May 03, 2013

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra continues its 2012-2013 season at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, at 8 PM. Under the musical direction of Maestro José-Luis Novo, the ASO will be accompanied by acclaimed soprano, Jessica Rivera for these concerts which will feature Witold Lutoslawski’s Mala Suita (Little Suite), Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s La Centinela y la Paloma (The Keeper and the Dove), and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.

Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Jessica Rivera is established as one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists before the public today. The intelligence, dimension, and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on the great international concert and opera stages has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers and conductors.  Jessica Rivera is now in her second year of the Artist Residency Program with San Francisco Performances where she conducts workshops in classroom and community settings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area encouraging young people to open their minds to the beauty and power of music as well as to the poetry and spirit behind the art of song

Adult tickets start at $25 and student tickets are $10. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased through the ASO website at, by calling 410-263-0907, or by stopping by the ASO Box Office in room 204 at Maryland Hall in Annapolis, Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm.

Concertgoers can still purchase three-concert packages. Special student rates are also available.

All concert ticket holders are invited to attend a free and informative pre-concert lecture in the auditorium at 6:45pm before the concert. Led by British pianist and lecturer Dr. Rachel Franklin, these entertaining talks enhance the concert experience by providing historical and insightful perspectives on the music to be played. Lectures are sponsored by Bank of America.

Additional season support for the ASO generously provided by Lexus, Maryland State Arts Council, Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Anne Arundel Arts Council.

The Residency of Gabriela Lena Frank is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer.  This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions.  Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The ASCAP Foundation.