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Pianist Vadym Kholodenko, Winner of Van Cliburn Gold Medal, to Perform May 12 and 13 at the Maryland Theatre

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – March 8, 2018 – The 36th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra concludes as internationally acclaimed pianist Vadym Kholodenko joins Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra to perform during Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic Maryland Theatre. Tickets range from $19 - $69 for adults and children under 18 attend free and are available at or by calling 301-797-4000.

In addition to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, B Flat Minor, Op. 23 will be performed. The Tchaikovsky work will feature Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian pianist, winner of the gold medal at the Fourteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Vadym Kholodenko is fast building a reputation as one of the most musically dynamic technically gifted performers of the new generation of pianists, praised by the Philadelphia Enquirer in his performance of Tchaikovsky with the Philadelphia Orchestra for “his absorbing melodic shading [and] glittering passage work”. Kholodenko has begun to forge an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim.  Previous awards include First Prize at the 2011 Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, First Prize at the 2010 Sendai Piano Competition in Japan and the Grand Prix at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include concerto engagements with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitane / Paul Daniel, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and a tour of the US with the Staatskapelle Weimar and Kirill Karabits.  He also performs concerto and recital at the Festival de Mayo in Mexico.  Recital tours take him regularly back to the US, whilst highlights in elsewhere include appearances in Paris, Budapest, Beirut and Moscow.  He continues as Artist-in-Residence at the Fribourg International Piano Series with both solo and chamber music programmes.

Kholodenko has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Valery Gergiev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Kazuki Yamada and Carl St Clair.  In North America he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and San Diego Symphony Orchestras, and given recitals throughout the country including in Boston and at the Aspen Music Festival. 

Kholodenko’s recordings for Harmonia Mundi include the Grieg Piano Concerto and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No 2 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra / Harth-Bedoya, which was released in August 2015 to critical acclaim and awarded “Editor’s Choice” in Gramophone “a truly outstanding recording”.  His latest release for the label – the first instalment of his Prokofiev Concerto Cycle (Nos 2 & 5) – was praised by Gramophone for its “forthright, lithe ad virile performances”.  Future releases include the second disc of Prokofiev concertos and solo works by Scriabin.

After the concert on Saturday, May 12, the second installment of Club MSO, a pop-up live music and dance experience, will take place at the 28 South Restaurant in Hagerstown. A limit of 100 Club MSO VIP tickets are available for $25 each and include admission to both the concert and after party. Our guest performers include spoken word artist Tekesha Ann Martinez, singer Jovan Jones, and visual artist Judah Claxton! DJ Sidekick will also be on hand to provide entertainment.

This concert is presented through the generous support of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hood. The post-concert Club MSO experience on Saturday evening is sponsored by Antietam Broadband. The 2017-18 MSO season is 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 $69 for adults and children and full-time students (K-12) attend FREE. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at  Tickets may also be purchased at the MSO Box Office at 30 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown. The Maryland Theatre is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

What:      Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music
Where:    The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740
When:     Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
                 Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets:   $19 - $69. Tickets can be purchased online at; in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 30 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 36th 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: