Maryland Symphony Orchestra Pays Homage to Mozart During February

Maryland Symphony Orchestra Pays Homage to Mozart During February Masterworks Concerts With Pianist Vassily Primakov

HAGERSTOWN, MD -- Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will present, For the Love of Mozart, the third Masterworks Concert of the 2012-2013 Season, on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.
This concert includes performances of Frank Martin's Overture in Homage to Mozart; Robert Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9 and Symphony No. 4 in D minor; and, Wolfgang Mozart's Concerto for Piano No. 27 in B-flat Major.
By almost every objective criterion, Pianist Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation, which makes him the ideal choice as a guest soloist for a concert that pays homage to a man many regard to be the most influential and prolific composer of the classical era. Hailed as a pianist of world-class importance, the Russian-born Primakov has recorded the twenty-seven Mozart piano concertos.
BBC Magazine praised the first volume of his Mozart concertos. "The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-colored, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety."
His many awards and accolades include being named the winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and the Classical Recording Foundations' "Young Artist of the Year."
Program notes and audio clips of the musical selections being performed are available at the For the Love of Mozart performance page at All ticket holders are welcome to attend Prelude, which takes place one hour before each concert. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the guest artist share information on featured composers and works that will enhance concert-goers enjoyment and appreciation of the concert.
Tickets, starting at $15, may be purchased online, by phone at 301-797-4000 or at the MSO office at 30 W. Washington Street. Students in grades 1 through 12 are admitted free to ALL Masterworks Concerts. Student Rush tickets for college students (no reservations accepted) are also available at the Maryland Theatre box office, on the afternoon or evening of the performance, for $5. Seat selection is at the discretion of box office personnel.
For the Love of Mozart is presented by the Medical Community of Washington County. The artist sponsors for this concert are Dr. & Mrs. Hugh J. Talton. Additional sponsors are Janice & Robert Cirincione; Edward W. Ditto, III, M.D.; Dr. & Mrs. Jay B. Greenberg; Dr. Scott M. Hamilton; Mary Jane Hawbaker; Aryeh L. Herrera, M.D.; Dr. Dona C. Hobart; Dr. Mary E. Money & Dr. Paul C. Waldman; Dr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Oh; Dr. & Mrs. Neil O'Malley; Drs. Tara A. Rumbarger & James A. Schiro; Dr. & Mrs. Gary W. Smith; David & Suzanne Solberg; Dr. & Mrs. Mark Sullivan; and, Howard N. Weeks, M.D. Student tickets are generously underwritten by contributions from Susquehanna Bank and MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze.

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.