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Maryland Symphony Orchestra to Perform Verdi’s “Requiem” at FSU

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Elizabeth Schulze, will return to Frostburg State University to finish out the Cultural Events Series season with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s 90-minute masterpiece, “Messa da Requiem,” featuring the FSU University Chorale and the Cumberland Choral Society. The two performances on Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. will be held in Pealer Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center.

The large orchestra sound of the MSO will complement the classical “Requiem,” which is a Roman Catholic funeral mass written in remembrance of the Italian writer, Alessandro Manzoni. Written for four soloists, double choir and orchestra, the MSO will be accompanied by 120 choral musicians from the Cumberland Choral Society and the University Chorale. Additional guest artists will include soprano Lisa Williamson, mezzo-soprano Maria Dolan Barnes, tenor Jonathan Hodel and baritone Eugene Galvin. This event will bring together some of the most talented musicians in Western Maryland to produce one of the most recognizable, enjoyable and emotionally charged music pieces of all time.

“Requiem” was first performed in 1874 in the church of San Marco in Milan, Italy, and was conducted by Verdi himself. Throughout the work, Verdi used vigorous rhythms, inspirational melodies and dramatic contrasts to express powerful emotions.

Tickets for Verdi’s “Requiem” are $30 for adults and $21 for those under 17. Corporate and group discount ticket rates are also available. Tickets may be ordered by calling 301-687-3137 or online at

Funding for this project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that believes a great nation deserves great art. The Cultural Events Series is supported by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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