Orion Youth Orchestra

The Annapolis Symphony Academy Orion Youth Orchestra, a high-level, tuition-free youth orchestra for advanced students, will perform a concert alongside Annapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians in a performance at Kerr Center for the Performing Arts in Annapolis on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 7:30 pm.

Maestro José-Luis Novo and Assistant Conductor Shun Yao will conduct the music program, which includes:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Overture to The Magic Flute

Sergei Prokofiev – Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet

William Grant Still – Wood Notes: Singing River & Whippoorwill Shoes

Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”: I. Adagio-Allegro molto

The Orion Youth Orchestra is “the jewel of the Annapolis Symphony Academy,” said founder of the Academy, Netanel Draiblate. “Many of these kids started playing by age five and have progressed through the stages of ensemble musical training. Their participation in the Orion Youth Orchestra is the apex of their pre-collegiate musical education.”

The students perform alongside Annapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians, who serve as mentors. “Patrons in the audience will be blown away by the caliber of the music from these young people,” said José-Luis Novo, Director of Orchestral Activities. “When the ASO musicians join the ensemble, the students rise to the occasion in a breathtaking way.” ASO musicians are among the best players in Anne Arundel County and arguably in Maryland. Draiblate, Concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, says many of the musicians are the best in the country and notes that the opportunity for students to learn from this caliber of skill and excellence is a privilege. “Our ASO musicians are kind, knowledgeable, experienced, and amazing at assisting the students in rehearsals and concerts. The side-by-side January 20th concert is a highlight for our students, and they look forward to playing next to their ASO mentors.”