MSO set to celebrate holidays with concerts
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.