Tuesday (7/21) on his Baltimore Sun blog Clef Notes, Tim Smith reports, “One of the most enticing events on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s 2009-2010 lineup has been canceled: Ask Your Mama, a multi-genre, multi-media presentation featuring stellar soprano Jessye Norman that was a big hit at Carnegie Hall last season. The BSO was to have presented it as a ‘premium concert’ in February, conducted by Marin Alsop. ‘Scheduling conflicts’ are blamed. BSO VP Eileen Andrews Jackson says that three of the instrumental musicians involved in the production have been engaged in the house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon since the BSO signed the deal and are no longer available for the tightly constructed Ask Your Mama program. … To replace Jessye and company, the BSO will offer a program that includes a suite from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (vocal soloists to be announced). This adds even more Gershwin to a season that already lists Rhapsody in Blue, Concerto in F, ‘I Got Rhythm’ Variations and the rarely performed Blue Monday.”

Posted July 22, 2009