Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Performs The Magical Music of Disney

Big screen images accompany musical selections from Disney classics

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform musical selections from Disney favorites on Thursday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore and Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Guest conductor Steven Reineke will lead the BSO in music from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and other Disney classics while images from these movies are projected on a screen above the orchestra.

Added features to Friday’s Meyerhoff performance include summer concessions and a costume parade. Patrons can also come early to enjoy Artscape, a free arts festival on the streets surrounding the Hall. Patrons are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney characters and participate in the Disney costume parade inside the lobby. Grilled summer favorites will be available for purchase. Tickets for children aged 6-16 are half-price for both venues.

Steven Reineke, conductor
Steven Reineke will begin his tenure as music director of The New York Pops in October 2009. He will conduct the orchestra’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall as well as tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts, including the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC Television. New York’s only permanent, and professional, symphonic pops orchestra, The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States.

During the 2009-2010 season, Steven Reineke will also begin his tenure as principal pops conductor of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and embark on his second season as principal cops conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he holds the title of associate conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for 13 years he has served as a composer, arranger and conducting protégé of the celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.

Mr. Reineke’s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore and Edmonton. In 2009, he makes his Boston Pops Orchestra debut. In 2008, Mr. Reineke made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting The New York Pops 25th Birthday Gala.

As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke’s work has been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently, with the most recent performances by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic in July 2008.

COMPLETE PROGRAM INFORMATION:
Summer Nights: The Magical Music of Disney
Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.—Music Center at Strathmore
Friday, July 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. —Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

PLEASE NOTE EARLIER START TIME FOR FRIDAY PERFORMANCE IN BALTIMORE.

Steven Reineke, conductor
Disney Classics Overture
Tarzan Suite
The Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite
Hercules Suite
Mary Poppins Fantasy
Beauty and the Beast Suite
Rescuers Down Under
Disney’s Aladdin Orchestral Suite
Mulan Suite
Hunchback of Notre Dame Suite
The Lion King Suite

Tickets at the Meyerhoff range from $25 to $55 and at Strathmore from $35 to $55, with half price tickets available for children ages 6-16. Tickets are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.

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