Freeman Stage opener to feature Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Performance June 14 to feature audience favorites, soloists
Maestro Julien Benichou and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra open the season on The Freeman Stage at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14. SOURCE SUBMITTED
June 4, 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick off the sixth summer season of The Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14. Admission is $10 per person, with kids 18 and under admitted free.

The orchestra is enjoying its 16th season and its eighth year under the musical direction of Julien Benichou. The 50-plus member orchestra continues to grow in numbers and in the quality of its performances and repertoire.

“The arts are such an important part of the cultural life of our communities,” said Benichou.

I see the MSO flourishing in the near future, giving us the opportunity to bring the Mid-Atlantic region beautiful musical experiences.”

Along with the orchestra, the June 14 performance at The Freeman Stage will feature three soloists, including Miami-based violinist Amos Fayette, orchestra concertmaster Nicholas Currie, and acclaimed composer/arranger/performer Andrew Lipke.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. “This is the sixth season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside and each year the MSO has helped us launch our summer schedule.”

Among the other performances scheduled this season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside are such crowd favorites as Clear Space Theatre Group with “The Sound of Music,” Jesse Garron’s tribute to Elvis, First State Ballet, and the Morgan State University Choir.

Also returning in 2013 are the Arts & Jazz Festival, local artist John Donato, and Tommy Edward as Sir Rod. Performers new to the outdoor stage this summer include Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, the Official Blues Brothers Revue, Classic Albums Live, Hits of the Great White Way with Franc D’Ambrosio, Cherish the Ladies, the Doo Wop Project, Bruce in the USA, and many others. New to The Freeman Stage this year will be two nights called Locals Under the Lights, where local artists will have their moment in the spotlight to perform right on the Freeman Stage.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, who partners to present memorable performances and provide inspired arts education for all. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For a complete listing of all the season’s events, or to find out how to volunteer at The Freeman Stage, call 302-436-3015 or go to


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