By KAUSTUV BASU
9:19 PM EST, December 15, 2012
An audience comprising children, parents and grandparents gathered Saturday night at The Maryland Theatre for what patrons described as a joyous beginning to the holiday season.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Home for the Holidays concert included favorites such as “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas.” The concert will be held again Sunday at 3 p.m.
“It is a tradition, and many people bring their families. It is an opportunity to ring in the season. It is a real way to bring everybody together, to greet your neighbors and say happy holidays,” said Tamara Nuzzaci Park, executive director of the MSO.
Park said she was thrilled to have the Northern Middle School’s girls ensemble perform at the concert this year.
“We are glad to bring them on stage,” she said.
Members of the audience said the concert was a wonderful way of ringing in the holidays.
Karen Kretzer of a Hagerstown said she has been coming to the holiday concert for the last six years.
Her daughter, Madison Mattos, 9, said she especially liked it when Santa made an appearance at the concert.
“Being able to sing at the end of the concert is nice,” said Rob Nutter, another Hagerstown resident who brought his wife, Audrey, and their two children — Lucas, 10, and Kylie, 8 — to Saturday’s show.
“We are trying to make this a family tradition and expose our children to music,” Audrey Nutter said.
Susie Mason, another city resident, said the holiday concert was a highlight of the Christmas season.
“The MSO does a nice job year round,” she said.
If you go ...
What: Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Home for the Holidays concert
When: Today, 3 p.m.
Where: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown
Info: Box office opens one hour before show. Call 301-790-3500.
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