Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

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CORE VALUES
Artistry -- We produce music of the highest quality. Engagement -- We promote an environment of enrichment, fellowship, and respect. Continuity -- We honor our heritage and cultivate a legacy for the future. Innovation -- We advance with creativity, freshness, and new ideas.

As we look toward our Pops in the Park concerts at Downs Park in Pasadena and at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, we're t...
06/10/2024

As we look toward our Pops in the Park concerts at Downs Park in Pasadena and at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, we're thinking about picnics. What will be in your basket 🛒?

Have an idea or recipe you want to share? Drop it in the comments!

Last Wednesday, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra invited select donors to our second annual Sounds of Impact event, whic...
06/02/2024

Last Wednesday, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra invited select donors to our second annual Sounds of Impact event, which briefly recapped successes of the past season while highlighting future goals. One visionary project in particular was announced: ✨The Anna E. Greenberg Office Suites✨.

The A*O was founded in 1962. Until 1987, administrative tasks were handled by the board and volunteers...Enter the unstoppable Anna E. Greenberg🤩!

Anna and the board shared a vision to elevate the A*O to the ranks of other professional orchestras across the country.
To do so, they brought on Patricia Edwards as Executive Director, making Edwards the first professional employee of the symphony. Edwards established an office in Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and mastered the business of day-to-day operations. Together, Anna, Music Director Peter Bay and Edwards expanded the concert season, doubled the symphony’s budget, increased ticket sales, and instituted a program of salary enhancements for musicians.

In honor of Anna's 95th birthday, José-Luis Novo, Artistic Director, Shelley Row, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Deborah Howe, Chair of the Development Committee, announced the 🔨Anna E. Greenberg Office Renovation Fund at the Sounds of Impact event.

Support of this effort will improve the A*O's office at Maryland Hall. Our staff is the magic that happens behind the scenes - a talented group of professionals who work everyday on marketing, fundraising, event production, box office, ticketing, customer service and so many other tasks. Our patrons will have a much improved experience in our new office, as will board members, vendors, visiting artists, auditioning musicians, Annapolis Symphony Academy students, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. This effort will advance our continued efforts to make the A*O the best it can be!

If you would like to support this effort, please click here and choose the Anna E. Greenberg Office Renovation fund: https://annapolissymphony.my.salesforce-sites.com/donate/?dfId=a0nHq000025clr1IAA&

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🌳 The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro José-Luis Novo, is pleased to present the perfect end-of-summer...
05/29/2024

🌳 The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro José-Luis Novo, is pleased to present the perfect end-of-summer soundtrack for everyone in the family.

Mark your calendar now to attend our Pops in the Park concert, sponsored by Anne Arundel County Arts Council and Anne Arundel County Department Of Recreation and Parks. This concert is for FREE for all.

August 31, 2024 at 11:30am at Downs Park
September 1, 2024 at 5:30pm at Quiet Waters Park Stage
Rain Date: September 2, 2024 at 5:30pm at Quiet Waters Park

BYO blanket, chairs, and a picnic! Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Anne Arundel County parks. Get all the details on our website at AnnapolisSymphony.org.

A special thanks to Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Anne Arundel County Council members for your support!

🎊 Oh what fun they had at Annapolis Symphony Academy Day at Maryland Hall last weekend! Check out their page fo...
05/23/2024

🎊 Oh what fun they had at Annapolis Symphony Academy Day at Maryland Hall last weekend! Check out their page for this photo dump and one other! Thank you to everyone who supported this great event! See you next year!

This weekend, the Annapolis Symphony Academy celebrated ASA Day at Maryland Hall. 🌟What. A. Great. Day!🌟 More pictures, ...
05/20/2024

This weekend, the Annapolis Symphony Academy celebrated ASA Day at Maryland Hall. 🌟What. A. Great. Day!🌟 More pictures, stories, and appreciation to come, but we wanted to thank FA*O - Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for their wonderful donation, presented by former President of the A*O Board of Trustees, Mr. Jim Cheevers to ASA founder Netanel Drailblate, Airline Violinist.

