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Maryland Symphony Orchestra Will Present “The American Symphony” at New Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – October 29, 2019 – The 38th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a musical journey that celebrates America. “The American Symphony” features the music of Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price, and Kimo Williams. During this one night only performance, Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the newly renovated Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center for a truly memorable concert experience.

When Antonín Dvořák came to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century, he was an immigrant thrown into a new world and new sounds. Out of that experience, he wrote a symphony for America: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, subtitled "From the New World." It has become one of the world's most beloved orchestral works. It also produced a melody that is both a hymn and an anthem to what American music can be.

Also featured on the program, the Symphony in E minor is the first symphony written by the American composer Florence Price. The work was completed in 1932 and was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Frederick Stock in June 1933. The piece was Price's first full-scale orchestral composition and was the first symphony by an African American woman to be performed by a major American orchestra.

During this performance, the MSO will also premiere a new work by Kimo Williams, a retired US Army Vietnam veteran and local composer from Shepherdstown, WV. “Fanfare of a Flower,” was commissioned by the Maryland Symphony in honor of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze’s 20th anniversary with the orchestra. An award winning and nationally recognized composer, Mr. Williams’ compositions have been performed by the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, Savannah, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Alabama and Dallas, among many others.

The 2019/2020 concert season is presented through the generous support of Antietam Broadband. The MSO is also supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Tickets for the concert range from $19 to $79 for adults and children. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at  Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office at 28 W. Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

What:           The American Symphony

Where:         The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

When:          Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets:        $19 - $79. Tickets can be purchased online at; in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 28 W. Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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.


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.


Founded in 1982, Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 38th 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: