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Maryland Symphony Orchestra celebrates Scottish music

February 18, 2002

Maryland Symphony Orchestra celebrates Scottish music



By KEVIN CLAPP
kevinc@herald-mail.com


The Maryland Symphony Orchestra took a captive Maryland Theatre audience on a trip to Scotland Sunday afternoon, no strings attached.

Unless, of course, you count those of the symphony's violin, viola, cello and bass sections, plus guest soloist Elisabeth Adkins.

Adkins, a violinist and associate concertmaster with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, joined the MSO on Max Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy," the second of three works on the program that drew inspiration from Scotland.

Rounding out the performance, the fourth in MSO's MasterWorks series, were Hector Berlioz's "Overture to 'Waverly" and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 3 "Scottish."

"I haven't been to the symphony in many years. I used to come when I was little and I was anxious to hear it again," said Hagerstown resident Christina Nemir, who praised Adkins' playing. "The very first note that she played just kind of struck something inside."

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Lea Judson, attending her third concert of the season, was similarly impressed by the concert.

The Chambersburg, Pa., resident applauded the "sensualness" of Adkins' performance, as well as the grace of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze's leadership of the orchestra.

"I think it's beautiful, just beautiful - The Bruch in particular," Judson said at intermission. "For me, watching (Schulze) is as much fun as listening to the orchestra itself. The dancer-like agility of her is like watching a ballerina almost. She's always in motion."

Prior to the opening number, Schulze welcomed youngsters taking part in the annual Symphony Saturdays program, during which orchestra members provide hands-on experience to children.

Luann Moore's daughter Danielle, 8, took part in Symphony Saturdays, and said her favorite part of the Sunday concert was listening to the violin.

"I like the way it sounds," Danielle said.

Her mother was bowled over by the harp, which was featured during "Scottish Fantasy." Overall, she enjoyed the opportunity to spend an afternoon with the symphony.

"I thought it was terrific, it was just beautiful," Luann Moore said. "(Adkins) really brought the music to life. You could almost envision where you were and feel the music."

The concert was the fourth of five in MSO's annual MasterWorks series. A 20th Anniversary Festival Chorus and Soloists program will conclude the MasterWorks season March 16 and 17. Featured will be the world premiere of a piece by composer William Averitt commissioned by the MSO.

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