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Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

We invite YOU to become a friend!

This dynamic group of music lovers raises funds to support the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and its outreach programs.  Events are held throughout the year and range from the traditional Concert of Tastes to Dine to Donates with local restaurants, international trips, Movie and Trivia Nights, wine tastings at vineyards, and much more.  Become part of the fun, raise funds, and meet new friends. 

It is easy to join

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$50 per person
$75 per couple

Contact information: friends@annapolissymphony.org  410-267-3646

2022-2023 FASO Board of Directors


Paula Abernethy

Dr. Ann Tran
Vice President Ways and Means

Lynn C. Maichle
Vice President Membership

Stephen A. Sotack

Carol Richards
Recording Secretary

Renee Ehler
Corresponding Secretary


Adele Baron
Thelma Blass
James W. Cheevers
Betsy E. Chotin
Kathy Clatanoff
Diane Green
Patrick M Green
Anna E. Greenberg
Julie S. Grundzinskas
Valerie Gutterson
Stephen Holt
Marilyn Lyons
Kathleen J. McInnis
Mary McKiel
Cat Marruci
Barbara Merke
Joseph (Joe) Minieri
Joan Russell
Susan Z. Sams
Rick Sullivan

The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is a 501 (c)(3) organization.  Dues and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, providing no goods or services are realized by joining.

Save the Date for a Historical Happy Hour

Join FASO for an unforgettable evening of history, historical gossip, and fun. Special guests Anna Greenberg and Jim Cheevers and moderators Carol Richards, Chris Nelson & Eric Smith will chat about Annapolis history, secrets of the past, and how Annapolis has grown and changed over the decades. Our guests have seen it all, from the start of the ASO, the change of Annapolis from a sleepy harbor town to a major tourist destination and USNA town, through every politician, political crisis and local event. Learn and laugh at our Historical Happy Hour.

This event is a FASO fundraiser.

4-6 pm, Happy Hour Refreshments

Classic Theatre of Maryland Cabaret Room
1804 West Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Tickets: FASO members – $50
General public – $60

Check payments may be made payable to “FASO” and mailed to P.O. Box 1974, Annapolis, MD 21401. If you are sending a check, please let us know at tranann369@gmail.com.

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Carol Richards, Mistress of Ceremony – Columnist, George Washington University Faculty

Chris Nelson – President of St. John’s College 1991-2017

Eric Smith – Political Cartoonist and Columnist, The Capital

About Anna Greenberg and Jim Cheevers:

Together, Jim and Anna hold more than a century worth of Annapolis history. Both are music lovers and previously served as presidents of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Both are major philanthropists, community leaders and much-loved in the City of Annapolis. The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) is honored to have these two giants on the same stage to impart their knowledge of this Navy town and share their experience through the decades with us.

“The Unstoppable Anna Greenberg” is the moniker bestowed on her by Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC). Where there is a cause to support, Anna has always been in the forefront as a leader, an organizer or a mentor.

Jim Cheevers spent 50 years at the Naval Academy Museum as historian and senior curator. During his tenure, he has collected and managed an extensive collection of art and artifacts on the Academy and its officer corps.

FASO Plans Epic Journey through the Canadian Rockies in Support of the ASO

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The Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (FASO) are excited to announce a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour the Canadian Rockies by luxury train. This spectacular trip is a fundraiser for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Travelers will enjoy eight days and seven nights viewing the magnificent scenery of the Canadian mountain landscape, dining on local gourmet cuisine, touring interesting sites, and enjoying a travel experience unlike any other. 

The trip starts in Calgary, Alberta, a wild and beautiful frontier town that is home to the famous Calgary Stampede. A private motorcoach brings guests to legendary Lake Louise, where accommodations will be at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The next destination is the gorgeous resort town of Banff and Yoho National Park. Experience magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the turquoise serene waters of Emerald Lake and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. Climb onboard Rocky Mountaineer for luxurious train travel from Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the BC Interior. Enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, across the Continental Divide, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. The trip concludes in the seaside metropolis of Vancouver, British Columbia. 

This trip benefits the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, one of the largest performing arts organizations in Anne Arundel County. The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to inspire, educate and enrich lives near and far by creating extraordinary musical experiences with uncompromising artistic excellence. As the ASO celebrates 61 years in Annapolis, the organization is more intent than ever on bringing More Music, To More Places, For More People across the region.

For more information, contact Paula Abernethy at Paula.Abernethy@gmail.com or Ann Tran at tranann369@gmail.com