Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to feature violinist Sussman April 30

April 21, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, directed by Julien Benichou, will concludes its 2015-16 Season of Celebration Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View.

The concert will feature pieces by three romantic composers. They are Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” a beguiling, exotic musical tableau whose tunes appear in the Broadway musical “Kismet;” Sibelius’ "Violin Concerto in D Minor" and Mendelssohn’s "Symphony No. 5 'Reformation,'” commemorating the Lutheranism to which his family had converted to escape growing anti-Semitism. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio begins at 6:45 p.m.

French violinist Arnaud Sussmann will perform Sibelius’ "Violin Concerto." The concerto, composed in 1902, is said to be like a young man’s portrait of his first true love . . . tempestuous, delicately beautiful and hopelessly complicated.

Sussmann is capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences throughout the United States and around the world. Born in Strasbourg, France and now based in New York City, he trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, which allowed him to be Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. His recordings include albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels.

Tickets are $38 for adults. The MSO is pleased to offer complimentary tickets to individuals 18 and under, however a phone reservation must be made for these tickets. To purchase tickets, go to or call 1-888-846-8600. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the concert.