"Fasten your seat belts," said Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze to members of the audience Sunday afternoon at The Maryland Theatre.
She thanked them for their loyalty in the "adventure" of her first season and prepared them for the interesting and emotionally challenging program she was about to conduct, the final concert of the MSO's subscription series.
The MSO performed Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto, Op. 99, featuring soloist Livia Sohn. Schulze called Shostakovich a towering composer of the 20th century. He wrote in Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union, when the hammer - and sickle - could come down on artists considered enemies of the people because their music was too complex or dissonant, she said.
Sohn, 23, played the concerto's four movements from memory and to a rousing ovation. "It's amazing. Forty-five minutes she stood on her feet - besides being fantastic," said Williamsport resident and season-ticket holder Margaret Rohrer of the soloist.