Annapolis Symphony concerts this weekend a family affair Past, present principals will be soloists

March 01, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

How else to celebrate a 35th anniversary than with your family?

That's exactly the premise behind the pair of concerts to be given this weekend by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Gisele Ben-Dor.

Tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m., six ASO principals, past and present, will be soloists in four wonderful concertos spanning 250 years of music history.

The orchestra's superb principal cellist, Suzanne Orban, takes center stage for the lovely A minor Cello Concerto of Camille Saint-Saens.

ASO fans might recall that Ms. Orban's first scheduled solo performance with the orchestra (also in the Saint-Saens piece) was canceled by ice and snow from the winter of 1994.

Truly, this weekend's appearance is long overdue.

The ASO's resident pianist, Kerri Lejeune, and principal trumpet player Ted Jones will collaborate in the fizzy Piano Concerto No. 1 of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Former ASO concertmaster Brynn Albanese, a free-lancer in Boston, where she appears frequently as a substitute with the Boston Symphony, returns to perform the Bach D minor Concerto for Two Violins with Philip Spletzer, her successor, as leader of the ASO strings.

The Bach "Double" is one of the great highlights of baroque music.

Its sinuous, sensual second movement is one of the composer's most astounding creations.

ASO percussionist Donald Spinelli rounds out the concerto program with the exciting Percussion Concerto of contemporary composer Robert Macht, of Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory.

This promises to be one of the most enjoyable concerts of the ASO season. Over the years, Ms. Ben-Dor has proved a sympathetic accompanist for concertizing strangers.

Think what she'll be inspired to do for family.

Tickets to these Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concerts may be reserved by calling 263-0907.

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