Thursday: BSO 100th Anniversary Concert

Feb. 11

There's been a leadership change announced at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra—conductor Marin Alsop is staying put, thankfully, but CEO and President Paul Meecham is leaving at the end of the season to go work with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera. It seems like a loss for the BSO: As the Washington Post's classical music critic Anne Midgette wrote, Meecham is "a respected and straight-shooting administrator, [who] has managed to lead the orchestra through some turbulent times." And the timing, right as the BSO is gearing up to celebrate its 100th anniversary, seems unfortunate. But hey, the show must go on, and the BSO's doing that in a big way with its 100th anniversary concert. The orchestra will be playing both timeless classics that everyone can recognize—"Ravel" by Bolero and Bernstein's suite from "West Side Story"—and contemporary pieces, including a world premiere of a BSO-commissioned piece by Kristin Kuster. And the BSO will be joined by violinist Joshua Bell, the superstar virtuoso of the classical-music world. It's the ideal programming to celebrate both the orchestra's past and future, even if it's unclear at the moment who will be leading the BSO into that future. 8 p.m., Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000,, $50-$125. (Anna Walsh)

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