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January 31, 2007
Washington County Public Schools will present the 2007 All County Middle and High School Bands and Jazz Ensemble concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at North Hagerstown High School. The guest conductor for the All County Middle School Band is Scott Ainscough, director of bands at Cumberland Valley High School. The All County Senior High School Band will be directed by Lynn Lerew, director of Hagerstown Municipal Band. Joe Eckert, associate professor of music at Shenandoah University, is guest conductor of the All County Senior High School Jazz Ensemble.
By KATE COLEMAN | July 3, 2008
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will celebrate America's birthday Saturday, July 5, in its 23rd Annual "Salute to Independence" at Antietam National Battlefield. This year's concert will feature musicians with connections to the region and the orchestra, "a real celebration of our own," said MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze. Mezzo Soprano Susanne Mentzer, who has been a guest soloist with the MSO, will open the concert with "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Mentzer is in the area visiting her parents after a week of teaching in The Wolf Trap Opera Company Studio Artists program in nearby Vienna, Va. She considered attending the Antietam concert then thought, "I should just offer to sing.
January 8, 1998
Concert on tap for next weekend Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present a concert of German and Austrian favorites at The Maryland Theatre Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. The program will include Schubert's "Symphony No. 8 'Unfinished,' " first performed in 1865 in Vienna 37 years after the composer's death. The score had been untouched for 43 years. "Don Juan" by Richard Strauss, was inspired by the young composer's love for his future wife, whom he met in 1887.
September 7, 2005
SMITHSBURG - A steel pan band will perform Trinidadian style Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 N. Main St. An outreach ministry of Trinidad and Tobago Urban Ministries, the band is led by Pastor Ashoke Bachewof Arima of Trinidad. The service will be followed by a potluck supper. The main dish, beverage and paper products will be provided. Those who attend are asked to bring a vegetable dish or side dish to share. The offering will support the ministries.
July 9, 1997
Considering that it was Maestro Barry Tuckwell's final performance at the Antietam Battlefield, there was a bit of sadness surrounding the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 12th annual Salute to Independence July 5. But the near-perfect weather and the stirring patriotic music played by the symphony seemed to cancel out any regret felt by the more than 30,000 who attended. We note all of this almost a week after the event because after more than a decade of concerts, those who attend may get the idea that it's a simple show to put on. It isn't.
November 26, 1997
Cedar Ridge Ministries and WCRH will present contemporary Christian recording artists GLAD Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. Acoustic guitar player and singer/songwriter Bruce Carroll also will perform. Carroll is a thoughtful performer who is a lot of fun, according to GLAD's Ed Nalle. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $10.50, $12.50 and $14.50, plus $1 service charge each. If tickets are mailed, $1 extra is charged.
February 17, 1999
Maryland Symphony Orchestra When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown Details: MSO will perform Beethoven's "Overture to 'Egmont,' Haydn's "Cello Concerto in C Major" and Nielsen's "Symphony No. 4 'The Inextinguishable.' Prelude, a discussion about the music, will be at the theater and will begin one hour before each performance. The program, sponsored by the MSO Guild, is free to MSO ticket holders.
By DAVE McMILLION | | November 11, 2012
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra enhanced the experience for concertgoers over the weekend by adding visual elements to its musical performances. For its masterworks concerts over the weekend at The Maryland Theatre, the orchestra wanted to bring local students into the process by having them create artwork to illustrate the music. MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze talked to Barbara Ingram School for the Arts students about the music of composers Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla, whose works were featured in “A Soloist for All Seasons” concert Saturday and Sunday at the theater.
By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | August 7, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Apollo Civic Theatre officials are hoping an administrative error won't cost the community a second year without a performance by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, according to theater board president Dale Herman. Herman asked the Berkeley County Commission Thursday for the county's help in raising an estimated $14,000 to cover the cost of a one-night performance on the orchestra's spring concert tour. The Charleston, W.Va.-based orchestra has "penciled in" the theater for March 20, 1999, and has agreed to subsidize $2,000 of the $12,700 performance fee, he said.
By CHRIS COPLEY | | December 7, 2012
How do you balance the expectations of tradition and the demands of contemporary audiences when planning music for a centuries-old, world-famous musical group? Conductor Kerem Sezen said it's important to include both old and new. "Times change, and also the audience changes," Sezen said. "So in 1750, when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was living, he was the Michael Jackson or Eminem of his time, (and we sang his music). Now we have 250 more years of musical history, and when you want to get a younger audience, you must change something.
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