August 01, 2010

For Immediate Release                                                              
August 2010
Contact:  Bill Martin
Phone:  410-269-1132

On Friday and Saturday, October 1 and 2, at 8:00 p.m. the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director José-Luis Novo will jump start the 2010-2011 Season with a salute to all those of Hispanic Heritage. A native of Valladolid, Spain, Maestro Novo says, “I have chosen these pieces as a token that illustrates the incredible variety and richness of Latin American music, with brilliant samples of movie music, dance-inspired scores, exotic use of instruments, and how the Hispanic culture has inspired both living and seasoned composers: In short, a feast for the senses.”

The musical journey transports the audience, via a suite from the film score by Silvestre Revueltas, from the impoverished fishing village featured in the 1935 film Redes (Nets) to the top of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. Guest Artist, Daniel Binelli, plays Piazzolla’s Aconcagua, a Concerto for Bandoneón. 

After pausing for the audience to catch its breath, the orchestra will play Three Latin American Dances from Gabriela Frank which includes Jungle Jaunt, Highland Harawi, and The Mestizo Waltz, then George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture. Originally entitled Rumba, it was a result of a two-week holiday which Gershwin took in Havana, Cuba in 1932. This ASO Hispanic journey ends with the Estancia Suite, four dances from the ballet by Alberto Ginastera.  Friends of the ASO may like to know that past Music Director, Gisele Ben-Dor, recorded this last piece in 1997 with the London Symphony Orchestra.

The guest artist, “internationally renowned” Daniel Binelli, is a “master of the bandoneón. He is a seasoned composer and experienced arranger specialized in all styles of tango.  Binelli is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent and torchbearer of the music of Astor Piazzolla. In 1989, Binelli joined Astor Piazzolla´s New Tango Sextet, touring internationally.”

The bandoneón is not a familiar instrument to many. It is a type of concertina particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay that plays an essential role in the orquesta tipica, the tango orchestra. It was brought by German sailors and Italian seasonal workers and emigrants to Argentina in the late 19th century, where it was incorporated into local music, such as tango.

Following the concert, audience members are invited to come down to the Tango Club in Maryland Hall to enjoy some Spanish hospitality. Daniel Binelli will play a couple of short pieces and dancers from the Ballet Theatre of Maryland will demonstrate the tango and then instruct some willing members of the audience. The Tango Club is open and free to all those who purchase tickets to these concerts.

Tickets are available from $25 with student tickets available for just $10.  Tickets for these concerts go on sale August 30.  They can be purchased through the ASO website at, by calling 410-263-0907, or by stopping by the ASO Box Office at Maryland Hall in Annapolis.

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.