Entertainment – Eye On Annapolis http://www.eyeonannapolis.net ...it's about the quality of life! Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:05:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Smooth sounds from Blackwall Hitchhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/29/smooth-sounds-from-blackwall-hitch/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/29/smooth-sounds-from-blackwall-hitch/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:09:46 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=110378 Blackwall Hitch MusicCatch the energy of the local music scene at Blackwall Hitch in August. The Blackwall stage lights up with the hottest local bands four nights a week plus a jazz brunch on Sunday. There is never a cover charge. Come in for great food and drink and soak up the sounds.

WednesdayAugust 3 Short Cut Sunny @ 7pm

ThursdayAugust 4 Orlando Phillips @ 7pm

FridayAugust 5 Dana B (Happy Hour 4-7 pm) / Sly 45 @ 9:30 pm

SaturdayAugust 6 Billy Walton Band @ 9:30pm

SundayAugust 7 Unified Jazz Ensemble @ 10am

WednesdayAugust 10 Fran Scuderi @ 7pm

ThursdayAugust 11 Shane Gamble @ 7pm

FridayAugust 12 Dana B (Happy Hour 4-7) John Nichols Band @ 9:30pm

SaturdayAugust 13 Top Dead Center @ 9:30pm

SundayAugust 14 BSQ Jazz Quartet @ 10am

WednesdayAugust 17 Jocelyn Faro @ 7pm

ThursdayAugust 18 Kieran Lally @ 7pm

FridayAugust 19 Dana B (Happy Hour 4-7) / Higher Hands @ 9:30 pm

SaturdayAugust 20 Love Betty @ 9:30pm

SundayAugust 21 Sly 45 Trio @ 10am

WednesdayAugust 24 Levi Stephens @ 7pm

ThursdayAugust 25 Kajun Kelly @ 7pm

FridayAugust 26 Dana B (Happy Hour 4-7) / Danny Burns @ 9:30 pm

SaturdayAugust 27 Late Saints @ 9:30pm

SundayAugust 28 Unified Jazz Ensemble @ 10am

WednesdayAugust 31 Ciaran Quinn @ 7pm

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Cirque du Soleil’s “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” showing at Tysons Galleriahttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/28/cirque-du-soleils-kurios-cabinet-of-curiosities-showing-at-tysons-galleria/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/28/cirque-du-soleils-kurios-cabinet-of-curiosities-showing-at-tysons-galleria/#respond Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:02:22 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=110293 This weekend the amazing Cirque Du Soleil and it’s famous Grand Chapiteau (big top) returned to the D.M.V. area for its 35th production “Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities”. With the new MGM Casino taking over much of the National Harbor real estate,  Cirque has found a new home for it’s bright blue and yellow big top located just next to Tyson’s Galleria  and walking distance from the new Silver line Metro station. 

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  Kurios is the 6th Cirque Du Soleil show I’ve had the pleasure of attending and has quickly become my new favorite. Kurios will not disappoint the faithful Cirque fans and is a perfect introductory show for new attendees.  The steam-punk themed costumes and set design are some of the most detailed and elaborate I’ve seen from a touring production. The music and vocals, which are performed live every show were a perfect fit and, of course, the talent that brings all 13 acts together is nothing short of amazing.

 The 2 hours 10min( 25-minute intermission) show ranges from aerial acrobatics, contortionists, acro-net and of course it wouldn’t be complete without the oddities of an invisible circus. Cirque has Performing Artists from close to 50 different Countries but I   was surprised to learn Ryan Shinji Murray, who is an  AcroNet performer and makes a number of appearances during the show, is a Maryland native from the Montgomery County area.

The show is a perfect date night or family friendly retreat from this heat as the 2,600 big top is fully air conditioned.“Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities” plays through September 18, 2016 under the  Big Top at Tysons II, 8025 Galleria Dr., Washington, Virginia 22102.

Tickets are available online. For booking assistance call (877) 924-7783.

KURIOS – Cabinet of curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities. 

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Ellis Paul and Dan Navarro at Rams Head On Stage next month!http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/21/110118/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/21/110118/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:25:13 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=110118 Ellis PaulEllis Paul is performing with Dan Navarro at Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis on Saturday, August 20th!

“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” – The New York Times 

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences. 

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love… intimate, passionate and enduring.

