Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 Gala Concert Features Marin Alsop, Pianist Lang Lang, September 12

Concert tickets and Benefit tickets for Gala Celebration still available

Baltimore, Md. (September 8, 2009)—Heralding the start of Baltimore’s social season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Celebration Gala on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Given the challenging task of planning a fundraiser in today’s economy, the collective Board of Directors of the BSO will host this year’s gala. The Gala Concert features Maestra Marin Alsop leading the BSO and world-renowned pianist Lang Lang in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Baltimore School for the Arts student Arielle Armstrong will perform “Summertime” from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The African Heritage Dancers and Drummers will perform Drums by James P. Johnson. Also on the program are selections from Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Bernstein’s Overture to Candide. Tickets for the Gala Concert are available for $50 and $75; benefit tickets for the Gala Celebration are on sale now and start at $500.

The Celebration Gala treats patrons to an evening of entertainment and fine dining provided by Classic Catering. Pre- and post-concert gala festivities will take place in a grand event tent located just outside of the Meyerhoff. The BSO’s Celebration Gala is the organization’s largest and most important fundraising event each season, raising funds to support the Orchestra’s educational outreach programs in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Celebration Gala is a black-tie event.

6:30 p.m.—Celebration Gala, with dining and entertainment—Gala Tent
7:30 p.m.—Doors open for Gala Concert—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)
8:30 p.m.—Gala Concert featuring pianist Lang Lang—JMSH
9:45 p.m.—Post-concert party and desserts—Gala Tent

Tickets for the Celebration Gala are available individually or in sponsor groups of 10, and start at $500 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Celebration Gala, contact the BSO Development Department, 410.783.8054.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Gala Concert is black-tie optional.

Marin Alsop, conductor
Lang Lang, piano
Arielle Armstrong, soprano
African Heritage Dancers and Drummers--Melvin Deal, director

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
James P. Johnson: Drums
Gershwin: “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess
Gershwin: Selections from An American in Paris
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

7:30 p.m.—Doors open for Gala Concert, refreshments available for purchase—JMSH
8:30 p.m.—Gala Concert featuring pianist Lang Lang—JMSH

Tickets for the Gala Concert are $50 and $75 and can be purchased through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or


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