Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces Pops in the Park Concerts

Press Release

For Immediate Release

July 1, 2024

Annapolis, MD (July 1, 2024) – It’s time for an Anne Arundel County end-of-summer tradition that’s open to the entire community! The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, in association with the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks and Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, presents the perfect ending to summer: two FREE outdoor concerts! Friends, family, neighbors, and the entire community are invited to join the ASO for uplifting and danceable pops tunes, patriotic songs, movie and Broadway music and contagious fun that will get everyone moving. These concerts are open to the public and completely free for music-lovers of all ages.

Concert dates are: Saturday, August 31 at 11:30 am at Downs Park in Pasadena, Maryland and Sunday, September 1 at 5:30 pm at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Maryland. A rain date at Quiet Waters Park is set for Monday, September 4, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. 

As one of the largest and oldest 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.  Annapolis Symphony Artistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo embarks on his twentieth season with the Symphony at the 2024 Labor Day weekend concerts. It’s one of his favorite events of the concert season, not least because of the families picnicking and many children exuberantly dancing in the audience. 


“The Pops in the Park concert is the Annapolis Symphony’s best chance to connect with our community at large. It is a family-friendly event (pets included) and a truly unique chance for us to showcase the Symphony to a larger and more diverse audience than usual. This concert is often the first time some folks in the community will meet the orchestra. Past concerts have resulted in love at first sight!” – José-Luis Novo


The concert draws an audience of over 3,000 each year and continues to produce and promote memorable symphonic music to an audience of all backgrounds and ages. In addition to the fun and energetic music selection performed by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra,  guests can experience the beauty and incomparable scenery of Quiet Waters Park and Downs Park. The Quiet Waters Park performance will be held on the Concert Stage in the southeast corner of the park. The Downs Park performance will be held on the pavilion on the waterfront of the park. The casual outdoor event is a relaxing and inspiring evening for all. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and snacks. Concessions from food trucks are also available. Alcohol is prohibited. 


The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is generously funded by many sponsors and partners, allowing the Annapolis Symphony to continue its music education and community outreach programs. The special Pops in the Park concert plays an important role in its mission of reaching and educating audiences of all ages. Without the generous support of the many friends of the Annapolis Symphony, free admission to this concert would not be possible. 


Major funding for the Annapolis Symphony is provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and individual donors. Pops in the Park receives special support from the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.


About the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director José-Luis Novo, comprises 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic music for audiences of all ages. The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate, and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As we celebrate our 63rd year in Annapolis, we are more intent than ever on making music matter. The non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools and various other community outreach efforts. For more information about the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, visit the website annapolissymphony.org 


The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra offers subscription packages, both for in-person and virtual viewing, as well as tickets for single in-person programs. For more information or to purchase tickets or subscriptions, visit AnnapolisSymphony.org/subscribe or contact the box office at 410-263-0907.


Media Contact: Diana Love, Director of Marketing and Communications, DLove@annapolissymphony.org  410-267-3631