GRAMMY Award Winner Sharon Isbin to Perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for Virtual Concert at the Maryland Theatre
HAGERSTOWN, Md. – March 27, 2021 – GRAMMY Award Winner Sharon Isbin will perform with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Schulze conducting, on Sunday April 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center. The concert will be live streamed on the symphony’s “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall” streaming platform at watch.marylandsymphony.org.
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues to adjust its programs and schedule with the safety of the audience and musicians in mind. With the recent announcement by Governor Hogan that venues may begin to operate at up to 50% capacity, the MSO is planning to begin a gradual return to performing for live audiences in May.
For our April performance, a limited, invitation-only audience will be invited to attend while the concert is streamed on MSO Live! In order to maintain the safety plans we have developed for the musicians, the repertoire has been revised for a smaller ensemble. It now includes Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3 by Respighi, Guitar Concerto in D by Vivaldi, Quintet No. 4 in D major by Boccherini, and Tango by Italian-born and Brooklyn-based composer, Paola Prestini.
ABOUT SHARON ISBIN
American Public Television’s presentation of the acclaimed one-hour documentary Sharon Isbin: Troubadour has been seen by millions on over 200 PBS stations across the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the first internationally televised 9/11 memorial, in concert at the White House by invitation of President Obama, and as the only classical artist in the 2010 Grammy Awards. She has been profiled in periodicals from People to Elle, in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as on the cover of over 45 magazines. Her 2010 Grammy-winning Journey to the New World spent 63 consecutive weeks on top Billboard charts. Her Dreams of a World soared onto top classical Billboard charts, edging out The 3 Tenors, and earned her a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist, making her the first classical guitarist to receive a Grammy in 28 years.
In September 2018, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra collaborated with Ms. Isbin to record Chris Brubeck’s Acclaimed “Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra” at Strathmore Music Center. The MSO and Ms. Isbin gave the world premiere of “Affinity” in April of 2015, and the MSO’s premiere performance of this work has since been played multiple times on the American Public Media show “Performance Today,” which reaches 300 NPR stations for 1.2 million listeners. Isbin’s “Affinity” album, featuring the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was released by Zoho Music in March 2020.
This concert is sponsored by Robert and Marjorie Hobbs and Jim and Georgia Pierné. The 2020-21 concert season is presented by Antietam Broadband with additional support from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
To access the concert live stream, patrons will need to create an account on the new “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall” streaming platform at watch.marylandsymphony.org. There is no charge to create an account; however, there is a per concert fee to view the various live performances on the platform. Through this newly developed platform, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's live performances are accessible on over 1,000 devices including iOS devices, Android devices, MACs, PCs, streaming media boxes such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast. Additionally, native apps can now be downloaded on Roku and Fire TV for easier viewing at home.
What: Sharon Isbin: Live in Concert
Where: Live Streaming through “MSO Live! Virtual Concert Hall”
When: Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $29 per household
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, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 39th 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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