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MSO Announces 2018 Symphony Ball Live Auction Line-Up

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce the live auction line-up for our 2018 "Rhapsody in Red" Symphony Ball, coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at Fountain Head Country Club. A limited number of ticket and tables are still available for the event!

The live auction features incredible getaways, unique experiences, and a VIP experience to the MSO unlike anything we've ever offered before. We are thrilled to partner with Fountain Head Executive Chef Todd Reynolds, Doug Zaruba, Music Director Elizabeth Schulze, and others to create these unique live-auction items. Plus, for those who may be looking for a truly memorable musical experience, don't miss the opportunity to be serenaded by Stephen Beaudoin, Executive Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra!

We hope you will join us at the 2018 "Rhapsody in Red" Symphony Ball for your chance to take home one of these incredible Live Auction items.

MSO Symphony Ball 2018
"Rhapsody in Red
Live Auction Line-Up

1a. California Mountain Getaway
Take this chance to get away for some R & R in a beautifully appointed mountain escape property.  Lake Arrowhead, California, is a stunning, quiet, and scenic community in the San Bernardino Mountains just West of Los Angeles!  Enjoy a week away in the exquisite San Bernardino Mountains, with Lake Arrowhead’s vibrant arts and retail district just moments away.  This three bedroom, two bath A-frame vacation home, boasts a spacious deck and lake access only ten short minutes away. Also nearby: hiking, shopping, fishing, boating, golf, and many more incredible outdoor excursions. You don’t want to miss this one of a kind mountain getaway! Available on a mutually agreeable date. Thanks to Shelly Strong.

1b. One Week Away at the Scenic Billy Goat House, Outside Joshua Tree National Forest
Revel in the beauty and eclecticism of California’s High Desert, with a week away at this enchanting vacation home. Landers is located just North and central to Joshua Tree National Forest and Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace, and home to the world famous Integratron. Stargaze, bird watch, and relax by the wood-burning fireplace. This house sleeps four comfortably; there is a separate bedroom with a queen bed, and a bonus room with a twin trundle bed curtained for privacy. The kitchen, dining and living room are open area. Single full bathroom, wood burning stove, TV and DVD player -- sorry no cable but there is an i-Pod hookup, record player and wi-fi. This is a quiet and secluded property that is perfect for escaping the stress of the city. Available on a mutually agreeable date. Thanks to Shelly Strong.

2. Handcrafted Diamond Necklace by Doug Zaruba Studio
“Wander where there is no path.” If you’re a wanderer, and a seeker of beautiful things, then this one of a kind diamond encrusted necklace is perfect for you. This original piece is designed and hand-made by nationally recognized jewelry artist Doug Zaruba – whose studio in downtown Hagerstown attracts visitors from across the globe – will dazzle and delight, whether it’s for a night out at the MSO or an intimate date night with someone special. The necklace is in a satin-finished 14ct white gold and is set with 16 small diamonds and one .06ct diamond, all of which are VVS/F, ideal cut on a 16-inch 14ct gold cable chain.  Thanks to Doug Zaruba Studio.

3. MSO’s Exclusive Access VIP Experience
You’re the star of our show with this VIP MSO experience package. For the 2019-20 season of concerts, you’ll be treated to a VIP concert experience unlike any which has ever been offered. The winner of this exclusive package receives two reserved VIP box seats for every concert in the 2019-20 MSO season held at the Maryland Theatre; reserved seating at the 2019 Salute to Independence; VIP reserved parking directly in front of the theatre for each concert; a VIP parking pass to the Salute to Independence; a restaurant gift certificate to great downtown restaurants like Schmankerl  Stube, Bulls and Bears or 28 South, for pre-concert dinner or post-concert drinks and snacks; and an exclusive opportunity to meet with MSO and guest musicians following each concert. New this year: this exclusive package also includes access for 12 to the Maryland Theatre skybox for the Saturday, October 19, 2019 opening night of the MSO’s 38th season!

