MSO set to cel­e­brate hol­i­days with con­certs

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EAS­TON — The Mid-At­lantic Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, the only pro­fes­sional sym­phony or­ches­tra on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore, will ring in the sea­son with its “Hol­i­day Joy” con­cert at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 7, at the Avalon Theatre.

The con­certs will fea­ture such fa­vorites as “Sleigh Ride,” se­lec­tions from Han­del’s “Mes­siah,” Wen­del’s “Hanukah Over­ture” and se­lec­tions from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” as well as fa­mil­iar carols and hymns.

Soloists will in­clude Leah Hawkins (so­prano), Joe Burgstaller (trum­pet) and Chaz’man Wil­liams-Ali (tenor).

The MSO also will per­form the “Hol­i­day Joy” con­cert at 3 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 9, at Mariner’s Bethel in Ocean View, Del., and 3 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 10, at the Com­mu­nity Church in Ocean Pines.

The or­ches­tra’s “Toast to the New Year” will cel­e­brate the New Year with rev­elry and mu­sic on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The con­certs will be held at 7 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 31, at Christ Church in Eas­ton and 1 p.m. Mon­day, Jan. 1, at the Com­mu­nity Church in Ocean Pines.

They will fea­ture such com­po­si­tions as “Fle­d­er­maus Over­ture,” Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake — Sec­ond Move­ment,” a duet from “West Side Story,” “Noc­turne from a Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream” and an “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along.

Soloists will in­clude Sharin Apos­tolou (so­prano) and Ryan McPher­son (tenor).

The MSO is sup­ported in part by the Mary­land State Arts Coun­cil; Tal­bot County Arts Coun­cil; Worces­ter County Arts Coun­cil; Sus­sex County, Del.; and the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of the East­ern Shore Inc.

Tick­ets are $50 for the “Hol­i­day Joy” con­certs, and $60 or $85 for the “Toast to the New Year” per­for­mances. They are avail­able on­line at www. mi­dat­lantic­sym­phony.org or by call­ing 888-846-8600.

SHARIN APOS­TOLOU

LEAH HAWKINS

JOE BURGSTALLER

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