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Concert on tap for next weekend

January 08, 1998

Concert on tap for next weekend

Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of German and Austrian favorites at The Maryland Theatre Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.

* The program will include Schubert's "Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished,' " first performed in 1865 in Vienna 37 years after the composer's death. The score had been untouched for 43 years.

* "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, was inspired by the young composer's love for his future wife, whom he met in 1887. MSO Musical Director Barry Tuckwell describes the piece as a picture in sound.

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* Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" is known independently of the long opera in which it originated. The composer built his own opera house to ensure that his huge musical dramas were produced exactly as he wanted.

* Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," is the most well-known work by the composer, according to Tuckwell. It was revolutionary for its time, he says.

Tuckwell says he's known it all his life, but there's so much more to learn about it.

You can learn more about Beethoven's "Fifth Symphony" and the other music on the program at "Maestro Tuckwell Presents ... German and Austrian Favorites," an informal and informative free lunch-time discussion at The Maryland Theatre Friday, Jan. 16, at 12:15 p.m.

Tickets for the weekend symphony performances are $10, $18, $25 and $30. Children and full-time students pay half price.

For tickets and information, call 301-797-4000.

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