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Maryland Symphony Orchestra announces schedule for 29th season

Maryland Symphony Orchestra announces schedule for 29th season

Hagerstown, MD: The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze have announced the schedule for the 2010-2011 Season.
The 29th Season officially gets underway on Saturday, September 25 when veteran Broadway stars Hugh Panaro, Christiane Noll and Capathia Jenkins and The Shenandoah Chorus from Shenandoah Conservatory join the MSO for a unique and exciting evening of pop and rock songs from popular Broadway musicals during this year's annual MSO Pops! Concert, "Broadway Rocks."
The Masterworks Series begins on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 and will feature guest artist Angela Cheng performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Also on the program will be Schubert's Symphony No. 9.
On Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14 the MSO's principal trumpet player Scott Sabo, will be featured in the second Masterworks concert as soloist for Handel's Let the Bright Seraphim and MacDowall's Seraphim for Trumpet, Strings & Percussion. Soprano Emily Ezzie will also be featured in the Handel piece.
Other selections will be Britten's Suite on Folk Tunes, March's Conversation Symphony, Delius' On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Maxwell Davies' Orkney Wedding with Sunrise which will feature Smithsburg bagpiper David Madock.
"Home for the Holidays," the region's favorite holiday tradition, will be held on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19. This joyful celebration will feature Christmas classics that audience members of all ages will enjoy. Special guests will include Mezzo-Soprano and Hagerstown native Tami Dahbura, Hagerstown Choral Arts and the St. Mary Catholic School Chorus.
The Masterworks Series continues on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13 when the MSO's principal flutist Kim Valerio will be featured in Ibert's Flute Concerto. The MSO will also perform Offenbach's Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld, Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin and Bizet's Symphony No. 1.
On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 the Orchestra will perform Nielsen's Maskarade Overture and Hanedans, Dvorak's The Wood Dove and Sibelius' Symphony No.1.
The final Masterworks Concerts of the season will be held on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 when the MSO, area choirs and guest vocalists will join together to present a delightful evening of selections from some of the world's most popular operas. Selections will include Triumphal Scene from Aida, Toreador's Song from Carmen, Va Pensiero from Nabucco, Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore, Brindisi from La Traviata and Habanera from Carmen.
All performances are held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The Masterworks Series is on Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 3pm. The Pops! Concert begins at 8pm on Saturday evening only and the "Home for the Holidays" concert begins at 7pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
Music Director Elizabeth Schulze will provide insights into the music, musicians and composers during "Prelude" which is held one hour prior to every Masterworks performance. Guest artists also participate. The half-hour talk is free to all ticket holders.
Season subscriptions are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 301-797-4000 or in person at 30 West Washington Street, Hagerstown. Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Season subscribers enjoy such benefits as priority seating, free ticket replacement and flexible ticket exchanges while receiving significant savings off regular single ticket prices. For more information, please visit
First time subscribers save 50% off the regular price on the Masterworks Series of five concerts. Subscriptions are available for as low as $37.00 for five Masterworks concerts. Group discounts and student tickets are also available.
Single tickets for all concerts will be available online beginning August 15 or they may be purchased by phone or in person beginning Monday, August 16.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is the area's premier professional orchestra, dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region.

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