The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's newest concert series, Pulse, brings together the worlds of classical music and indie rock onto one stage. Each concert will cross genres, opening with a classical performance by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, followed by a set by our featured indie artist, culminating with a unique collaboration between the two groups.

Pulse performances kick-off with a pre-concert party featuring live music, happy hour drink specials, and food from our favorite Baltimore restaurants and breweries.

About the BSO

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been enriching the cultural scene in Baltimore for over 100 years as a world class orchestra with an eye for innovation and community development. The BSO made musical history in September 2007, when Maestra Marin Alsop led her inaugural concerts as the Orchestra's 12th music director, making her the first woman to head a major American orchestra. The BSO is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland with dynamic initiatives such as The Academy, BSYO, and OrchKids, which provides free music education to 1,000 Baltimore City students.

Interested in learning what else the Baltimore Symphony has to offer? If you are new to the symphony, we recommend checking out our Off The Cuff series!

Pulse Executive Producer/Creator

For nearly a decade Toby Blumenthal has lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a variety of popular and unique programming initiatives that cross orchestral and popular music genres.

Having worked in key positions with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre, and with Clear Channel Entertainment DC/SFX Entertainment (currently Live Nation DC), Toby has gained a unique perspective on working with orchestras, contemporary artists, venues, promoters/agents, selecting and booking talent, developing special projects, and engaging new and existing audiences through creative programming.

Distinctive projects for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra include collaborations with artists such as Trey Anastasio, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello and the development/creation of the world premiere of Dead Symphony: A Symphonic Tribute to the Grateful Dead.

Toby created Pulse out of a strong interest in indie music and bringing some of his favorite artists to a world class venue. Creating a series like Pulse helps the orchestras goal of developing future audiences to the world of classical music. Utilizing his industry relationships, Toby carefully selected artists that he felt has some kind of connection to forms of classical music.

Blumenthal currently serves as the Vice President of Artistic Planning & Chief Innovation Officer with The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Toby will lead the Mann in exploring innovative programming, using enhanced technology as the Mann pursues an ambitious strategic plan focusing on the diversification, growth and enhancement of its world class programmatic offerings.

Conductor / Pulse Orchestra Artistic Developer

Winner of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award in 2012 and 2015, conductor Nicholas Hersh currently serves as Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, working closely with Music Director Marin Alsop. He has appeared in concert with the New World Symphony in Miami and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony in Detroit, and previously served as Music Director of the Bloomington, Indiana Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado. In February 2015, he made his subscription debut with the Baltimore Symphony when he stepped in for an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier, leading the week's rehearsals and two sold-out performances met with immediate ovation and critical acclaim.

Nicholas grew up in Evanston, Illinois and started his musical training with the cello. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Stanford University and a Master's Degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. In 2011 and 2012 he was a Conducting Fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, studying with mentors Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff, and has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Hersh's performance credits span a diverse range of genres beyond the traditional concert canon, including opera, ballet, Broadway, Pops, choral music, and film score. An avid performer of new music, he has conducted numerous world premieres in a variety of genres. His duties with the Baltimore Symphony include conducting, teaching and artistic leadership in educational initiatives such as the BSO Academy, Rusty Musicians and Side-by-Side programs; he also serves as conductor and orchestra artistic developer of the BSO's Pulse series, featuring a pairing of Indie bands and Baltimore Symphony musicians. Additionally, he continues to earn acclaim for his skill as an arranger and orchestrator: his arrangements include commissions from the Cleveland Pops, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony, and in 2013 his orchestral arrangement of Queen's famous Bohemian Rhapsody saw worldwide success after the video of its premiere went viral.


Cathedral Parking Garage
Open during all Meyerhoff Symphony Hall events.
Conveniently located at the northeast corner of
Preston and Cathedral opposite the Meyerhoff;
enter from Cathedral Street. $12 per car.

Symphony Center Parking Garage
Open during all Meyerhoff Symphony Hall events.
Conveniently located adjacent to the Meyerhoff;
enter from Park Avenue. $12 per car.

Accessible Parking
Spaces are available in the parking garages.