British pianist Michael Roll returns to the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra after his 2012 debut, in the next set of Lexus Classic Series concerts at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8pm. Music Director José-Luis Novo will conduct the orchestra and Mr. Roll in Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. The concert will also feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Charles Ives’ The Unanswered Question and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major.
On winning the inaugural Leeds International Piano Competition in 1963 at the age of 17, the Sunday Times declared, “No country can be expected to produce many talents of this order.”
Michael Roll’s success at Leeds led to appearances worldwide, working with conductors such as Boulez, Boult, Giulini, Haitink, Masur, Previn, Sawallisch, Sanderling and more recently Gergiev and Steinberg. Orchestras have included the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus and Boston Symphony orchestras, with whom Michael made his American debut in 1974 with Sir Colin Davis. International festivals have included Vienna, Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aldeburgh, where he performed together with Benjamin Britten. He has also appeared on sixteen occasions at the Promenade concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Roll’s most recent engagements included the Budapest Philharmonic, conducted by Pinchas Steinberg and a return to the London Philharmonic, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada among others. Furthermore, he appeared in Wigmore Hall’s London Pianoforte Series in January 2016. Next debuts include the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Taiwan Philharmonic National Symphony Orchestra.
Concert tickets range in price from $38 to $68, and $10 for students. Subject to availability, student rush tickets are available one hour before the performance for $5. Tickets are available online at www.annapolissymphony.org, by calling the Annapolis Symphony Box Office at 410-263-0907 or by visiting the office in Room 204 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm.
All ticket holders are invited to attend a free lecture before the concert in the auditorium at 6:45pm by British pianist and lecturer Dr. Rachel Franklin. These entertaining and informative talks enhance the concert experience by providing historical and insightful perspectives on the repertoire.
Funding for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, ezStorage, Baltimore / Annapolis Lexus Dealers, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
This concert is made possible in part by a generous grant from M&T Bank and Wilmington Trust.
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic music for audiences of all ages. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools and various other community outreach efforts.