Arts District

Baltimore's Newest Chamber Orchestra Makes Debut

World premiere part of Symphony Number One's program

By Gabriella Souza | May 8, 2015, 3:24 pm

Music director Jordan Randall Smith will conduct Symphony Number One's debut performance this weekend. -Courtesy of Symphony Number One
Arts District

Baltimore's Newest Chamber Orchestra Makes Debut

World premiere part of Symphony Number One's program

By Gabriella Souza | May 8, 2015, 3:24 pm

Music director Jordan Randall Smith will conduct Symphony Number One's debut performance this weekend. -Courtesy of Symphony Number One

Everything about Symphony Number One seems refreshingly innovative.

Baltimore's newest chamber orchestra is dedicated to performing new, large-scale compositions paired with classical masterworks that highlight the featured composer. It has a Kickstarter campaign that at last count has raised almost $8,000 for the fledgling group, founded in 2014.

Symphony Number One wants to be a new kind of chamber music ensemble, said founder and music director Jordan Randall Smith.

"We're not exclusively a contemporary music ensemble, but we're not a traditional orchestra either," Smith said in a video on the orchestra's website.

The orchestra makes its debut this Friday and Saturday at the War Memorial. The program features the world-premiere Symphony No. 1 by Mark Fromm, the group's composer in residence, as well as works by Mozart, Schubert, and Webern.

Smith, a native of Dallas, formed Symphony Number One with five colleagues from the Peabody Conservatory. They all have experience with other local music projects such as Sonar, Outer Spaces, and Occasional Symphony, according to the orchestra's website.

The group's mission is to invigorate the America classical music landscape while encouraging current composers. We'll be watching to see what results.




You May Also Like


Arts District

John Waters is the Newest Male Face of Nike

Waters is one of three celebrities chosen to be in '90s-inspired Nordstrom x Nike campaign.

Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: November 2019

The latest from Romantic States and JPEGMAFIA.

Arts District

Four Key Updates on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Here’s what the BSO has been up to since performances resumed in September.


Arts & Culture

Music Reviews: December 2019

The latest from Al Rogers Jr. and The High & Wides.

Arts District

The Voxel Opening as Home for DIY Theatre in 2020

Historic Old Goucher space gets a second life backed by Figure 53 software company.

MaxSpace

Movie Review: Jojo Rabbit

A fun-loving Hitler? It could've been a disaster. Instead, it's one of the best films of the year.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Kirby Lane Park Brings New Energy to West Baltimore Neighborhood: Formerly dilapidated site has become a hub for community engagement in Franklin Square.

Maryland Native Maggie Rogers Receives First Grammy Nomination: The singer-songwriter was nominated for “Best New Artist” alongside big-name acts.

Four Key Updates on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Here’s what the BSO has been up to since performances resumed in September.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Declares For Late Husband’s Seat: We break down the familiar faces in upcoming special Democratic primary.

Feds Charge Pugh With Fraud and Tax Evasion in ‘Healthy Holly’ Scandal: Former mayor faces 11 counts, including conspiracy, in alleged children’s book scheme.