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An "Out-Of-This-World" Concert Experience at the Maryland Theatre

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – March 4, 2017 – The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, on Saturday March 18 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $15 - $65 and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000.

In addition to Holst’s The Planets, the program includes American composer Mary Howe’s Stars and Margaret Brouwer’s Pluto, a sequel to The Planets.

This spectacular presentation of Gustav Holst’s most popular work is a full-sensory concert experience accompanied by high-definition video and celestial images taken by NASA. Striking pictures of Earth, Mars, Saturn and more will be projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Watch in awe as the exploration of our solar system is brought to life in vivid form while the orchestra performs the musical themes within Holst’s The Planets.

Joining the orchestra as a guest narrator will be Dr. Jeffrey Hall, Director of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Hall has served as Lowell’s Director since June 2010. The visual presentation accompanying The Planets will include narration about our solar system and a scientific perspective from Dr. Hall, one of the nation’s leading astronomers. The coming together of classical music, multimedia, and science will offer a unique experience for all ages.

Tickets for the concert range from $15 to $65 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.

As part of its educational outreach initiatives, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has partnered with the Washington County Free Library to offer “Let’s Talk Music,” an in-depth discussion for those who wish to learn more about the music to be performed. The “Let’s Talk Music” program for March will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the community room of the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher branch of the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown. The title of the discussion is “Cosmic Destiny: Star Wars and the Planets” and will be led by David Gonzol, Professor, Director of Music Education, Graduate Program Coordinator, MMME at Shepherd University. This educational program is FREE to the public.


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:


The Planets
Saturday March 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday March 19 at 3:00 PM
The Maryland Theatre

Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor
Jeffrey Hall, Narrator
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Choir, Women’s Chorus
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Howe: Stars
Brouwer: Pluto, a Sequel
Holst: The Planets


Tickets for events 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. 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.



Michael Harp
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
301-797-4000 x.101