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
July 29The Morrison Brothers Band
July 30Rita Rudner (5:30pm Show)
July 30Rita Rudner (8:30pm Show)
July 31Rich Robinson
August 1Samantha Fish
August 2The Jelly Jam feat. Ty Tabor (King’s X), John Myung (Dream Theater) & Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)

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Southside Johnny, Jackie Green, and Allen Stone coming to Rams Head On Stagehttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/15/southside-johnny-jackie-green-and-allen-stone-coming-to-rams-head-on-stage/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/15/southside-johnny-jackie-green-and-allen-stone-coming-to-rams-head-on-stage/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:26 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=109851
You can purchase tickets online or at the box office.


Anais Mitchell

Tuesday, September 20

8pm | $20


Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls) & Chely Wright

Thursday, September 29

8pm | $27.50


Allen Stone

Tuesday, October 18

6:30pm & 9:30pm| $30


Jackie Greene

Friday, October 28

8pm | $25


Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Thursday & Friday, December 15 & 16

8pm | $57.50


07/12 Tinsley Ellis

07/13 + 14 The Temptations

07/15 “Sing For Your Life!”: A Hilarious, Unexpected, Interactive, Live, Comedy, Whodunnit

07/16 Jenn Grinels w. Jesse Ruben

07/17 Jena Irene Asciutto of American Idol Season 13

07/17 The Nighthawks w. Dean Rosenthal

07/18 + 19 Indigo Girls w. Great Caesar

07/20 The Everly Brothers Experience

07/20 Rams Head Presents Colin Hay at St. Johns

07/21 Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

07/22 Terri Clark

07/23 Koa *All Ages Matinee

07/23 The Capitol Steps

07/24 A Muscle Shoals Revue w. The Amy Black Band *All Ages Matinee

07/24 Graham Nash

07/25 Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses

07/26 Justin Townes Earle w. Danny Burns

07/27 The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

07/28 Butch Trucks & The Freight Train featuring Berry Oakley Jr., Damon Fowler, Bruce Katz, Heather Gillis

07/29 The Morrison Brothers w. Brandon Whyde

07/30 Rita Rudner

07/31 Rich Robinson w. Bonnie Bishop

08/01 Samantha Fish

08/02 The Jelly Jam feat. Ty Tabor (King’s X), John Myung (Dream Theater) & Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)

08/03 Shooter Jennings

08/04 Marcia Ball

08/05 Pat McGee Band w. Ken Yates

08/06 Here’s To The Night 90s Tribute

08/07 Lorrie Morgan

08/08 Kandace Springs

08/09 Glenn Hughes w. Joanne Shaw Taylor

08/10 Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad

08/11 Jim Breuer

08/12 Maxi Priest

08/13 Rik Emmett of Triumph

08/14 Bobby Caldwell

08/15 + 16 Donavon Frankenreiter

08/17 Paul Reed Smith Band

08/18 Iris DeMent

08/19 Noche Latina II featuring Patrick Alban to benefit Centro de Ayuda

08/20 Dan Navarro & Ellis Paul *All Ages Matinee

08/20 “Rock My Soul” featuring The Fairfield Four & The McCrary Sisters

08/21 Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

08/22 Ani DiFranco w. Chastity Brown

08/23 + 24 The Bangles

08/25 Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

08/26 Kim Waters

08/27 Jessimae Peluso


08/30 Rusted Root

08/30 Rams Head Presents Al Di Meola at Maryland Hall

08/31 PigPen Theater Co. w. Morningsiders

09/01 Jon Cleary Band

09/02 Courtlyn Carr

09/04 Dick Dale

09/08 Grainger & Pockets

09/09 Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown: 50th Anniversary Tour

09/10 Hal Ketchum

09/11 The Kingston Trio

09/14 Edwin McCain

09/15 Coco Montoya & Popa Chubby

09/16 The Reagan Years: America’s Premiere 80s Tribute Band

09/18 Matthew Sweet

09/20 Anais Mitchell

09/21 Gordon Lightfoot

09/22 + 23 Here Come The Mummies

09/24 + 25 The Bacon Brothers

09/26 Wishbone Ash

09/27 Sara Watkins

09/29 Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls) & Chely Wright

09/30 Judith Hill

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
July 29The Morrison Brothers Band
July 30Rita Rudner (5:30pm Show)
July 30Rita Rudner (8:30pm Show)
July 31Rich Robinson
August 1Samantha Fish
August 2The Jelly Jam feat. Ty Tabor (King’s X), John Myung (Dream Theater) & Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs)

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Maryland Hall to host The Aeolus Quartethttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/15/maryland-hall-to-host-the-aeolus-quartet/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/15/maryland-hall-to-host-the-aeolus-quartet/#respond Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:03:27 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=109848 Aeolus QuartetThe Aeolus string quartet will perform at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday, August 14 at 4 pm in the Main Theater. Tickets are $21 and $16 for Maryland Hall members and students and can be purchased by visiting www.marylandhall.org. Praised by the Baltimore Sun for combining “smoothly meshed technique with a sense of spontaneity and discovery,” the Aeolus Quartet is committed to presenting time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works to widely diverse audiences with equal freshness, dedication, and fervor.

Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. They were the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School, and they currently make their home in New York City. Since its inception, the all-American quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and performed across the globe with showings “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Dallas Morning News). Austin-American Statesman writes, “The Aeolus Quartet is a powerful and thoughtful group of young musicians who are plotting an ascending course…this vibrant group shows great promise.”

The Aeolus Quartet were Grand Prizewinners of the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in New England. The 16th Annual Austin Critics’ Table named the Aeolus Quartet their 2010-2011 “Best Ensemble.” The Aeolus Quartet has released two critically acclaimed albums of classical and contemporary works through the Longhorn/Naxos label.

The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, Renwick Gallery, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Additional support comes from sponsors including: The Helena Foundation, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo, RPH Architecture, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Towne Transport, Manis Canning & Associates, Annapolis Hyundai, BB&T, Black Turtle Services, Kure, RBC Wealth Management, The RC Group, Double Tree Annapolis, Maryland Eye Associates and Ziger/Snead.

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or visit www.marylandhall.org. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 5 pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.

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Baysox ready to rock with Rocknoceroshttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/10/baysox-ready-to-rock-with-rocknoceros-2/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/10/baysox-ready-to-rock-with-rocknoceros-2/#respond Sun, 10 Jul 2016 15:09:15 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=109510 RocknocerosThe Bowie Baysox announce Superhero Night with a special pregame concert by Northern Virginia’s premier power-trio for children, Rocknoceros, on Saturday, July 16, as the team takes on the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6:35 p.m. Get to the stadium early to enjoy kids band Rocknoceros in concert and meet your favorite superheroes during the game. There will also be a superhero cape giveaway for the first 500 kids, presented by Anne Arundel Medical Center. 

During Superhero Night, fans will be able to meet and take pictures with all their favorite superheroes on the concourse throughout the game. Be sure to also dress up as your favorite superhero and cheer them on as they help fight crime on the field during in-game promotions. 

The fun for kids and families will begin at 3:45 p.m. when the stadium gates open for the concert. Rocknoceros is scheduled to perform beginning at 4:00 p.m. Regular stadium gates will open after the concert at 5:30 p.m. Louie’s Kids Park will be open and free from 5:00 until 5:30 for all fans who purchase tickets for the concert.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance or $17 the day of the concert and include a general admission seat ticket for the Baysox game. Tickets can be ordered by calling (301)-464-4865 or online at www.baysoxshop.com. Fans need a ticket for both the pregame concert and the baseball game for early stadium entrance. 

The 2016 Bowie Baysox season is presented by Money One Federal Credit Union. The Baysox 2016 season is underway. Don’t miss a minute of the action as the Baysox defend their 2015 Eastern League Championship. Single game tickets are now on sale at www.baysox.com.

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ASO names two new members to clarinet sectionhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/03/aso-names-two-new-members-to-clarinet-section/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/03/aso-names-two-new-members-to-clarinet-section/#respond Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:06:53 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=107979 Annapolis Symphony OrchestraAfter successful clarinet auditions on May 16, 2016 to fill two vacancies, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert DiLutis as Principal Clarinet and Brian Eldridge as Second Clarinet.  The day-long process involved applicants from all over the country. 

Robert DiLutis is currently Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland School of Music in College Park, MD.  Previously, Mr. DiLutis was Professor at the Louisiana State University, Assistant Principal and E-flat Clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and Professor of Clarinet at the Eastman School.  Making his Carnegie Hall Recital debut in 1989, Mr. DiLutis has also performed as featured soloist with the San Antonio Symphony, Baton Rouge Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic.  Recently Mr. DiLutis toured with the New York Philharmonic on its historic trip to Pyongyang, North Korea.  Mr. DiLutis is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber.  In addition to his performance career, Mr. DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed-making device used by professionals around the world. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet and Principal Clarinetist of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.  His new DVD/CD Clarinet at Maryland, is available at CDBaby.com and GumRoad.com.

