All Peabody concerts to be free in 2016–17

Along with the announcement of its lineup for the 2016–17 season came a gift from the Peabody Institute to the music lovers of Baltimore: All concerts this year will be free.

"As Peabody seeks to engage our students and faculty more deeply in the community directly through new curricular initiatives, we look forward to welcoming more of the community to campus as our guests," says Fred Bronstein, dean of the Peabody Institute. "By making all concerts free, we want to reinforce that music has no boundaries, and there is something for everyone at Peabody."

Although all performances—including those led by guest conductors and main-stage operas—will be free, some will require tickets for reserved seating.

The season opens on Saturday, Sept. 24, with renowned guest conductor Leon Fleisher, who holds the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano at Peabody, leading the Peabody Symphony Orchestra with faculty soloists.

Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and director of Peabody's Graduate Conducting Program, and Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lyon, will be at the helm of the PSO in performances on Oct. 28, Feb. 4, and April 15.

Alumni conductors Joseph Young, the first recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra–Peabody Conducting Fellowship and now assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Steven Jarvi, winner of the 2009 Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, will return to their alma mater to lead performances by the Peabody Concert Orchestra on Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.

The nearly 100 major concerts and performances that Peabody stages each year range from classical to contemporary to jazz. The full list for this season is available online.

The box office is now open to reserve free tickets. For more information, call its new phone number, 667-208-6620, or visit the events calendar, where tickets can be reserved online.

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