HAGERSTOWN - Before Sunday afternoon's performance at The Maryland Theatre, Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze promised that the concert would be a wonderful showcase of the orchestra's virtuosity.
"The orchestra has come a long way this year," she said.
The audience for MasterWorks V, the final concert of the MSO's 24th season, agreed.
"Wow! Isn't that something?" Ann Bilezikian said.
She was talking about Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances," the final selection of the program.
Bilezikian, who played oboe professionally for 40 years and taught at the Peabody Institute, lives in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. She and her husband, Eddie Bilezikian, have been attending MSO performances for five years and have seen each of this season's MasterWorks concerts.
"I think today was the most exciting," Eddie Bilezikian said. "We are both crazy about 20th-century music."
The Sunday afternoon program opened with John Harbison's "Remembering Gatsby: Fox Trot for Orchestra," written in the late 1980s.