On Nov. 1, 3 and 4, the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform its second concert of the fall season, spotlighting Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with duo Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of New York City Ballet, on violin and Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony, on viola. The concert will also feature one of Haydn’s London Symphonies, “Symphony No. 102.”
The MSO’s concert season, which runs from September through April, visits venues including the Ocean City (Md.) Convention Center; Mariners Bethel Church in Ocean View; the Community Church in Ocean Pines, Md; the Easton Church of God in Easton, Md., and Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, among others.
MSO representatives noted that, for those who may find classical music a bit too hard to follow, the MSO is committed to presenting a fun experience that keeps the audience involved. Maestro Julien Benichou provides pre-concert educational talks introducing the music being performed. Audiences learn about the musical characteristics of that day’s pieces, musical themes to listen for, and the background of the featured soloists. And while the orchestra members may be wearing formal attire, MSO patrons arrive wearing outfits ranging from chic to casual.
MSO tickets usually cost $45 to $50, and the MSO offers several options for purchasing tickets: via the website at midatlanticsymphony.org to buy online, call 1-888-846-8600 to reserve seats, or buy tickets directly at the box office prior to the concert. Many MSO concerts are held in the afternoon, and parking is always free.