Photo: Richard Brown

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is proud and excited to present the 2024-2025 Masterworks Series of performances at Mar...
05/16/2024

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is proud and excited to present the 2024-2025 Masterworks Series of performances at Maryland Hall in Annapolis and Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. “We are thrilled to unveil our 63rd season lineup, which promises to celebrate inclusivity, diversity, and the enduring power of music to unite us,” said José-Luis Novo, Artistic Director and Conductor of the A*O. “As we embark on this journey, we invite our community to join us in honoring the Year of Civil Rights in Maryland, as declared by Maryland Governor Wes Moore while embracing the spirit of belonging that lies at the heart of our shared humanity.”

The Season 63 Masterworks series will captivate audiences with ten performances over five weekends. The program boasts a mix of classical and contemporary compositions, showcasing the timeless works of Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Bruckner, Shostakovich, and others, alongside contemporary composers like Tania León, Adolphus Hailstork, and Leonard Bernstein. Notable guest artists will amaze and delight our audiences, including pianist Brian Ganz - Pianist, Airline Violinist Netanel Draiblate, hornist Alex Kovling, violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, and the string quartet Dali String Quartet.

Season 63 will also include the world premiere of a new composition by Dr. Roydon Tse, co-commissioned by the A*O and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM). This première represents Maestro Novo’s and the A*O’s commitment to nurturing new talent.

In addition to performances at Maryland Hall and Music Center at Strathmore, the A*O will host two FREE community concerts over Labor Day weekend at Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks Quiet Waters Park and Downs Park, offering the gift of music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The season will also feature Holiday Pops Concerts at Maryland Hall and Severna Park High School and engaging School and Family Concerts at Maryland Hall.

Subscriptions are available for to the public on the A*O website at AnnapolisSymphony.org/subscribe, by calling the Box Office at 410-263-0907, or by emailing [email protected]. Subscriptions enable patrons and music lovers to benefit from significant discounts, guaranteed pricing, the best seats, the most flexibility, and first access to single tickets for the annually sold-out Maryland Hall Holiday Pops concert.

The Season 63 Masterworks Series is presented by the Brian and Patricia Giese Foundation, giesefoundation.org.

Read the full press release here: https://annapolissymphony.org/news/season63announcement/

Learn more about the music for each Masterworks concert here:
https://annapolissymphony.org/events/

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Annapolis Symphony Orchestra produces and promotes memorable symphonic music that increases awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for all ages.

🇪🇸 Maestro José-Luis Novo, Director of Development Lauren Silberman, and Director of Education and Community Outreach Ju...
05/13/2024

🇪🇸 Maestro José-Luis Novo, Director of Development Lauren Silberman, and Director of Education and Community Outreach Julie Nolan visited the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC this morning to meet with Cultural Counselor Miguel Albero, Director of Cultural Programs Paula Sánchez Lahoz, and Alba Fernandez about potential partnerships. We look forward to creating exciting many musical moments with the Embassy in Season 63!

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What a weekend!!! We wrapped up Season 62 with two amazing concerts at Maryland Hall. We keep hearing from our patrons "...
05/13/2024

What a weekend!!! We wrapped up Season 62 with two amazing concerts at Maryland Hall. We keep hearing from our patrons "Wow, that was the best concert we've ever attended", and we love this pressure to always grow, always amaze our audiences, and always share a love for music. Thank you to our supporters!

If you attended Masterworks VI: This Midnight Hour this weekend, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Photos of our musicians are by our volunteer professional photographer Richard Brown. Thank you so much for your experience and skill, we love your work!

