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Maryland Symphony moves office

March 06, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

The office of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra recently moved to another building after a developer bought the symphony's former South Potomac Street headquarters to renovate into condominiums, MSO Executive Director Andrew Kipe said.

The MSO moved Jan. 15 to 30 W. Washington St., he said.

"It's a newly renovated space," Kipe said. "It's a little nicer and a little better to do business in. It's business as usual, it's just another place to do it."

The MSO office was at 13 S. Potomac St., said Mary Anne Ellifritz, MSO director of marketing and public relations. It was there for about 10 years, she said.

Kipe said Demcore Development of Hagerstown bought the building. Demcore gave MSO officials about seven months to find another home, he said.


The MSO office has six full-time and three part-time employees, Kipe said. Conductor Elizabeth Schulze is a seventh full-time employee, but she works outside the office, he said.

The office on West Washington Street is about 4,000 square feet, Kipe said.

The MSO was founded 25 years ago as the area's only professional orchestra, according to the symphony's Web site. Part of the MSO's mission is to enhance the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the four-state region.

Soprano Suzanne Mentzer is scheduled to perform "Songs from a Summer Night" with the symphony March 24 and 25. Tickets range in price from $21 to $48 for adults, and $11 to $24 for children and full-time students of any age.

Group discounts are available.

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