BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Baltimore Ravens on Thursday announced that Music Director Marin Alsop, 32 musicians and a group of OrchKids™ will perform at the Ravens’ Thanksgiving Night home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 28, nationally broadcast on NBC.
Marin Alsop, the Orchestra and the OrchKids, the BSO’s flagship music education program serving inner-city Baltimore students, will join the Ravens Cheerleaders and Marching Band during the halftime entertainment on the field. This is the first time the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has partnered with the Ravens and marks their first appearance at M&T Bank Stadium.
“We have been wanting to work together with the Ravens, I am so glad that we are finally able to collaborate with our home team and Super Bowl champions this Thanksgiving,” said Alsop. “We like to think of the BSO as the third major league team here in Baltimore and Purple Fever runs deep amongst the musicians, staff and board at the BSO. It is truly a thrill to be able to perform on the Ravens’ turf and be part of a national broadcast.”
“We are excited and proud that the OrchKids and Marin Alsop could come visit us today,” said Dick Cass, Ravens president. “They and the musicians of the BSO represent the best of the Baltimore and we are thrilled to be associated with them.”
Baltimore Ravens Vice President of Marketing Gabrielle Dow commented, “This is a dream come true for the Ravens organization. We tossed around the idea of presenting a halftime show with national talent, but we have also been discussing working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the last four years. It brings us tremendous pride to be able to partner with an arts organization from our community and showcase one of the premier orchestras in the country.”
Also at Thursday’s press conference at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Cass presented Alsop with a generous $15,000 donation to BSO’s OrchKids. OrchKids is a year-round after-school music initiative designed to create social change and nurture promising futures for youth in Baltimore City neighborhoods. In partnership with the Baltimore City Public School system, OrchKids provides students with instruments, academic instruction, positive role models, field trips, daily healthy meals and more. Marking its sixth year in 2013-2014, OrchKids serves more than 700
students spanning pre-kindergarten through eighth grades across five Title I schools in West and East Baltimore.
The BSO’s halftime performance is made possible in part by the generous support of The Bozzuto Group and M&T Bank.