Today Maestro José-Luis Novo joined A*O musicians Netanel Draiblate (Concertmaster), Kimberly Valerio (Principal Flute),...
05/09/2024

Today Maestro José-Luis Novo joined A*O musicians Netanel Draiblate (Concertmaster), Kimberly Valerio (Principal Flute), and Patrick Reynard (Principal Bass) at the home of President of the A*O Board of Trustees Shelley Row for a wonderful discussion about music and Masterworks VI. If you want to learn more about the captivating musicology for this weekend's performances, please be sure to join WBJC's Jonathan Palevsky for an informative discussion both evenings at 6:30 in the Maryland Hall auditorium.

Tickets available only on the A*O website. See you at the show!

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is delighted to announce that auditions are open for all ensembles. An audition is requir...
05/08/2024

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is delighted to announce that auditions are open for all ensembles. An audition is required to participate in the Academy’s four tuition-free ensembles. There is no cost to audition for any ASA program. Learn more at
https://annapolissymphony.org/news/asa-auditions/.

Haven't purchased your tickets to Masterworks VI yet? Now is the time! Enjoy our last performance of Season 62 this Frid...
05/07/2024

Haven't purchased your tickets to Masterworks VI yet? Now is the time! Enjoy our last performance of Season 62 this Friday or Saturday at 7:30 PM at Maryland Hall.
$10 student tickets are available by calling our Box Office at 410-263-0907.

Tickets @ AnnapolisSymphony.org

Joseph Haydn began his career in music as a young boy. At age five or six, Haydn moved from his parents’ home to live an...
05/02/2024

Joseph Haydn began his career in music as a young boy. At age five or six, Haydn moved from his parents’ home to live and study with his cousin, who was principal and choir director of the Hainburg church school. A few years later, Haydn moved to Vienna to be a choir boy, also studying music theory. His career as a choir boy was forced to end when his voice broke, and at age seventeen, Haydn entered the freelance professional world, making ends meet by performing, teaching, and composing. Under the patronage of Hungarian Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, he became one of the most notable composers in the world at that time.

🇬🇧 In 1791, Haydn made the first of two successful visits to London, each made possible by patronage from King George III and Queen Charlotte. Haydn was extremely popular with London audiences, where reviewers called his work “an object of homage,” “genius,” and “sublime”. Symphony No. 104 is the last of Haydn’s London symphonies. It premiered with great success on May 4, 1795, as part of a benefit concert in honor of the composer.

Join us to experience music as popular in 2024 as it was 229 years ago! Our Masterworks VI: This Midnight Hour performance music program includes Haydn's Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”, living composer Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43. Tickets are available on our website.

$10 student tickets and discounts for active duty and retired service members, law enforcement and first responders are available by calling our Box Office at 410-263-0907.

🎨 Portrait of Jospeh Haydn by Thomas Hardy (1791)

Jean Sibelius began his epic Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 in the winter of 1901, shortly after the successful premi...
05/01/2024

Jean Sibelius began his epic Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 in the winter of 1901, shortly after the successful premiere of his popular composition, Finlandia. He debuted the work in Helsinki in 1902, with Sibelius conducting. The performance sold out, as did three subsequent performances. Of the music Sibelius said, “My second symphony is a confession of the soul.”

Sir Colin Davis quoted Wordsworth for one of his recordings of the symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra:

Grand in itself alone, but in that breach
Through which the homeless voice of waters rose
That dark deep thoroughfare, had Nature lodged
The Soul, the Imagination of the whole.

Join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for Masterworks VI - This Midnight Hour, with works from Anna Clyne, Haydn, and Sibelius, May 10th and 11th at 7:30 PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland. Purchase tickets only from our website: https://bit.ly/4aW0q2x

We love great reviews like this one: "Dear A*O - before these tickets, I knew nothing about you. Now, I am so excited fo...
04/29/2024

We love great reviews like this one:

"Dear A*O - before these tickets, I knew nothing about you. Now, I am so excited for the next opportunity that I can take in another performance. The event was fantastic and Mr. Pratt was fabulous. I loved the venue, parking and the friendly staff. It was an awesome evening. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this possible. I scored huge with my date - she was in awe."

