Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2010 Gala Concert Features Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Sept. 11

Benefit tickets for Gala Celebration still available

Heralding the start of Baltimore’s social season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Gala Celebration and Concert on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Gala Concert features Music Director Marin Alsop leading the BSO and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Continuing the tradition of showcasing local artists at the Gala Concert, soprano Jennifer Edwards will sing Villa-Lobos’ “Aria” from Bachiana brasileira No. 5, and guitarists Petrit Ceku, Marco San Nicolas, Jeremy Lyons and Gonzalo Arias Contreras will play Rodrigo’s Allegretto from Concierto Andaluz. Washington, D.C.-based flamenco dancers Anna Menendez and Edwin Aparicio will perform to excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen. The program concludes with Salerno-Sonnenberg, the flamenco dancers and the guitarists joining forces in de Falla’s Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve. In addition to kicking off the 2010-2011 season, the Gala Concert’s music and artists celebrate the upcoming National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15. Tickets for the Gala Concert are available for $50 and $75; benefit tickets for the Gala Celebration start at $500.

The Gala Celebration 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 Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. This year’s gala chairpersons are PNC Bank’s Regional President of Greater Baltimore, Lou Cestello, and his wife Millie. The BSO’s Gala Celebration 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 11, 2010 – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (JMSH)

The Celebration Gala is a black-tie event.

6:30 p.m.— Gala Celebration, 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 violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg—JMSH
9:45 p.m.—Post-concert party and desserts—Gala Tent

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

Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. – JMSH

The Gala Concert is black-tie optional.

Marin Alsop, conductor
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Jennifer Edwards, soprano
Edwin Aparicio, flamenco dancer
Anna Menendez, flamenco dancer
Gonzalo Arias Contreras, guitar
Petrit Ceku, guitar
Jeremy Lyons, guitar
Marco San Nicolas, guitar

Ginastera: “Malambo” from Estancia
Bizet: Excerpts from Suite No. 1 and Suite No. 2 from Carmen
Villa-Lobos: “Aria” from Bachiana brasileira No. 5
Rodrigo: “Allegretto” from Concierto Andaluz
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
de Falla: “Spanish Dance No. 1” from La Vida Breve
7:30 p.m.—Doors open for Gala Concert, refreshments available for purchase—JMSH
8:30 p.m.—Gala Concert—JMSH

Tickets for the Gala Concert are $50 and $75 and are available at the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or


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