Musical treats to be presented for young and old

Annapolis: The Russian State Symphony and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present concerts.

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October 18, 2001|By Phil Greenfield | By Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Music lovers young and old will have excellent opportunities to indulge their passion next week in Annapolis.

The Russian State Symphony is coming to the Naval Academy, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is continuing its highly successful series of family concerts with a new offering.

The ASO program, geared toward children 4 and older, will be presented twice Sunday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Consider arriving early, because the popular "Meet the Instruments" demonstration will occur before each performance.

Comedian Dan Kamin, who performed with the symphony during the family concert last year, returns to guide his young audience on a tour of "The Haunted Orchestra."

Sunday's program will consist of Richard Wagner's galvanic "Ride of the Valkyries," Johann Strauss' elegant, irresistibly tuneful "Emperor Waltz," and Charles Gourd's "Funeral March of the Marionette," a melody known to many as the spooky theme song that introduced Alfred Hitchcock's television show.

Sharing the stage with the hilarious Kamin will be Patrick Reynolds, a dynamic young conductor making his ASO debut.

"It's so important for children to be exposed to great music on a continuous basis," said Pamela Chaconas, the orchestra's education director, "and we play a role in that. Our concerts can really start a child off on the right foot."

Tickets for this popular concert series are $10 for adults and $8 for students. For seat selection, call the box office at 410-263-0907 or visit the orchestra at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St. in Annapolis.

Symphonic music for more mature ears will come to the Naval Academy at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, when conductor Valery Polyansky and his Russian State Symphony take the stage at Alumni Hall under the aegis of the academy's Distinguished Artists Series.

Slavonic intensity will be in the air as Polyansky conducts two of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's greatest tone poems, "Francesca da Rimini" and the soaring "Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy."

Two of the 20th century's greatest piano concertos also are on the bill: the First Concerto of Dmitri Shostakovich, famous for its spiky flair and marvelous trumpet obbligato, and the cascading Third Concerto of Serge Prokofieff.

Valentina Lisitsa, a Russian pianist based in Dallas, will handle Prokofieff's pyrotechnics with her customary blend of grace and energy.

Denis Matsuev, the 25-year old 1998 gold medalist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, will play the Shostakovich.

For information about the Russian State Symphony concert, call the Naval Academy Music Department at 410-293-2439.

Tickets, at $27, $21.50 and $16, are available from the Naval Academy ticket office at 410-293-8499.

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