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September 24, 2006
Every year, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of patriotic music for a crowd of at least 25,000 at Antietam National Battlefield in connection with the nation's Fourth of July celebration. People arrive early with blankets, lawn chairs, tents and picnic meals and make a day of it. The tradition includes the firing of howitzers as the symphony plays Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and a fireworks finale. The 2007 Salute to Independence concert is planned for July 7 at 7:30 p.m. For information, go to www.marylandsymphony.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Click here for a guide to traffic and parking for Saturday's event. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will celebrate America's birthday Saturday 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, MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has said. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. with mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer, who has been a guest soloist with the MSO, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | November 15, 1998
Markand Thakar, the second of four candidates for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's music director's position, had to improvise the minute he stepped on the stage during Prelude, the preconcert discussion before Saturday night's performance. Soloist Terrence Wilson, whom Thakar described as a "brilliant young virtuoso pianist," walked out with Thakar, instead of later as the conductor expected. Neither was fazed. "It's really no problem if you miss your cues before the concert," Thakar said.
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by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 21, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Tchaikovsky played over the loudspeakers as the youthful dancers skated and twirled over the ice Saturday evening at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. The troupe of skaters performed the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," while parents and friends watched and tried to stay warm. "I think it's great. My little granddaughter is in it," said Patricia Brown, 49, of Hagerstown. Brown was among dozens who had come to the rink to watch the 50-minute show, featuring 16 skaters who portrayed sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, princes, princesses, dolls and clowns in Tchaikovsky's winter classic put to ice. "I just love ice skating ... It's so graceful.
NEWS
by ALICIA NOTARIANNI | December 18, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - "Christmas makes you feel emotional " So begin the lyrics of the traditional Christmas song "Silver Bells," the namesake of this year's Maryland Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Audience members said Sunday's 3 p.m. concert - the second of two MSO holiday concert performances - aroused a scale of sentiment from wistfulness to elation. The feelings began as soon as music director Elizabeth Schulze led the orchestra and Hagerstown Choral Arts in Robert Shaw's "The Many Moods of Christmas.
NEWS
By TODD MEDCALF / Special to The Morning Herald | November 15, 1998
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra performed works by composers from the past three centuries Saturday night under the direction of Markand Thakar, the second of four conductors auditioning for the symphony's directorship. A native New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, Thakar greeted the audience before the first selection to discuss the evening's music. The first offering was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular and ebullient "Impressario Overture," an excellent example of the Classical Era of the 18th century.
NEWS
July 1, 1998
When : Saturday, July 4, 7:30 p.m. Where : Antietam National Battlefield, off Md. 65 near Sharpsburg Details : Harry Ellis Dickson is guest conductor. Robert Aubry Davis from WETA/WETH will be master of ceremonies. Maryland Army National Guard, B Battalion will provide the cannon fire during Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture. " Highlights include Edelman's "Gettysburg Suite," "George M. Cohan Medley" and "Tribute to Leroy Anderson" arranged by Bodge, and "All Aboard (A Sentimental Journey)
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | March 21, 1998
Tuckwell raises baton as finale draws near Even before he raised his baton Saturday night, Maestro Barry Tuckwell received a standing ovation. A full house of 1,373 at the Maryland Theatre greeted Tuckwell warmly for his last weekend as music director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. When he got the early ovation, Tuckwell graciously bowed. "Oh dear. Well, that's a good start to the night," he said. Then, he proceeded to talk about the classical music to come in the down-to-earth way that he has become known for. Some people chuckled when Tuckwell said the first composer of the evening, Antonin Dvorak, was a butcher who also played the viola.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | July 2, 2009
The 24th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield is scheduled for Saturday, the Fourth of July. The celebration will mark America's 233rd birthday with music and fireworks. Organizers are expecting the usual 30,000 to 35,000 guests, but one visitor who showed up in 2008 is not welcome: A spectacular thunderstorm and downpour arrived to curtail the program and drench the crowd. It was the first time in the event's 23-year history that rain changed everyone's plans.
