Fall concert season opens with 'Boheme' Orchestra schedules ambitious program

September 18, 1992|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

And . . . they're back.

After a summer hiatus, the area's cultural organizations are gearing up for the 1992-1993 concert season.

Get out your calendars and begin marking dates, for it all starts soon.

The Annapolis Opera kicks off its 20th anniversary season with a champagne reception this Sunday, Sept. 20, at Clock Tower Place, 1410 Forest Drive, in Annapolis. A buffet will be provided, and the stars of the company's first production, Puccini's "La Boheme," will be on hand to entertain. The cost is $35. For reservations, call 987-3189 or 267-8135.

The opera itself will be presented Oct. 24 and 25.

The Annapolis Chorale, under the direction of Ernest Green, launches its season with the first solo performance of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Green is using the first concerts of the season to showcase his orchestra, which has assisted the Chorale in making significant strides forward over the past few seasons.

Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Gustave Holst's "St. Paul Suite" and Copland's evocative "Quiet City" constitute the first program.

The Chamber Orchestra will open the season for the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum at 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at North County High School and will present the same program in Annapolis at 3 p.m. the next day in St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Church Circle.

The Chorale, by the way, has quite a season in store for itself. It will perform Mozart's Requiem with Gisele Ben-Dor and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in November, present its annual Messiah" concerts in December, and end the season with an ascent to the musical mountain top -- Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis" -- next spring.

The mood changes considerably on Sept. 29, when the Anne Arundel Community College Concert Association presents the Tommy Dorsey Big Band at 8 p.m. at Severna Park High School. Buddy Morrow, the great trombone player, directs the band.

Have fun, all you crazy kids from the '40s.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra inaugurates Gisele Ben-Dor's first full season on the podium with a pair of concerts on Oct. 2 and 3.

William Ver Meulen, principal French horn player with the Houston Symphony, will perform the Second Horn Concerto of Mozart and the First Horn Concerto of Richard Strauss.

The concert will conclude with the "Eroica" Symphony of Beethoven.

Call 269-1132 for ticket information.

Pianist Vladimir Feltsman will open the U.S. Naval Academy's Distinguished Artist Series at the Bob Hope Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The Russian emigre came to the United States with an immense reputation.

It will be very interesting to see if the hype matches the level of artistry.

Happy listening!

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