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2019-2020 Masterworks Season

Welcome to another season of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra! I am pleased to present this year’s programming for our Masterworks series, Beethoven Discovers America.

In 2020, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth in 1770. This season celebrates both his musical achievement and his legacy—in America. Beethoven has a grip on the American popular imagination that no other classical composer has achieved. He was a revolutionary in his own day—more like a rock star than what we think of when we think of classical music. He pushed the boundaries.

That legacy of generating new, compelling classical music is alive and well, notwithstanding reports to the contrary, so this season also features work by American composers. Some of it is very familiar—but revolutionary in its own day—and some of it will be new to many in our audience. Some of it is quite timely, too. Beethoven himself was an immigrant, from Germany to Austria; Gershwin was the child of immigrants. At the end of their lives, both Rachmaninoff and Bartok became American citizens. This season celebrates the richness that the crossing of borders and boundaries brings to our musical life.

In addition to celebrating Beethoven and his musical legacy, we will be celebrating the achievements of American concert artists in all their diversity and variety. The season includes three very well-known American virtuosi, one artist who may be new to you, and one of our very own musicians. As our field continues to address its diversity challenges, we note with pride that two of our artists this season are African-American and two are women. One is a percussionist—a kind of soloist we don’t often see on stage.

It has been a pleasure selecting the rich and varied programming for your enjoyment this season.

Thank you so much for being part of the Annapolis Symphony family!

José-Luis Novo

José-Luis Novo, Music Director
The Philip Richebourg Chair

2019-2020 Masterworks Series

Masterworks 1 - Opening Night Celebration

September 27 & 28, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Beethoven, Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Gershwin, Piano Concerto in F major
Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Masterworks 2

November 8 & 9, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Lisa Pegher, percussion

Barber, Overture to The School for Scandal
Danielpour, Percussion Concerto, The Wounded Healer
Chadwick, Hobgoblin from Symphonic Sketches
Beethoven, Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

Holiday Pops

December 13, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
The Broadway Tenors

Masterworks 3

February 28 & 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

March 1, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Music Center at Strathmore
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Beethoven, Leonora Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Adam Schoenberg, Violin Concerto, Orchard in Fog
Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra

Masterworks 4

March 20 & 21, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Robert DiLutis, clarinet

Haydn, Symphony No. 104 in D major, London
Copland, Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven, Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Masterworks 5

May 1 & 2, 2020 - 8:00 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Awadagin Pratt, piano

Garrop, Pandora Undone
Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
Boyer, Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Family Concert

May 9, 2020 - 11:00 AM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Really Inventive Stuff

The Life & Times of Beethoven