Carroll County native Brian Eldridge received his Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University, where he studied music education, and clarinet with John Weigand.  Mr. Eldridge went on to receive his Master’s from University of Michigan in clarinet performance, where he studied with Fred Ormand.  Mr. Eldridge joined the US Army Field Band in 2005 and has played there since and has participated in approximately 30 concert tours around the United States.  He also enjoys playing chamber music and has played recitals in many colleges and public school clinics as well. In addition to Annapolis and the US Army Field Band, Mr. Eldridge has played with the West Virginia Symphony and the Windsor Symphony in Ontario.  Mr. Eldridge is married to a violinist and has three young children.

Audiences will be able to hear the Annapolis Symphony’s new clarinetists together for the first time at Pops in the Park when they join the orchestra for the first concert of the 2016-2017 season.  The annual Pops in the Park concert is one of the Symphony’s most popular programs.  Presented free of charge on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 5:30pm at Anne Arundel County’s Quiet Waters Park amphitheater, it is a highlight of Labor Day Weekend.  This family-friendly concert is perfect for all ages and features pops favorites and light classics performed by the entire orchestra.  In case of rain the concert will be rescheduled on Monday September 5, 2016 at 5:30pm.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director José-Luis Novo, is a fully-professional orchestra featuring approximately 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.

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Trillectro Festival returns to Merriweather on August 27th with Kid Cudihttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/02/trillectro-festival-returns-to-merriweather-on-august-27th-with-kid-cudi/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/02/trillectro-festival-returns-to-merriweather-on-august-27th-with-kid-cudi/#respond Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:29:08 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=107969 lineupBicoastal independent promotional company DC to BC has announced the 5th annual Trillectro Music Festival will return to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. on August 27. Early bird general admission and VIP tickets are on sale now through ticketfly.com and are available at the Merriweather, 9:30 Club and Lincoln Theatre during normal box office hours.

The line-up includes talents such as: Kid Cudi, Rae Sremmurd, Goldlink, Lil Uzi Vert, Esta (of Soulection), Cousin Stizz, Ari Lennox, and more. Miami’s own YesJulz returns for her third consecutive year as host. Trillectro Music Festival, presented by DC to BC, is sponsored by Pepsi brands, Mountain Dew and AMP Energy. For more information on the festival please visit trillectro.com/festival. 

Trillectro is a one-day music festival originally conceived in the nation’s capital to appeal to the evolving contemporary hip-hop and electronic music audience. The festival has grown into the East Coast’s premier boutique counter-culture festival, quickly becoming a cultural destination and electric attraction for music lovers from across the United States.

In 2015, after three years of continued growth in attendance, Trillectro founders and organizers made the strategic move to relocate the festival to Merriweather Post Pavilion, partnering with renowned independent promoters I.M.P. for the festival’s most successful edition to date. With the return to Merriweather, Trillectro celebrates its special 5th anniversary milestone year with an eclectic lineup of genre-bending, world-class and emerging talent and continues its legacy as an iconic staple of boutique American music festivals.

TRILLECTRO is a combination of “trill” (popularized by southern hip-hop legend Bun B, meaning “authentic” in hip-hop circles) and “electro” (short for “electronic”), embodying the festival’s credo. Though hip-hop and electronic music may bring to mind separate, distinct experiences, Trillectro is the sweet spot where cultures converge. The fifth annual Trillectro Music Festival continues where the historical inaugural event left off, bridging the culture gap between various music genres.

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ASO announced 2016-17 seasonhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/01/aso-announced-2016-17-season/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/07/01/aso-announced-2016-17-season/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:01:39 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=107964 Annapolis Symphony OrchestraThe Annapolis Symphony is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 season, entitled “The Triumph of Music.” The season will open on September 30 and October 1 with a celebration before and after the pair of concerts featuring superstar violinist MIDORI.

The core of the season comprises five “Masterworks” concerts, each performed twice. This season, Symphony’s 55th, is inspired by the art of Marc Chagall, in celebration of the 130th anniversary of his birth. Two of his works in particular inspired the choice of pieces: the ceiling Chagall painted at the Paris Opéra Garnier, and his murals at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, called “The Triumph of Music,” the source of the season’s title.

The Symphony is honored and delighted to welcome Midori as our opening night soloist. A brilliant virtuoso and a passionate music educator, Midori has founded several internationally-recognized programs which bring classical music education to children and youth, especially from communities with little or no access to the arts.

“This season is particularly exciting to me,” says Music Director José-Luis Novo, “not only for the outstanding level of guest artists we are bringing, but also for the fascinating creative process I have experienced by immersing myself in the inspiring artwork of Marc Chagall and his vibrant world of colors.”

