Annapolis Symphony looks to next season Schedule includes Ravel, Bartok, five soloists

April 02, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Staff Writer

With this season's final concerts set for this month, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has announced plans for its 1993-1994 season.

Conductor Gisele Ben-Dor's programming for next season, her third at the ASO helm, is intriguing, adventurous and attractive.

While the current campaign has tended toward the mainstream symphonic blockbusters -- the Fourth Symphonies of Mahler and Tchaikovsky, the "Eroica" symphony and Third Piano Concerto of Beethoven and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto -- next season's concerts will take audiences into slightly more exotic musical climes, though Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto, Beethoven's Eighth Symphony and Elgar's marvelously personal "Enigma" Variations will provide more than a touch of familiarity.

Some of the 20th century's greatest, most accessible music will be heard on the Maryland Hall stage next season. Ravel, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartok, De Falla and the gifted American Walter Piston will be represented, as well as modernists Irving Fine ("Diversions for Orchestra") and Jacob Druckman ("Prism").

Accompanying the aforementioned Beethoven Eighth in the symphonic realm will be a pair of seasonal evocations, the sun-splashed "Spring Symphony" of Robert Schumann and Tchaikovsky's First Symphony, the misty, image-laden "Winter Dreams."

Next season's concerto selections will bring a distinguished quintet of soloists to Annapolis to perform with the orchestra:

* Every pianist in the region will be clamoring for tickets next March when Paris-based Tzimon Barto joins Ms. Ben-Dor for the Rachmaninoff Third. Barto's Angel-EMI recordings have already engendered a great deal of impassioned critical comment.

* Another pianist, Peabody alumnus Paul Maillet, will play the First Prokofiev at season's end in April.

* The Dvorak Concerto is becoming standard repertoire in this age of superstar violinists seeking out new fare, and Curtis-trained Margaret Batjer will play this wonderful work in the season opener next fall.

* Loren Kitt, the distinguished principal clarinetist of the National Symphony, will play Mozart's sublime K. 622 in November.

* Suzanne Orban, the ASO's principal cellist, will make her solo debut with the orchestra next February in the sensuous A-minor of Camille Saint-Saens.

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