Annapolis Symphony again to play a season eclectic

May 06, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special To The Sun

In her three seasons leading the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Gisele Ben-Dor has shown herself to be an adept, eclectic concert programmer. That style continues with the symphony's 1994-'95 slate of offerings.

As in previous years, lesser-known pieces by the great masters, a smattering from the 20th century, plus an engaging touch or two of the exotic will augment the standard orchestral repertoire.

The great curio undoubtedly will be the Piano Concerto of Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, the Boston pianist who, at the urging of her physician-husband, left the concert hall in her prime and devoted most of her life to composition. She lived from 1867 to 1944.

Thanks to musicians like Virginia Eskin, a modern-day Boston pianist commited to unearthing obscure American music, Ms. Beach's music is finally starting to draw a fair amount of attention. Ms. Eskin brings Ms. Beach's work to Annapolis Oct. 7 and 8.

Next season's standard symphonic works include Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony in November, Beethoven's 4th Symphony in February, and Mahler's monumental 5th Symphony in March. Antonin Dvorak's 6th Symphony will open the season in October.

In addition to Ms. Eskin, instrumental soloists include Kenneth Pasmanick, principal bassoonist with the National Symphony. He will perform Mozart's Bassoon Concerto. Thomas Stacey, English horn player with the New York Philharmonic, will play Sibelius' haunting "Swan of Tuonela" and a Bach Oboe d'amore concerto in November.

In April, soprano Juliana Gondek and the Annapolis Chorale will join the orchestra for "A Night at the Opera."

"From Bach to Bernstein, we have selected some of the finest examples of music from the 18th century to the present for the 1994-1995 season," said Ms. Ben-Dor.

Here is the schedule for the 1994-1995 season:

Friday, Oct. 7; Saturday, Oct. 8 -- Brahms' Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 and 3, Beach's Piano Concerto, Dvorak's Symphony No. 6.

Friday, Nov. 4; Saturday, Nov. 5 -- Bach's Suite No. 2, Mozart's Bassoon Concerto, Sibelius' Valse Triste, Mozart's Symphony No. 35, "Haffner."

Friday, Feb. 11; Saturday, Feb. 12, -- Beethoven's Symphony No. 4, Bernstein's Three Episodes from "On The Town," Barber's Violin Concerto.

Friday, March 3; Saturday, March 4 -- Sibelius' "The Swan of Tuonela," Bach's Concerto for Oboe d'amore and Strings, Mahler's Symphony No. 5.

Friday, April 28; Saturday, April 29 -- A Night at the Opera: Arias and Opera Choruses by Puccini, Verdi, Strauss, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.

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