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Concert series winds down with cello concert

April 06, 2008

The German cello quartet Quattrocelli will perform Monday at The Maryland Theatre, bringing the Hagerstown Community Concert Association's 2007-08 season to a close.

The final performance in the Hagerstown Community Concert Association's four-concert series is expected to draw a large crowd, said Margaret Wagner, president of the Hagerstown Community Concert Association.

Quattrocelli is on its fifth American tour and is touting its most recent album, "The Quattrocelli Scenes" (2007).

Wagner said it was the first time Quattrocelli has performed in the Hagerstown concert series. Quattrocelli put on a good show at a concert hosted five or six years ago by the Westminster, Md.-based Carroll County Community Concert Association, said Doris Ann Pierce, a former president of the group.

"They all start out with their classical stuff, but then they have learned that they have to break out into pop," Pierce said.

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The Hagerstown Community Concert Association hosts yearly music series, with two shows before the holidays, and two shows after the start of the new year, Wagner said.

The concert association relies on $40 season subscriptions to support its seasons, but recently started offering single-concert tickets to cater to out-of-town patrons, Wagner said.

Subscription-holders with the Hagerstown Community Concert Association can also attend, for free, concerts hosted by concert associations in Carroll County, Md., Chambersburg, Pa., Waynesboro, Pa., and Gettysburg, Pa.

Wagner said the Hagerstown Community Concert Association has roughly 700 subscribers.

She said the Black Mountain Male Chorus of Wales, a traditional all-male chorale, drew the largest crowd of the 2007-08 season when it performed in February.

Through Monday, patrons will be able to purchase season subscriptions for the 2008-09 series. People who purchase a subscription by Monday attend the Quattrocelli concert for free, Wagner said.

The lineup for next year's series will open in October with a concert tribute to the music of Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee, which Wagner predicted would draw the biggest crowd next season. Other performers include the classical Claremont Trio in November, baritone Daniel Narducci in February 2009, and Pianafiddle - a piano, violin and fiddle trio - in April 2009.

The Hagerstown Community Concert Association will start finalizing the 2009-10 lineup this September, Wagner said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Quattrocelli, a quartet of German cellists

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 7. There will be a free, children's matinee at 10 a.m., Monday, April 7, at The Maryland Theatre.

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

COST: Single tickets cost $20. Subscriptions for the 2008-09 season cost $40; those who purchase a subscription may attend the Quattrocelli concert free. Family discounts are available on season subscription purchases.

MORE: For more information, call Helen Hubbard, 301-582-2734, or go to www.hagerstownliveonstage.com.

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