Did you know that Siegfried Wagner was the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s first guest conductor in 1924? He conducted music by his father, Richard Wagner, and his grandfather, Franz Liszt. Did you know that the March King, John Philip Sousa, appeared at a BSO children’s concert in 1930? And did you know that in February, 1965 Arthur Fiedler took the Baltimore Symphony on a highly successful tour of the Southern states, billed as “Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops” when his own orchestra was away touring the USSR? These are just some of the fascinating tid-bits I’ve been picking up as I’ve been working through a timeline of the BSO.
As you may know, the Baltimore Symphony is celebrating its centennial in 2016. To mark the occasion, the BSO is creating a timeline, which will be engraved on glass panels and hung on the 2nd level of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (just above the gift shop). I’ve been asked to write the narrative timeline for this project, and I’ve been having the most fabulous time poring over old archival materials. It makes me even prouder of our orchestra than ever!
Baltimore Symphony, birthday