2019-2020 Season

Dear Friends of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,

It is a great pleasure to introduce to you our twenty-second season! Like every season, the MSO continues to break new ground and introduce new repertoire!

An American Premiere by an Argentine-American composer opens our season! Lalo Schifrin, known for his legendary film scores, such as Mission Impossible and Bullitt, is also a wonderful concert music composer. His mandolin concerto has been commissioned by Europe’s foremost mandolinist, Vincent Beer-Demander, whose enthralling stage presence and virtuosity will certainly transport you. As a companion piece, we will play Nicolas Mazmanian’s Mission Impossible Variations, and we will close the concert with Beethoven’s Olympian Symphony No. 7, which Wagner called “the apotheosis of dance”.

On our November program, we will present French pianist, Didier Castell-Jacomin, in one of Haydn’s seldom played, but beautiful piano concertos. Castell-Jacomin, a well-recorded artist, is a specialist of the classical repertoire of Mozart and Haydn in particular. We will also play Dvorak’s lush String Serenade as well as the American classic Appalachian Spring.

Our Holiday concert will feature celebrated bass-baritone Kevin Short, as well as several of his students from the prestigious University of Maryland Opera Studio. This year, in addition to the usual holiday season classics, we will also play great orchestrations from jazz to pop to put you in the holiday spirit!

For New Year’s Eve, be ready to be stunned by one of today’s foremost young sopranos, Rochelle Bard. She is one of the most versatile singers on the world stage today, and we can’t wait for you to hear her. Andrew Balio, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpeter, will also help us ring in the New Year, with one of the sweetest trumpet sounds ever heard.

In March, the MSO will present the winner of its first Concerto Competition, along with Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, a great masterpiece that is so rarely played!

To conclude our season, we will play Darius Milhaud’s Creation of the World, certainly, one of the most fun French Jazzy pieces in the orchestral repertoire, followed by the iconic Piano Concerto No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, featuring Russian-born pianist Boris Slutsky. The great Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, orchestrated by Maurice Ravel will close a season that we are so proud to present to you!

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to always bringing you exciting symphonic experiences. We can’t wait to share this amazing music with you!

I look forward to seeing you at the concerts!

Julien Benichou, Music Director

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From Movie Themes to Classics

  • Nicolas Mazmanian, Mission Impossible Variations

  • Lalo Schifrin, Mandolin Concerto

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7

Guest Artist: Vincent Beer-Demander, Mandolin


Appalachian Spring

  • Antonin Dvorak, String Serenade

  • Antonino Vivaldi, Two Cello Concerto

  • Joseph Haydn, D Major Piano Concerto

  • Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring

Guest Artist: Didier Castell-Jacomin, Piano


Holiday Joy Great Pops Orchestras

Ring in the Season with a festive selection of Holiday music highlighting music from the big band orchestras.

Guest Artists: Kevin Short, Baritone and students of the University of Maryland Opera Studio


A Toast To The New Year

Guest Artist: Andrew Balio-Trumpet | Rochelle Bard - Soprano


Portraits of Life and Love

  • Darius Milhaud, Creation of the World

  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1

  • Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

Guest Artist: Boris Slutsky Piano