September-October 2017 | BRAVO!

Maestro Julien Benichou, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Music DirectorBRAVO!



The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary season with a spectacular concert schedule that spans the Eastern Shore, includes a special engagement at the French Embassy and welcomes legendary performers to the stage

The only professional symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is celebrating 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City to Wye Mills. This year, in celebration of its 20th season, the MSO will also host a special performance at the French Embassy in Washington, DC, and at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills. Additionally, the orchestra will perform across the Eastern Shore at the historic Avalon Theatre, Christ Church and Church of God, all in Easton; the Community Church in Ocean Pines; the Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View; and the Ocean City Performing Arts Center, within the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. 

According to Maestro Julien Benichou: “The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is on the move, and we are proud of the program we have developed for our 20th anniversary, ‘Reaching Ever Higher!’ season. Our fall program kicks off with ‘East and West of the Rhine’ concerts in late September and early October, featuring the music of Ernest Chausson, Camille Saint-Saéns, Maurice Ravel and Johannes Brahms.”

Highlights throughout the year include an “Autumn Legends” concert in early November, showcasing the works of Vivaldi, Haydn and Alwyn. Audiences can ring in the holiday season with “Holiday Joy” in early December, celebrating the spirit of the holidays with traditional seasonal favorites. 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. For the first year, the MSO will present a February concert, “A Roaring Movies Valentine,” featuring music from the Roaring Twenties and silent pictures. In March, the orchestra will premiere a commission from composer Camila Agosto, a highly inspiring and creative young artist whose music blends acoustic and multimedia elements, in “In Their Twenties,” along with the music of Mozart and Bizet, composed when they were also in their 20s. The season finale, in April, “Heavenly Music: Mahler, Janice Chandler and Leon Fleisher” is a concert not to be missed, including a culminating performance featuring pianist Leon Fleisher. 

“Few communities our size can boast, or sustain, such a cultural undertaking, and although very challenging, we have managed throughout the years with the continuous support of our dedicated and growing audience,” said Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra President Jeffrey Parker.

The MSO’s mission is “to enrich life in the Mid-Atlantic region through the power of live classical music.” The orchestra performed its first concert, under the direction of founder and Music Director Donald Buxton, at the Ocean City Convention Center on November 21, 1997. Maestro Buxton conducted the orchestra until June 2005. Under his tutelage, the MSO established itself as the provider of quality symphonic music throughout the multistate peninsula. In September 2005, Maestro Julien Benichou assumed the role of MSO Music Director. Benichou, a native of France, has been thrilling audiences with his innovative programming, graceful and expressive style of conducting, and spontaneous communications from the podium. As a testament to the caliber of the orchestra today, in June 2008 the MSO was invited to perform a pops concert sponsored by the Freeman Foundations.  Since then, the MSO has opened the Freeman Stage’s performance season every year in June and performed the closing concert of the Freeman Stage season on Labor Day weekend.  

2017 Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Dates:


East and West of the Rhine 
Poème, Ernest Chausson 
Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Saëns 
Ma mère l’Oye, Maurice Ravel 
Symphony No. 4, Johannes Brahms

Thursday, September 28

7:30 p.m. Chesapeake College, Wye Mills

Friday, September 29
8 p.m. French Embassy, Washington DC 

Sunday, October 1
2:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture
3 p.m. Convention Center, Ocean City

Autumn Legends

The Four Seasons, Antonio Vivaldi 
Symphony No. 45, Joseph Haydn 
Autumn Legends, William Alwyn

Thursday, November 2
7:30 p.m. Church of God, Easton

Saturday, November 4
2:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture
3 p.m.  Mariner’s Bethel, Ocean View 

Sunday, November 5
2:15 p.m. Pre-Concert Lecture
3 p.m.  Community Church, Ocean Pines

Holiday Joy: Ring in the Season

Come celebrate the spirit of the holidays with traditional seasonal favorites.

Thursday, December 7
7 p.m. Avalon Theater, Easton

Saturday, December 9
3 p.m. Mariner’s Bethel, Ocean View

Sunday, December 10
3 p.m. Community Church, Ocean Pines


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