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Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra features Arnaud Sussmann

10/10/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES—The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Music Director Julien Benichou will raise the baton for a 2013-2014 season premiere performance on Oct. 13 with French violinist Arnaud Sussmann performing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35.

Benichou said he had wanted very much to conduct the classical favorite by Tchaikovsky and thought it would be “a great opportunity” to conclude the concert with Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944.

The MSO’s season premier series, “A Season of Discovery,” will travel from the Easton Church of God on Oct. 10; to the Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View, Del. on Oct. 12. It will conclude at the Community Church in Ocean Pines on Oct. 13.

The work was composed in 1878 and is one of the best known of all violin concertos. It is also considered to be among the most technically difficult works for violin, according to an MSO description of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Schubert’s Symphony, completed in 1826, is known as “The Great” C Major, it said.

According to the description, Sussmann has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide, earning praise from both critics and audiences. He studied with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman, who chose him to be a Starling Fellow, an honor qualifying him as Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years.

Benichou said he was excited to work with Sussman and recommended that people come to see Sussman’s performance for themselves.

The symphony had reached out to Sussman through the same New York agency that represented several of its other featured soloists, according to Benichou. He said he believed it would be Sussman’s first visit to the Eastern Shore.

The performance time for the concert will be 50 minutes and will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture that will begin at 2:15 p.m. in Ocean Pines and at 6:45 p.m. in Ocean View.

Benichou was asked whether it was his intention to continue performing at multiple Eastern Shore venues or whether he could foresee performing at a fixed location at some point in the future.

“Considering the size and travel distances on the Eastern Shore, multiple performances make sense, “ he said, but, he added, that did not mean he would not like to see the symphony at a central location if one could be found. “I really like the fact that we are the Eastern Shore’s orchestra. I like that very much,” he said.

The MSO will also sponsor a holiday performance of “Amazing Voices,” in Ocean Pines on Dec. 8.

Season subscriptions are $145 and individual tickets for this performance are $35. For more information or to order subscription or individual concert tickets, call 1-888-846-8600 or visit the to download the season brochure and ticket order form.

Also, on Oct. 26, the MSO will co-host a fundraiser with the Art League of Ocean City, according to board member David Stevens. The black-tie optional event “Artistry in Motion,” will be held at the Ocean City Center for the Arts and proceeds will benefit both the MSO and Ocean City Center for the Arts.

Hors d’oeuvres and an open bar will be catered by Liquid Assets of Ocean City. The evening’s activities will include art demonstrations and a silent auction of art and other desirable items, he said.

Guests will be entertained with chamber music performances by Daphne Benichou, on viola, accompanied by harpist Maria Harrison.

Parking will be available at 94th street, with complimentary shuttle service provided for patrons to the Center for the Arts.


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