Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents “Myths, Legends & Tales”

Masterworks Concerts Valentine’s Weekend

Guest artist Kimberly Valerio will take center stage as the “pied-piper” when the Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents composer John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy during its February Masterworks concerts, “Myths, Legends & Tales” on February 14 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 15 at 3 pm at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has also included Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute in the weekend’s program.

From the Pied Piper to the Magic Flute, the flute has a stronger aura of magic about it than the average wind instrument.  Award-winning flutist Valerio anchors this Valentine’s weekend program, sending tales of enchanted instruments, troll banquets and supernaturally powerful teenagers into the air.

Valerio’s sound has been described as having “sparkle and verve” by the Baltimore Sun, “gorgeous sound and sweet purity” by the Capital Gazette, and “graceful elegance” by the Severna Park Voice. She has been the Principal Flute with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra since 1998.  In addition to her appointment with both orchestras, she has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony for two seasons; the Baltimore, Mid Atlantic and South Florida Symphony Orchestras; National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Spoleto Festival Orchestra U.S.A. and Chesapeake Chamber Orchestra. Her past teaching appointments include St. Mary’s College, Salisbury State University, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Peabody Preparatory School.  She has been a featured performer in a James Galway Masterclass during a National Flute Association convention. Valerio holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

A Grammy award-winning composer, John Corigliano is also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music and an Academy Award. Robert Browning’s poem “The Pied Piper of Hameline” provides the background story for Corigliano’s fantasy. In most versions of the story, the protagonist is traditionally seen as a kidnapper acting out of revenge. Corigliano’s Piper is, instead, a protector, shielding the kids from parents who are not only dishonest, but neglectful. The orchestra and Valerio will be joined in this piece by over 20 young flutists and percussionists from area schools.

All ticket holders are welcome to attend “Prelude,” which takes place one hour before each concert. Music Director Schulze and the guest artists share information on featured composers and their works that will enhance concert-goers’ enjoyment and appreciation of the concert. Program notes and audio clips of the musical selections being performed are available on the concert’s performance page at www.marylandsymphony.org.

Tickets ranging from $15 to $49 may be purchased ONLINE at tickets.marylandsymphony.org; in person at 30 W. Washington Street (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm); or by calling 301-797-4000. All students in grades one through 12 are admitted free to all Masterworks concerts.  Student rush tickets are available for higher education students for $5. Seat selection will be at the discretion of the box office personnel. The Maryland Theatre Box Office opens 90 minutes before concert time.