November 02, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at 8:00pm the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, performs our second classic concert of our 50th Anniversary season at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Ranging over a 200 year period, the program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, composed  in 1805;  Maurice Ravel’s orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition composed in 1874; and Gabriela Lena Frank’s La Llorona (A folklore-inspired Tone Poem for Viola and Orchestra), written in 2007.  The internationally known violist, Roberto Diaz, returns to play the ASO premiere of La Llorona.

Our Music Alive Composer-In-Residence, Gabriela Lena Frank, says, “La Llorona is inspired by a Latin American myth about a female spirit known as the ‘crying woman.’ She usually appears in times of violent crisis and often at a riverbank. This programmatic work portrays the shift as the llorona accepts her new existence.”  Ms. Frank will be on hand to meet concert goers and  provide insights into her piece during the pre-concert lecture.

A violist of international reputation, Roberto Diaz, holds the prestigious position of President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. The professor of viola at Curtis, he is also the former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Mr. Diaz has performed with world famous artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, Yo-Yo Ma and Isaac Stern.

Adult tickets start at $25 and student tickets are $10. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased through the ASO website at, by calling 410-263-0907, or by stopping by the ASO Box Office in room 204 at Maryland Hall in Annapolis, Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm.

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. Gabriela Lena Frank will join Dr. Franklin to discuss her piece.  Lectures are sponsored by Bank of America.

Season support for the ASO generously provided by Lexus, Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Maryland State Arts Council, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Anne Arundel Arts Council.

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