“Midori exemplifies two things the Annapolis Symphony cares deeply about,” reflects Executive Director Dr. Patrick J. Nugent. “One is world-class musical excellence. The other is a commitment to enriching the lives of children and youth with the rich heritage of classical music–especially children who have little access to it. We are deeply honored that she has chosen to play with our orchestra.” 

Other soloists include James Ehnes, violin, Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, our own Fatma Daglar, principal oboist of the ASO, and pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan.

The season will feature the American premiere of a new work by Chinese composer Zhou Long, a result of José-Luis Novo’s guest conducting in Asia.

Before the opening of our Masterworks season, the public is invited to join us for the annual Pops in the Park concert at Quiet Waters Park, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at 5:30pm.

December brings the much loved Holiday Pops concert on December 16 at 8:00pm, featuring the Sultans of String, providing “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. 

The Symphony’s annual Family Concert takes place on May 13 at 2:00pm, featuring the internationally-renowned Classical Kids program Beethoven Lives Upstairs.

Regular ticket prices for Masterworks range from $20-75. Student tickets are $10 in advance, $5 for student rush (1 hour before concerts begin). Prices for the Symphony’s least expensive seats have either been reduced or held steady, in order to make concerts more accessible to wider audiences.

All Masterworks concerts and Holiday Pops take place at 8:00pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Subscribers get the best seats at the most affordable prices. Subscriptions to the five concert Masterworks Series range in price from $100 to $325 and are available by calling the Box Office at 410-263-0907 or in person at Maryland Hall Room 204. Single tickets go on-sale August 1, 2016 with prices ranging from $20 to $75 and student tickets available for $10. 

Season support for the ASO is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and a host of other corporate, foundation and individual donors. 

2016-2017 MASTERWORKS SERIES                                                                                              

OPENING NIGHT!                                                                         September 30 & October 1, 2016 at 8:00pm

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Midori, violin                               

Beethoven                                       Concerto for Violin

Berlioz                                               Romeo and Juliet: Love Scene                            

Kodály                                               Háry János


Dance Mix                                                                                        November 18 & 19, 2016 at 8:00pm

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Christopher Janwong McKiggen, piano                                                        

Dvořák                                               Scherzo Capriccioso

Zhou Long                                        Postures for Piano and Orchestra, American Premiere

Adam                                                   Giselle: Grand Pas de Deux  from Act II

Tchaikovsky                                  Swan Lake Suite


Prague, Paris, and Cologne                                                  March 3 & 4, 2017 at 8:00pm

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Fatma Daglar, oboe                                                   

Mozart                                               Symphony No. 38 “Prague”

Martinů                                             Concerto for Oboe

Mozart                                               Magic Flute Overture

Schumann                                        Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”


A Symphony of Colors                                                             March 24 & 25, 2017 at 8:00pm

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

James Ehnes, violin

March 26, 2017 at 3:00pm

                                                                                                                The Music Center at Strathmore


Beethoven                                       Fidelio Overture

Barber                                                Concerto for Violin  

Wagner                                             Prelude and Liebestod (Tristen & Isolde)

Stravinsky                                       Firebird Suite                                               


Myths, Tzars, and Musical Giants                                    May 5 & 6, 2017 at 8:00pm  

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                   Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Noah Bendix-Bagley, Violin                               

Gluck                                                   Orpheus and Euridice: Dance of the Furies

Brahms                                              Concerto for Violin in D Major                                         

Mussorgsky                                    Boris Godunov: Introduction and Polonaise                          

Prokofiev                                         Symphony No. 7          


POPS IN THE PARK                                                                     September 4, 2016 at 5:30pm

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Quiet Waters Park

The annual Pops in the Park concert is one of the Symphony’s most popular programs.  Presented free of charge on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 5:30pm at Anne Arundel County’s Quiet Waters Park amphitheater, it is a highlight of Labor Day Weekend.  This family-friendly concert is perfect for all ages and features pops favorites and light classics performed by the entire orchestra.  Food concessions will be available at the park.  Concertgoers are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic meal or snacks.  In case of rain the concert will be rescheduled on Monday September 5, 2016 at 5:30pm.  


Sultans of String – Christmas Fiesta                              December 16, 2016 at 8:00pm                          

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                    Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Celebrate the season with an adventurous musical trip around the world!

