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Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs holiday music for nearly full theater

December 18, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • The Maryland Symphony Orchestra was joined by the Hagerstown Cumberland Choral Society and Hagerstown Choral Arts Sunday afternoon for their annual Home for the Holidays show.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

The holidays mark an especially popular time for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, when the group performs its annual Home for the Holidays show.

In its 24th year, tickets for the show go on sale in August and people begin snapping them up that month, said Greg Evans, director of public relations and marketing for the orchestra.

Evans said the orchestra had strong ticket sales for this year's shows, which were held Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at The Maryland Theatre.

Although Evans did not have ticket sale numbers Sunday, the upper and lower levels of the theater were largely full for Sunday's 3 p.m. show.

The orchestra performed beneath a large image of a winter landscape in a concert that featured numbers such as "A Christmas Festival," "Fantasia on Greensleeves" and "I Wonder as I Wander."

Musical Director Elizabeth Schulze thanked spectators for making the orchestra part of their holiday celebrations, and recognized the Cumberland Choral Society and Hagerstown Choral Arts for joining in the performance.

Some attendees, like Terri Freiheit of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were seeing the holiday performance for the first time.

Freiheit and her husband, Larry, read about the show on the Internet and decided to come.

"We just thought the timing was perfect for an afternoon concert," Freiheit said.

Don Hendrickson of Chambersburg, Pa., said he often sees the orchestra's Masterworks performances but he made a special effort to see Sunday's show because a friend of his, Elisabeth Turchi, was singing.

"She's a wonderful soprano," Hendrickson said.

Janet Porter of Lemasters, Pa., said she has seen other MSO concerts but Sunday marked the first time she attended its holiday concert.

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