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MSO celebrates silver anniversary

September 24, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Some musical selections the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform for the first time during its 25th season are Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" and Copland's Symphony No. 3, said Mary Anne Ellifritz, the MSO's director of marketing and public relations.

The orchestra is based at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown.

The theater installed a new orchestra shell in early 2006 that frames the stage and directs the sound to the audience.

"Our Silver Season: A Season to Celebrate" includes five MasterWorks concerts. 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:

· MasterWorks I, Oct. 14 and 15 - Featuring violinist Nicolas Kendall, an audience favorite, performing Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D minor. Also featured will be Shostakovich's "Fantasy Overture" and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.


This concert also will be performed at Frostburg State University's Pealer Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13.

· MasterWorks II, Nov. 11 and 12 - Guest pianist Shai Wosner will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat. Also featured will be Bolcom's "Commedia for Almost 18th Century Orchestra" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

This concert also will be performed at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

· MasterWorks III, Feb. 10 and 11 - Guest cellist William De Rosa will perform Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor. Also featured is the concerto's companion piece, Copland's Symphony No. 3, which includes "Fanfare for the Common Man."

· MasterWorks IV, March 24 and 25 - Guest performer Suzanne Mentzer, a mezzo- soprano, will perform Hector Berlioz's song cycle "Les Nuits d'Ete." Also featured will be Berlioz's "Beatrice et Benedict: Overture" and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

· MasterWorks V, April 21 and 22 - The season closes with a performance of Tchaikovsky's "Serenade" and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana." The orchestra will be accompanied by soprano soloist Nancy Curtis, baritone soloist Alex Helsabeck, the Frederick (Md.) Children's Chorus and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

Holiday concerts

The 2006 Holiday Concert, Silver Bells, will feature Hagerstown Choral Arts and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17.

The orchestra's family concert, Just Beyond the Junkyard, is scheduled for March 3, 2007, at 5 p.m.

In 2007, the MSO will kick off its 26th season with its free Salute to Independence at 7:30 p.m. July 7 at Antietam National Battlefield.

The MSO will again have musical selections from each MasterWorks concert available at New this year will be program notes, including snippets of music related to the notes, at the Web site, Ellifritz said.


Tickets for the Holiday and Family concerts are $12 for ages 12 and younger, $20 for adults.

MSO Pops! and MasterWorks concerts cost $21 to $79 for single tickets. A variety of package ticket sale options are available. Subscription rates to the five MasterWorks concerts and the Pops! concert are $101 to $379. Subscriptions for just the MasterWorks concerts cost $84 to $316. There also are package prices for three or four MasterWorks concerts.

Buy four tickets to either a Holiday or Family concert and get an extra youth or adult ticket for free.

Reduced-price tickets for MasterWorks performances are available for children and full-time students. Other discounts are available. For example, first-time subscribers receive a 50 percent discount on the five and six MasterWorks concert packages.

For tickets or information, visit the Maryland Symphony box office at 13 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown; call 301-797-4000; or go to

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