Pianist William Wolfram joins the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) for the first concerts of the 2015-2016 season, October 2 and 3. Entitled “Opening Night!”, Music Director José-Luis Novo will lead the orchestra’s first performance of the season at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts under the now fully renovated acoustic shell.
October’s Lexus Classic Series concerts will begin at 8:00PM and be preceded at 5:30pm each evening by a gala Opening Night Celebration. Tickets for the concert and the party are sold separately and are currently on sale online at www.annapolissymphony.org, by calling 410-263-0907 or in person at the ASO’s office 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
ASO’s Opening Night concert program includes Richard Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, Jean Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter, Manuel de Falla’s Interlude & Dance from La Vida Breve and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety” featuring pianist William Wolfram.
American pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Wolfram has appeared with many of the greatest orchestras of the world and has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is also equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist and chamber musician.
The ASO’s second annual Opening Night Celebration consists of a pre-concert cocktail party and a post-concert champagne reception under a festively decorated tent in front of Maryland Hall. Patrons will enter on a red carpet to enjoy bountiful gourmet hors d’oeuvres including an oyster bar. Guests will also enjoy a liquor infused tea-bar courtesy of Capital Teas and a celebration-themed signature cocktail by Lexus.
The party will begin at 5:30PM, on both Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3. A trumpet fanfare will call the audience into the concert hall at 8:00PM for a program titled “Opening Night!” Following the concert, guests will return to a lounge-style reception to enjoy champagne, tea cocktails, desserts, and the opportunity to mingle with Maestro Novo, William Wolfram, and members of the orchestra.
In addition to the Baltimore/Annapolis Lexus Dealers, corporate sponsors for the Opening Night Celebration include: M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust, 1 North Wealth Services, Fidelity Investments, Loews Annapolis Hotel, Kagan Law Group, Zachary’s Jewelers, Crusader Yacht Sales and Rockwell Collins.
Guests may choose to attend either Friday or Saturday night, and concert tickets must be purchased separately. Attire for the evening is “black tie optional.” Event tickets are $150 per person ($175 on or after September 19). Concert tickets range in price from $38 and $13 per seat for students. Tickets are available online at www.annapolissymphony.org, by calling the ASO at 410-263-0907 or by visiting the office in Room 204 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.