Baltimore (September 5, 2017) The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announces the third season of its BSO Pulse concert series. Under the leadership of BSO Associate Conductor Nicholas Hersh, BSO Pulse pairs classical music with prominent indie and alternative artists.
“Over the past two seasons, the BSO has continued to push its limits to discover new and thrilling musical juxtapositions in BSO Pulse,” says Hersh. “I am thrilled to be a part of this journey as we collaborate with this season’s featured artists and explore the fundamental connections between these diverse genres.”
Concerts begin with a classical performance by members of the BSO. The evening’s featured artist then performs a set, followed by a number of collaborative pieces between the artist and the orchestra. Prior to each performance, local musicians provide pre-concert entertainment in the lobby of the Meyerhoff. Local restaurant and beverage partners offer food and drink specials throughout the event.
BSO Pulse: Esperanza Spalding
Thursday, October 19, 8:30 pm
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding has continually and brilliantly married genres, pushed boundaries and created groundbreaking work over the last decade. Spalding is a composer, bassist and vocalist who has performed at the Oscars®, the Grammys®, the Nobel Prize ceremony and The White House. After winning Best New Artist at the 2012 Grammy® Awards, The New York Times said Spalding “has made her mark not just as a virtuoso jazz bassist or an effortlessly nimble singer but as an exotic hybrid of the two. The very nature of her talent is exceptional.”
BSO Pulse: Tank and the Bangas
Thursday, January 4, 8:30 pm
Originally from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas has an unparalleled energy and a sound that ranges from rhythmic soul and spoken word to other genres like rock, gospel, funk and folk. Combining the various musical techniques among the group’s members, Tank and the Bangas has established a reputation for one of the most distinctive sounds in New Orleans. The group has graced the cover of OffBeat magazine and recently won Band of the Year at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards. Tank and the Bangas has opened for such acts as LiAnne LaHavas, PJ Morton, Galactic, Big Freedia, The Revivalist and The Soul Rebels. Tank and the Bangas is the winner of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest.
BSO Pulse: Valerie June
Thursday, March 22, 8:30 pm
Since the release of her 2013 breakout Pushin’ Against a Stone, singer-songwriter Valerie June has been at work on her stunning new album, The Order Of Time. The New York Timeshas called June one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents.” June has astonished TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show and CBS This Morning and has performed on stage at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. June has also performed at The White House at the invitation of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Able to blur the lines between genres and eras, June’s eclectic sound blends elements of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues, tied together by her one-of-a-kind voice.