Porgy and Bess” by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir is back by popular demand.
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3. Leslie Odom Jr., take two
The BSO has three other concerts scheduled for the summer, all at the Meyerhoff. On July 5, the orchestra will play behind Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr in the original Broadway production of “Hamilton”). The concert, which had been scheduled for April 26 but was postponed because of a scheduling conflict, is set for 8 p.m.
4. Artscape performances
During Artscape, Baltimore’s annual free arts festival, a pair of performances will offer adult amateur musicians, through the BSO’s Academy program, the chance to work alongside orchestra members. A free Academy Orchestra Concert with conductor Nicholas Hersh is set for 7 p.m. July 19, while a free Academy Chamber Music Concert is set for noon July 20.
5. Orchestra and acrobats
And on July 26-27, the BSO will accompany the acrobats and aerialists of Troupe Vertigo in “Cirque Dances,” with music including Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” The July 26 show is set for 8 p.m., with the July 27 show scheduled for 3 p.m.