'Expect Something Great' from the MSO this season

September 14, 2008|By KATE COLEMAN

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra has dubbed its 27th season "Expect Something Great." Music Director Elizabeth Schulze said she is confident the MSO will meet great expectations and deliver a great season.

"I think that the guest artists and the choice of concerts we have are exciting, compelling and varied, so that there's really something for everyone," she said.

Here's the lineup:

MSO Pops! - "Steppin' Out"

o Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m.

The tribute to the 1930s features Tony Award-winner Debbie Gravitte and Broadway veterans Joan Hess and Kirby Ward performing to the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen and George Gershwin.

MasterWorks I - "Masters of Melody"

o Saturday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 19, 3 p.m.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine returns to perform Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto. Antonin Dvork's Symphony No. 8 and Prelude to "Die Meistersinger" by Richard Wagner also are on the program.


MasterWorks II - "Two Centuries of Classics"

o Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m.

The all-orchestral program showcases the MSO's musicians in Alfred Schnittke's "Moz-Art la Haydn." The program also features Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 45, and Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1.

"Home for the Holidays"

o Saturday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.

The celebration of the season will feature Christmas classics.

MasterWorks III - "British Serenade"

o Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.

MSO's principal horn player Joseph Lovinsky and guest tenor Scott Williamson will be featured on Benjamin Britten's "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings," Op. 31. The orchestra will perform Edward Elgar's "Cockaigne" Overture and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2 "London."

Family Concert - "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage"

o Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m.

The concert will introduce children to the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It features two actors performing a story underscored by the MSO playing 23 excerpts of the composer's work.

MasterWorks IV - "Dawn of the Romantics"

o Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 22, 3 p.m.

Pianist Chu-Fang Huang joins the MSO for Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. The orchestra will perform Felix Mendelssohn's "Mrchen von der schnen Melusine" and Robert Schumann's Symphony No. 3.

MasterWorks V - "A Symphonic Space Odyssey"

o Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 26, 3 p.m.

The season's dramatic finale features Gustav Holst's "The Planets" paired with a three-dimensional, computer-generated animation of the solar system projected above the orchestra. The Hood College Choir will perform, and the solar system theme will be complimented by John Williams' "Star Wars Theme," Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune," and "Helios" Overture by Carl Nielsen.

Schulze will talk about each program's music and composers during "Prelude," one hour before every MasterWorks performance. The half-hour talk is free to ticket holders.

Season subscriptions are available at the MSO office at 30 W. Washington St. in downtown Hagerstown or by calling 301-797-4000. Season subscriptions offer savings off regular single ticket prices. Group discounts and student tickets also are available.

For information, call 301-797-4000 or go to

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