January 20, 2011

For Immediate Release                                                      
January 20, 2011
Contact: Katharene Snavely
Phone:  410-269-1132    

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- Listen to a new perspective on the healthcare debate at the ASO’s March concert entitled, To Good Health.  All three featured composers left an extraordinary opus of work despite their relatively short lives.  Just imagine the compositions we might have enjoyed had Mozart, Bartók and Schubert had the benefit of today’s healthcare!  Performances are March 25 and 26 at 8:00pm at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.  Music Director José-Luis Novo leads the ASO as acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, joins as guest artist.  Jeremy performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, which consistently ranks among classical music’s greatest hits.

Over the past decade, Jeremy’s career has flourished with critical acclaim for his engagements with leading orchestras and presenters nationwide.  The New York Times described his playing as “bracing, effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous.”  Jeremy’s weblog, Think Denk, attracted this observation from Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s music critic: “Besides being a brilliant musician, Denk is simply one of the most interesting writers I know.”

The ASO concert pairs the Mozart piano concerto with Béla Bartók’s Two Portraits which offers a dreamy meditation in which the solo violin soars over Debussy-like harmonies.  Listeners familiar with Bartók’s complex rhythms and dissonant harmonies will be in for a surprise.  Completing the program is Franz Schubert’s “The Great” Symphony No. 8 in C Major featuring his creative, innovative take on the Classical symphonic form.

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 Jeremy Denk, 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.