MSO wraps up MasterWorks season this afternoon

April 20, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN - The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up its MasterWorks season today at The Maryland Theatre, featuring works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Ellen Catlett, 57, of the Fairplay area, said the Bern-stein and Gershwin pieces during the first half of Saturday night's concert matched the weather - bright and lifting.

Smithsburg siblings Bradley Reynolds, 16, and Brittni Reynolds, 11, attended the concert with their uncle and grandparents.

"I like the building and I like the music, so I enjoy coming," said Bradley, who has been to about four MSO concerts.

"I like the cellos. I play that instrument," said Brittni, at her second MSO concert.

Doris Sager, 85, of Hagerstown, and Mary Jane Weagly, 89, of Waynesboro, Pa., made an evening out of it by having dinner before the concert.


The Sagers used to invite the Weaglys to the symphony and the Weaglys become MSO regulars. Their late husbands were fraternity brothers at Duke University, while the wives both were from Waynesboro, Sager said.

Sager is a fan of Rachmaninoff, and Weagly was looking forward to hearing Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F Major, featuring guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

Weagly, who has been taking piano lessons for about 25 years, said Gershwin's music is "a little tough" for her.

Dunbar Ashbury, who was celebrating his 76th birthday Saturday night with his wife, Barbara, was particularly interested in the Gershwin piece, though he liked all of the featured composers.

Barbara Ashbury, of Frederick, Md., said she finds the MSO energizing and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze "full of life, so enthusiastic."

During Gershwin's piece, the piano lid was raised, so much of Schulze's demonstrative conducting wasn't visible from orchestra left.

"The pianist was the one I was watching anyway," Dunbar Ashbury said.

If you go

What: MasterWorks V, the season finale for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

When: Today, 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets cost $21 to $48 for adults and $11 to $24 for students and children 12 and younger. Last-minute student tickets are available 90 minutes before the performance for $5. Box office hours are today from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

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