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Internationally Acclaimed Pianist Michael Brown to Perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, March 17 and 18 at the Maryland Theatre

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – March 8, 2018 – The 36th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues as internationally acclaimed pianist Michael Brown joins Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $19 - $69 for adults and children under 18 attend free and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000.

The concert features a sweeping array of powerful orchestrations, colorful tones, beautiful variations, and one of the most monumental of all piano concertos performed live by a world class orchestra and brilliant pianist. In addition to Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, Dvořák’s “Symphonic Variations” and one of Robert Schumann’s finest orchestral creations, “Manfred Overture,” will be performed.

Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.

Winner of a 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing regularly at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Mr. Brown’s engagements have taken him across four continents, with regular appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany Symphonies and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Louvre. He was selected by pianist Sir András Schiff to perform on an international solo recital tour, making debuts in Zurich’s Tonhalle, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Brown also performs regularly with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

Mr. Brown was the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He has appeared in festivals such as Marlboro, Music at Menlo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Ravinia, Bard, Music in the Vineyards, Chamber Music Sedona, and Moab. He has earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included András Schiff and Richard Goode, as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent.

This concert is presented through the generous support of Meritus Health. The 2017-18 MSO season is supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Tickets for the concert range from $19 to $69 for adults and children and full-time students (K-12) attend FREE. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at  Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office at 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

What:      Michael Brown performs Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2

Where:    The Maryland Theatre
                 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

When:     Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
                 Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Tickets:   $19 - $69. Tickets can be purchased online at; in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 30 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday); or by calling the Box Office at 301-797-4000 during normal business hours. Group Rates are available for groups of ten or more.


Michael Brown performs Brahms Piano Concert No. 2
Saturday March 17 at 7:30 PM
Sunday March 18 at 3:00 PM
The Maryland Theatre

Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor
Michael Brown, Piano
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra

R Schumann, Manfred Overture
Dvořák, Symphonic Variations
Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2, B Flat Major, Op. 83


Built in 1915, designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb, the Maryland Theatre is the anchor to the Arts & Entertainment district in downtown Hagerstown. The Theatre provides comfortable seating for 1,300 at performances of country artists, comedians, children's shows, recitals, stage shows, and more. Since 1982, the Theatre has been the official home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The Maryland Theatre welcomes approximately 120,000 people through her doors annually. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.


Founded in 1982, Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 36th season as the area’s premier professional orchestra.  Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region. Learn more: