Tuckwell's farewell MSO season to be collection of favorites

May 17, 1997

Maestro Barry Tuckwell's farewell season as music director and conductor of Maryland Symphony Orchestra will be filled with favorites.

Each program will contain music that audience members know and enjoy, Tuckwell said during a recent press conference to announce the orchestra's 1997-98 schedule.

Tuckwell reviewed the programs from the past 15 seasons and considered comments from audience members before choosing the works for the 16th season.

"Each one is a favorite to me," Tuckwell said.

Performances at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown will begin Saturday, Oct. 18, and Sunday, Oct. 19, with a program that includes "Candide Overture," "Adagio for Strings," "Appalachian Spring," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Bacchanale from `Samson and Delilah' " and "Bolero."


The season ends the weekend of March 21 and 22 with a program that includes the rousing "1812 Overture," which the orchestra never has performed inside the theater.

"It will be a thrill for people to hear it in its true environment," Tuckwell said.

There won't be live cannons as there are when the symphony plays each summer at Antietam National Battlefield, but there are ways to emulate them musically, Tuckwell said.

The MSO has performed every work on the schedule except for November's "Polovtsian Dances from `Prince Igor,' " Tuckwell said.

He said the 1997-98 season will be a tribute to the players, who number between 75 and 80, depending on the performance.

There will be no guest soloists or conductors - instead, the concerts will showcase the orchestra.

"The orchestra is in such terrific shape; the players can stand on their own feet," Tuckwell said.

The orchestra first appeared on The Maryland Theatre stage under Tuckwell's direction in November 1982. Tuckwell never has missed a performance - even when he had a broken arm in 1989, he conducted the Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield.

Tuckwell, 66, a world-renowned French horn player, gave his last solo performance in January.

He stressed that he is not retiring, and he will continue to pursue his conducting career. In June he will conduct several performances in Durban, South Africa.

"It's farewell, but not farewell to music," Tuckwell said.

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