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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Presents "Inspirations": An Immersive Symphony Enhancement

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – October 2, 2023 –  The Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is breaking new ground in the world of classical music with the launch of "Inspirations," a pre-concert experience designed to make the symphony accessible and enjoyable for all. Developed by the MSO, "Inspirations" promises to usher in a new era of symphonic delight, free from traditional barriers.

Set against the backdrop of the vibrant Bulls & Bears restaurant, just steps away from the historic Maryland Theatre, "Inspirations" invites patrons to embark on a symphony adventure like never before. The evening begins with a warm welcome, light refreshments, and complimentary wines, setting the stage for an enchanting night of musical magic. Engaging entertainment featuring local and regional artists adds an extra layer of anticipation for the main performance.

The best part? "Inspirations" is entirely free for all symphony ticket holders. Patrons need only present a valid concert ticket to join in the excitement, making it a must-attend experience for both new and returning MSO enthusiasts.

Program Highlights:

  • Step into the Symphony Adventure: "Inspirations" offers an immersive symphony enhancement program that breaks down traditional barriers, welcoming everyone to experience the magic of classical music.
  • Vibrant Venue: Bulls & Bears restaurant, conveniently located near the Maryland Theatre, provides the perfect backdrop where culture and fun blend seamlessly.
  • Tantalizing Treats: Indulge in an array of light refreshments, setting the perfect tone for an evening of musical delight.
  • Complimentary Sparkling Wine: Sip and savor complimentary sparkling wine, adding a touch of sophistication to the pre-concert experience. Additional themed drinks will also be available for purchase at the bar.
  • Captivating Entertainment: Engage the senses with captivating entertainment featuring local and regional artists that heightens the anticipation for the main performance.
  • No Cost, No Barriers: Embrace the inclusivity of "Inspirations" – there's no entry fee for symphony ticket holders; just present a valid ticket at the door and join in the excitement.
  • Unforgettable Symphony Experience: Create memories through immersion in the enchanting world of classical music, ultimately leaving patrons with a positive symphony experience they won't soon forget.

Experience Dates:

The "Inspirations" pre-concert experiences have been strategically scheduled to build excitement during the first half of the concert season, avoiding conflicts with other social and fundraising initiatives, including the annual Symphony Gala. Save the dates for these upcoming "Inspirations" events:

  • Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 10, 2023 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Presenting Sponsor:

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce The James & Mary Schurz Foundation as the presenting sponsor for "Inspirations," making this groundbreaking initiative possible.

Mary Schurz, President of the James & Mary Schurz Foundation, expressed her enthusiasm for this innovative program, saying, "I am thrilled to support the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 'Inspirations' program. This innovative initiative aligns perfectly with our mission to advance the arts and enrich our community. 'Inspirations' promises to break down barriers and make classical music more accessible, and we are excited to be a part of this journey. The power of music to inspire and connect is undeniable, and we believe that this program will bring the joy of symphonic marvels to a broader audience. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact 'Inspirations' will have on our community and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra."

Join us for "Inspirations" and be part of a symphony experience like no other. Discover the joy of symphonic marvels where culture and fun blend seamlessly, creating an enchanting night to remember.


About Maryland Symphony Orchestra: Founded in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 42nd 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: