October 18, 2010

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra honors the heritage of the Chesapeake Bay, and the future of classical music through our young musicians, with its November Classic Series concert, Side by Seaside.  The concerts will be performed at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis at 8:00 pm on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.  The National Sailing Hall of Fame will be the ASO’s community partner as it continues its Celebrating Community season of spotlighting significant themes and organizations.

In Side by Seaside, musicians from the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra will join the ASO, under the baton of Music Director José-Luis Novo, to perform Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes, and Claude Debussy's La Mer.  The UMSO, under its Director of Orchestral Activities, James Ross, is one of the nation's finest collegiate orchestras.

The seafaring and pastoral works in the program will demonstrate the importance of the Chesapeake Bay environs and the influence of the seas on composers.  Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 represents his love of nature and the peace he found when strolling through the woods and meadows of his beloved Heiligenstadt.  Benjamin Britten uses the Four Sea Interludes - Dawn, Sunday Morning, Moonlight and Storm, as a musical way to bridge acts in his opera Peter Grimes.  Claude Debussy, in commenting before the premiere of La Mer, said, "The sea has been very good to me. She has shown me all her moods."  We hope the audience will listen with fresh ears to ASO's rendering of this iconic piece of classical music.

Tickets are available 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 come for a free and informative pre-concert lecture in the auditorium at 6.45pm before the concert. Led by British pianist and musicologist 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.

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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.