Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to present new season

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) — the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Lower Delaware’s only professional symphony — is celebrating its 22nd season, offering concerts in Easton, Md., Ocean City, Md., Ocean Pines, Md., and Ocean View, and returning this year to Lewes.

The orchestra’s 2019-2020 season will feature an American premiere, iconic masterworks and a number of world-class soloists. Mandolinist Vincent Beer-Demander will be featured in September’s opening concerts in Wye Mills, Washington, D.C., and Ocean City. He will be performing the American premiere of Lalo Schifrin’s “Mandolin Concerto,” followed by Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.”

Other highlights throughout the year will include November concerts in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines, featuring Haydn’s “Piano Concerto in D Major” with French pianist Dider Castell-Jacomin, along with a performance of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” The Holiday Joy concerts in Easton, Lewes and Ocean City will feature bass baritone Kevin Short and students from the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio, in a jazz and popular music program that will pay tribute to the great pops orchestras of America.

On New Year’s Eve in Easton, soprano Rochelle Bard and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpeter Andrew Balio will ring in the new year. January will feature the MSO’s inaugural Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition, which will be open to the public. The competition’s winner will receive $2,000 and be the featured soloist at the Symphony’s March concerts in Easton, Ocean View and Ocean Pines. The March concert will also include Mozart’s “Symphony No. 33.”

Finally, in April, the orchestra will feature Russian-born pianist Boris Slutsky in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and conclude the season with Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at and Exhibition.” Those performances will be held in Wye Mills and Ocean City.

According to Maestro Julien Benichou, “This year’s season includes an incredible mix of new music, iconic masterworks and amazing soloists. Like every season, the MSO continues to break new ground and introduce new repertoire. We can’t wait to share our 22nd season with our patrons!”

Season subscriptions and individual tickets for the MSO’s 2019-2020 season are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org or by telephone at 1-888-846-8600. For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.


MSO local concerts in the 2019-2020 season


‘From Movie Themes to Classics’

Sunday, Sept. 29, 3 p.m., Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Md.

Nicolas Mazmanian, ‘Mission Impossible’ variations; Lalo Schifrin, Mandolin Concerto, Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, Guest Artist: Vincent Beer-Demander, Mandolin.

Ticket available at midatlanticsymphony.org/september-2019-concert.

‘Appalachian Spring’

Saturday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m., Ocean View Church of Christ, Ocean View

Sunday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Community Church, Ocean Pines, Md.

Antonin Dvorak, String Serenade; Antonino Vivaldi, Two Cello Concerto; Joseph Haydn, Piano Concerto in D Major, Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, Guest Artist: Dider Castell-Jacomin, Piano.

Ticket are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org/november-2019-concerts.

‘Holiday Joy: A Salute to the Great Pops Orchestras’

Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Cape Henlopen, Lewes

Sunday, Dec. 8, 3: p.m., Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Md.

Guest Artists: Kevin Short, bass baritione and students from the University of Maryland Opera Studio.

Ticket are online at midatlanticsymphony.org/holiday-joy-2019-concerts.

Elizabeth Loker Concerto Competition: Winning Performance

Saturday, March 7, 3 p.m., Ocean View Church of Christ, Ocean View

Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m., Community Church, Ocean Pines, Md.

Winning concerto TBD; Amadeus Mozart, Symphony No. 33, Guest Artist: Competition Winner TBD.

Tickets are online at midatlanticsymphony.org/march-2020-concerts

‘Portraits of Life & Love’

Sunday, April 5, 3 p.m., Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City; Darius Milhaud, Creation of the World; Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1; Modest Mussorgsky; Guest Artist: Boris Slutsky, piano.

Ticket are online at midatlanticsymphony.org/april-2020-concerts.