The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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.

All Episodes

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley for a discussion on Arvo Pärt's Credo.  After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, May 30, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing the work, as well as Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

May 22

4 min 35 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for an extended discussion about Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3. After listening, tune in to WBJC 91.5 FM at 1 pm on Sunday, May 23, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing this work under the baton of Music Director Marin Alsop. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

May 15

41 min 49 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski for a discussion on Schumann's Symphony No. 2.  After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, May 16, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing the work, as well as Schumann's Symphony No. 1 and Manfred Overture. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

May 8

13 min 26 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky and learn about Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1. After listening, tune in to WBJC 91.5 FM at 1 pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing this work under the baton of Music Director Marin Alsop. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

May 1

10 min 54 sec

In this episode, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky shares some of the interesting details about Bernstein's Serenade for Violin and Orchestra, inspired by a re-reading of Plato's The Symposium.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Apr 24

17 min 47 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski for a discussion on Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, April 25, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing this work under the baton of Music Director Marin Alsop. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Apr 17

11 min 52 sec

In today's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky discusses why Schubert's works for the stage, including his Selections from Rosamunde, never gained the same level of interest as his other orchestral pieces.  This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Apr 10

16 min 2 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski for a discussion on Mozart's final work, his mysterious Requiem.  After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, April 4, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing the work, as well as Christopher Rouse's Berceuse Infinie. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Apr 3

10 min 40 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski for a discussion on Mahler's Symphony No. 1. After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, March 28, 2021 to hear a full recording of the BSO performing another of Mahler's famed symphonies, his Symphony No. 3. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Mar 27

11 min 54 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WETA's Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski for a discussion on Camille Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. After listening, tune in to WBJC at 1 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021 to hear the BSO perform the work in its entirety. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Mar 20

10 min 26 sec

In this Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for a discussion on Copland's Symphony No. 3. After listening, tune in to WBJC at  1 pm on Sunday, March 14, 2021 to hear the BSO perform the work in its entirety. The BSO returns to the radio each Sunday at 1 pm with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Mar 13

23 min 12 sec

Join WETA hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley for a look at Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. New this weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns to 91.5 FM WBJC radio for a special celebration of Music Director Marin Alsop with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! The broadcast at 1 pm on Sunday, March 7 will include all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Mar 6

4 min 39 sec

Join WETA hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley for a look at Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. New this weekend, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns to 91.5 FM WBJC radio for a special celebration of Music Director Marin Alsop with BSO Encore, Powered by PNC! The broadcast at 1 pm on Sunday, March 7 will include all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. Listen and learn more at BSOmusic.org/Encore. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Mar 6

6 min 29 sec

Join WETA hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley for a look at Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3. The work was written when he was 19 and only a few months after his second violin concerto. Listen as Ginder and Cooley discuss the ways in which this concerto exemplifies Mozart's growth when compared to his earlier concertos as he provides more equal weight to soloist and orchestra. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Feb 27

10 min 11 sec

Join WETA hosts David Ginder and Marilyn Cooley as they discuss Walton's Violin Concerto, a work commissioned by famed violinist Jascha Heifetz. In addition to discussing the structure and themes of the piece, listen to find out the role a tarantula played during the composition of the piece.  This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Feb 20

10 min 37 sec

Join hosts Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski as they discuss Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, a work that showcases the versatility of the clarinet as melancholic, triumphant, and playful.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Feb 13

8 min 28 sec

In this week's episode join Nicole Lacroix and Bill Bukowski and learn about Les préludes by Franz Liszt and how he pioneered the tone poem. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Feb 6

10 min 24 sec

Although it is one of Mozart's most popular works, not much is known about Eine kleine Nachtmusic. In this episode, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky shares some of the interesting details that are known about the work and then dives into a more in depth discussion of the movements and themes of the piece.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. To hear a work by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges who was a contemporary of Mozart, tune into the episode Forgotten Voices. 

