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In just a few hours, the BSO kicks off a weekend full of operatic performances at the Meyerhoff. Marin Alsop will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and they will be joined by artists from the Washington Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program and other soloists including my colleague at Baltimore Concert Opera, General Director Brendan Cooke. In a scene reminiscent of a viral YouTube video from Valencia, Spain last Fall, soloists from this weekend’s concerts surprised shoppers at Whole Foods in Harbor East yesterday by singing "Libiamo" from Verdi’s La Traviata and giving away tickets to this weekend’s performances. The Baltimore Sun and WJZ TV were there to report about it.

BSO Soloists: Libiamo on Aisle 5

BSO Extends Exclusive Offer for 50% Off Tickets!
As a loyal supporter of opera in Baltimore, the BSO would like to extend an EXCLUSIVE OFFER to attend one of these upcoming events at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall featuring operas by Barber and Gershwin and Vocalists of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. To buy tickets, simply login to BSOmusic.org using Promo Code 12286 to purchase your discounted tickets (you must login before adding tickets to your cart to view discounted ticket price.). Don’t delay as this exclusive offer expires March 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. For more details about this 50% OFF offer for BaltimoreOpera.com subscribers, click here.

Here is the rundown for this weekends performances:
Hearts, Cards & Carnival
Thu, March 25 at 8 pm
Sun, March 28 at 3 pm
Cards, games, dancers and puppets. This program in our late-winter carnival features concert presentations of two 20th-century American operas. One, by Samuel Barber, is sung over a game of cards in ten minutes, followed by Gershwin’s Blue Monday—mixing jazz, voice and Americana. The evening ends with Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its neo-classical music mirroring a puppet tale of madcap comedy.

Casual Concert: Pulcinella
Sat, March 27 at 11 am
It’s story time at the symphony—and not just for kids. Prokofiev’s classic tale Peter and the Wolf takes center stage in this concert of musical storytelling. The morning also includes a suite from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, its angular music mirroring a puppet tale of mad cap comedy. Pastries and coffee on sale starting at 10 am.

Off the Cuff: Pulcinella
Sat, March 27 at 7 pm
Thanks to radical works such as his Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky catapulted himself to fame by writing music for the ballet. Marin Alsop rips open another stunning Stravinsky ballet, Pulcinella, a witty re-invention of 18th century courtly dance music with a 1920’s twist, and a charming plot told in song and dance. Why is this work credited with being among the first examples of neo-classicism? What the heck is neo-classicism? No worries, Marin Alsop and the BSO have all your answers.

I hope you make it to one of these performances (I will be there on Sunday). If you do, please chime in on the BaltimoreOpera.com Blog with your thoughts of the concert.