ANNAPOLIS, MD – Music Director José-Luis Novo and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra proudly announce the 2018-19 Masterworks season, launching its Opening Night Celebration on Friday and Saturday, October 5-6 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. This season explores how great music inspires and enlivens great film.
The Masterworks series provides local audiences with a prestigious caliber of classical music performed by master musicians and internationally-praised guest artists, under the baton of a renowned conductor—all accessible right here in Annapolis. Premiering this season, the symphony will feature brief, accompanying films during three of its concerts to highlight the impact of music through movies.
Appearing with the Annapolis Symphony for the first time is French virtuoso pianist Pascal Rogé, headlining the opening night concert, “Ode to Freedom,” with Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand. Ravel composed the work for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand in the First World War. The concert will open with George Gershwin’s immensely popular An American in Paris, which inspired the film of the same name.
The Symphony’s Opening Night Celebration returns with dazzling international food, an open bar, and opulent surroundings, in two parts: the jubilant Prelude party before the concert and the enticing Encore party immediately following the performance.
The season’s second concert, “Love Stories, Oscars & Fairy Tales,” welcomes guest artist Charlie Chaplin—not in person, but in his film, The Rink, projected in the theater and accompanied by live period music.
“Moonlight & Movie Music,” the third performance in the series, is a collaboration with the Annapolis Film Festival and will include a short film chosen by Festival officials, for which Maestro Novo will select a complementary score for the Symphony to perform.
The highlight of the season, “Cosmic Depth” will feature the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club as they join the Symphony for Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, conducted by Maestro Novo, and American composer Eric Whitacre’s Deep Field, conducted by the Naval Academy’s Dr. Aaron Smith. The production will be repeated for a larger audience at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD.
The series concludes with “Fantastic Light,” a performance by local favorite Brian Ganz, piano, appearing with the Annapolis Symphony for the first time in 18 years. Ganz will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and the evening will close with Hector Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique.
2018-19 MASTERWORKS SERIES
Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Subscriptions are available for purchase now, and single tickets will go on sale August, 15 2018. Tickets to concerts and Opening Night Celebration packages can be obtained online at www.annapolissymphony.org or through the box office at 410-263-0907. Contact the box office for student and group rates. Further inquiries can be emailed to email@example.com.
The 2018-19 Masterworks season is made possible by a special collaboration with the Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz Center for Film and New Media and a generous grant from Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz, as well as a partnership with the Annapolis Film Festival.
Additional major funding for the Annapolis Symphony is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, ezStorage, M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
About The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra
Now in its 57th season, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo and features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic concerts for audiences of all ages. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools, as well as other community outreach efforts. The Annapolis Symphony’s vision is to be the best regional orchestra in the country, recognized as a jewel in the Washington-Baltimore area.