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Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The American Symphony

Pealer Recital Hall, Pealer Performing Arts Center

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra returns with a stirring performance that celebrates the American spirit. The program includes a new fanfare composed by eminent African-American composer James Kimo Williams to commemorate Elizabeth Schulze’s 20 years as MSO musical director; Antonín Leopold Dvořák’s powerful Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” which evokes the rhythms and melodies of Native American and African-American songs and dances; and First Symphony in E Minor from Florence Beatrice Price, the first African-American woman to have been recognized as a symphonic composer and the first to compose for a major American orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

James Kimo Williams’ compositions have been performed by symphonies across the country. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including the Vietnam Veterans of America’s Excellence in the Arts Award. Along with actor Gary Sinise, he is a co-founder of the Lt. Dan Band, which was created to present USO shows for active-duty service members. Williams resides in Shepherdstown, W. Va.

Antonin Leopold Dvorak Legendary Bohemian composer Antonín Leopold Dvořák achieved worldwide recognition with a style described as “the fullest recreation of a national idiom with that of the symphonic tradition, absorbing folk influences and finding effective ways of using them.” In 1892, while serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York, Dvořák proclaimed that African-American and Native American music should be used as a foundation for the growth of American music; through the music of these cultures, he believed Americans would establish their own national style.

Florence Beatrice Price Born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1887, Florence Beatrice Price studied at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. Although her training was steeped in the European tradition, her work reflects the American idiom and her Southern roots, and she frequently used blues and African-American spirituals as inspiration for her arrangements. Price’s compositions almost vanished from history until 2009, when a trove of her lost manuscripts was discovered in an abandoned house on the outskirts of Chicago.


Maryland Symphony Orchestra Music Workshop

Wednesday, October 16  |  3 PM
Pealer Recital Hall, Pealer Center

Maryland Symphony Orchestra musicians lead a master class for music students in cello and flute. Community members are welcome to observe. Space is limited; reserve space at 301.687.3137 or


Pre-Performance Flag Dedication Ceremony

Vietnam Veterans of America

Sunday, November 11  |  2:30 PM
Pealer Recital Hall, Pealer Center

Pay tribute to military veterans and service members with a flag dedication ceremony performed by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 172.


Maryland Symphony Orchestra Prélude with Elizabeth Schulze

Sunday, November 17  |  2 PM
Pealer Recital Hall, Pealer Center

Before the Maryland Symphony Orchestra takes the stage with The American Symphony, musical director Elizabeth Schulze leads a lively discussion about the works to be performed.

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The presentation of Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by the Community Trust Foundation’s Iris and Peter Halmos Community Fund and by the FSU Foundation. This engagement is sponsored by corporate signature donor, First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union; individual signature donors Mr. Douglas Schwab and Mrs. Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab; and by Matthew J. Allaway, D.O. and Ms. Kelli L. Allaway, Mrs. Bernice A. Friedland, Ms. Janice S. Keene, the Honorable Mary Beth Pirolozzi, Mr. Victor S. Rezendes and Mr. John E. Minnich, Ms. Sandra K. Saville, and Mr. Nicholas J. Scarpelli and Ms. Tama S. Scarpelli.



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The CES Arts for Enrichment program is sponsored by Gonzaga Health

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CES is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the City of Frostburg and the Allegany Arts Council.


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