Hopkins Symphony Orchestra turns 30

Image caption: Music director Jed Gaylin leads the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Petrouchka.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The lights dim, the murmuring of the audience fades to quiet, and, after a few silent anticipatory seconds, the wind, string, and brass instruments strike the first festive notes of Petrouchka. This is the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra beginning its Annual Concert for Children and Families, a free performance that draws hundreds.

Composed of Johns Hopkins undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, the HSO is celebrating its 30th year. Musicians performing in HSO concerts each year are chosen by competitive audition. During the 2011-12 academic year, 183 musicians were on the roster, and 86 of them were Hopkins undergraduate students.

Music director Jed Gaylin says the orchestra is dedicated to performing and promoting orchestral and chamber music from the standard and contemporary repertoires at a high artistic level.

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