👍 ❤️ Like our performances? Comment here to let us know - we promise to pass on your kind words to Maestro José-Luis Novo and the A*O staff. Or even better: leave a review of your own right here on our page!

👏 👏 Yesterday, the 2024 Agatha Awards, representing the year's best traditional mysteries, were announced. Director of D...
04/28/2024

👏 👏 Yesterday, the 2024 Agatha Awards, representing the year's best traditional mysteries, were announced. Director of Development Lauren Silberman’s book Crime & Parchment won for Best First Mystery. Congratulations Lauren! We're so proud of your achievement! Daphne Silver, Cozy Mystery Author

Check out this great opportunity to experience A*O musician Hanbing Jia play with the NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE on May 1...
04/27/2024

Check out this great opportunity to experience A*O musician Hanbing Jia play with the NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE on May 18th!

Now a resident of New Paltz, located in upstate New York, Anna Clyne was born in London, and studied in Edinburgh and Ne...
04/27/2024

Now a resident of New Paltz, located in upstate New York, Anna Clyne was born in London, and studied in Edinburgh and New York City. Her interest in music began at age seven, when her family was given a piano; Clyne taught herself to play and composed pieces for herself and her friends to perform. She then started playing the cello, which began her love for orchestral music.

Clyne often refers to music as a “sound world,” a fitting term that encompasses her eclectic influences and exploration of the orchestra’s timbral potential. Her earlier style was electroacoustic, combining live musicians with prerecorded sounds, helping to push the limits of the orchestra. Her current style uses electronic processes in purely acoustic orchestration, which can be heard in This Midnight Hour, which was composed and premiered in 2015.

Starting with a groove laid down in the low strings, the piece juxtaposes pitch registers and melodies in different instrument groups, highlighting Clyne’s interest in melody and timbre. A sudden decrescendo leads to a thinner texture, introducing the second section of the piece that has a strong folk influence. The two sections of this piece are each based on a different poem, a process described in Clyne’s own program note that accompanies the score:

"The opening to This Midnight Hour is inspired by the character and power of the lower strings of L’Orchestre national d'Île-de-France. From here, it draws inspiration from two poems—one by Charles Baudelaire and another by Juan Ramón Jiménez. Whilst it is not intended to depict a specific narrative, my intention is that it will evoke a visual journey for the listener."

La Musica, by Juan Ramón Jiménez
(translated by Robert Bly)
¡La musica;
mujer desnuda,
Corriendo loca por la noche pura!
Music–
a naked woman,
Running mad through the pure night!

We can't wait to present Anna Clyne's work at Masterworks VI, This Midnight Hour, on May 10 and 11 at Maryland Hall. Please purchase your tickets on our website at
https://annapolissymphony.org/.

$10 student tickets and discounts for active and retired service members, law enforcement, and first responders are available. Please call our Box Office at 410-263-0907 to redeem these discounts.

Last Friday night the strings of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed Britten's War Requiem for USNA's Fiftieth An...
04/22/2024

Last Friday night the strings of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performed Britten's War Requiem for USNA's Fiftieth Annual Spring Oratorio, to a packed hall at the Music Center at Strathmore. BRAVI 🎼🎶

Photo credit: Bob Madden, Jacklin Photography

Today members of the A*O staff took a break for lunch with Interim Executive Director Barbara Randolph as she returns to...
04/17/2024

Today members of the A*O staff took a break for lunch with Interim Executive Director Barbara Randolph as she returns to her work in social justice and elections. She has another two weeks in the office but it sure was fun to celebrate her many months of tireless work on behalf of A*O patrons, supporters and donors. 🫶 During her tenure, the A*O staff, board, and musicians have done many wonderful things for the entire A*O family and the community.

Thank you Brandon and the Evelyn's Annapolis team for the tasty fresh and natural menu items that satisfied pescatarians, vegetarians and lovers of lunchtime quiches!

The weekend is over but we're still celebrating 3 amazing performances with Nicky Sohn, Awadagin Pratt, and our incredib...
04/15/2024

The weekend is over but we're still celebrating 3 amazing performances with Nicky Sohn, Awadagin Pratt, and our incredible A*O musicians. Masterworks V was FIRE 🔥!

If you made it to the concert, what was your favorite moment? For us, it was all of them 😉.... but we'd love to hear from you!

Photos by volunteer photographer extraordinaire Richard Brown and A*O musicians Drew Fremder and Anastasia Pike 🙏

Thank you Mary McCauley for your great article in The Baltimore Sun about our performances this weekend, including the w...
04/12/2024

Thank you Mary McCauley for your great article in The Baltimore Sun about our performances this weekend, including the world première of composer Nicky Sohn's Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with Awadagin Pratt.

Baltimore Sun subscribers can enjoy the full article here: https://www.baltimoresun.com/2024/04/11/annapolis-symphony-climate-change/

When Nicky Sohn was 20-months-old, she picked out the melody for “Brahms Lullaby” on her battery-powered toy piano after hearing the song at day care in her native South Korea.

“My parents totally freaked out,” the petite 32-year-old said. “They got me a piano and lessons right after that.”

She progressed so rapidly that when she was 14, her five-member family emigrated to the U.S. so she could pursue professional-level musical training. But it turned out that what really fascinated the teen wasn’t the piano — it was composing new combinations of notes and chords.

“I’ve always had a lot to say,” Sohn said, laughing. “And I really like working collaboratively with other people.”

This weekend, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Sohn’s 23-minute “Symphony No. 1” a four-movement piece inspired by climate change which the Maryland group co-commissioned with the California-based Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music.

But Sohn’s world premiere is merely part of an ambitious weekend concert series that also will bring the acclaimed pianist Awadagin Pratt to Annapolis to perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano No. 4, a piece with which the pianist is closely associated. In addition, the orchestra will tackle the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s challenging, infrequently-performed “Roman Festivals.”

It’s the kind of adventurous and sophisticated line-up that music lovers might expect to find in the nation’s major concert halls, not in the multipurpose, 750-seat Maryland Hall. And it’s just one more example of the way in which the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is offering its audiences the musical equivalent of caviar on a chicken dinner budget.

For example, Pratt performed in 2022 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which has a 52-week performing season, employs 81 musicians full-time and has a budget this year of $30 million. And it’s just one more example of how the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is offering its audiences the musical equivalent of caviar on a chicken dinner budget. Its roster of 70 professional freelance musicians performs over a 9-month season on a $3 million budget.

But José-Luis Novo, the Annapolis Symphony’s music director since 2005, has acquired a formidable contact list in his decades-long international conducting career, and he’s not afraid to use it.

“Since my time as a student at Peabody [in the 1980s] I have known of the excellence of the Annapolis Symphony,” Pratt wrote in an email. “José-Luis and I were colleagues together at [North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival] for a number of years and got to know each other a bit. We are looking forward to working together.”

Pratt originally was scheduled to perform in Annapolis in May, 2020. But the concert was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it took four years to reschedule.

The pianist wrote that he thinks of Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto as “a dear old friend” that he first performed in 1992 when he burst onto the international scene by winning the Naumberg International Piano Competition.

Over the decades, Pratt wrote, he has acquired the familiarity with the concerto and “comfort level needed to continue asking questions, to probe deeper, and understand more and more layers as the personality of the piece fully unveils over time. ”

Nor is Pratt the only world-class performer on the Annapolis Symphony’s schedule this season; the Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero soloed with the symphony in September, and the legendary Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero took the stage in November.

Novo said he thinks his symphony’s reputation has “gone up quite a lot” in recent years since the musicians began performing more regularly at Strathmore in North Bethesda with its pristine acoustics. That attracted top-flight talent and generated music industry buzz.

“Once we started bringing in these high-level artists, they began talking among themselves,” Novo said, “and that creates future collaborations.”

