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Free Labor Day Weekend Concert at Quiet Waters

This concert is made possible in part by Severn Bank

The wildly popular Pops in the Park concert will set the tone for an exciting 2019-2020 season. In association with the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Annapolis Symphony presents “Sounds of Americana”.

This free annual Labor Day Weekend concert will take place at Quiet Waters Park on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. with a rain date of Monday, September 2, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.

Beethoven Discovers America

Renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo has prepared an exciting program of music that will hype the upcoming Masterworks Series titled “Beethoven Discovers America.”

Patrons will get a “sneak peek” at the music of Beethoven as we celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth in 1770.  This year’s Pops in the Park program is titled “Sounds of Americana.” It “will feature works by Beethoven and selections from composers on whom Beethoven had a major influence.”

“Sounds of Americana”

Beethoven has influenced American culture in no small way. America also “embraced artists from other lands, incorporating them into the American cultural mosaic,” said Novo. He added, “This year’s program will showcase and exemplify Beethoven being a ‘father figure’ in American Symphonic music with pieces from Copland and Ives as well as composers who have emigrated to the United States and became U.S. citizens, such as Rachmaninov, Bartók, and others.”

Family Fun for All at Quiet Waters

Set in the beautiful outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park, this year’s program provides an opportunity for families to come together and engage with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.  Each year, some audience members experience the Symphony for the first time. 

“One of my favorite things in this concert is witnessing how children are inspired by the music and start dancing all around. It is contagious,” said Novo.

Patrick Nugent, Executive Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, said, “We look forward to this event every year.  To see so many families enjoying our wonderful Symphony in the beautiful Quiet Waters Park setting is invigorating.”   

Generous Support Keeps Concert Free

Many generous sponsors and partners fund the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. This year’s concert is made possible in part by Severn Bank and the Music Performance Trust Fund.

Their support allows the Annapolis Symphony to continue its music education and community outreach programs. This special Pops in the Park concert plays an important role in carrying out our mission. The Symphony aims to reach and educate audiences of all ages.

Without generous support, free admission to this concert would not be possible. The concert draws an audience of over 3,000 each year. It continues to produce and promote memorable symphonic music to an audience of all backgrounds and ages in Annapolis.

Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy!

The casual outdoor event is a relaxing and inspiring evening for all. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks, with concessions also available. Alcohol is prohibited.

As one of the largest performing arts organizations in Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra looks forward to offering the special Pops in the Park event year after year.