4. A Week in Fiji Paradise
Fiji’s hundreds of islands are an aquatic constellation scattered in a bright blue sea. The Auberge Beach Villas at Nanuku boasts the perfect location on Viti Levu, the main - and the most accessible - island.  Your playground for an extraordinary week away in this island paradise is the Coral Coast in Pacific Harbour, Fiji’s adventure capital.  Escape with family or friends and indulge in the luxury and tranquility of this world class resort in one of the most exotic and culturally rich destinations. It won’t take long for you to feel the “Bula,” as the Fijians are the most genuinely friendly people you will encounter in your travels.  Package includes a 7-night stay in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Oceanfront Villa at The Auberge Beach Villas, a private community, with a Villa Mama (housekeeper/nanny) and Villa Buddy (guide).   The Villa also features a private plunge pool, courtyard garden and outdoor dining area. Enjoy privileged access to The Nanuku Auberge Resort, one of Fiji’s most celebrated boutique hotels. This package includes private round-trip ground transportation from Nadi Airport.  Be among the first guests to stay in this brand new Villa! 

5.  Private House Concert Featuring MSO Executive Director, tenor Stephen Marc Beaudoin
From singing at the Hollywood Bowl with Pink Martini to performing in opera and musical theatre across the country, the MSO’s own Stephen Marc Beaudoin will delight you and your guests with a customized house concert featuring tenor and special guest instrumentalists – including members of the MSO – at your home or private event. From 17th century songs and arias to popular songs from John Denver or The Beatles, Stephen will create a customized musical experience that you and your guests won’t soon forget; everyone who’s enjoyed this experience so far has been blown away by an unforgettable night of music and memories. Thanks to Stephen Marc Beaudoin.

6. Wine Tasting Tour with MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze
If you’re a wine lover and have always wanted some special time with the MSO’s acclaimed Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze, then you don’t want to miss this: a first-ever opportunity to join Elizabeth on an exclusive hosted regional wine tour, complete with catered lunch. Over the course of 3-4 hours on a scenic spring Saturday, you’ll be picked up at your home or business in a sleek black SUV (is that MSO Exec Director Stephen Beaudoin behind the wheel?) with MSO Music Director Elizabeth Schulze there to greet you, and then you, Elizabeth, a handful of other guests will be ferried to some of the region’s top wineries for incredible sips of locally made wines, as well as conversations and stories you won’t soon forget. A lovely catered lunch is also included in this day, and each individual can select one bottle of wine to take home. This incredible opportunity is limited to three couples or six individuals per tasting tour.

7. Four Incredible Days Featuring the Best of Prague
Prague is a fairy-tale town of magical beauty endowed with an incredible mix of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. Once the crossroads of centuries-old trade routes, it is now the cultural and economic center of the Czech Republic and one of the most visited cities in Europe. Enjoy a 4-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague - with daily breakfast for 2 at this luxury hotel located in the heart of vibrant Old Town Prague, overlooking the neighboring neo-Renaissance university building. Package includes 2 tickets to one performance of your choice. Experience Don Giovanni in the exquisite 18th century Estates Theatre, the very opera house that premiered Mozart’s masterpiece. Watch a selection from the world’s most iconic ballet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Savor the splendor of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The choice is yours! The elegance and splendor of Prague’s theaters are truly amazing. Package includes a dedicated travel agent to book all reservations for your experience and assist with airfare upgrades, adding nights and more.

8. Fountain Head Country Club – Chef’s Table for Six
Enjoy a magical evening with Chef Todd. Located right inside the Fountain Head kitchen, just steps away from the talented kitchen staff, Fountain Head Executive Chef Todd Reynolds will prepare a special dinner for you and five of your guests. Don’t miss out on this action-packed culinary evening! This unique opportunity has won rave reviews from bid winners at past Symphony Ball auctions. Date to be mutually agreed upon.  Excludes alcohol, service charge and tax. Thanks to Fountain Head Country Club.

9. Holiday Romantic Staycation Package
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To celebrate the holidays with your special loved one, this is the package for you. This holiday themed staycation packages includes dinner for two, including cocktails and wine, at the one of a kind Schmankerl Stube restaurant in Hagerstown’s Arts and Entertainment District, two VIP tickets to the Maryland Symphony’s “Home for the Holidays” concert (December 15th or 16th) at the Maryland Theatre, and one night in a VIP King Suite at the Hagerstown Hampton Inns. And to top it all off: this package also includes $1,500 to spend at Hagerstown’s own Bruce Carson Jewelers, so shop to your heart’s content for the perfect ring, necklace, or timepiece for you or your significant other.  $1,500 credit to R. Bruce Carson Jewelers must be used by December 31, 2018. Thanks to an Anonymous donor.

A limited number of tickets remain for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's November 3rd "Rhapsody in Red" Symphony Ball. Click here to purchase your individual tickets ($150 each) or Table ($1500) today.