Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” Concert, September 21

February 2010 Rusty Musicians' event at Strathmore prompts Baltimore foray

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announces the much-anticipated “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Amateur musicians are invited to join members of the BSO on stage to rehearse and perform Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture and the finale from the 1919 version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite led by BSO Music Director Marin Alsop. To accommodate a large amount of participants, the evening will be split into four separate sessions, beginning at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” is in keeping with the BSO’s vision to increase the community’s involvement in music and serve as a cultural resource for the Baltimore-Washington region. Registration for “Rusty Musicians” is now open at General admission tickets are available for $10.

For the first “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” held at the Music Center at Strathmore in February 2010, more than 600 amateur musicians signed up for a chance to perform with members of the BSO. Over the course of two evenings, amateurs from across the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area performed alongside the Orchestra for an informal audience at the Music Center at Strathmore led by BSO Music Director Marin Alsop. “By engaging patrons in this directly participatory experience, we are tearing down the walls that separate us from our audiences,” said Maestra Alsop.

The first “Rusty Musicians with the BSO” at the Music Center at Strathmore received rave reviews from participants and national media alike. “I'm 72 years old and have been playing in orchestras since I was 16,” Rusty participant Paul Silverman said. “In all of those years this was the most exciting and satisfying orchestral experience I've ever had.” Richard Lippman added, “This was an experience of a lifetime, an honor and a privilege to play with the BSO and a director who brings a joy to this orchestra and a commitment to the community like none other.”

To Register: Visit and fill out the application form. Acceptance is limited to the first 350 applicants. All participants must pay a $10 registration fee at check-in on the day of the event.

Rules: Participants must be age 25 or older and play a standard orchestra instrument from the following list: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion or timpani. All participants will be placed in one of four time slots: 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. Time slots will be assigned as instruments are needed. The BSO is unable to make accommodations for time changes or “swaps” between participants.

Deadlines: All applicants will be informed of their acceptance status by noon on Monday, August 2, 2010 through email. Applicants will have until noon on Monday, August 16, 2010 to inform the BSO of their intent to participate. Any applicant who does not respond by noon on Monday, August 16, 2010 will forfeit his/her space in the Rusty Musicians program. The BSO will fill all forfeited spaces with applicants who have been placed on the waiting list. Applicants who are on the waiting list and are later selected to participate will be informed of their acceptance by noon on Friday, August 20, 2010.


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