Jan 30

12 min 28 sec

In today's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra podcast join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for a look at Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. Jonathan discusses that, although Tchaikovsky was a phenomenally successful composer, he was often his own worst critic felt he had to prove himself with each new piece.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.

Jan 23

18 min 7 sec

In today's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky shares the many difficulties Rachmaninoff faced after the disastrous premiere of his First Symphony, and how out of this time of depression he composed his Piano Concerto No. 2. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Jan 16

15 min 50 sec

In this podcast from the BSO, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky discusses Ravel's Tzigane, a work dedicated to Hungarian violinist Jelly d'Arányi. Learn how violinists use double stops, harmonics and more in this phenomenal work for violin and orchestra. Hear Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Orchestra in Ripple Effect, episode 10 of BSO Sessions. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore all the offerings of the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions.  This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library.

Jan 9

8 min 23 sec

In this first episode of the new year, join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for an insightful look at Stravinsky's Petrushka which premiered in 1911 and was written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.  This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Jan 2

14 min 17 sec

In this week's episode, Jonathan Palevsky dissects John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine. Tune in and learn why this fanfare for orchestra is Adam's most performed work. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Dec 2020

5 min 22 sec

Tune in for a look behind the curtain as WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky shares the many collaborations that brought Gershwin's Porgy and Bess to life. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Dec 2020

19 min 7 sec

In this week's podcast learn about Joseph Haydn's London Symphony, one of his most beloved. WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky discusses Haydn's time spent in London and how this work came to be.  This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Dec 2020

21 min 13 sec

In this week's podcast join Jonathan Palevsky to learn more about Felix Mendelssohn's The Hebrides Overture, a work inspired by the British Isles.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Nov 2020

9 min 59 sec

Join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for a deep dive into Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Nov 2020

27 min 26 sec

Elgar's Falstaff is the focus of this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast 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 Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Nov 2020

16 min 1 sec

Learn about Mozart and his Symphony No. 40 with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky in this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Podcast. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Nov 2020

20 min 30 sec

In this week's podcast, WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky discusses Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Oct 2020

11 min 51 sec

Learn about Brahms' lyrical Symphony No. 2 with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Oct 2020

17 min 15 sec

Learn about Khachaturian's Violin Concerto with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for to explore the BSO's digital concert series, BSO Sessions. 

Oct 2020

21 min 30 sec

Learn about Messiaen's Les Offrandes Oubliées with WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky. This podcast was originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for exciting news about the BSO's digital concert series.

Oct 2020

7 min 40 sec

This week learn about Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp 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 Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for exciting news about the BSO's digital concert series.

Oct 2020

16 min 14 sec

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 released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Sep 2020

8 min 8 sec

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 originally released in the 2016-17 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Sep 2020

8 min 17 sec

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 released in the 2018-19 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Sep 2020

14 min 37 sec

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 Fantasy for violin and orchestra. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Sep 2020

10 min 26 sec

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's Jonathan Palevsky discusses the history of this piece and how Ravel's orchestration of the work, originally composed only for piano, brings it to life. This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Aug 2020

21 min 57 sec

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 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Aug 2020

11 min 43 sec

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 BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Aug 2020

17 min 13 sec

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 are provided by the Naxos Music Library.   Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Aug 2020

13 min 19 sec

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 are provided by the Naxos Music Library.   Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Aug 2020

10 min 57 sec

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 Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jul 2020

9 min 4 sec

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 compelling piece.  This podcast was originally released in the 2017-18 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jul 2020

6 min 45 sec

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 Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jul 2020

8 min 4 sec

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 season. Musical samples in BSO podcasts are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jul 2020

15 min 31 sec

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 are provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jun 2020

17 min 9 sec

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 Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jun 2020

13 min 34 sec

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 provided by the Naxos Music Library. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage for more exciting digital content from the BSO.

Jun 2020

14 min 34 sec