The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra joins the university's live broadcasting of events at 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, when the Johns Hopkins University Ustream channel carries the HSO's first symphonic program of the season.
Since the launch of ustream.tv/channel/johnshopkinsu in 2013, the classical music programming has been some of the channel's most popular. The Nov. 23, 2013, Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert with Leon Fleisher conducting reached 766 viewers in the United States and 32 other countries, including Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, and has been watched more than 4,200 times since it was archived online, while the April 23, 2014, broadcast of the Peabody Wind Ensemble performing a repertoire that included composition faculty member David Smooke's amplified toy piano concerto inspired by forensic science dioramas reached 349 viewers in the United States and 11 other countries and has been watched more than 500 times.
The HSO and music director Jed Gaylin planned a colorful program for its live broadcast debut. Guest violinist Amy Beth Horman joins the HSO for Mendelssohn's popular and gorgeous Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64, before heading into the swirling romance of star-crossed lovers territory with Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy and Leonard Bernstein's jazzy Symphonic Dances From West Side Story, the ones with the finger snaps and the driving percussion.
Before this rousing year-ending December concert at Shriver Hall, the HSO holds a free chamber concert on Nov. 9 at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center featuring Anton Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, George Gershwin's Lullaby string quartet, and Gustav Holst's St. Paul's Suite, op. 29, no. 2.
The Dec. 6 concert takes place in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus. For information about tickets, go to http://pages.jh.edu/jhso.