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MSO season to include a tribute to Mozart

September 14, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will continue its 26th season with five MasterWorks concerts - a series that features four soloists and a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The orchestra's performance base is The Maryland Theatre at 21 S. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown.

The Saturday performances for the MasterWorks concerts 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 MasterWorks concert is free to ticket holders.

Concert schedule



The concert series, during the MSO's "The Magic of the MSO" season, includes:

· MasterWorks I, Oct. 13 and 14 - Featuring guest pianist Yuja Wang performing Piano Concerto No. 1 by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. Also featured will be Bedrich Smetana's "Bartered Bride" Overture and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.

This concert also will be performed Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. at Frostburg State University's Pealer Recital Hall.

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· MasterWorks II, Nov. 17 and 18 - Guest violinist Timothy Fain performs Sergey Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 1. Also featured are Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and selections from George Handel's "Water Music."

This concert also will be performed Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

· MasterWorks III, Feb. 16 and 17 - The MSO's principal oboist Fatma Daglar will perform Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto. Also featured will be Franz Schubert's Overture to "Rosamunde" and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 2.

· MasterWorks IV, March 29 and 30 - The MSO pays homage to Mozart with Jacques Ibert's "Hommage Mozart," Johannes Brahms' Serenade No. 1 and Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony.

· MasterWorks V, April 19 and 20 - The season closes with the return of guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel performing George Gershwin's jazz-inspired Piano Concerto in F major. Also featured will be Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

· The 2007 holiday concert, Home for the Holidays, will feature the Frederick Chorale and soprano Aim Sposato, who teaches voice at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va. The concert is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.

The orchestra's family concert, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, is scheduled for March 9, 2008, at 5 p.m.

· In 2008, the MSO will kick off its 27th season with its free Salute to Independence July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Antietam National Battlefield.

The MSO again will have musical selections from each MasterWorks concert and program notes available at www.marylandsymphony.org.

Ticket information



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

MSO MasterWorks concerts cost $21 to $79 for adult single tickets. A variety of package ticket sale options are available.

Subscriptions for the five MasterWorks concerts cost $84 to $316, or $53 to $198 for first-time subscribers.

Reduced-price tickets for MasterWorks performances are available for children and full-time students. Other discounts are available.

For tickets or information, visit the Maryland Symphony box office at 30 W. Washington St. in Hagers-town; call 301-797-4000; or go to www.marylandsymphony.org.

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