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Celebrating Maryland with Classics & Crabs

Maryland Symphony Orchestra pairs with Flying Dog Brewery for a uniquely flavored event

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- August 23, 2016 -- The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, headquartered in Hagerstown, Maryland, announces a partnership with Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Maryland to present Classics and Crabs, a one-of-a-kind event to celebrate “all things Maryland.”  During this unique event on Saturday, September 17, 2016, ticketholders will enjoy an outdoor beer festival, a concert held inside the historic Maryland Theatre, and all-you-can-eat crabs and buffet presented under the stars on South Potomac Street.

“We wanted to create an experience that would resonate with a wide-range of audience members, so what better theme than our shared love for the state of Maryland?” says Michael Harp, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.   “Our orchestra is very proud of our Maryland heritage, so we tried to identify event partners who shared that same level of state pride.  Flying Dog Brewery was a clear choice in that category.” 

Erin Weston, Senior Director of Communications for Flying Dog, explains the partnership, “We view craft beer as an art form unlike any other and are committed to supporting all types of creative expression in our local community. Our sense of Maryland pride runs deep, so this event immediately appealed to us.”

Classics & Crabs will kick off at 3 PM in the courtyard of Maryland Theatre with samples from several unique brews, including the Maryland-inspired, Dead Rise OLD BAY® Summer Ale.  After entering the theatre at 5 PM, guests will enjoy a new take on classical music from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Time for Three, a guest artist who often describes themselves as a “classically trained garage band.” 

Following the concert, guests will spill out onto South Potomac Street at 7PM to indulge in all-you-can-eat crabs and a buffet of local Maryland favorites.  Additional Flying Dog beers will be available for purchase along the street, and the Maryland Theatre concession stand will be open for assorted wines and light beer.  For more information and tickets, visit 

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:

About Flying Dog Brewery: As one of the fastest-growing regional craft breweries in the mid-Atlantic, Flying Dog has been brewing world-class beer that pushes the confines of traditional styles for 25 years. Flying Dog attracts everyone from craft beer connoisseurs to those just catching the wave with up to 20 styles available at any given time and its Gonzo ties to writer Hunter S. Thompson and artist Ralph Steadman. Named the Mid-Size Craft Brewery of the Year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival (the highest honor for its size in the United States), recent accolades for Flying Dog include its Pale Ale ranked as the #1 American Pale Ale in the U.S. by The New York Times. For more information, please visit


MEDIA CONTACTS                                           

Michael Harp                                                       Erin Weston
Maryland Symphony Orchestra                           Flying Dog Brewery
Director of Marketing & Public Relations           Senior Director of Communications
301-797-4000 x.101                                            301-694-7899 x.101