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MSO Lecture Series | Tracing the Musical Journey of Women Through History

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is thrilled to announce the upcoming installment of our lecture series, titled Tracing the Musical Journey of Women Through History. This engaging event will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at 6:00 PM at Bulls & Bears Restaurant & Pub in downtown Hagerstown. Sponsored by Carl & Louise Galligan, the program will feature Dr. Laurie McManus from Shenandoah University.

During this free program, attendees will explore the challenges faced by women composers in Western male-dominated societies from the Baroque era to the present day. Guided by the insights of esteemed music historian and Associate Professor Laurie McManus, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how women were viewed as composers, the strategies they employed to promote themselves and their works, and the diverse genres and styles they crafted. Through insightful case studies and vibrant musical examples, Dr. McManus will bring to life the narratives of these pioneering women, offering a unique perspective on their resilience and creative prowess.

Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the dynamic roles women have played in shaping the classical music landscape. This lecture promises to be an engaging and enlightening experience, celebrating the often-overlooked voices that have enriched the tapestry of musical history.

Please note that dinner is not included with this lecture; however, a limited dinner and drinks menu will be available for attendees who wish to dine during the event.

To secure your seats, please RSVP through Eventbrite. Seating is limited, so early booking is recommended.


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: