MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2015–2016 SEASON

Hagerstown, MD—The Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze have announced the MSO’s 2015–2016 Season schedule. All performances are held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

The 34th Season officially gets underway on Saturday, September 19 with the return to Hagerstown of the Classical Mystery Tour’s Tribute to The Beatles. This concert is an authentic Beatles concert experience with dozens of Beatles tunes performed by four vocalists and the MSO, exactly as they were originally recorded. “We really make an effort to sound exactly like the originals,” explains Jim Owen, who conceived the show and performs as John Lennon. “The original score is exact, right down to every note and instrument that was on the original recording.”

The Masterworks Series begins on Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11 and will feature violinist Francisco Fullana performing as guest artist on Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35. The MSO will also perform Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43, written by Jean Sibelius. www.franciscofullana.com

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner will be the guest artist when the MSO performs Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 on Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. Also being performed by the MSO will be The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, Cindy McTee’s The Unquestioned Answer, and Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss.  www.saradavisbuechner.com

“Home for the Holidays,” the region’s favorite musical holiday tradition, will be held on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13. This joyful celebration will feature Christmas classics (both secular and sacred) that audience members of all ages will enjoy. Special guests will be announced at a later date.

The Masterworks Concerts continue on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14 with semi-staged performances of Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen. This production is a joint effort of the MSO and the Hub Opera Ensemble. www.huboperaensemble.com

On Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 the MSO will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 (Pastoral) and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto in A Minor for Oboe and Strings. Guest artist will be the MSO’s principal oboist Fatma Daglar.

Acclaimed pianist (and a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin) Thomas Pandolfi will be performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the MSO on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10. The world premiere of a commissioned work by Grammy-nominated composer Christopher Theofanidis, Dreamtime Ancestors, and Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” Op. 95 will also be on the program. To learn more about Pandolfi check out www.thomaspandolfi.com.

By popular demand, The Texas Tenors are coming back to the Maryland Theatre to perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for one night only on Saturday, May 7.  This trio of classically trained singers performs a one-of-a-kind mix of Broadway, classical, country and gospel music during their show. You’ve seen them on “America’s Got Talent” and on their PBS special “The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream” and they are selling out multiple-night concerts at venues all over the United States. Tickets for this special event will not go on sale until November. VIP tickets will be available.  For more information on The Tenors go to www.thetexastenors.com.

Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now for all concerts except The Texas Tenors. Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at www.marylandsymphony.org, 301-797-4000, extension 101; or 30 W. Washington Street (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm).

First-time subscribers save 50% off the regular single ticket price when purchasing a subscription of 3, 4 or 5 Masterworks Concerts.  Subscribers receive a 15% discount for tickets to “The Beatles” and “The Texas Tenors” concerts. No discounts are offered for the “Home for the Holidays” concerts.

All performances are held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. The Masterworks concerts on Saturday begin at 8 pm and on Sunday at 3 pm. Special events concerts begin at 8 pm and “Home for the Holidays” begins at 7 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets for all students (K–12) and children under 18 are free for Masterworks concerts only. The free student ticket initiative is generously underwritten by contributions from Susquehanna Bank and Music Director Elizabeth Schulze. Artists and programs are subject to change without notice.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, who is celebrating her 17th season with the MSO, provides insights into the music, musicians and composers during “Prelude,” which is held one hour prior to every Masterworks performance. Guest artists are also scheduled to participate. The half-hour talk is free to all ticket holders.