Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director


Reflections on the Civil War – An Anniversary Concert

Saturday, May 4, 2013  at 7:30PM

Jerry Bilik – American Civil War Fantasy
Kermit Poling – No Sound of Trumpet nor Roll of Drum
Jay Ungar / arr. Custer – Ashokan Farewell
Ernst Bacon  – Ford’s Theatre (selections)
Aaron Copland  –  Lincoln Portrait


May 2013 Concert Poster

This concert is the annual “side-by-side” concert with Harford County’s finest high school student musicians.  This July will mark the (more…)

Announcing our March 9th Pre-Concert Lecture!

SSO is pleased to announce there will be a pre-concert lecture by Dr. Matt Perry, entitled, “The Way We Hear Music — An Audiologist’s Perspective” prior to the start of the March 9th Be-Knighted Masterworks concert.  The lecture will begin at 6:45 and will be held in the auditorium of Bel Air High School.


Dr. Matt Perry is a licensed audiologist and local musician.  A former music performance major turned hearing scientist, he offers a unique perspective when it comes to the role our ears play in listening to and enjoying music.  When he isnot treating patients with hearing loss, Dr. Perry can sometimes be seen performinglocally.  He sings tenor in the local a cappella group “Bonus Track”, and recently played the role of Joseph in Phoenix Festival Theater’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Dr. Perry is the owner of Harmony Hearing & Audiology, an innovative audiology and hearing aid practice, located in Festival at Bel Air.  Inquires and appointment requests can be made through or by calling 410-569-5999.


Be-Knighted Masterworks



Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 7:30PM

Bel Air HighSchool –  Bel Air, MD

Sir Hamilton Harty – The Londonderry Air
Sir Malcom Arnold – Symphony No. 5, Op. 74
Sir William Walton – Touch Her Soft Lips and Part from “Henry V”
Sir Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto (Alexis Lee)

March Concert Poster

Mozart and Tchaikovsky – Jazzed Up for the Holidays!

Saturday, December 8, 2012  at 7:30PM              Sheldon Bair, Conducting

Korngold – The Snowman Overture (Conductor: Brian Folus)
W.A. Mozart – Sleigh Ride
W.A. Mozart – Bassoon concerto in B-Flat Major, K. 191 (bassoon: Phillip Kolker)
Tchaikovsky / arr. Bair  – December from “The Seasons”
Tchaikovsky  –  Russian Dance (Trepak) from “The Nutcracker”
Tchaikovsky / arr. Duke Ellington  – Nutcracker Suite
arr. Folus  –  A Hanukah Celebration (Conductor: Brian Folus)
arr. Bair  – Christmas Sing Along


A Night in Old Vienna

Saturday, October 6, 2012  at 7:30PM;         Bel Air High School

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op, 68 “Pastorale”
Brahms – Tragic Overture, Op. 81
J. Strauss, Jr. – Du und Du Waltz from “Die Fledermaus”
J. Strauss, Sr. – Radetzky March

This concert, dedicated to Old Vienna and its wonderful composers, was prefaced with remarks by Principle French horn player Bruce Kovacs’ description of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, The Pastoral.  “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one symphony, this would be the one!”  As Maestro Bair and the orchestra re-traced Beethoven’s symphonic footsteps through the Vienna countryside, it became evident that many in the audience thoroughly agreed with Kovacs’ sentiments.  Beethoven created in this master work a range of melodies and dynamic interplay of instruments that has rarely been equaled by anyone past or present; which likely accounted for the wonderful reception it received from the audience.

Following a brief intermission, Maestro Bair led the orchestra in Brahms’s Tragic Overture, OP81.  Premiered in 1880 in Vienna, Brahms’s principle goal with the work was to convey to and elicit from its listeners emotional impressions, which in this respect, he was most successful.  Maestro Bair’s interpretation of this most turbulent work was quite profound as he artfully mixed tempo and dynamic changes into a memorable performance.

For the concert conclusion, and in keeping with the “Old Vienna” theme, there of course had to be Strauss.  Maestro Bair treated the audience to two fine examples of Strauss compositions , one each from  Junior and Senior, as the orchestra performed The Du and Du Waltz (Strauss the younger) and the unofficial anthem of Vienna and Austria, the Radetzky March (Strauss the elder).  Both were warmly received by the audience, and the Radetzky march was, of course, accompanied by audience hand clapping and  overall delight.