Whenever I put a concert program together, I have three goals in mind: to enlighten, to entertain, and to inform. Each program should contain the familiar, the substantial and occasionally, the provocative. We who make our life in the classical orchestral world have the opportunity to involve ourselves in some of the best artistic efforts made by musical men and women over the past two and a half centuries. It is both a privilege and an obligation to share these great accomplishments with our community.
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On Jan. 16 and 17, your Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Overture to 'Die Fledermaus,' " Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and Jean Sibelius' "Symphony No. 2 in D Major." These works have proved to be favorites of symphonic audiences in the many years since they were first performed. But each of these works has "Masterpiece" status for a different reason and will therefore affect the listener differently, whether emotionally, intellectually or spiritually. What will make this concert-going experience so exciting is the musical contrast among these works. Expect to be entertained, certainly, but also enlightened!