FEATURE FRIDAY! – Matt Barker


Matt Barker, trumpet ***Seasons with BSO: 7 ***Hometown: Columbia, MD ***Age Started Playing Trumpet: 12 (piano at 5) ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: Miss Shirley’s is a favorite for breakfast, Sotto Sopra is a favorite for dinner! ***Favorite Food: Indian food, sushi, Mexican food and cheesecake - maybe not all on…

FEATURE FRIDAY! – Gabrielle Finck


***Seasons with BSO: 15 ***Age Started Playing Horn: 10 (singing at 4; piano at 7) ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: I love the Helmand, and any Thai restaurant that has Khao Soi (yellow curry noodles)! ***Favorite Composer: I'm pretty fired up about Bruckner lately. ***Favorite Non-Musical Activity: I got into rock…

FREATURE FRIDAY! – Chisa Kodaka


***Years with BSO: First one! ***Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA ***Age Started Playing Violin: 5 ***Favorite Non-Musical Activity: Flower Arranging ***Favorite BSO Memory So Far: Playing Shostakovich Violin Concerto no. 1 with Augustin Hadelich was very memorable for me because he is my favorite violinist! ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: I live…

FEATURE FRIDAY – Lura Johnson


***Lura Johnson, Piano ***Years with BSO: 16 ***Hometown: Oberlin, OH ***Age Started Playing Piano: 4 ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: Perennial ***Favorite Composer: Johannes Brahms ***Favorite Non-Musical Activity: I am an avid West Coast Swing dancer with roots in gymnastics, ballet, and ballroom dance. Although the pandemic has slowed me down…

FEATURE FRIDAY! – Aubrey Foard


***Years with BSO: 5 ***Hometown: Brookfield, WI ***Age Started Playing Tuba: 9 ***Favorite Food: Indonesian, followed by Thai. ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: A very tough decision! There are so many. But it is hard to beat Ekiben. ***Favorite Composer: As a tuba player, my top three are Richard Strauss, Sergei…

FEATURE FRIDAY! – Christine Murphy


***Years with BSO: 4 ***Hometown: Park Ridge, IL ***Age Started Playing Flute: 8 ***Favorite Restaurant In Baltimore: The Helmand ***Favorite Food: I love Thai food and ramen! ***Favorite Composer: I love playing anything by Ravel or Debussy (typical of any flutist), I also love the music of Sofia Gubaidulina. ***Favorite…

Food for the Soul During a Pandemic


Ivan Stefanovic, Associate Principal Second Violin It has now been about eight months since the world changed for everyone, and especially so for musicians. Without being able to play beautiful music together with each other and for our audiences in the same space, in order to feed both our and your…

Two Rare Basses


Two rare basses by the 18th century Dutch luthier Johannes Kuypers in action at the BSO. Eric Stahl (L) inherited both from his dad, a former Minnesota Orchestra bassist. George Stahl purchased the five-string instrument on the right from a university where it had been dropped down a flight of…

Introducing BSO Sessions


BSO Sessions, the groundbreaking new docuseries  from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is now on sale.  Tune in for artfully-packaged, hour-long episodes showcasing BSO musicians, conductors, and composers in performance, in rehearsal, and in conversation.  Catch up with past episodes and stay tuned for new episodes weekly! BSO Sessions episodes are…