Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Receives Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

$100,000 grant will support the BSO’s 2011-2012 season programming and touring

Yesterday the National Endowment for the Arts honored the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with a grant of $100,000 to support the Orchestra’s upcoming November East coast tour and Spring 2012 West coast tour. Tour repertoire and educational activities all showcase the Orchestra’s 2011-2012 season programming theme that celebrates women as leaders. The BSO is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state and local arts organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide, with $100,000 being the largest grant awarded in this funding cycle.

In the 2011-2012 season, the fifth under BSO Music Director Marin Alsop’s direction, the BSO will bring its reinvigorated artistic vision and community outreach ethos to audiences on the East and West Coasts. Excluding select Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center engagements, this will mark the Orchestra’s first tour under Marin Alsop and the most recent West coast tour since the last tour in 1988. The 2011-2012 season is a year-long celebration of “Women as Leaders,” highlighting programs that feature works by female composers and that honor or depict women in varying roles throughout history, from religious martyr to humanitarian activist.

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