Celebrate Maestro José-Luis Novo with the Best of Masterworks

Music Director José-Luis Novo and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra proudly announce the 2017-18 Masterworks season, which kicks off on Friday and Saturday, October 6-7, 2017with the Opening Night Celebrationat Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The Masterworks series provides the Annapolis region access to the greatest classical music, performed by master musicians and internationally-praised guest artists, under the baton of master conductor José-Luis Novo—all right here in our own backyard. 

At the downbeat of the baton on October 6, Maestro Novo will become the longest-serving Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony. Contemplating his 13th season with the orchestra he says: “I chose music for this Masterworks season that has been meaningful and important to me, but also music that I know will thrill and delight our loyal audiences.” 

In his much-anticipated return to Annapolis, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzmanlaunches the 2017-18 season by performing Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Gluzman, known for his “swashbuckling manner,” “lyrical flow,” and “singing tone” (Chicago Tribune), has rocketed to international prominence, becoming one of the most sought-after virtuosos of his generation. He plays the legendary 1690 ‘ex-Leopold Auer’ Stradivarius violin on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. 

The Symphony’s Opening Night Celebration, a two-part party plus concert, returns this season with dazzling international food, an open bar, and opulent surroundings for the Preludeparty at 5:30 PM. The energeticEncore party immediately after the concert features Annapolis’ own maritime-themed band the Eastport Oyster Boys.  

This season will also spotlight one of the Symphony’s most beloved musicians, principal trumpet Christopher Sala, in November. One of the world’s top classical guitarists, Manuel Barrueco, performs one of the most adored works for guitar and orchestra, Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, in March. Prizewinning cellist Julian Schwarz—who made his solo debut at age 11—makes his first Annapolis appearance with apremiereof a new work, Lowell Lieberman’s Concerto for Cello, co-commissioned by the Annapolis Symphony. The season is rounded out by a return performance ofdistinguished American pianist and recording artist, Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing Rachmaninov’s spectacular Concerto for Piano No. 2. 


October 6 – 7, 2017 at 8:00PM 
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Vadim Gluzman, violin
José-Luis Novo, conductor                                        

Dances of Galánta

Concerto for Violin No. 2                 

Symphony No. 8

November 17 – 18, 2017at 8:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Christopher Sala, trumpet
José-Luis Novo, conductor

Symphony No. 1

Concerto for Trumpet No. 1

Adagio for Strings

Symphony No. 4 “Tragic”

March 2 – 3, 2018 at 8:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Manuel Barrueco, guitar
José-Luis Novo, conductor

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 3:00PM 
The Music Center at Strathmore


Concierto de Aranjuez


Pines of Rome

April 13 – 14, 2018 at 8:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Julian Schwarzcello
José-Luis Novo, conductor

The Spiders Feast

Concerto for Cello

Symphony No. 5

May 4 – 5, 2018 at 8:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Jon Nakamatsu, piano
José-Luis Novo, conductor

La Clemenza di Tito Overture

Concerto for Piano No. 2

Symphony No. 1

In addition to the Masterworks series, the Symphony plays its annual outdoor Pops in the Park concert at Quiet Waters Park on Sunday, September 3, 2017, at 5:30PM. The concert is free and open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic suppers to enjoy. The rain date is Monday, September 4, at 5:30PM. 

September 3, 2017 at 5:30PM
(Rain date: September 4, 2017 at 5:30PM)
Quiet Waters Park

José-Luis Novo, conductor

With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals, and virtuosic trumpet sound, Byron Striplingjoins Annapolis Symphony on Friday, December 15, 2017at 8PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with Holiday Swing!Byron dazzles audiences wherever he goes and will light up the holiday season with his infectious yuletide joy and everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes. 

Holiday Pops – Holiday Swing!
December 15, 2017 at 8:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Byron Stripling, trumpet
José-Luis Novo, conductor 

Concerts for School children,the Symphony’s annual youth education outreach concert program for schoolchildren in Anne Arundel County, will be held on May 9 – 10 at 10:00AM and 11:30AM and family fun for everyone with the Family Concert on May 12, 2018 at 2:00PM. All concerts feature Magic Circle Mime Company’s production of Peter and the Wolfregarded as one of today’s premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. Performances draw children from public and private schools as well as home-schoolers.

Family Concert – Peter and the Wolf 
May 12, 2018 at 2:00PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Art

Magic Circle Mime Co.
José-Luis Novo, conductor

Masterworks tickets range from $25 to$88for adults. Student tickets are $10, and “student rush” tickets may be obtained for $5at the Symphony box office, Room 204 at Maryland Hall, one hour before performances. Group sales rates are also available. All Masterworks concerts are at 8:00PM at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, MD 21401. 

Opening Night Celebration tickets are available now. Package pricing includes concert tickets and purchases made prior to the single ticket on-sale date will receive VIP seating priority. Subscriptionsgo on-sale to the general public on July 10Single concert ticketson August 15. Tickets may be obtained online at annapolissymphony.org. All tickets may also be ordered by calling the Annapolis Symphony Box Office at 410-263-0907.