Sohn’s commission came about through Novo’s ties to Frank, who was composer-in-residence at the Annapolis Symphony from 2011 to 2013. The Annapolis Symphony formed a partnership with Frank’s Creative Academy of Music to support emerging artists, and the two groups jointly commissioned Sohn to create a symphonic work inspired by climate change.

“It’s been really an eye-opening experience,” Sohn said. “Musicians can get so caught up in our training that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s going on in the world.”

Her symphony is inspired by memories of the deep blue sky she loved as a child — an experience she fears is being denied her younger countrymen.

“When I was growing up in South Korea, we took it for granted that we would see the blue sky every day,” she said.

“But when I went back as an adult, pollution blowing in from the coast of China meant that people rarely saw blue sky. Kids in Korea today sometimes paint the sky gray, and I think that’s sad.”

She suggested that audience members listen for a theme in the first movement performed by the celeste, which resembles a small piano. That theme will repeat in different guises throughout all four movements. And she wants listeners to ask themselves why she chose to write about such a serious topic in a way that is lively and even optimistic.

“I didn’t want to write a gloomy climate piece, which happens a lot,” Sohn said.

“My symphony ends in a way that is very positive and energetic. It is important to think about the future in a hopeful way.”

If You Go
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform “Masterworks V: Roman Festivals” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St, Annapolis and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets cost $10-$91 and can be purchased at annapolissymphony.org and strathmore.org.

We hope you're planning to attend Masterworks V: Roman Festivals with pianist Awadegin Pratt this weekend at Maryland Ha...
04/11/2024

We hope you're planning to attend Masterworks V: Roman Festivals with pianist Awadegin Pratt this weekend at Maryland Hall or Strathmore! If you'd like to take a peek at the music program, here is a link: https://issuu.com/annapolissymphonyorchestra/docs/aso2023-24_mw5_program_issuu?fr=xKAE9_zU1NQ

Our music program is made possible by our advertisers and sponsors, including Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen / Wine Bar, BayWoods of Annapolis, The Peter Evans Group of Merrill Lynch, Shore United Bank, What's Up? Media, Florence Calvert, Taylor Funeral Home of Annapolis and Dignity Memorial, The Westin Annapolis and Bay Radiology.

Don't forget to join WBJC, 91.5 FM, Maryland's Classical Music Station's Jonathan Palevsky for a free pre-concert lecture for our Maryland Hall performances on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at 6:30 PM.

Roman Festivals: Resphigi & Beethoven with pianist Awadagin Pratt Sponsored by The Evans Group of Merrill Lynch Apr 12 – 7:30 pm, Maryland Hall Apr 13 – 7:30 pm, Maryland Hall Apr 14 – 3:00 pm, Strathmore Masterworks V Program Nicky Sohn World Premiere A*O/GLFCAM Co-commission (+) van Beethove...

Thank you The Baltimore Banner and Rick Hutzell for covering the important topic of representation in the arts, specific...
04/09/2024

Thank you The Baltimore Banner and Rick Hutzell for covering the important topic of representation in the arts, specifically in Anne Arundel County.

“One of the things that orchestras get criticized very often for is that we don’t change easily and we are kind of elitist,” Novo said. “For my whole tenure with the Annapolis Symphony, I’ve been fighting that from the start.”

José-Luis Novo has brought countless performers to Annapolis, many whom are women and People of Color, including pianists Stewart Goodyear (2019), and Awadagin Pratt (2020/2024); clarinetist Anthony McGill (2009), trumpetist Byron Stripling (2019), harpist Charles Overton; sopranos Kishna Davis (2006) and Janice Chandler-Eteme (2019 & 2022), mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves (2012); baritone Kenneth Overton (2006); and Morgan State University Choir (2005).

We're proud that our artistic and programming decisions reflect who we are and what we believe. We take our mission to bring more music, to more people, in more places seriously. We're delighted and honored our patrons support these efforts.

