News

November 29, 2016

Maestro Benichou's Interview with the Talbot Spy

Excited about the upcoming MSO concerts? Watch Maestro Benichou's interview with Dave Wheelan of the Talbot Spy to get insights into the rest of the season. Please click here.

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August 23, 2016

Become a Season Sponsor

Hopefully you have received your 2016-2017 season brochure by now, and at the bottom you might have noticed a new option about becoming a season sponsor. Let me tell you what comes with that option. A season sponsor of the MSO will receive 2 season tickets, valued at $280, 2 premium event tickets with an estimated valued of $120, and a $200 tax deductible donation to the MSO. Your name will also be put in our season program. Please consider sponsoring the MSO this season, your generousity "keeps the music playing!"

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August 5, 2016

2016-2017 Season

Dear Friends of the MSO,


As the MSO enters the 2016-2017 season, I am thrilled to announce some very exciting news.  Instead of performing the Season Premiere Concert in October at the usual venues in Ocean View, DE and Ocean Pines, MD, the MSO will return to the Performing Arts Center, Ocean City’s top performance venue, located in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, where in January 2015, the MSO performed at its grand opening.  This new state-of-the-art theater offers an intimate setting, comfortable seating, and incredible acoustics for concerts.  You will not want to miss hearing Wagner’s Tannhäuser Overture, Tchaikovsky’s captivating Symphony No. 4, and world-renowned organist Felix Hell’s charismatic performance of Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 performed in this setting.

The ever popular Holiday Joy concert will feature traditional seasonal favorites, incredible vocalists, and a few surprises to usher in the holidays with excitement!  We also look forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve with revelry and exquisite music and song at our second First Night concert in Easton, MD.  I hope that our friends near and far will join us for this special event. 

In March, we welcome back soprano Jessica Bachicha, who is noted for drawing in audiences with performances that gracefully combine depth, beauty, and charm.  We will also showcase Terry Ewell, the MSO’s principal bassoonist.  For our season finale in April, we will feature the New York Philharmonic’s own cellist, Patrick Jee, a rising star in the classical music world hailed as “a gifted virtuoso with a satin-smooth singing line.” 

We have heard from many patrons who attend at Mariner’s Bethel in Ocean View, DE that they would like an earlier performance time.  In March and April, the concerts will begin at 3:00 pm instead of 7:30 pm so that our concert goers may perhaps enjoy a relaxing dinner afterwards.

I want to thank all our patrons for being such a dedicated audience. I also want to thank our orchestra members for their consistently amazing musicianship.  It is with great pride and excitement that we present to you our new season, The Power of Music!

I truly hope you will enjoy the performances!

Julien Benichou

 

Please Click here for the 2016-2017 Season Brochure

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August 1, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Teams up with Morgan State

Morgan State University presents The Freedom, Love & Light Project MOTHER'S LAMENT: Two new works by composer, James Lee III with poetry of Vincent Dion Stringer featuring Soprano Marquita Lister and Bass-baritone, Robert Cantrell.

This very special event is a multi-media tribute to families who have lost loved ones at the hands of violence in Baltimore City and across the nation. The Freedom Love and Light Project seeks to use creativity and artistry -- through music, poetry, and visual arts--to sooth the souls of community members who have experienced tragic loss.

Two new works for orchestra, chorus and soloists will be premiered: "Songs of Love and Loss" with guest soloist, Robert Cantrell (bass-baritone) and "Mother's Lament" with guest soloist, Marquita Lister (soprano) and Conductor Julien Benichou and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

For more information or to buy tickets please click here.

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July 22, 2016

The MSO at the Freeman Stage, September 4th, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra looks “to enrich life throughout the mid-Atlantic region through the power of classical music.” The MSO, under the direction of Maestro Julien Benichou, welcomes back the amazing Army Blues Big Band for a night of great jazz and light classics. For more information click here.

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July 1, 2016

Education and Outreach

Our audience is primarily an older population, therefore the MSO strives to bring musical awareness to local grade school and high school students through our education and outreach programs.  As school budgets are reduced, non-scholastic programs such as music are often the first to be cut, therefore teachers and students appreciate the programs offered by the MSO.  Funds for these programs come from donations and grants from individuals and community organizations who specifically request the funds be earmarked for these programs.  Read about our programs HERE.

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June 30, 2016

Donate Now

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra has experienced significant success thanks to the support of its communities.  By making a tax-deductible online gift, you will help us continue to provide the outstanding performances you’ve come to expect!  Your support allows us to attract top musicians and soloists and to perform some of the orchestral world’s most exciting work.  Please consider supporting the MSO by making a tax-deductible contribution or recurring donation today (click here).

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November 4, 2015

MSO String Quartet Concert at Dorchester Center for the Arts

Mid-Atlantic Symphony String Quartet comes to DCA
November 21, 2015, 7 pm
in the Performance Hall
The Dorchester Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Mid-Atlantic
Symphony String Quartet will be performing at the DCA on November 21, 2015 at 7
pm.   The concert is part of the Pauline F. and W. David Robbins Foundation Trust
Concert Series.  The Mid-Atlantic Symphony with Music Director, Julien Benichou
has a mission ” to enrich life throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region through the
power of classical music.” 

The concert will feature musical selections of Ludwig
van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and George Gershwin.  Quartet members are:
Nicholas Currie, Violin; Dana Weiderhold, Violin; Yuri Tomenko, Viola; and
Lukasz Szyner, Cello.

