February 13, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's financial future is looking more upbeat thanks to belt-tightening, an increase in single ticket sales and rising contributions, officials say. Instead of facing the first deficit in its 15-year history, the MSO will end the year in the black, officials said. "We expect to break even for the year," MSO President J. Emmet Burke said Wednesday. MSO officials had projected a $61,400 deficit in the orchestra's fiscal 1997 budget.
April 9, 1997
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY Staff Writer Maryland Symphony Orchestra musicians and audience members will help determine who wields the baton after music director Barry Tuckwell leaves next year, said MSO officials, who have begun searching for his successor. The plan is to narrow the pool of applicants to four finalists, who will have a chance to show their techniques during guest conductorships in the 1998-1999 season, said MSO board member Bennett S. Rubin, who is heading the search committee.
January 6, 2000
By ANDREA BROWN-HURLEY / Staff Writer photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Bennett Rubin was a "shoe"-in for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra board's top job. The Hagerstown resident, who will take his post as MSO president in July 2000, has a past steeped in music, basted by business and flavored with charity. He produced Grammy-nominated jazz albums and headed a Hagerstown-based shoe company before retiring in the early to mid-1990s to pursue charitable interests from his office at 82 W. Washington St. Rubin is a trustee on the boards of the Washington County Museum of Fine Art, Community Foundation of Washington County and Goodwill Industries of Hagerstown, he said.
January 20, 1997
BALTIMORE - Guest Conductor George Cleve leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed horn player Barry Tuckwell for his final performances as a soloist Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. in Celebrity Series performances, and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. in a Casual Series concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program on Thursday and Friday consists of Adolphus Hailstork's Symphony...
March 8, 1999
By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer file photo Elizabeth Schulze, formerly associate conductor of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, has been chosen the new music director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Alan J. Noia, president of the MSO board of directors, announced her appointment at a news conference at the Four Points Hotel-Sheraton on Monday. [cont from front page ] Schulze, 41, succeeds Barry Tuckwell, the world-renowned French horn player, who was the founding music director and conductor of the MSO for its first 16 concert seasons.
July 1, 2007
Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail publishes "A Life Remembered. " This continuing series takes a look back - through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others - at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Walter A. Lawson, who died June 13 at the age of 84. His obituary appeared in the June 20 editions of The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail. In the revered Prokofiev composition "Peter and the Wolf," the French horn provides the musical theme for the wolf, symbolically mimicking the deep and sinister nature of the beast.
March 14, 2012
“Sacred Structures,” the fourth Masterworks concert of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 30th anniversary season, explores the connections between early Christian music and the music of the concert hall, Music Director Elizabeth Schulze wrote in an email. Each of the four composers used ancient Christian chant music as a jumping off point in their works on this weekend's program, she wrote. Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov depicts a sacred ceremony in Russian Easter Festival Overture. Michael Daugherty, inspired by the grand architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York, wrote “Raise the Roof.” “Prayer of St. Gregory” is Alan Hovhaness' prayer without words, and Ottorino Respighi's “Church Windows” portrays images in stained-glass windows.
November 19, 1998
Every so often I feel compelled to hang out on the fringes of decency, so as not to fall in to a world filled exclusively with sweat pants, onion dip and reruns of the Great Alaskan Shootout at 3 a.m. on ESPN 2. Since Antietam Cable is the enemy of airing good football games, this weekend seemed a good time to hear the symphony - which, unlike the Redskins vs. Eagles, Ravens vs. Chargers, can boast some real action. That's because there are four contestants duking it out for the job of maestro, the position vacated by Barry Tuckwell last year.
October 1, 1997
Dick and Melodie Tunney, contemporary Christian recording artists Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The Maryland Theatre 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are available at Cedar Ridge Ministries in Williamsport and at area Christian bookstores. For information, call Cedar Ridge at 301-582-0282 Turtle Island String Quartet Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. Mountain Green Concerts Kepler Theater Hagerstown Junior College Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown Tickets are $15, reserved.
March 19, 1999
If the Maryland Symphony Orchestra board was provincial and rawboned in its treatment of founding conductor Barry Tuckwell, it was equally smart and seamless in the selection process that brought us Elizabeth Schulze, who becomes only the second maestro in the symphony's 17-year history. Keep in mind I'm writing from the perspective of a fellow who thinks an impresario is a new line of computers from Compaq, but I believe Schulze to be an excellent choice. Any of the four finalists chosen by the MSO board would have been fine, no question.