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MSO features works of Bach, Haydn, and Prokofiev

MSO features works of Bach, Haydn, and Prokofiev

Hagerstown, MD- Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will take audience members on a tour of musical history spanning two centuries when the MSO presents the second MasterWorks concert of the 2008-2009 Season on Saturday, November 15 at 8pm and Sunday, November 16 at 3pm at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.
This concert, which showcases the artistry and superb virtuosity of the MSO's musicians, features a delightful and humorous nod to Mozart and Haydn with Alfred Schnittke's Moz-Art a la Haydn; Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3; Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 45 "Farewell"; and, Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 "Classical".
"It's all fun and games at our next concert," says Schulze. "Be prepared to find your grins turning into all-out guffaws when the MSO musicians reveal their comedic talent as they play their way through some of the most humorous music ever written for an orchestra."
In particular, Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke goes all out to provide his players with a musical game based on a little known theme by Mozart while borrowing the theatrical stagecraft found in Haydn's "Farewell Symphony."
Serving as guest concertmaster for this concert will be Robert Martin who is currently serving as Principal Second Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Martin has family ties in Washington County. His father and grandparents, originally from Chambersburg, PA, played in the Hagerstown Municipal Band and his aunt, uncle and cousin reside in Hagerstown.
Program notes and audio clips of the musical selections being performed are available at by clicking on the Audio Program Notes on the performance page. All ticket holders are welcome to attend Prelude which takes place one hour before each concert. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze shares information on featured composers and works that will enhance concert-goers enjoyment and appreciation of the concert.
Tickets, starting at $22, may be purchased online at or by calling 301-797-4000. Student rush tickets (no reservations accepted) are also available at the box office 90 minutes before each performance for $5.00. Seat selection will be at the discretion of box office personnel.
"Two Centuries of Classics" Conductor's Circle sponsors are Ruth Anne & Art Callaham; Dr. & Mrs. Anton T. Dahbura; Jeanne & Mack Davis; RBC Wealth Management; and Marshfield Associates.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is also supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.
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 surround region.

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