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XM Radio To Broadcast New Series Of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Concerts In 2007-2008 Season


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XM, the nationís leading satellite radio service with more than 8 million subscribers, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announced today that XM will broadcast eight performances during the Baltimore Symphonyís 2007-2008 season on XM Classics (XM 110), one of XMís three classical music channels. The series will debut with a live broadcast on September 27, 2007, the inaugural concert of the music directorship of Marin Alsop, the dynamic conductor who that evening will become the first female music director of a major American orchestra. This series marks the BSOís foray into satellite radio, gaining exposure for the orchestra to a much broader national audience as it enters a new artistic chapter under Marin Alsop.

The historic inaugural concert marking Maestra Alsopís directorship features John Adamsí Fearful Symmetries, and a hallmark of Alsopís repertoire, Gustav Mahlerís Symphony No. 5, and will be broadcast live on XM Classics from the Music Center at Strathmore in N. Bethesda, Md. at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, September 27, with an encore broadcast on Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m. ET. The live broadcast will be the first of its kind at the Music Center at Strathmore since the performing arts venue opened in February 2005. Beginning in January, the remaining seven concerts in the BSO series will air on the first Friday of each month at 9 p.m. ET. Encore broadcasts will air the following Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. The series is scheduled to be repeated in its entirety over eight consecutive weeks in July and August. (See program schedule below)

The BSO series, hosted by XM Classics Program Director Martin Goldsmith, will provide listeners with the unique opportunity to attend concerts by one of Americaís finest orchestras. The broadcasts will feature insightful interviews with Marin Alsop, world-renowned soloists, BSO musicians, and many of todayís most distinguished composers. The initial eight concerts will reflect the exciting and innovative programs characteristic of Alsopís first full season with the BSO. The remarkable season is highlighted by performances of all nine Beethoven symphonies and music by eleven living composers, in addition to the standard classical repertoire.

"I am enormously proud XM will share these eight concerts by one of Americaís premier orchestras, with XM listeners across North America,Ē said Goldsmith. ďXM Classics is committed to making the world of classical music more approachable, and has traveled to bring concerts from all over the world to our listeners. It will be a particularly exciting and historic night when we broadcast Marin Alsopís first concert as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony. Marinís gifts as a communicative artist are unique in todayís classical music world, and I look forward to our collaboration.Ē

ďThe BSO is proud to launch its presence on XM Radio,Ē commented Marin Alsop. ďXM is respected for its quality programming and with Martin Goldsmith, listeners enjoy program commentary from one of the most knowledgeable classical music radio hosts in the business. The format of our new program will give unique context to XM listeners, by introducing them to the individual artists and composers, sharing their personal anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, and tapping deeper into the artistsí mind and the music. Our aim is to connect people to the power of classical music, and bring the thrill of the live concert hall experience through on air.Ē

In addition to the live inaugural concert at Strathmore on September 27, XM Classics will broadcast a series of seven select concerts from the 2007-2008 season led by conductor Marin Alsop from the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The series broadcast schedule includes:

Marin Alsopís Opening Concert as Baltimore Symphony Music Director (Series Debut)
LIVE Broadcast: Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 8 p.m. (Live from Strathmore)
Encore: September 30, 2007 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

John Adams: Fearful Symmetries
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Original Broadcast: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Timothy Fain, violin

Aaron Jay Kernis: Lament and Prayer
Aaron Jay Kernis: Newly Drawn Sky
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6

Original Broadcast: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto
DvořŠk: Symphony No. 8

Original Broadcast: Friday, March 7, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion

Strauss: Til Eulenspiegelís Merry Pranks
Steven Mackey: Time Release
Debussy: Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky: Firebird, 1919 Suite

Original Broadcast: Friday, April 4, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Emily Skala, flute
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Original Broadcast: Friday, May 2, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
William Wolfram, piano

John Corigliano: To Music
John Corigliano: Piano Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, ďEroicaĒ

Original Broadcast: Friday, June 6, 2008 at 9 p.m.
Encore: Sunday, June 8, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Barber: Medeaís Dance of Vengeance
Orff: Carmina Burana

Original Broadcast: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 9 p.m.*
Encore: Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Joan Tower: Concerto for Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

*Editorís Note: The Friday, June 27 program will air one week earlier due to the July 4th holiday.

Complete programming information for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra broadcasts on XM is available online at http://xmclassics.xmradio.com

XM Classics provides listeners with opportunities to hear concerts from around the world, including special broadcasts from Austria to celebrate Mozartís 250th birthday, and has aired concerts by sterling orchestras from Chicago, Detroit, New York, Vienna, and Tel Aviv.



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