June 06, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, May 26, 2017 – Music Director José-Luis Novo and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra proudly announce the 2017-18 Masterworks season, which kicks off on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7, 2017 with the Opening Night Celebration at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The Masterworks series provides the Annapolis region access to the greatest classical music, performed by master musicians and internationally-praised guest artists, under the baton of master conductor José-Luis Novo—all right here in our own backyard.

At the downbeat of the baton on October 6, Maestro Novo will become the longest-serving Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony. Contemplating his 13th season with the orchestra he says: “I chose music for this Masterworks season that has been meaningful and important to me, but also music that I know will thrill and delight our loyal audiences.” 

In his much-anticipated return to Annapolis, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman launches the 2017-18 season by performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Gluzman, known for his “swashbuckling manner,” “lyrical flow,” and “singing tone” (Chicago Tribune), has rocketed to international prominence, becoming one of the most sought-after virtuosos of his generation. He plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius violin on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

The Symphony’s Opening Night Celebration, a two-part gala reception, returns this season with dazzling international food, an open bar, and opulent surroundings for the Prelude party at 5:30 PM. The energetic Encore party immediately after the concert features Annapolis’ own maritime-themed band the Eastport Oyster Boys

This season will also spotlight one of the Symphony’s most beloved musicians, principal trumpet Christopher Sala, in November. One of the world’s top classical guitarists, Manuel Barrueco, performs one of the most adored works for guitar and orchestra, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, in March. Prizewinning cellist Julian Schwarz—who made his solo debut at age 11—makes his first Annapolis appearance with a premiere of a new work, Lowell Lieberman’s Concerto for Cello, co-commissioned by the Annapolis Symphony. The season is rounded out by a return performance of distinguished American pianist and recording artist, Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing Rachmaninov’s spectacular Concerto for Piano No. 2.

2017-2018 MASTERWORKS SERIES                                                                                             

OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION                     
October 6-7, 2017 at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Vadim Gluzman, violin                                          
José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                   
Kodály, Dances of Galánta
Shostakovich, Concerto for Violin No. 2                      
Dvořák, Symphony No. 8


Christopher Sala, trumpet                                     
José-Luis Novo, conductor 
November 17-18, 2017 at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
Tamberg, Concerto for Trumpet No. 1
Barber, Adagio for Strings
Schubert, Symphony No. 4 “Tragic”


Manuel Barrueco, guitar                                  
José-Luis Novo, conductor 
March 2-3, 2018 at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Music Center at Strathmore                             
Montsalvatge, Sortilegis
Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez
Debussy, Ibéria
Respighi, Pines of Rome
Julian Schwarz, cello                                                        
José-Luis Novo, conductor 
April 13-14, 2018 at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Roussel, The Spiders Feast
Liebermann, Concerto for Cello     
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
Jon Nakamatsu, piano                                                                
José-Luis Novo, conductor 
May 4-5, 2018 at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito Overture
Rachmaninov, Concerto for Piano No. 2                                       
Brahms, Symphony No. 1                          


In addition to the Masterworks series, the Symphony plays its annual outdoor Pops in the Park concert at Quiet Waters Park on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 5:30PM. The concert is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic suppers to enjoy. The rain date is Monday, September 4, at 5:30PM.

POPS IN THE PARK at Quiet Waters Park
September 3, 2017 at 5:30PM
​(Rain Date: September 4, 2017 at 5:30PM)   
José-Luis Novo, conductor ​                                                                


With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals, and virtuosic trumpet sound, Byron Stripling joins Annapolis Symphony on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with Holiday Swing! Byron dazzles audiences wherever he goes and will light up the holiday season with his infectious yuletide joy and everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes.

Holiday Pops - Holiday Swing!     
December 15, 2017 at 8:00PM                                            
Byron Stripling, trumpet                                                  
José-Luis Novo, conductor   


Concerts for Schoolchildren, the Symphony’s annual youth education outreach concert program for schoolchildren in Anne Arundel County, will be held on May 9 - 10 at 10:00AM and 11:30AM and family fun for everyone with the Family Concert on May 12, 2018 at 2:00PM. All concerts feature Magic Circle Mime Company’s production of Peter and the Wolf regarded as one of today's premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Performances draw children from public and private schools as well as home-schoolers.

Family Concert - Peter and the Wolf
May 12, 2018 at 2:00PM
Magic Circle Mime Co.                                                        
José-Luis Novo, conductor           

Masterworks tickets range from $25 to $88 for adults. Student tickets are $10, and “student rush” tickets may be obtained for $5 at the Symphony box office, Room 204 at Maryland Hall, one hour before performances. Group sales rates are also available. All Masterworks concerts are at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401.

Opening Night Celebration tickets are available now. Package pricing includes concert tickets and purchases made prior to the single ticket on-sale date will receive VIP seating priority. Subscriptions go on-sale to the general public on July 10, Single concert tickets on August 15. Tickets may be obtained online at www.annapolissymphony.org. Click “Box Office.” All tickets may also be ordered by calling the Annapolis Symphony Box Office at 410-263-0907. Inquiries may be emailed to info@annapolissymphony.org.