Performance & Events

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra provides a dazzling variety of programs, from the grand musical treasures of the Masterworks Series to the joyful offerings of the MSO Pops! and Home for the Holidays; from the glorious sentimentality of the Salute to Independence Concert at Antietam National Battlefield to the exuberance and wonder of the annual Citi Youth Concerts Kinder Konzerts Series.

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DATE: July 1, 2023 - 8:00 pm

Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Dr
HagerstownMD 21742
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Since 1986 the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has presented a free “Salute to Independence” Concert to celebrate the independence of our great nation.  Held on the first weekend in July, the “Salute” has been billed as “Maryland’s Most Patriotic Event” and has also been recognized by the American Bus Association as “One of the Top 100 Events in North America.” The evening concert typically attracts thousands of people from all over and is capped off by a spectacular fireworks display, one of the largest in the region.

Symphonie Fantastique

Saturday, October 14, 2023 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 15, 2023 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor
Tim Fain Violin

Boulanger | D’un matin de printemps
Fain | Edge of a Dream
Berlioz | Symphonie Fantastique


Prepare yourself for a thrilling concert experience that will take you on a journey through some of the most innovative and daring works in the orchestral repertoire. The concert begins with Boulanger's "D'un matin de printemps," a lively and joyous piece that captures the essence of springtime with its playful melodies and bright orchestration. Next, Tim Fain's haunting "Edge of a Dream" creates a dreamlike atmosphere, with its delicate and introspective melodies, leaving the audience in a state of contemplation and reflection. Finally, the orchestra performs Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique," a monumental work that tells the story of an artist's descent into madness. Throughout the concert, the orchestra demonstrates their technical virtuosity and musical sensitivity, taking you on a journey of nature, introspection, madness, and inspiration.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 12, 2023 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze, Conductor

Mendelssohn | Melusine Overture
Farrenc | Symphony No. 3
Beethoven | Symphony No. 7


Experience the power and passion of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as three masterworks from the Romantic era are brought to life on stage. The concert begins with Mendelssohn's Melusine Overture, a hauntingly beautiful piece that tells the tale of a mythical creature. Next, the orchestra performs Farrenc's Symphony No. 3, a lesser-known but captivating work that showcases the composer's skillful use of counterpoint and chromatic harmonies. The evening culminates with Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, a beloved masterpiece that is sure to leave you spellbound. From the infectious rhythm of the first movement to the triumphant finale, this symphony showcases the full power and range of the orchestra. Don't miss this unforgettable evening of symphonic magic!

Home for the Holidays 2023

Saturday, December 16, 2023 | 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 17, 2023 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor


An annual tradition that rings in the Holidays, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays at the Maryland Theatre. With Conductor Elizabeth Schulze and special guests, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra offers a magical, sing-along celebration of the season with a program featuring beloved traditional and popular music.

Romantic Serenades

Saturday, February 10, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 11, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor

Carolyn Shaw | Entr’acte
Bartok | Divertimento for Strings
Strauss | Serenade for 13 Winds
Brahms | Serenade No. 2


Experience the sheer beauty and diversity of orchestral music with this captivating concert featuring a stunning lineup of composers and pieces. The program opens with Carolyn Shaw's Entr'acte, a contemporary work that explores a wide range of textures and timbres, leading seamlessly into the dynamic and energetic Bartok's Divertimento for Strings. Next, Strauss' Serenade for 13 Winds showcases the grace and charm of the wind section, while Brahms' Serenade No. 2 brings the program to a romantic and lush close. From the intricate interplay of instrumental sections to the soaring melodies and powerful brass and percussion, this concert promises to be a rich and rewarding journey through the art of symphonic music.

Drum Roll, Please!

Saturday, March 9, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor
Robert Martin Violin

Arriaga | Overture in D major, Op. 20
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges | Violin Concerto in A
Gluck | Overture to Orpheus and Eurydice
Haydn | Symphony No. 103 in E-flat “Drumroll”


Join us for an unforgettable evening of classical music as we present a program featuring some of the most celebrated works of the classical era. From the dynamic rhythms of Arriaga's Overture in D and the dramatic intensity of Gluck's Overture to Orpheus and Eurydice, to the lyrical beauty of Chevalier de Saint-Georges' Violin Concerto in A and the thrilling percussion of Haydn's Symphony No. 103 in E-flat, "The Drumroll," this concert showcases the rich and varied tapestry of the classical symphonic tradition. Experience the energy, passion, and emotional depth of these timeless works as performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and discover the enduring power of classical music to move and inspire us.

MSO Premium Pops! | Sons of Serendip

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 7:30 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor
Sons of Serendip


Sons of Serendip is a unique Billboard-charting Classical crossover quartet consisting of a harpist, cellist, pianist and lead vocalist. The group was a finalist on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, gaining popularity by offering fresh interpretations of Popular music. Since their television appearance, Sons of Serendip has toured nationally, sharing their creative and emotionally stirring arrangements and original compositions with audiences all around the country. During this ONE NIGHT ONLY concert event, Sons of Serendip will join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in an evening of popular hits including Carry on Wayward Son, Bridge over Troubled Water, Fly Me to the Moon, Somewhere Only We Know, A Thousand Years, I Lived, and more!

Mozart & Bruckner

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2024 | 3:00 PM

Elizabeth Schulze Conductor
Ying Li Pianist

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson | Worship
Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 14
Bruckner | Symphony No. 4


This concert closes the 2023-24 season and features a diverse and versatile program that celebrates the beauty and power of orchestral music. The evening begins with Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson's "Worship", a piece that explores African-American musical traditions with its lively rhythms and bold melodies. The program then shifts to Mozart's elegant Piano Concerto No. 14, a lyrical gem that will showcase the skill and artistry of pianist Ying Li. Finally, the concert ends with Bruckner's Symphony No. 4, a grand and sweeping masterpiece that will take you on a sonic journey through its rich harmonic and melodic landscapes. With a mix of classic and contemporary works, this concert promises to be a stunning display of the orchestra's versatility and artistry.