Maryland Symphony Orchestra tuning up for 24th season

September 19, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

In its 24th season, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra offers year-round concerts and performances from its home base at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

The orchestra's performances are at The Maryland Theatre at 21 S. Potomac St., with some exceptions, including concerts Friday, Oct. 14, at Frostburg State University and Friday, Feb.10, 2006, at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.,

The 2005-06 five-part MasterWorks Series, called Vintage Concert Season, kicks off in October with concerts scheduled through April 2006. The Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday concerts start at 3 p.m. A talk with Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze one hour prior to each concert is free to ticket holders. The concert series includes:

  • A Delightful Season Opener, Oct. 15 and 16 - Featuring performances of Weber's "Overture to Der Freischutz" and Brahms' Symphony No. 4.

Guest musician and violin virtuoso Adele Anthony will perform Dvorak's Violin Concerto.

  • A Select Scandinavian Offering, Nov. 12 and 13 - This concert will feature Berwald's "Overture to Estrella" and Sibelius' Symphony No. 5. Guest pianist Andrew von Oeyen, 24, is to perform Grieg's Piano Concerto.

  • A Birthday Toast to Mozart, Feb. 11 and 12, 2006 - The concert celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 250th birthday with his Clarinet Concerto being played by the MSO's Beverly Butts.

The concert also will highlight Mozart's "Overture to Il Re Pastore" and Symphony No. 41.

  • A Rare Selection of Audience Favorites, March 25 and 26, 2006 - The concert will include Mendelssohn's "Overture to A Midsummer's Night Dream" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

2002 Gilmore Young Artist Award Winner Jonathan Biss is to be the guest artist. He will perform Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2.

  • A Sparkling Season Finale, April 22 and 23, 2006 - Concert includes performances of Harbison's "Remembering Gatsby: Foxtrot for Orchestra" and Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances." Violinist Jennifer Frautschi will join the orchestra to perform Saint Saens' Violin Concerto No. 3.

Special events

The orchestra presents its annual Pops! concert Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., with the theme "Bravo Big Band." The music of Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman will be performed. The concert will include a saxophone soloist and Big Band vocalists.

The 2005 Holiday Concert, Glorious Holiday Spirits, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. Dec. 18. Hagerstown Choral Arts will perform Vivaldi's "Gloria."

The orchestra's family concert is scheduled for 5 p.m. March 4, 2006. A performance of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" will blend puppetry and narrative with classical music. The story of Molly Pitcher will be told with music by composer Robert Lichtenberger.

In 2006, the MSO will kick off its 25th season with its Salute to Independence at 7:30 p.m. July 1. The annual free event at Antietam National Battlefield will include some "special events" to celebrate the orchestra's anniversary, said orchestra spokeswoman Mary Anne Ellifritz.

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