WYE MILLS — The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will kick off its 2019-2020 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Todd Performing Arts Center of Chesapeake College with “From Movie Themes to Classics.”
The concert will begin with Nicolas Mazmanian’s “Mission Impossible Variations,” which was dedicated to Lalo Schifrin. Schifrin is an Argentine-American pianist and composer who is best known as one of Hollywood’s top composers. His most notable compositions are the themes from “Mission: Impossible” and “Bullitt.”
Schifrin wrote his Mandolin Concerto for Vincent Beer-Demander, one of Europe’s foremost mandolinists. Beer-Demander will join the MSO for the American premiere of the concerto.
The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony, which Wagner called “the apotheosis of dance itself.”
Tickets are $45, and can be purchased online at www.midatlanticsymphony.org, by phone at 888-846-8600 or at the box office (open one hour before each performance, subject to availability).
About the MSO
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that exists to offer citizens of the mid-Atlantic region opportunities for musical entertainment and enjoyment, the development of the musical arts, the promotion, development and operation of musical enterprises in the performing arts, particularly through symphonic programs and choral activities; and to engage in enterprises directed at discovering and fostering musical talents, and to promote musical activities and programs for the cultural and educational benefit of the public.
About Music Director Julien Benichou
Julien Benichou serves as music director for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and recently was appointed principal conductor of the Washington Opera Society. He also is the music director of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Last December, he made his debut with the New York City Ballet, in Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” and he returned to Carnegie Hall in a concert that featured Robert Redford and former Vice President Al Gore.
As MSO music director for the past 12 seasons, Benichou has raised the profile of the ensemble, attracting premier artists and expanding the orchestra’s season. This year, he collaborates with Stefan Jackiw, Virgil Boutellis-Taft, Kurt Nikkanen, Brandie Sutton and Leon Fleisher.
Benichou also has garnered acclaim as guest conductor at the Annapolis Symphony, Newark Symphony, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Baltimore Concert Opera, Baltimore Symphony/Mobtown Modern Synchronicity projects, Orquestra Sinfonica do Parana in Curitaba, Brazil, the St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia, the Maison Symphonique de Montreal in Canada and the Siberian State Symphony in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where he will return next season. Other return engagements will include a collaboration with Tim Janis at Carnegie Hall.
An avid supporter of new music, Benichou has collaborated with many composers and was the principal conductor of the Towson New Music Ensemble for 10 seasons. He also served as principal conductor for the Mobtown Modern Ensemble.
Also a composer, Benichou has received commissions for theater, film and concert music, most recently from the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra.
Benichou also enjoys crossover and pops concerts, and has worked with the U.S. Army Blues Big Band, the Army Strings, the Irish band Lunasa, and such artists as Warren Wolf, Mairead Nesbitt, Loreena McKennitt, Sarah McLachlan and Matthew Morrison.
Vincent Beer-Demander (born in 1982) has won many awards from prestigious Conservatoires in France and Italy. He has won several international competitions, among which Giacomo Sartori (2004), Raffaele Calace (2008) and Jose Fernandez Rojas (2009).
He is a regular collaborator of l’Orchestre National de France, l’Orchestre National de France, Minsk Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, l’Orchestre National de Toulouse, the Israel Chamber Orchestra Ramadgan, l’Orchestre National de Montpellier, Bucuresti Orchestra Sinfonica, l’Orchestre National de Nice, l’Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, l’Orchestre du CNSM de Paris, l’Orchestre Philarmonique de Marseille, l’Opéra Toulon Provence Méditerranée, l’Opera National de Paris and Romania National Orchestra.
As a composer, he has produced a vast array of pieces that have been published by the Oz musical library (Canada), Mundoplectro (Spain), Trekel (Germany) and Hody (France).