Ocean City Church Plans To Host Baltimore Orchestra

OCEAN CITY — The Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra (BPO) will be performing a concert of diverse works on Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 10301 Coastal Highway.

This is the first time the orchestra will be performing in Ocean City. The concert will feature guest vocalist Kate Jackman, and BPO Concertmaster Rafael Javadov. Special guest conductor for one of the

orchestra’s selections will be Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan.

The BPO is a not-for-profit community-based volunteer and semi-professional orchestra of accomplished musicians that incorporates performers of all ages to play the masterworks of the symphonic repertoire encouraging the love of classical music and providing a series of regular concerts to the community at no cost.

The orchestra, founded in 1998, was organized to provide classical music to the community for little or no cost. Our musicians include, but are not limited to, performing artists, educators, and music students. Many members have played in major symphony orchestras and have had many years of solo and orchestral experience.

Music Director Rubén Capriles inaugurated the 14th season of the BPO in 2011 as the newly designated music director of the orchestra. Maestro Capriles graduated as the top conductor of his generation at the internationally renowned National Youth and Children Orchestra System of Venezuela (El Sistema), where he received his undergraduate education in Horn, Compositionand Conducting. He started to conduct professionally at 21 in his native Venezuela as the Music Director of the Zulia Boys Singer Orchestra, and later as the founding Music Director of the Caracas Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2005, Maestro Capriles was appointed as Music Director of the Ciudad Guayana Symphony Orchestra, where he developed intensive programming of more than sixty concerts during that season across the expansive Guayana region, obtaining the national recognition of the Federation of Regional Orchestras of Venezuela.

The orchestra will be performing an inspired program selected by Maestro Capriles, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo, and Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez.

The Ocean City concert is free to the public but free-will donations will be accepted at the door.  Donations will help off-set St. Peter’s Public Concert Program expenses. Call 443-564-7559 for further information.

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.