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Soloist goes the distance for MSO

February 17, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

HAGERSTOWN -- Oboist Fatma Daglar took on "the Boston Marathon" of concertos Saturday during the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's MasterWorks III concert at The Maryland Theatre.

Daglar, the featured soloist, performed Richard Strauss' "Oboe Concerto in D Major," a piece musicians regard as a tough piece for oboe players.

It's the reason MSO music director and conductor Elizabeth Schulze, during a pre-concert discussion, referred to it as the "the Boston Marathon" of concertos.

But Daglar didn't show any signs of fatigue Saturday.

"The opening of the concerto is 57 bars of continuous music with only two eighth rests," Daglar said.

The MSO performed music by Strauss, opening with Schubert's Overture to "Rosamunde" and closing with Schumann's Symphony No. 2 in C Major, which Schulze described as "the New York Marathon."

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Daglar led the orchestra's performances of Strauss and Schumann.

Daglar is the MSO's principal oboist and also is principal oboist for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. After earning a music degree in Turkey, she came to the United States to pursue graduate studies in music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

She currently teaches at Peabody School of Music's preparatory program in Baltimore and at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's County, Md.

The Strauss piece generated the most buzz among concertgoers before the show, mostly because of its difficulty.

Schulze said Strauss wrote the oboe concerto in the 1940s, at the end of World War II. He drew inspiration from Mozart in an attempt to remind people of a happier, more peaceful time, Schulze said.

"I wouldn't say it's in denial of what was going on in Germany, which was in complete and utter ruin emotionally, morally and physically," Schulze said. "But it was indeed a way to remind his listeners of the very best efforts that Germans uttered."

Suzie Walker sat in the audience Saturday. She came from London to support her boyfriend, MSO French horn player Jason Koczur, and also to hear Daglar's interpretation of the Strauss concerto.

"There's a different sound here in the states," Walker said. "I think the sound is crisper in America. It's broad and big."

Season-ticket holder John Porter of Hagerstown attended the concert with his wife, Janice. He said he was pleased with Daglar's performance.

"I thought she was fantastic," Porter said. "Her breath control was good. I liked her interpretation (of Strauss)."

"The best thing about this girl is that she's a local talent," Porter said.

Another MasterWorks III concert is scheduled today at 3 p.m.




If you go



What: Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents MasterWorks III, with soloist Fatma Daglar on oboe

When: Today, 3 p.m.

Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

Cost: Tickets cost $21 to $79

For more information, go to www.marylandsymphony.org

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