Elizabeth Schulze directed members of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and The Maryland Theatre audience to their feet Saturday night and led them all in a rousing performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
She then took everyone on a journey to the Broadway stage.
The orchestra performed a medley from "Man of La Mancha" and "Heroes, Monsters and Madmen" during the MSO's pops concert, which kicked off the orchestra's 25th and Schulze's eighth season.
Schulze introduced tenor soloist Craig Schulman, who has performed on Broadway, operatic and concert stages.
Schulman has portrayed "The Phantom of the Opera," Jean Valjean in "Les Misrables" and the title role in "Jekyll & Hyde."
He set the stage for each of his characters with a brief introduction, then sang several roles. There was Don Quixote from "Man of La Mancha." He sang a definitely not humble Sir Lancelot from "Camelot," and later became "Guys and Dolls" gambler Sky Masterson.