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October 14, 1996
THE LONG GOODBYE began this month with Debussy and Rossini. In April, when Gisele Ben-Dor conducts her last Annapolis Symphony concert, she will depart with the strains of Bela Bartok and Dvorak.Mrs. Ben-Dor's six seasons in Maryland's capital have solidified the reputation of its symphony. The quality of soloists has risen dramatically. So have the technical level and discipline of the orchestra. Mrs. Ben-Dor's abilities have not gone unnoticed. Among the reasons she is leaving Annapolis are her commitments elsewhere: Santa Barbara (Calif.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 7, 2000
The musical careers of Gisele Ben-Dor and Leslie Dunner continue to dovetail in interesting ways. It was the charismatic Dunner who was hired to replace Ben-Dor after she ended her six-year tenure as conductor of the Annapolis Symphony in 1997 and went on to assume the directorship of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Both Ben-Dor and Dunner have been named "Cover Conductors" by the New York Philharmonic, which means they have been deemed talented enough to lead that venerable ensemble at a moment's notice should a previously scheduled maestro be unable to appear.
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By David Lindauer and David Lindauer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 1997
A notable era in the life of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is about to end. Concerts tomorrow and Saturday in Maryland Hall will mark the end of Gisele Ben-Dor's six-season tenure as music director.When she joined the orchestra as its music director in the 1991-1992 season, she discovered that the orchestra had great potential and set about upgrading its standards. She also sought to introduce Annapolis to new sounds, playing works unfamiliar to local audiences.The innovative repertoire that Ben-Dor brought to Annapolis departed from the standard masterpieces of the Romantic era ** and gave her listeners a new awareness of music of the 20th century and, in particular, of American composers.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 1999
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is a place for art history, ballet, basketry, Beethoven, calligraphy, ceramics, drawing, dulcimers, fiber arts, jazz, paper-making, painting, photography, pottery, print-making, sculpture, stained glass, tap and yoga. But as the venerable structure at Chase, Greenfield and Constitution streets in Annapolis celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend, it is a house full of memories, too. I am flooded with recollections of wonderful performances I have seen there.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 7, 2000
The musical careers of Gisele Ben-Dor and Leslie Dunner continue to dovetail in interesting ways. It was the charismatic Dunner who was hired to replace Ben-Dor after she ended her six-year tenure as conductor of the Annapolis Symphony in 1997 and went on to assume the directorship of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Both Ben-Dor and Dunner have been named "Cover Conductors" by the New York Philharmonic, which means they have been deemed talented enough to lead that venerable ensemble at a moment's notice should a previously scheduled maestro be unable to appear.
NEWS
January 28, 1996
An editorial in The Sun for Anne Arundel Friday should have listed the conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra as Gisele Ben-Dor. The Sun regrets the error.
FEATURES
July 22, 1991
THE ANNAPOLIS Symphony will begin its 31st season Oct. 4 with Gisele Ben-Dor conducting violinist Herbert Greenberg, concert master of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major. The program also includes Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmilla and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 in D Major ("The Reformation").The concert will repeat Oct. 5. All subscription concerts begin at 8 p.m. in Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., in Annapolis.* Nov. 8 and 9 -- Rossini's Overture to Semiramide; Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C Major with soloist Washington Barella; Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1996
Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony is a musical expedition from which many orchestras with higher pedigrees than the Annapolis Symphony have failed to return alive.So it is with admirable pluck -- if not downright chutzpah -- that an ensemble like the ASO takes a crack at Beethoven's inimitable valedictory address every few years.The offering last weekend at Maryland Hall, the first-ever led by Gisele Ben-Dor, was in some ways, distinguished, in others, not. But it certainly was worth doing and hearing.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 21, 1996
Gisele Ben-Dor, conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for the past five years, will step down at the close of the 1996-1997 season.Pointing to an overwhelming increase in her professional responsibilities and a wish to spend more time with her husband and two sons, she expressed her regret at not being able to continue with the orchestra."
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer | March 10, 1992
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra conductor Gisele Ben-Dor definitely saved her best for last.This past weekend's ambitious all-French program clearly inspired the conductor and her orchestra. They combined with a talented young pianist to bring off the most satisfying concert of Ben-Dor's initial season on the Maryland Hall podium.The concert began with the exotic "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saens' opera "Samson and Delilah" and progressed to Faure's Ballade for Piano and Orchestra and the Symphonic Variations of Cesar Franck.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 19, 1999
The recording studio continues to be a hospitable setting for the talents of Gisele Ben-Dor, whose six-year stint at the helm of the Annapolis Symphony ended in spring 1997.Ben-Dor, who maintains a bi-coastal career with the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, began her recording career auspiciously in 1995 with a well-received anthology devoted to the music of Hungarian Bela Bartok issued on the Centaur label.Her second disc, also released in 1995, was devoted to the works of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera.
