Oct 28, 2015 05:52PM
● By Becca Newell
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra celebrated its first performance of the 2015-2016 season on Friday, October 2nd, and Saturday, October 3rd at its grand “Opening Night!” festivities.
Music Director José-Luis Novo led the orchestra in the fully-renovated performance theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts under the newly-installed acoustic shell. The program featured Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, Jean Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, Manuel de Falla’s Interlude & Dance from La Vida Breve, and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety,” featuring pianist William Wolfram.
The ASO’s second annual Opening Night Celebration included both a cocktail party before the concert and a champagne reception afterward. Guests enjoyed bountiful gourmet hors d’oeuvres and open bar, including a liquor infused tea-bar, courtesy of Capital Teas, and were called into the Hall for the evening’s performance by a trumpet fanfare by ASO musicians.
Following the concert, guests returned to a lounge-style reception for champagne, a Bourbon-tasting Bar by Twin Valley Distillers, sumptuous desserts, and the opportunity to mingle with Maestro Novo, William Wolfram, and members of the orchestra.
In addition to the Baltimore/Annapolis Lexus Dealers, corporate sponsors for Opening Night Celebration included M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust, 1North Wealth Services, Fidelity Investments, Loews Annapolis Hotel, Kagan Law Group, Zachary’s Jewelers, Crusader Yacht Sales and Rockwell Collins.
Proceeds from the evening will benefit the ASO’s community outreach and education programs.
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