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Annapolis is a city with a racist past. There’s just no nice way to say that. The arts, well, they are no different. The question is, what has changed?

Congratulations to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Annapolis High School Bands for winning the Instrument...
04/08/2024

Congratulations to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Annapolis High School Bands for winning the Instrumental Sweepstakes Award - the highest combined instrumental ensemble score for band and orchestra, and 2nd place overall at the WorldStrides Heritage Festival in Orlando, Florida this weekend 🤩 Total awards include earning a gold rating. The AHigh Choir earned a silver rating and finished in 2nd place! Bravo to all the musicians!!! 👏👏

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Academy have supported hundreds of young musicians in the Annapolis area since the Academy was founded. Our Orion Youth Orchestra is an elite ensemble for aspiring musicians. Many AACPS high school students are also members of Orion. We are also proud partners with Naptown Sings and Plays - their best vocalists have performed at our Holiday Pops Concerts for the past two years. Our music instructors are so proud of the hard work and dedication these students exhibit as they seek to be amongst the best! 🎼🏆

We are delighted to announce that A*O patron and supporter Paula Abernethy has been elected to the League of American Or...
04/05/2024

We are delighted to announce that A*O patron and supporter Paula Abernethy has been elected to the League of American Orchestras Volunteer Council 🌟 🌟 The election is an incredible honor and we are very excited for Paula to experience this opportunity. 👏

The League of American Orchestras is a non-profit organization, founded in 1942, with over 16,000 members, including conductors, musicians, orchestra staff, orchestras, volunteers, and business partners. The League champions the vitality of music, supports the orchestral community, and leads changes in the field.

The Volunteer Council works on a national level to promote volunteer organizations in their endeavors to raise funds and support their orchestras. Paula is immediate past-president and decades-long member of Friends of Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She is an active volunteer for the A*O and other nonprofit community organizations, and we know she will excel as an active member of the Volunteer Council.

Congratulations Paula, we'll be watching and learning from you!

📸: Rick Sullivan/ Paula Abernethy

Fun facts about Respighi's "Roman Festivals":💪 Roman Festivals requires more musicians and instruments than any other pi...
04/02/2024

Fun facts about Respighi's "Roman Festivals":

💪 Roman Festivals requires more musicians and instruments than any other piece we will perform this season. It's a logistical challenge for our production team.
“This piece is special, and its size adds to the experience,” said Miriam Fogel, Director of Artistic Operations. “Audiences will see and hear a large number of musicians on stage, which calls for extra coordination and planning. Plus, it features instruments not typically found in an orchestra, such as a mandolin, organ, and buccine (a kind of ancient brass instrument).”

📯 Musically, the piece is the longest and most demanding of Respighi’s Roman trilogy, which also includes Fountains of Rome (1916) and Pines of Rome (1924).

🇮🇹 Each movement depicts a scene of celebration in ancient and contemporary Rome, specifically gladiators battling to the death, the Christian Jubilee, a harvest and hunt festival, and a festival in the Piazza Navona.

Purchase your tickets now for Masterworks V, featuring the world première of Nicky Sohn's Symphony No. 1, Awadagin Pratt playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and Respighi's Feste Romane. April 12 & 13 at Maryland Hall and April 14 at Strathmore. Tickets at https://annapolissymphony.org/events/masterworks5/

Thank you to A*O Assistant Principal Horn Kevin Grasel and Associate Principal Horn Shane Iler for performing today at L...
03/29/2024

Thank you to A*O Assistant Principal Horn Kevin Grasel and Associate Principal Horn Shane Iler for performing today at Luminis Health/Anne Arundel Medical Center for Doctors' Day. The A*O is proud to bring our music into the community, especially to hospitals, hospice care facilities, mental wellness centers, and other places where our music can be soothing, familiar, and beautiful. This opportunity was made possible by our sponsor Murray, McGehrin & Shiery.

Please also take this opportunity to congratulate Kevin, who won his audition and joined the A*O this week! 🎉🥳🎊

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