Baltimore Symphony Launches Contest with Collectible Musician “Baseball Cards” Celebrating the 2009-2010 Season Theme

First person to collect 10 cards wins a lunch with Concertmaster Jonathan Carney

Baltimore, Md. (October 9, 2009) – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces a new contest for all BSO patrons and fans. To celebrate the BSO’s 2009-2010 season theme of exploring musical and cultural roots, the BSO created collectible baseball-style cards of BSO musicians. The front of the card features the musician’s photo and the back lists “stats” such as name, the year he or she began with the BSO and information about each musician’s cultural heritage and musical roots. Patrons are encouraged to “Root for Your Musical Home Team” by collecting a minimum of 10 of the available cards. The first patron to collect 10 different cards wins lunch for two at a Mr. Vernon restaurant of their choice with Concertmaster Jonathan Carney.

In keeping with the season theme, the back of the card also describes the musician’s “musical roots”—cultural background, favorite music teachers, family history and other interesting facts that help audiences get to know the musicians’ heritage better. For example, violinist Ellen Pendleton Troyer is equally grateful for her classical training at Julliard and her Appalachian relatives for teaching her to “fiddle.” Chinese-American cellist Bo Li describes the different musical training philosophies between his native China’s emphasis on practice and the importance his American teachers placed on finding his unique, individual “voice.” Native Texan and BSO Associate Concertmaster Madeline Adkins comes from a whole family of musicians, with a father who was a pioneer in the authentic instrument movement.

To Participate:
These collectible Musical Roots Cards can be found throughout the Meyerhoff lobby during concerts at the Concert Concierge table and at the drink station bars. A different musician (36 total) will be featured each week. To win, participants must mail all 10 cards to: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Attn: Baseball Cards/PR Office, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Please include a business card or letter with your full name, phone number and email address. A BSO staff member will contact you to arrange your lunch with Concertmaster Jonathan Carney. (The BSO will return the 10 collected cards in addition to providing the full card collection.)

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