The Mid-Atlantic Symphony is excited to announce its upcoming November concerts at 7:30 PM at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, DE, 3 PM at the Performing Arts Center in Ocean City, MD, and 3 PM at the Todd Performing Arts Center in Wye Mills, MD.
The concert program will showcase a diverse repertoire, including: “Overture” by Elfrida Andrée, “Symphonic Variations on an African Air” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and “Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)” by Felix Mendelssohn.
Elfrida Andrée was a pioneering Swedish composer and conductor who lived from 1841 to 1929. She was a significant figure in the late Romantic era and made a notable contribution to the world of classical music, particularly considering that she was a female in a male-dominated field. One of her most well-known compositions is the Overture in D major, Op. 43.
Overture in D major, Op. 43, is a lively and exuberant orchestral work that reflects the spirit of the Romantic era. Written in 1873, this composition showcases Andrée’s remarkable talent as both a composer and conductor during a time when women’s contributions to classical music were even more overlooked than they are in modern times.
The second piece of music in the concert is Samuel Coldridge-Taylor’s “Symphonic Variations on an African Air.” During his lifetime, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was regarded as one of England’s most preeminent composers. Though he died very young (at only 37 years old), the celebration of his life spanned the Atlantic, with fanfare concerts everywhere from London to Boston and beyond. In the decades that followed, his music largely fell out of the public eye, and was extremely seldom performed. As a result, a significant amount of his music is not published today. Fortunately, his music is being performed again by major orchestras around the world.
Concluding the concert is Felix Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 5” known as his Reformation Symphony. This staple of the symphonic repertoire is a work of profound historical and musical significance which the audience will no doubt be familiar with. Composed in 1830, this symphony stands as a testament to Mendelssohn’s creativity and his deep connection to his faith and his time. The name “Reformation Symphony” reflects this symphony’s association with the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, a key event in the Protestant Reformation. It was Felix’s sister Fanny who gave the Symphony its name.
…CONCERT DETAILS FOLLOW…
WHEN and WHERE: This concert will be performed at three venues on three days on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Friday, November 3, 7:30 PM- Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Saturday, November 4, 3 PM -Performing Arts Center at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
Sunday, November 5, 3 PM- Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD
Individual tickets for this concert are $50 per person at each venue and are available at midatlanticsymphony.org/tickets. Tickets for the additional events are also available at that Website.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony offers a group discount for the purchase of 10 or more tickets to a single concert. The Orchestra also makes a limited number of free tickets available for students 18 years and under; tickets for accompanying parents are $10 each. Reservations are required for the free tickets and may be made by calling 888-846-8600.
Podcasts for the season preview, previews of each concert, and for special MSO events are available on the MSO Website at midatlanticsymphony.org. Podcasts are posted on the site approximately 7 to 10 days before a concert or event.
ABOUT THE MID-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is the only professional symphony orchestra serving southern Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore with a full season of programs. The MSO is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council; the Talbot County Arts Council; the Worcester County Arts Council; the Sussex County, Delaware Council; and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.
A complete schedule of the 2023-2024 season’s Masterworks and Ensembles programs, venues, times, and other information is available at www.midatlanticsymphony.org
For additional information about the 2023-2024 season, or to order tickets, please visit www.midatlanticsymphony.org. Tickets may be ordered by telephone at 888-846-8600.