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By KATE COLEMAN | katec@herald-mail.com | June 29, 2011
The SOS went out, donations came in and on Saturday, July 2, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present the 26th annual “Salute to Independence” at Antietam National Battlefield. Just a few months ago, the yearly extravaganza — which draws as many as 35,000 people — was in danger of not happening. The MSO learned that the loss of a major sponsor, reductions in other sponsorship levels and expected reduction in the battlefield’s contribution put the annual event at risk.
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By KATE COLEMAN | July 2, 2009
The 24th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield is scheduled for Saturday, the Fourth of July. The celebration will mark America's 233rd birthday with music and fireworks. Organizers are expecting the usual 30,000 to 35,000 guests, but one visitor who showed up in 2008 is not welcome: A spectacular thunderstorm and downpour arrived to curtail the program and drench the crowd. It was the first time in the event's 23-year history that rain changed everyone's plans.
NEWS
July 5, 2008
Click here for a guide to traffic and parking for Saturday's event. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will celebrate America's birthday today 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, according to MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. with mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer, who has been a guest soloist with the MSO, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner.
NEWS
July 4, 2008
Click here for a guide to traffic and parking for Saturday's event. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will celebrate America's birthday Saturday 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, MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has said. The concert is to begin at 7:30 p.m. with mezzo soprano Susanne Mentzer, who has been a guest soloist with the MSO, performing "The Star-Spangled Banner.
NEWS
By KATE COLEMAN | October 11, 2007
Pianist Yuja Wang won the concerto competition at the 2002 Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival. She remembers playing Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 following her victory. Elizabeth Schulze also remembers. She conducted the concert. "I got to know how talented she was," Schulze said. "Now she's a grown artist. We're very lucky to have her. " Wang, 20, will perform Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra this weekend.
NEWS
by ALICIA NOTARIANNI | December 18, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - "Christmas makes you feel emotional " So begin the lyrics of the traditional Christmas song "Silver Bells," the namesake of this year's Maryland Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert. Audience members said Sunday's 3 p.m. concert - the second of two MSO holiday concert performances - aroused a scale of sentiment from wistfulness to elation. The feelings began as soon as music director Elizabeth Schulze led the orchestra and Hagerstown Choral Arts in Robert Shaw's "The Many Moods of Christmas.
NEWS
by GREGORY T. SIMMONS | December 21, 2003
gregs@herald-mail.com Tchaikovsky played over the loudspeakers as the youthful dancers skated and twirled over the ice Saturday evening at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex. The troupe of skaters performed the holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker," while parents and friends watched and tried to stay warm. "I think it's great. My little granddaughter is in it," said Patricia Brown, 49, of Hagerstown. Brown was among dozens who had come to the rink to watch the 50-minute show, featuring 16 skaters who portrayed sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, princes, princesses, dolls and clowns in Tchaikovsky's winter classic put to ice. "I just love ice skating ... It's so graceful.
NEWS
BY KEVIN CLAPP | April 18, 2002
Doing their best Roger Miller impersonation, 45 members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra are Kings - and Queens - of the road, and will be rolling into the Apollo Civic Theatre Friday night. For a spring string spectacular, "Serenade for Strings," the orchestra has strung together a program for Eastern Panhandle locals in Martinsburg, W.Va. It is the second in a four-night string of dates across the state to perform a colorful pastiche of orchestral music for strings.
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By TODD MEDCALF / Special to The Morning Herald | November 15, 1998
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra performed works by composers from the past three centuries Saturday night under the direction of Markand Thakar, the second of four conductors auditioning for the symphony's directorship. A native New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, Thakar greeted the audience before the first selection to discuss the evening's music. The first offering was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's popular and ebullient "Impressario Overture," an excellent example of the Classical Era of the 18th century.
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