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By David Lindauer and David Lindauer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 24, 1997
Gisele Ben-Dor said farewell in her own style to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Saturday night with a diverse and well-executed program.The highlight of the program was Antonin Dvorak's great cello concerto with soloist Ronald Thomas.This dramatic work began with very brisk tempos, and it was clear from the outset that Ben-Dor took a direct, no-nonsense approach to the music. With his initial entry, Thomas coaxed a sweet, singing tone from his instrument. As the work progressed, I was continually impressed by the beauty of his playing.
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By David Lindauer and David Lindauer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 1997
A notable era in the life of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is about to end. Concerts tomorrow and Saturday in Maryland Hall will mark the end of Gisele Ben-Dor's six-season tenure as music director.When she joined the orchestra as its music director in the 1991-1992 season, she discovered that the orchestra had great potential and set about upgrading its standards. She also sought to introduce Annapolis to new sounds, playing works unfamiliar to local audiences.The innovative repertoire that Ben-Dor brought to Annapolis departed from the standard masterpieces of the Romantic era ** and gave her listeners a new awareness of music of the 20th century and, in particular, of American composers.
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By Mary P. Johnson and Mary P. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 17, 1997
A professor who has taught conducting at the Eastman School of Music for the past 20 years and a 28-year-old rising star are among the four finalists to replace Gisele Ben-Dor as music director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.The finalists, who were chosen from 300 applicants, also include the assistant conductors of the Detroit and Cleveland symphony orchestras, Pat Edwards, chairwoman of the search committee, zTC said yesterday. Each will conduct a concert during the ASO's 1997-1998 season before the orchestra's board of directors makes a decision, she said.
NEWS
October 14, 1996
THE LONG GOODBYE began this month with Debussy and Rossini. In April, when Gisele Ben-Dor conducts her last Annapolis Symphony concert, she will depart with the strains of Bela Bartok and Dvorak.Mrs. Ben-Dor's six seasons in Maryland's capital have solidified the reputation of its symphony. The quality of soloists has risen dramatically. So have the technical level and discipline of the orchestra. Mrs. Ben-Dor's abilities have not gone unnoticed. Among the reasons she is leaving Annapolis are her commitments elsewhere: Santa Barbara (Calif.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | April 23, 1996
Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony is a musical expedition from which many orchestras with higher pedigrees than the Annapolis Symphony have failed to return alive.So it is with admirable pluck -- if not downright chutzpah -- that an ensemble like the ASO takes a crack at Beethoven's inimitable valedictory address every few years.The offering last weekend at Maryland Hall, the first-ever led by Gisele Ben-Dor, was in some ways, distinguished, in others, not. But it certainly was worth doing and hearing.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | December 30, 1994
Yes, dear reader, it's time once again for "The Greenies," this reviewer's yearly salute to those performances, good and bad, that have made 1994 such an action-packed year in Anne Arundel County arts.* Best Performance by an Actress: CeCe Newbrough in "Dancing at Lughnasa" at Colonial Players. I wasn't exactly thrilled with the play, a talk-fest detailing the lives of five dysfunctional sisters in Depression-wracked Ireland.But when Ms. Newbrough took the stage as the feisty, furiously loyal Maggie, I was completely drawn in by her power and energy.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 1999
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is a place for art history, ballet, basketry, Beethoven, calligraphy, ceramics, drawing, dulcimers, fiber arts, jazz, paper-making, painting, photography, pottery, print-making, sculpture, stained glass, tap and yoga. But as the venerable structure at Chase, Greenfield and Constitution streets in Annapolis celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend, it is a house full of memories, too. I am flooded with recollections of wonderful performances I have seen there.
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 21, 1996
Gisele Ben-Dor, conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra for the past five years, will step down at the close of the 1996-1997 season.Pointing to an overwhelming increase in her professional responsibilities and a wish to spend more time with her husband and two sons, she expressed her regret at not being able to continue with the orchestra."
NEWS
January 28, 1996
An editorial in The Sun for Anne Arundel Friday should have listed the conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra as Gisele Ben-Dor. The Sun regrets the error.
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