The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast

Explore the music of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra from your own home through our podcasts! From recorded performances of the stellar Off The Cuff series to Classical Insights from WBJC and WETA On-Air Hosts, there’s something for both first-time symphony attendees and aficionados alike. Subscribe now and receive convenient notifications when a new episode is available.

Off The Cuff episodes are released on Tuesdays and Classical Insights are released on Saturdays.

Our Classical Insights podcast presenters are Classical WETA 90.9 FM On-Air Hosts James Jacobs, David Ginder, Marilyn Cooley, Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski, and WBJC 91.5 FM Program Director Jonathan Palevsky.

Episodes Date

In this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast Jonathan Palevsky shares about Paul Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, another classical work based on a poem by Goethe. This podcast was originally ...
September 26, 2020
Join Jonathan Palevsky from WBJC to learn about Mendelssohn and his Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture composed when he was only 19 and inspired by two poems by Goethe.  This podcast was original...
September 19, 2020
This week's episode brings you insights from WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky about Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, a stunning showpiece for trumpet and orchestra.  This podcast was originally relea...
September 12, 2020
Inside Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a riddle that remains unsolved. The enigma theme that Elgar takes through many inventive and striking variations, each dedicated to someone in his life, is actually...
September 8, 2020
Discover Bruch’s idyllic dream of Scotland with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky in this week's Classical Insights podcast. Learn about Max Bruch and why he, neither a Scot nor violinist, wrote the Scottish F...
September 5, 2020
There are few pieces of music as visually evocative as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Written in memory of artist Viktor Hartmann, the piece is a musical depiction of an art exhibition. WBJC'...
August 29, 2020
Guest Conductor Markus Stenz leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in this week's Off The Cuff podcast where he reveals the genesis of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score The Firebird. This per...
August 25, 2020
Listen as WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky discusses one of the most popular works of the classical guitar repertoire, Joaquín Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. This podcast was originally released in the 2017...
August 22, 2020
Learn about Sibelius' only concerto, his Violin Concerto, in this week’s featured podcast with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in ...
August 15, 2020
What earned Aaron Copland the title “dean of American composers?” Even today Copland's catchy, memorable tunes, woven so masterfully into his symphonic music, continue to be synonymous with the Americ...
August 11, 2020
Learn about An American in Paris, Gershwin’s jazzy, raucous riff on Paris with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season.   Musical samples in BSO podcasts a...
August 8, 2020
Chausson’s Poéme for Violin and Orchestra is this week’s featured podcast with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season.   Musical samples in BSO podcasts a...
August 1, 2020
Delve into Tchaikovsky's Hamlet Fantasy-Overture with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos M...
July 25, 2020
WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski play clips from Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra by Baltimore native Philip Glass. Listen along and learn about the rhythmic power of this comp...
July 18, 2020
This week WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky discusses Emmanuel Chabrier's España.  This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Li...
July 11, 2020
Celebrate the 4th of July with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky and learn more about an American classic, Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18...
July 4, 2020
Delve into Pelleas und Melisande, one of Arnold Schoenberg’s tonal works, with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky.  This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts ar...
June 27, 2020
Learn about Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky.  This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Na...
June 20, 2020
Learn about Schumann's Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky.  This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provide...
June 13, 2020
Learn about Tchaikovsky and his Serenade for Strings in C Major with WBJC’s Jonathan Palevsky.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided...
June 6, 2020

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