MSO announces 2013-2014 ‘Season of Discovery’ schedule

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, will return to Sussex County for its 2013-2014 “Season of Discovery,” with a series of five concerts at Mariner’s Bethel Church, at Route 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View. Performance time for all concerts is 7:30 p.m.

The MSO also announced this week that their December concert will also be performed at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. Except for the December concert, a pre-concert lecture discussing the composers and compositions takes place at 6:45 p.m. before each performance.

The season premiere on Saturday, Oct. 12, will feature two “great masterworks,” Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35” and Schubert’s “Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944.” The concert will showcase French violinist Arnaud Sussmann, who has performed throughout the United States and worldwide, earning praise from both critics and audiences.

The MSO will usher in the holiday season on Friday, Dec. 6, at Mariner’s Bethel Church and on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cape Henlopen High School, with a program of orchestral and vocal music, including traditional seasonal favorites.

A frequent guest artist at the Metropolitan Opera and other opera houses around the world, bass-baritone Kevin Short will be joined by soprano Esther Jane Hardenbergh and University of Miami Frost School of Music vocalists for the “Holiday Joy” program.

On Saturday, March 8, the MSO presents “Seven Seasons,” an all-strings program, featuring the MSO’s own violinists, Concertmaster Nicholas Currie and Associate Concertmistress Dana Weiderhold. Benichou will premiere his newest composition, “Three Seasons of Chicago,” in addition to conducting Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.”

On Saturday, April 12, Norwegian-born Tine Thing Helseth, considered one of the leading trumpet soloists of her generation, will join the MSO to “Sound the Trumpet” in Hummel’s “Trumpet Concerto,” preceded by Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” and ending with Bach and Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D Major, BWV 972.”

The MSO will conclude its season series with “An Organ Sensation” on Saturday, May 17, featuring Handel’s “Water Music, Suite No. 2,” followed by Poulenc’s “Organ Concerto in G Minor, FP 93,” performed by German concert organist Felix Hell, on his instrument, which will be transported to each venue, and finally, Brahms’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.”

Season subscriptions cost $145. Single concert tickets cost $35 ($40 for the December concert). A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to those 18 or younger; however, reservations for these tickets must be made in advance. The concert series is also performed in Easton, Md., and Ocean Pines, Md.

For more information or to order season subscription or individual concert tickets, call 1-888-846-8600 or visit the MSO website at to download the season brochure and ticket order form.