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Moonlighting by Candlelight


Twenty Years of Chamber Music at Second Presbyterian  Ivan Stefanović, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Chamber Music by Candlelight   Many of you know that most BSO musicians, in addition to teaching at various fine institutions in and around Baltimore, also play in a number of concert series and ensembles. One such…

Invitation to the Dance


Thirty Years of Playing For English Country Dancing, From Church Basements To Ballrooms By Jonathan Jensen   Even if you’ve never heard of English country dancing, you’ve probably seen it - that is, if you’ve watched a ballroom scene from one of those Jane Austen movies. This form of communal…

Two Stalemates and One Unsatisfying Resolution


By Brian Prechtl   For those who love the incredible gems that are our major American symphony orchestras it’s valuable to observe the struggles we see in other communities across the country. We have witnessed three work actions in several ICSOM orchestras this fall. Take a few minutes to learn…

Pittsburgh Symphony on Strike


Please read the attached press release from the Musicians of the PSO. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters as they stand their ground. It is sad that the PSI management is shirking their duty as stewards of this storied institution. Response by the Musicians of the PSO…

Philadelphia Orchestra on Strike


We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Philadelphia as they stand against another regressive contract offer from management. It's a very sad day for orchestral music in the great state of Pennsylvania with two of the greatest Orchestras in the world having to walk the picket lines…

The Life of a BSO Musician


By Ellen Pendleton Troyer You settle in to your seat before a BSO concert at The Meyerhoff or Strathmore concert halls. If you’re a regular concertgoer, you look for familiar faces onstage. You think to yourself, “There’s my favorite percussionist,” “there’s that cellist I always love to watch perform,” “is…

Friday Flashback – My Scariest Moment


by Julie Gregorian Our recent performance of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto brought back memories of my scariest moment in the BSO. At my first performance of this piece (circa 1974) as principal bassoon, the conductor was the peppery Arthur Fiedler of Boston Pops fame. Near the middle of the first movement,…