Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Director Elizabeth Schulze recalled Sunday how she made a local connection to French composer Gabriel Pierne, whose work represented a time in France when some of the greatest music was being created.
Schulze, speaking before the “Viva la France” concert at The Maryland Theatre Sunday afternoon, talked about meeting Hagerstown resident James G. Pierne when she came here about 13 years ago.
It turned out Pierne, past president and member of the MSO’s board of directors, was a great-nephew of the composer.
“For a musician, that’s like saying I’m the cousin of Elizabeth Taylor,” Schulze said.
Schulze said she started thinking more about Pierne’s music and his great-nephew gave Schulze a copy of a piano concerto written by the composer when he was about 23 years old.
The piece was no longer available and no one knew about it, Schulze said.
“It was such a splendid, splendid piece. Why did we not know about this?” Schulze asked an audience before Sunday’s 3 p.m. concert.