Tickets for this concert are $20.00 for DCA members; $25.00 for non-members, and seating is limited.  To charge tickets by phone call 410-228-7782.

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July 1, 2015

2015-2016 Season Brochure Available

The 2015-2016 season brochure is now available online (click here) and will be mailed soon. To be added to our mailing list please contact us here.
Join us this season as we celebrate another year of outstanding performances and celebrate Maestro Benichou's 10th anniversary with the MSO.

Julien Benichou, MSO Music Director

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July 1, 2015

Anniversary Celebration for the Maestro

The 2015-2016 season is Maestro Benichou's 10th Anniversary with the MSO. Click here to read, in his own words, what is in store for this season and what the anniversary means to him.

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June 1, 2015

MSO awarded Educational Award

The MSO is excited to announce that from a diverse pool of applicants, the partnership between the MSO and Worcester County Public Schools has been selected to participate in the 2015 Symposium on Music in Schools and receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. Read more here.

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May 12, 2015

Bravo, Maestro! ends June 3

The annual Bravo, Maestro! campaign has begun and runs through June 3, 2015. Don't forget to show your special support as we celebrate Maestro Benichou's 10th anniversary with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Click HERE to see all of the wonderful thank you gifts, and HERE to read the accompanying letter.

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March 31, 2015

Upcoming MSO Spring Fundraisers

In addition to the upcoming annual Bravo, Maestro! fundraiser, we have one more special event coming up: a Cocktail Party in Ocean View at Cripple Creek on June 18. Reserve your tickets now and help support MSO. Click here to get info about all of these exciting events!

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March 31, 2015

French Celebration Concert Poster Available

Please click on this link to view our April/May concert poster for our Season Finale concert, "French Celebration." The concert features soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme performing Canteloube's Chants d’Auvergne, along with Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and Franck's monumental Symphony in D Minor.

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October 28, 2014

December "Holiday Joy" Poster Now Available!

Our December "Holiday Joy" poster is now available. Please click here to view it. Online ticket sales will soon be available for this concert and the remainder of our season.

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September 4, 2014

A Glorious Journey, 2014-15 Season Brochure

MSO has announced its 2014.15 season and tickets are currently for sale. Click here to view our season brochure.

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September 3, 2014

"Viennese Heroes" October Concert poster now available

Featuring John Carney, performing Brahms' Violin Concerto, followed by the incomparable "Eroica" Symphony No. 3 by Beethoven, please join MSO for our season premiere concert this October. Follow this link to view the concert poster.

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September 1, 2014

A message from the Maestro

Dear Friends of the MSO,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be embarking upon our 2014-15 season.  From Vienna to London to Leipzig and Paris, this Glorious Journey promises to be a most memorable one. With our epic “Viennese Heroes,” we welcome the return of celebrated BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the MSO premiere performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto followed by the groundbreaking Eroica Symphony by Beethoven.  Revisiting this monument of our symphonic tradition is certainly something the musicians and myself have been looking forward to. For the Holidays, we welcome back University of Miami’s amazing vocalists, in a program blending seasonal favorites and deeply stirring holiday melodies.

London is the final destination of our March concert with Haydn’s final masterpiece, a piece in which the father of the symphony wholeheartedly displays his humor. But before heading to London, our concert will start with Mendelssohn’s rendition of the Scottish Island of Staffa and Schumann’s Cello Concerto, the ultimate expression of melancholy ending in a rousing victory, performed by our very own principal cellist, Lukasz Szyrner.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony will be at its apogee when it is joined by world-renowned soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme for our finale concert, in a contrasted and powerful celebration of French music.  First, the lush Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy is followed by the Songs of the Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube, a collection of masterfully arranged pastoral songs. The program culminates with the incredibly electrifying Symphony in D Minor by Cesar Franck, maybe the single most energetic piece in the history of western music. The musicians and I look forward to sharing this Glorious Journey with you, to experience together the unique beauty and power that music gives us all.

Enjoy the performances!

Julien Benichouhe MSO,

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be embarking upon our 2014-15 season.  From Vienna to London to Leipzig and Paris, this Glorious Journey promises to be a most memorable one. With our epic “Viennese Heroes,” we welcome the return of celebrated BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney in the MSO premiere performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto followed by the groundbreaking Eroica Symphony by Beethoven.  Revisiting this monument of our symphonic tradition is certainly something the musicians and myself have been looking forward to. For the Holidays, we welcome back University of Miami’s amazing vocalists, in a program blending seasonal favorites and deeply stirring holiday melodies.

London is the final destination of our March concert with Haydn’s final masterpiece, a piece in which the father of the symphony wholeheartedly displays his humor. But before heading to London, our concert will start with Mendelssohn’s rendition of the Scottish Island of Staffa and Schumann’s Cello Concerto, the ultimate expression of melancholy ending in a rousing victory, performed by our very own principal cellist, Lukasz Szyrner.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony will be at its apogee when it is joined by world-renowned soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme for our finale concert, in a contrasted and powerful celebration of French music.  First, the lush Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy is followed by the Songs of the Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube, a collection of masterfully arranged pastoral songs. The program culminates with the incredibly electrifying Symphony in D Minor by Cesar Franck, maybe the single most energetic piece in the history of western music. The musicians and I look forward to sharing this Glorious Journey with you, to experience together the unique beauty and power that music gives us all.

Enjoy the performances!

Julien Benichou

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