September 14, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD – French virtuoso pianist Pascal Rogé will make his first appearance with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra by headlining the initial 2018-2019 Masterworks concert, “Ode to Freedom” on October 5 & 6, 2018. Music Director José-Luis Novo will lead the orchestra at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, kicking off his 14th season with the Symphony. Bookending the Masterworks concert, the elegant Opening Night Celebration will include both Prelude and Encore parties, with celebratory décor, international food, and an open bar.

The concert will open with George Gershwin’s immensely popular An American in Paris. Pascal Rogé will be featured in Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand, which was composed for pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right hand in the First World War. The performance will close with Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5.

Born in Paris, Pascal Rogé was a student of the Paris Conservatory, mentored by Julius Katchen and the great Nadia Boulanger. Winner of the Georges Enesco Festival and the Marguerite Long Piano Competition, he became an exclusive Decca recording artist at the age of seventeen. His playing is characterized by its elegance, beauty, and stylistically perfect phrasing. One of the world’s most distinguished recording artists, Rogé has won many prestigious awards, including two Gramophone Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque, and an Edison Award for his interpretations of the Ravel and Saint-Saëns concerti, along with the complete piano works of Ravel, Poulenc, Debussy, and Satie. He has performed in almost every major concert hall and with every major orchestra across the globe. Recently chairman of the Geneva Piano Competition, Rogé is dedicated to teaching masterclasses in France, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Opening Night Celebration tickets are available at or through the Box Office at 410-263-0907. Packages of concert plus party tickets are $250 per person. Individual party tickets are $125 per person, and individual concert tickets vary based on seat selection. Further inquiries can be emailed to


Friday & Saturday, October 5-6, 2018
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Prelude Party | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
“Ode to Freedom” Concert | 8 – 10 PM
Encore Party | 10 PM - Midnight


José-Luis Novo, conductor
Pascal Rogé, piano
George Gershwin, An American in Paris
Maurice Ravel, Piano Concerto in D Major for the Left Hand
Sergei Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5

The 2018-19 Masterworks season is made possible by a special collaboration with the Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz Center for Film and New Media and a generous grant from Faith Goldstein and Jesse Cunitz, as well as a partnership with the Annapolis Film Festival. The Symphony’s residency at Maryland Hall is made possible in part by a generous grant from Laird Lott and Linda Gooden.

Additional major funding for the Annapolis Symphony is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, ezStorage, M&T Bank, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

About The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Now in its 57th season, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo and features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic concerts for audiences of all ages. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools, as well as other community outreach efforts. The Annapolis Symphony’s vision is to be the best regional orchestra in the country, recognized as a jewel in the Washington-Baltimore area.