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Archive for October, 2012

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


Condo Raffle

The SSO’s Fundraiser Raffle, a week at a resort condo generously donated by the Ruth family, has become an annual tradition.  Funds raised support the operating budget.  Tickets will be available at concerts through March and from orchestra members.  The drawing will be at intermission at the March concert and you need not be present to win.

  • Barrier Island Station at Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Sunday July 28th – Sunday August 4th, 2013
  • 2 BR, Sleeps 6, Full Kitchen
  • $5 each ticket or 5 for  $20
  • Drawing to be held at March 9 concert
  • MarchCondoRafflePoster

“The SSO vacation in Nagshead, NC, was the best vacation that my husband and I had in our 40+ years of marriage.  Believe it or not we were not ‘beach bums’ but we are now.  God’s beauty can’t be beat!  How to win?  Buy lots of tickets for your family and they will be stunned when they win.  My husband thought he won a basket of cheer when it was really a glorious vacation.”  – Bill and Barb Hill – winners 2011

CMAP Partners with SSO at GiveCamp2012

The SSO & CMAP PARTNER IN THE SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY, CONNECTION AND CHARITY for the second annual Baltimore GiveCamp at UMBC, October 19-21, 2012. 

This was a weekend-long event where analysts, software developers, designers, database administrators, project managers and general volunteers donate their time, talents and services to build technical solutions that solve real world problems for local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2007, the National GiveCamp program has provided benefits to over 150 charities, with a value of developer and designer time exceeding $1,000,000 in services!  In 2011, the first annual Baltimore GiveCamp partnered with over 20 local non-profits donating services worth more than $250,000.00.  GaveCamp 2012 beneftied 28 Baltimore non-profits.  The SSO received an upgrade and refinements to its website, facebook, and internal infrastructure to help it stay organized. 

Central Maryland Association of .NET Professionals (CMAP) is a user group based in Maryland that focuses on learning and discussing Microsoft .NET technologies. Membership is free and open to experts and beginners alike!  With CMAP driving the annual Baltimore GiveCamp, Charity Miracles Are Possible! 

For more information about the Baltimore GiveCamp, please visit http://www.cmap-online.org/events/Give%20Camp/Default.aspx

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.

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