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Experience Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" Like Never Before at MSO Lecture Series

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – September 28, 2023 –  Prepare to be swept away by the enchanting world of classical music as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) presents its upcoming lecture on Berlioz's revolutionary masterpiece, "Symphonie Fantastique." This captivating event will take place on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 5:00 pm in the intimate setting of the Hagerstown Community College's Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Studies (CBES), Room 103, located at 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" is a work of unparalleled genius, and this lecture series offers a unique opportunity to delve deep into the heart of this iconic composition. MSO has assembled a dream team of four exceptional musicians to serve as your guides through this musical odyssey:

  • Jim Vaughn (Brass): Immerse yourself in the majestic brass passages that define the symphony's powerful and unforgettable sound.

  • Joanna Owen (Strings): Discover the soul-stirring beauty of the symphony's strings section, which serves as the very heart of Berlioz's masterpiece.

  • Julie Boehler (Percussion): Explore the rhythmic and percussive elements that infuse the composition with intensity and drama.

  • Jay Niepoetter (Woodwinds): Experience the delicate melodies and haunting harmonies of the woodwinds that add intrigue and depth to the symphony.

During this exclusive lecture, these exceptional musicians will unravel the symphony's secrets, revealing how each instrument family plays a pivotal role in creating a rich tapestry of emotions. Attendees won't just hear about it – they'll witness it firsthand as the musicians expertly perform live musical passages during the lecture.

Whether you're a seasoned classical music aficionado or simply curious about the world of orchestral music, this event promises to connect you with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in an intimate and immersive setting. Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique" is a mesmerizing journey that will leave you spellbound, and this lecture series is designed to deepen your appreciation for this timeless masterpiece.

Don't miss out on this rare chance to engage with MSO's world-class musicians and gain new insights into Berlioz's genius. Reserve your spot today and join us on October 5th for an evening of musical discovery that will leave you with a profound understanding of the magic of "Symphonie Fantastique."

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About Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Founded in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 41st 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: