Maryland Symphony Orchestra announces 30th season

September 21, 2011

Maryland Symphony Orchestra announces 30th season:

MSO Pops Concert,  "Wicked Divas" — Saturday, Sept. 24: Julia Murney and Alli Mauzey join the MSO for an evening of popular songs from Broadway musicals. Both artists have starred on Broadway and on tour in the blockbuster musical "Wicked."

Masterworks I, "Spontaneous Combustion" — Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23: Violinist Nick Kendall returns to The Maryland Theatre to perform Chris Brubeck's "Spontaneous Combustion." Composer Brubeck is the son of jazz icon, Dave Brubeck. Ludwig van Beethoven's "Prometheus" Overture and Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" Suite also are on the program.

Masterworks II, "Masters of Baroque" — Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13: The concert of Baroque music will feature Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D; Johann Sebastian Bach's Suite No. 1; Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11 in B-Flat Major; Giovanni Pergolesi's Sinfonia in F Major; Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Violin, Two Horns, Two Oboes and Bassoon in F Major; and George Frederic Handel's "Royal Fireworks" Suite.

"Home for the Holidays" — Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18:  The annual celebration will feature Christmas classics and guest artists.

Masterworks III, "Viva la France" — Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12: Pianist Edward Newman will perform Gabriel Pierné's Piano Concerto, Op. 12. The program includes Ambroise Thomas' Overture from "Mignon;" Cécile Chaminade's "Callirhoë" Suite, Op. 37; Jules Massenet's Overture from "Phèdre;" Georges Bizet's "L'Arlesiènne" Suite No. 1; and Camille Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from "Samson et Dalila."

Masterworks IV, "Sacred Structures" — Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18: Principal Timpanist Joseph McIntyre will celebrate his 30th season with the MSO as guest artist on Michael Daugherty's "Raise the Roof." Also on the program will be Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter" Overture, Op. 36; Alan Hovhaness' "Prayer of St. Gregory;" and Ottorino Respighi's "Church Windows."

MSO Pops Concert — Saturday, April 7: The Texas Tenors, NBC's "America's Got Talent" classically trained finalists, will perform a blend of gospel, country, classical and Broadway music with a touch of country charm.

Masterworks V, "From Russia with Love" — Saturday, April 21, Sunday, April 22: Pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3. Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 also will be on the program.

  All performances will be at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

  Music Director Elizabeth Schulze will provide insights into the music, musicians and composers during "Prelude" which is held one hour prior to every Masterworks performance. Guest artists also participate. The half-hour talk and question and answer session is free to all ticket holders.

  Season subscriptions may be purchased by calling 301-797-4000 or in person at 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Season subscribers are entitled to priority seating, free ticket replacement and flexible ticket exchanges as well as savings off single ticket prices.

  First-time subscribers save 50 percent off the regular price on the Masterworks Series of five concerts. Group discounts and student tickets are available. Single tickets for all concerts are available online.

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