Annapolis Symphony's conductor returns to parks for two concerts

Dunner relishes music in the informal settings

September 02, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Maestro Leslie B. Dunner will conduct the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in two free holiday concerts -- Saturday at Downs Park in Pasadena and Sunday at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

The conductor revived an old Annapolis Symphony tradition of presenting free concerts in the park when he chose last year to make his debut in this informal setting.

And he will focus again this weekend on the less-critical open-air audiences with whom he establishes ready rapport.

Sartorially, he will have a way to go to top the sequined flag vest he wore at last year's park concerts, but he has promised another wardrobe surprise.

For the program, Dunner has selected a blend of light classics and music from film and theater.

Movie composer John Williams' overture for "The Cowboys" will be featured, along with other movie music and medleys from Broadway's long-running "Cats" and "Man of La Mancha."

The music of Duke Ellington also will be on the program on this 100th anniversary of his birth.

Patriotic music will include a salute to the armed forces and Sousa and Alford marches.

Last week, at a meeting at Woods Activity Center, County Executive Janet S. Owens was thanked for continuing to fund the concerts, which her predecessor John G. Gary had helped to revive. Owens expressed her commitment to the program.

Dunner also strongly supports the park music.

He said the concerts show ap- preciation to orchestra supporters and give people who have not heard the orchestra an opportunity to do so with their families.

It's "important to get out of Annapolis, where people are comfortably nestled in a small community and reach out to the larger community," Dunner said.

Quiet Waters and Downs parks have waived the vehicle entrance fee, beginning 90 minutes before the 6 p.m. starting time for the concerts.

Information: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at 410-263-0907.

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