Montgomery Symphony Orchestra returns to Riderwood

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Montgomery Symphony Orchestra performs at Riderwood in December 2014. (Photo by Rick Sturges)

By Judy Brown
Producer, Performing Arts Council

Once again, the Performing Arts Council is sponsoring the annual Winter Concert by the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. This will be the 12th year that Riderwood has welcomed the orchestra as it performs an array of classical music. The program will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 in Montgomery Hall. It will include 12 dances from the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite, excerpts from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Hanukkah Lights by Zamir Bavel, Choral Prelude Sheep May Safely Graze by J.S Bach and A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson.  This collection of beautiful music should lift our spirits as we approach the busy month of December.  $5.00 tickets will be available November 26 and 27 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. in every dining room.

The orchestra’s programs and activities include a Spring concerto concert featuring talented middle- and high-school musicians along with a “petting zoo” of instruments provided by local music shops. Children and adults enjoy trying out these instruments.

Conductor Blair Skinner is serving his second year with the orchestra.  He currently serves as the conductor of the Hopkins Concert Orchestra in addition to being a freelance violinist and teacher. He is a doctoral student in conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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