Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra features inspirational French flutist

OCEAN VIEW – Inspirational French flutist Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra during the MSO’s annual spring concert Saturday, March 19.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View.

A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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Jean Ferrandis

Mr. Ferrandis is an inspirational performer and teacher with superb musicianship according to the New York Flute Club. He received his Prix from the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon in 1985 and then won the principal flute position in the Orchestre de Prix in Paris.

That year Leonard Bernstein was invited to teach a master class and Mr.  Ferrandis was asked to help to train the conductors before the class.  Arriving early, Bernstein was so impressed by the beauty of Jean’s playing an adagio by Mozart that he said, “It is Pan himself” and composed a cadenza for him, becoming his friend and mentor.

]What followed is an illustrious international career as a performer in concertos, chamber music, and recitals in major music halls and festivals.

The evening program also includes Poulenc’s Deux marches et un intermède and the first of Mozart’s last three symphonies, Symphony No. 39.

Additionally, Lucy McKnight, second place winner of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition, will perform Meditation from Thais by Massenet on the bass cello with the MSO.

Tickets are on sale at $38 for adults and can be purchased online at midatlanticsymphony.org, by phone at 1-888-846-8600, or at the door the evening of the concert. The MSO will offer complimentary tickets to individuals 18 and under, however a phone reservation must be made for these tickets.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, the Sussex County Council, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Van Strum Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross/BlueShield, Choptank Electric Trust, Delmarva Power, as well as other generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations.

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