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2016/17 Concerts


Saturday, July 2, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Antietam National Battlefield

Since 1986 the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free “Salute to Independence” Concert at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg, MD.  Held on the first Saturday of July, the “Salute” has been billed as “Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event” and has also been recognized by the American Bus Association as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America.” The evening concert attracts nearly 20,000 people from all over and is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, one of the largest in the region. Pieter Bickford will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the MSO will be joined by various special guests to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service.


Saturday, September 17, 2016 | 3:30 pm Special Event; 5 pm Concert
Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 3 pm*

Featuring Guest Artists:
Time for Three

Program Highlights:
Brubeck, Travels in Time for Three
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5

We kick off the 2016-2017 MSO season with Classics & Crabs, a celebration of all things Maryland on Saturday, September 17. This special event includes a pre-concert beer festival in The Maryland Theatre courtyard, courtesy of Flying Dog Brewery; a special MSO Masterworks concert featuring the eclectic mix of Time for Three and a work written especially for the group by jazz musician Chris Brubeck; and a post-concert street festival and crab feed.

*Note: The Sunday, September 18 concert does not include pre or post concert activities.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 | 8 pm

Featuring Guest Artists:
Rachel Potter, The X Factor
Patrick Thomas, The Voice

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents two Nashville performers in a tribute to the greatest stars in country music. Classics such as Crazy, Jolene, and Ring of Fire will leave your country soul content.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 | 8 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2016 | 3 pm

Featuring Guest Artists:
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Program Highlights:
Shostakovich, Violin Concerto
Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra

The extraordinary and critically acclaimed Rachel Barton Pine will perform with the MSO this November. Pine has been hailed by theWashington Post as having "power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."


Saturday, December 17, 2016 | 7 pm
Sunday, December 18, 2016 | 3 pm

Join us for a joyful celebration of Christmas featuring popular holiday songs, both sacred and secular, performed in grand style by the MSO and special guests.


Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 8 pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | 3 pm

Featuring Guest Artists:
Andrew Staupe, piano

Program Highlights:
Griffes, Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Strauss, Don Juan
Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2

Having performed to high praise in concert halls around the country, pianist Andrew Staupe brings his powerful and passionate performance style to the Maryland Theatre for a weekend of romantic music. A perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with a loved one!


Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 8 pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017 | 3 pm

Program Highlights:
Holst, The Planets
Howe, The Stars
Brouwer, Pluto

Explore the mysteries of the solar system with this full-sensory experience featuring NASA HD video footage to accompany Holsts’ out-of-this-world The Planets. This will be a musical journey through the cosmos you certainly don't want to miss!


Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 8 pm

Featuring Guest Artists:
Jeans 'n Classics

A tribute concert to one of the world's most successful and widely loved rock bands of the 1970's, with songs including Take It Easy, Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and other favorites!


Saturday, May 13, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 3 pm

Featuring Guest Artists:
Yuliya Gorenman, piano

Program Highlights:
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 5
Beethoven, Symphony No. 5

What could be better than Beethoven’s Fifth? Two Fifths: his iconic symphony and the majestic “Emperor,” Piano Concerto No. 5. Arguably the best-known opening theme in all of classical music, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony leads you on a thrilling, uplifting, emotional journey. Internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra offer a magnificent conclusion to a wondrous season.