The Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents Annual Home for the Holidays Concerts
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – November 27, 2016 – Music Director Elizabeth Schulze and The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will kick off the holiday season in the quad-state region with its annual Home for the Holidays concerts on Saturday December 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $14 - $49 and are available at marylandsymphony.org or by calling 301-797-4000.
For nearly two decades, the MSO’s Home for the Holidays concerts have become the area’s favorite holiday tradition with families and friends gathering to listen to the magical sounds of Christmas that are sure to fill hearts and souls with goodwill throughout the rest of the Season.
This year’s special guests will be Tony Award Nominee Christiane Noll, the Hagerstown Choral Arts, the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir, and Santa Claus who will lead audience members in the popular yuletide sing-along!
Musical highlights include “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The First Noel,” “We Need A Little Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride.”
Christiane Noll is known as one of the most versatile stage performers of this generation. From comedy to drama, jazz to opera, she amazes and delights audiences and critics alike with her seemingly limitless talent. Ms. Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of RAGTIME, receiving TONY and Drama Desk Award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Mother. She made her Broadway debut creating the role of Emma in JEKYLL & HYDE, receiving a FANY award for Best actress in a musical. Ms. Noll received her second Drama Desk nomination for her work in CHAPLIN. She has been seen perennially as Sister Margaretta in NBC’s THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE with Carrie Underwood. She supplied the singing-voice of Anna in the Warner Brothers animated feature THE KING AND I.
Other Broadway credits include ELF (at Madison Square Garden), IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT THE BLUES, and the national tours of URINETOWN (Ovation Award), THE MAMBO KINGS, GREASE!, MISS SAIGON and CITY OF ANGELS. She has also appeared in the Australian and Thailand tours of SOUTH PACIFIC.
Ms. Noll has been a frequent guest soloist with symphony orchestras in every state in the USA and numerous venues around the world. From her appearances at Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl, Ms. Noll has performed alongside Steven Reineke, Julie Andrews, and Placido Domingo. She has released five solo albums. Christiane is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Additional information: ChristianeNoll.com
The Hagerstown Choral Arts was founded in 1993 and is currently under the direction of Gregory Shook, one of the founders. With 50 members in its debut season, HCA continues to grow in size, skills and a variety of musical offerings. Each year the group furthers its goal of increasing awareness and appreciation of music in the community by collaborating with local organizations, performing arts groups and other musicians. HCA performs at least two major concerts per year with repertoire ranging from classical works to lighter pop songs.
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir has gained both regional and national attention for their exceptional level of musicianship. All choir members are enrolled in the Vocal Music program at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts (BISFA) in downtown Hagerstown. The vocal music program at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts provides comprehensive preparation in vocal music. Students participate in a variety of performance ensembles; receive weekly private lessons, and study music theory and literature. All students study piano, music technology and conducting. The students participate in numerous Master Classes and have the opportunity to perform both individually and in ensembles such as the choir.
Tickets for the concert range from $17 to $49 for adults and all tickets for children and full-time students (K-12) are $14. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at www.marylandsymphony.org. 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.
Home for the Holidays is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors including M&T Bank, Electromet Corporation and David McCain, Younger Motorcars, Antietam Cable Television, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Home for the Holidays
Saturday December 17 at 7:00 PM
Sunday December 18 at 3:00 PM
The Maryland Theatre
Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor
Christiane Noll, vocalist
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra
The Hagerstown Choral Arts
Gregory Shook, Director
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir
A Christmas Festival
And the Glory of the Lord
Silent Night/What Child is This
See Amid the Winter Snow
Oh Holy Night
Processional on God Rest Ye Merry
The First Noel
We Need a Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Tickets for events can be purchased online at www.marylandsymphony.org; 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. A discounted “Flex” subscription package (three or more concerts) is also available by calling the Box Office.
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.
ABOUT MARYLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1982, Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 35th 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: www.marylandsymphony.org
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