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!