April 19, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                      
April 19, 2011
Contact: Katharene Snavely
Phone:  410-269-1132    

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The ASO’S May 6 and 7 concerts, Recycling Redefined, demonstrate the resourcefulness of some famous composers who reused existing musical material. We are hoping to demonstrate the generosity of our audience by asking them, and other patrons of Maryland Hall, to ‘recycle’ cans of food during the month of May. The items can be placed in the recycling bins strategically placed in Maryland Hall and will go to Food Link, a major distributor of food to the disadvantaged in Anne Arundel County.

Says Cathy L Holstrom Food Link’s Executive Director, “We are delighted to be the recipient of the ASO’s “Recycling” Food Drive. We truly cannot keep enough food on our shelves, it flies off into the hands of the county’s hungry residents within hours - and the need is just getting greater. Summer is a particularly critical time for us so we thank, in advance, those generous folk who contribute to the drive.”

Needed Food Link pantry items are:

  • Peanut butter & jelly
  • Canned meats and tuna
  • Rice
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Beef stew
  • Chunky soups and chili
  • Canned fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Mac & cheese
  • Saltine crackers
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Juice – canned or boxed
  • Parmalot/shelf stable milk
  • Pop Tarts
  • Cereal
  • Gravy – can be cans or mixes to go with rice and potatoes
  • Spaghettios and other canned pasta
  • Gift cards to area grocery stores to purchase milk, bread, butter and other perishables

Food Link was established in 1991 as a grassroots, nonprofit safety net for the working poor. It has become the ‘last stop’ when traditional support programs fail or turn them away. Donated goods and services are the core of their programs which support over 100 recipient agencies and charitable organizations. Since 1991, 22 million pounds of food and other essentials have been provided to members of the community.

The ASO Recycling Redefined performances are on May 6 and 7 at 8:00 pm at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.  Music Director José-Luis Novo and the ASO are paired with an exceptional guest artist. Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman will play Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on the 1690 Leopold Auer Stradivarius, for which the concerto was written.

Vadim Gluzman’s technique and sensibility harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists in the 19th century while he incorporates the energy and passion of today.  He is lauded as a player of great depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance both when appearing as a soloist and with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe.

Also featured in this last concert of the season are Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, perhaps Brahms most imaginative orchestral work, composed in 1873 as homage to his hero. Completing the program are Sergei Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. Rachmaninov’s last work, the pieces recall pre-Bolshevik Russia and contain references to his previous works and other composers.

Tickets are priced from $25 with student tickets available for just $10.  Tickets can be purchased through the ASO Box Office at 410-263-0907 or online at www.annapolissymphony.org.

All ticket holders are invited to a free and informative pre-concert lecture in the auditorium starting at 6.45pm. These entertaining talks, led by British pianist and musicologist Dr. Rachel Franklin, enhance the concert experience by providing historical and insightful perspectives on the music to be played.  Lectures are sponsored by Bank of America.

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Photos available of Vadim Gluzman, José-Luis Novo, and the ASO.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves a great art.