“This is the kind of music that is just right up (Schulze’s) alley because — and I love her for this — Elizabeth is a conductor with the grand gesture,” he said. “What the music requires is this wonderful sweep.”
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Schulze said the work is on the “musical-world radar” in Europe, but she doubts that many people in the United States have heard much of Pierné’s work, nor much of the work of other composers on the program.
“We hope to remedy that next weekend with a program full of musical gems that were unfairly swept aside by the modernist wave at the turn of the 20th century,” she added.
If you go ...
WHAT: Maryland Symphony presents “Viva la France”
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12
WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown
COST: Tickets cost $15 to $49 for adults. There is no charge for students in grades one through 12. Student rush tickets (no reservations accepted) will be available for higher education students for $5 at the Maryland Theatre box office before each performance. Seat selection will be at the discretion of box-office personnel. The Maryland Theatre box office opens 90 minutes prior to MSO concerts.
CONTACT: Tickets may be purchased online at www.marylandsymphony.org, by calling 301-797-4000 and in person at the Maryland Symphony Office, 30 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Friday, Feb. 10, and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
MORE: Program notes and audio clips of the musical selections are available at www.marylandsymphony.org by clicking on “Listen to Program Notes” on the performance page.
AND MORE: Ticket holders are welcome to attend “Prelude” which takes place one hour before each concert. Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and the guest artists share information on featured composers and their works.