September 08, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, MD – On Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, at 8:00pm the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, opens its 50th anniversary season with a concert at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  The program includes Richard Strauss’ Don Juan, Narong Prangcharoen’s Phenomenon and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.  Following the concert, audience members are invited to a celebratory dessert reception to meet the musicians, Maestro Novo and ASO’s Composer-in-Residence, Gabriela Lena Frank. 

Says Maestro Novo, “I am honored and humbled to be at the helm of this enormously talented orchestra as we take the stage for our 50th season. I cannot think of a more fitting program for opening the season. This concert will thrill you.”

Adult tickets start at $25 and student tickets are $10.  Tickets for these concerts go on sale September 12th and 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.

Concertgoers can also purchase a variety of subscription packages from a full Lexus Classic Concert Series or flexible three or four-concert packages.  Special student rates are also available.  In honor of the 50th anniversary season, first-time subscribers receive a 50% discount on Lexus Classic Series subscriptions in section B or C.  Offer expires September 24, 2011.

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.

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.