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Newcomers partake in MSO's 'French Feast'

February 13, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Kimberly Valerio, principal flutist with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was the featured soloist Saturday and Sunday during the orchestra's performances at The Maryland Theatre.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The Maryland Symphony Orchestra enjoyed some new faces Sunday as it performed its third Masterworks concert of the season.

“I just moved to Maryland,” said Ken Green as he surveyed the inside of The Maryland Theatre before the orchestra started its second day of “A French Feast.”

What brought him there?

“A woman, however you want to word that,” Green said.

Retired from the U.S. Navy, Green said he moved from Arvada, Colo., to Maryland a couple days before Christmas.

Green, who now lives in Westminster, Md., said he has been a classical music fan all his life.

“I like all forms of music, except rock ’n’ roll,” Green said.

Dennis and Rose Donhurl of Fayetteville, Pa., were also seeing the MSO perform for the first time.

The couple said they moved to the area in 2002 and used to regularly see a Minnesota orchestra when they lived in Minneapolis.

The couple decided to give the MSO a try after learning about a ticket special for the group’s performances.

Theresa and Larry Falcone of Hagerstown said they have seen the local orchestra before and came to Sunday’s show after Theresa obtained tickets through her employer, Columbia Bank.

The MSO was paying tribute to French composers in Saturday and Sunday shows, but any style will do for Theresa Falcone when it comes to the local orchestra.

“I like anything they play,” she said.

The MSO was paying homage to French composers Jacques Ibert, Jacques Offenbach, Maurice Ravel and Georges Bizet during its Valentine’s weekend performances.

Kimberly Valerio was featured in Ibert’s Flute Concerto. She has been the principal flutist with the orchestra since 2004 and for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998.

In Sunday’s performance, Music Director Elizabeth Schulze guided the orchestra through soft, delicate parts then into bold, dashing ones, swinging her arms about.

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