2015 JUNO Award nominees Sultans of String deliver an exuberant performance featuring originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favorites to warm your heart on a cold winter’s night. From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, this surprising and delightful holiday fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well-known gems such as a Gypsy-jazz inspired Django Christmas, a Rumba-Flamenca fueled Jingles Bells, and a Turkish twist on Greensleeves. 

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ASO FAMILY CONCERT                                                            May 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Classical Kids – Beethoven Lives Upstairs                 Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

José-Luis Novo, conductor                                                   


The critically acclaimed Classical Kids presents the world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs featuring a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle. Their subject is the “madman” who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph’s Vienna home. Through a touching correspondence dramatically underscored with the composer’s most beautiful excerpts, Christoph comes to understand the genius of Beethoven, the beauty of his music, and the torment of his deafness.


Audiences are captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master’s music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors share their anecdotes and observations based on true incidents from the composer’s life.



The Symphony will again offer free Pre-Concert Lectures by Dr. Rachel Franklin at 6:45pm prior to each Classic Series concert.  The talks feature a unique look at the repertoire to be performed at that evening’s concert.  ASO education and outreach programs also include Educational Concerts, Music Van, Adopt-A-School, Symphony Study, and Ticket to Health.



José-Luis Novo continues to instill a new artistic vision and leaves his personal imprint with the ASO and its growing audience.  His continuous drive for excellence, innovative programming, and collaborations with some of today’s most respected guest artists have resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, enthusiastic reviews and a palpable sense of excitement.  Highlights of Maestro Novo’s tenure include a 2006 debut concert appearance at Strathmore Hall, a performance with the world-renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a 2008 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, and the launching of the ASO’s first professionally produced CD commemorating the 300th anniversary of the signing of Annapolis’ Royal Charter. 


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JD & The Straight Shot and Joe Walsh coming to Pier Six inhttp://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/06/30/jd-the-straight-shot-and-joe-walsh-coming-to-pier-six-in/ http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2016/06/30/jd-the-straight-shot-and-joe-walsh-coming-to-pier-six-in/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:36:12 +0000 http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/?p=107955 JD picOn the heels of their Spring tour with Jewel, JD & The Straight Shot are set to tour alongside music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh on his solo Walsh Toor kicking off on July 16th in Cincinnati, OH. JD & The Straight Shot – vocalist/guitarist Jim Dolan whose voice the New York Post calls “reminiscent of Tom Waits and Randy Newman,” guitarist/vocalist Marc Copely (B.B. King, Rosanne Cash), bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton) along with touring musicians guitarist JJ Appelton (David Bowie, Darius Rucker), violinist Mary Jo Stillip (Adele, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sigur Ros), vocalist/guitarist Erin McCarley (Don Henley) – are hitting the road in support of their fifth collection, the all-acoustic album Ballyhoo! released on January 15th.

Produced by Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert), Ballyhoo! Is steeped in the quiet fire of blues and roots music. The eleven lush tracks were written by Dolan, Copely and House along with violinist Erin Slaver (Rod Stewart, Trace Adkins, Martina McBride) and guitarist Aidan Dolan, with additional contributions by Chris Carmack (who plays Will Lexington on TV’s Nashville) and Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman).

Neo Music Scene raves, “Ballyhoo! is a refreshing record that gets back to the roots of great American music,” I’m Music Magazine gushes the album is “A tasty slice of Americana music at its finest along with the great art of storytelling,” while The El Vee enthuses, “JD & the Straight Shot mix blues, folk, and Americana styles into a timeless American music sound of their own.”

From the swamp groove of “Better Find A Church” (http://bit.ly/1NYzcrb) to the harmony-filled cover song “Nature’s Way,” the beauty and songcraft of Ballyhoo! shines bright. Slide blues album opener “Empty” tells the story of hitting rock bottom and climbing back up, while “Here He Comes” pays homage to the genius of Johnny Cash, “Glide” (http://bit.ly/1Uba9Gz) reflects on the pureness of childhood joy, and closing ballad “I’ll See You Again” offers a hopeful eulogy.

Joe Walsh’s storied history includes the Eagles, James Gang and boasts a wildly successful solo career. He produced JD & The Straight Shot’s 2014 album Where I’ve Been, so it’s a thrill for the band to reunite with the guitar great on the Walsh Toor. Prior to the Joe Walsh tour, JD & The Straight Shot are set to open for Don Henley on a run of dates on his European tour. New England Music News says, “Awesome is the word” for JD & The Straight Shot’s live show and Encore Magazine guarantees you’ll have a “Foot-stompin’ good time!”

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