Maryland Symphony OrchestraListen to German and Austrian...

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January 15, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Listen to German and Austrian music when the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues "A Season of Favorites" this weekend at the historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

Under the direction of Barry Tuckwell (pictured), the internationally renowned French horn player, the orchestra will perform Schubert's Symphony No. 8 ("Unfinished"), Strauss' "Don Juan," Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries."

Join Tuckwell, the orchestra's founder, for an informal discussion about the concert at 12: 15 p.m. Friday in the Maryland Theatre.

Concert times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 21 S. Potomac St. Tickets are $10-$30. Children and full-time students are admitted for half price. Call 301-797-4000.

Longwood Gardens, a premier horticultural display near Kennett Square, Pa., will showcase botanical trompe l'oeil paintings by Tom Steigerwald tomorrow through March 1 in the Conservatory Music Room.

The exhibit, "Portraits from the Garden," features 11 acrylic on Masonite paintings by the Elkins Park, Pa., artist. The paintings' proportions may startle visitors at first -- "Bouquet" is the smallest at 4 feet by 5 feet, and the largest, "Autumn Pan," is 6 feet by 8 feet. Plants figure strongly in each of the works, from multicolored coleuses and pink petunias of "Harlequin" to the cut stems and flowers of "Columbine." "King Lear" is a close-up portrait of a day lily.

Many of the paintings include sculptures as elements and composition. "Autumn Pan" features a monumental marble head Pan, the god of woods, fields and flocks and a symbol of untamed nature. A clematis vine entwines the marble profiles of the god Mars' twin sons in "Romulus and Remus."

The conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the outdoor gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gardens are on U.S. 1 near Kennett Square in the Brandywine Valley. Admission is $12 for adults ($8 Tuesdays), $6 ages 16-20 and $2 ages 6-15. Call 800-737-5500.

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