Mid-Atlantic Symphony to perform concert March 4

Program features work by first black classical composer
February 7, 2021

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will resume its Season Reimagined at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March, 4, with a performance of Joseph Boulogne’s “Violin Concerto.”

The program, which will be held at the Church of God in Easton, Md., also includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Chamber Symphony,” and features the orchestra’s principal cellist, Jacques-Pierre Malan, in Joseph Haydn’s riveting “Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major.” New York City Ballet Concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen will be guest soloist for Boulogne’s “Violin Concerto Op. 7 No. 2.”

Tickets to attend the performance as a member of the live, socially-distanced audience of up to 150 individuals are $45, while supplies last. Tickets to view the concert livestream are $15. Both in-person and virtual tickets include special pre- and post-concert events hosted by Maestro Benichou, as well as on-demand replays of the concert through Sunday, March 14.

To purchase in-person or livestream tickets, go to email or call 888-846-8600.

“Our reimagined season’s focus on string works gives us the opportunity to showcase wonderful compositions that are seldom heard,” said Julien Benichou, music director, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.“We are fortunate to have inspired soloists such as Jacques-Pierre Malan and Kurt Nikkanen help us bring some of these works to life to inspire and enrich our valued audience members.”

Jacques-Pierre Malan, a native of South Africa, is taking the classical music world by storm with his unparalleled performances, innovative projects, and uncompromising dedication to energizing and uplifting both audiences and musicians. After earning his master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory in 2016, Malan was invited to remain in the United States under a special visa for extraordinary artists, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and several other organizations.

Malan has performed around the world, serves as an advocate for South African classical musicians in the United States, and returns to South Africa each year.

Nikkanen made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 12 and later was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the New York Philharmonic for a Young People’s Concert. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has performed in Europe, Japan, the Far East, and in the United States with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, among others.

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