The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Firebird” at the Maryland Theater

Madeline Olson, principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” performed by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Interprets the music of Igor Stravinsky, Gabriel Pierné and César Franck. Madeline Olson, principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic, will perform solo.

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, USA, April 29, 2022 / — The Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s 40th anniversary season wraps up Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. with a grand celebration which includes a 40th anniversary gala event. The concert “The Firebird” presents the music of Igor Stravinsky, Gabriel Pierné and César Franck. Madeline Olson, principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will join the OSM as featured soloist for this performance. The concert will be performed live at the Maryland Theater and also broadcast on the Symphony Orchestra’s “MSO Live!” Virtual Concert Hall streaming platform at

Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” has been described as a “shimmering musical fairy tale”. For Stravinsky, this piece served as a personal “letter of introduction” to the world of music. The inventive and virtuoso use of orchestral colors and abrupt, repetitive rhythms take the audience on an unprecedented sonic journey. The work offers a truly dazzling and triumphant conclusion to the OSM’s 40th anniversary season.

Also on the program, the “Concertstück for harp and orchestra in G sharp” is one of the most admired selections for harp in the classical repertoire. It was written by the French composer Gabriel Pierné in 1901 and received its world premiere in 1903. The performance of this selection from the concert program has special meaning for James Pierné, a resident of Hagerstown; Gabriel Pierné was his great-grandfather. The Pierné family will be present at the show.

Harp music was relatively rare before the 20th century – Gabriel Pierné changed that. Instrumental music began to appear in relative abundance around 1904 with works by Debussy, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, and the rest of the century was rich in works for harp and orchestra.

Madeline Olson, principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will be the star soloist of Pierné’s work. Ms. Olson is an award-winning soloist who has performed with numerous ensembles including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, Juilliard Orchestra, New World Symphony, Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic and Riverside Symphony. In February 2020, she was named principal harpist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of JoAnn Falletta.

The remarkable and radical Symphony in D minor by César Franck will conclude the program. It is a worthily chiselled and finely crafted symphony. Considered the most important symphony in late 19th century French music, audiences will experience a magnificent symphonic finale to a season that has been filled with exceptional guest artists and incredible performances from the Maryland Symphony.

One of Washington County’s most anticipated events, the 2022 Maryland Symphony Orchestra 40th Anniversary Gala will also take place on Saturday, May 7 at the historic Maryland Theater. The 2022 OSM Gala will be unlike any other in our region offering an evening of incredible experience with world-class music.

Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers, fun photo ops, and the chance to bid on unique auction packages before heading upstairs to the Maryland Theater Ballroom for a delicious spring-inspired dinner. After dinner, guests will enjoy MSO’s “The Firebird” performance and return after the concert to the ballroom for an after-party experience with a 40th anniversary toast, additional photo opportunities, dessert, live music by the Dixie Power Trio (the East Coast’s premier music ensemble in New Orleans!) and dancing.

The 2021/2022 concert season is presented thanks to the generous support of Antietam Broadband. MSO is also supported by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to nurturing a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Bowman Hospitality offers the best accommodations for guest artists as an official hospitality partner of the OSM.

Tickets for the concert range from $29 to $79 for adults and children. To purchase tickets, call 301-797-4000 or go online at Tickets can also be purchased at the MSO Box Office on the second floor of the Maryland Theater at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown.

What: “the firebird”

Where: The Maryland Theater, 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

When: Saturday May 7, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 8, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $29 – $79. Tickets can be purchased online at; in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 21 S Potomac Street, 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday); or by calling the box office at 301-797-4000 during regular business hours. Group rates are available for groups of ten or more.


Built in 1915, designed by famed architect Thomas Lamb, the Maryland Theater is the anchor of downtown Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District. The theater provides comfortable seating for 1,300 people for performances by country artists, comedians, children’s shows, recitals, stage shows, and more. Since 1982, the theater has been the official home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The Maryland Theater welcomes approximately 120,000 people through its doors each year. The Maryland Theater is located at 21 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.


Founded in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 40th season as the region’s premier professional orchestra. Under the musical direction of Maestra Elizabeth Schulze, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing musical performances that educate and entertain, while enhancing the cultural environment of Western Maryland and the surrounding region. Learn more:

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