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MSO celebrates nature in Masterworks performances

March 20, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION |
  • Maryland Symphony Orchestra trombonist Wayne Wells performs Sunday at The Maryland Theatre.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Sunday might have been the first day of spring, attracting plenty of winter-weary people outside, but it was also a time for music study inside The Maryland Theatre.

It was fitting that some of the music in the fourth Masterworks concert of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s 29 season was associated with nature.

“Scandinavian Serenade” featured Carl Nielsen’s “Maskarade” Overture and Hanedans, and Symphony No. 1 by Jean Sibelius. Antonin Dvorak’s “The Wood Dove” also was performed.

Before the concert,  MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and cellist Alyssa Moquin talked about the musical selections and how Sibelius’ works often evoke images of the outdoors.

Schulze likened Sibelius’ music — at times accentuated by overarching melodies — to the sky and its ever-changing nature, and to the progression of a day.

“People are always referring to his music as organic,” Moquin said from the stage as she discussed the works with Schulze.

Doug Kinnett and Tom Lindsay, who attended Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert, weren’t concerned about what the MSO was playing Sunday. They just wanted to hear the orchestra perform.

Kinnett, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., said he likes to hear whatever the orchestra is playing. He said he also likes the soloists who have performed in previous concerts.

“I don’t even know what they are going to play today,” Lindsay said before Sunday’s performance.

“My wife said today we’re going to the symphony, so I’m going to the symphony,” the Smithsburg-area Lindsay said.

The MSO also performed Saturday at 8 p.m. at the theater.

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