BSO Pulse: Wye Oak

Nov. 12

When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra teased a series in which the orchestra would share the stage with several indie bands, it wasn't much of a surprise that Wye Oak was selected for one of the concerts. Yes, because of its local roots, but also because the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack had played a show with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as recently as March. Still, it's an adventurous step for both the band and the BSO, and one that should reward fans of each. The concert will feature a performance of modern American composer John Luther Adams' 'Become River,' as well as new orchestral material written by Wasner and Stack, co-written with New York-based composers William Brittelle and Michi Wiancko, and reworkings of songs from the band's excellent, synth-heavy fourth album, "Shriek." OK, going to the symphony may not be the same as going to the Ottobar, but there's pre-show entertainment with booze and food to dull the, shall we say, austere setting of the Meyerhoff. If Windjammer was the coronation of the music scene's national popularity, this show is perhaps a sign of its broader artistic appeal. 8:30 p.m., Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000,, $35. (Brandon Weigel)

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