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Celebrate America!
September 30 & October 1, 2022
Masterworks Series

September 30, 2022 | 8:00 pm
October 1, 2022 | 8:00 pm

José-Luis Novo, Artistic Director & Conductor
The Philip Richebourg Chair

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

Greg Jones Ellis & Nancy Krebs, actors from Classic Theatre of Maryland


El Salón México   A. Copland
(1900-1990)
Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24   S. Barber
(1910-1981)

 Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

“Zion’s Walls” from Old American Songs, Set 2   A. Copland
(1900-1990)

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

“This Little Light of Mine” from Four Negro Spirituals   H. Smith
(1925-2009)

Janice Chandler-Eteme, soprano

 

~ Intermission ~

 

Ellis Island: The Dream of America   Peter Boyer
(b.1970)

Greg Jones Ellis & Nancy Krebs, actors


Photography and video/audio recording are not permitted in the concert hall.
Thank you.

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William Seale and Margaret Pelissier
and
Jeff Harris and Joyce Pratt

Upcoming Events

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea and Philip Richebourg
Elizabeth Richebourg Rea

Elizabeth Richebourg


My father Philip Richebourg conducted his own orchestra every day of his life. Dedicated to each task at hand whether in business or in service to his community, in his life-passions as pilot, musician, archivist, my father approached all things in life as if resolute in achieving one goal, that of consistency, precision and perfect harmony. As ASO’s First Board President and for seven consecutive years, my father’s mission in the formative years was to solidify the orchestra financially and administratively with bold and creative ideas, ensuring its longevity. Today the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra has soared to the heights that my father dreamed would one day come true. I can think of no greater legacy than naming the ASO Music Director’s Chair after my father Philip Richebourg.

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea is a fine art photographer and curator. Rea’s art career began in the 1970s working for The Museum of Modern Art and Leo Castelli. Curator of numerous exhibitions of Joseph Cornell, she was also catalogue editor and research consultant for two Roy Lichtenstein Museum Retrospectives. Elizabeth is President of the Dungannon Foundation, sponsor of The Rea Award for the Short Story and Rea Visiting Writers/Lecturers series at the University of Virginia. She is active on the Peggy Guggenheim Advisory Board in Venice and is Honorary Trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Elizabeth lives in Connecticut.


Philip and Elizabeth Richebourg

Philip Richebourg

Phillip Richebourg


Philip Richebourg co-founded the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, was elected First Board President and served as Board President for seven consecutive years. His stalwart support, organizational vision and strong leadership during the ASO’s formative years helped solidify the orchestra financially and administratively, ensuring its longevity and signature as one of Maryland’s most distinguished performing arts organizations. Phil Richebourg’s commitment, dedication and passion for musical awareness leaves an indelible mark on the history of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.


Philip Richebourg


Philip Richebourg

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ASO Spotlight
Contributing writers Diana Love and Rick Hutzell

One of the best lives a human can have is a life in music


Edgar Herrera has found an unexpected but essential retreat: his spacious outdoor deck. Beyond the gentle buzz of birds and bees are the sounds of his family: one daughter is practicing the harpsichord - a recent gift from a patron. His other daughter chats quietly yet ceaselessly about Kiki, her cat. The girls are four years old twins and already as enraptured with the arts as Edgar and his wife, Luz. 

For Edgar, these sounds of domesticity, enhanced by his favorite red wine, are beautiful. And quiet. He previously worked from an apartment in Mexico City, far above the cityscape but not quite far enough to evade the sounds of horns, cars, and traffic. 

Edgar moved to the Annapolis area during the Pandemic when he accepted a job as Executive Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. The move was significant for him and his family, but in a way, it felt like coming home. "Life has a quieter pace here than in the city. It affords me more space to think and reflect on music and the things I love."

Edgar's entire life is deeply rooted in music. In fact, it's deep in his DNA. African, Spanish, and Mexican ancestors passed down musical traditions so embedded in their culture and art as to be inseparable. His great-grandfather Manuel Ponce, was one of the most influential Latin American composers and arguably the first one on the continent to synthesize European and Mexican folk music with other elements to create an original musical idiom. 

His father filled the house with music in the afternoons, playing classical music on LPs featuring the piano. His twin brother, Omar, is a concert pianist and founder of The Ponce Project (ThePonceProject.com), a non-profit committed to promoting Latin America's rich and exceptional classical music heritage.

"I grew up with music, with classical orchestral piano music," Edgar said. "It was instrumental, no pun intended, in my decision to pursue a career as a professional pianist." He left Mexico for the University of Texas at Austin. While there, he won the university concerto competition and played as a soloist with conductor Peter Bay.

A Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin were followed by a Master's in Arts Administration and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. Edgar is proud of his education, which qualifies him not only as a performance musician among the best but also as a successful entrepreneur, businessman, and now Executive Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

Edgar's tenure at the ASO thus far has been characterized by significant change. He was instrumental in helping the ASO face the repercussions and challenges brought to the ASO performance schedule and budget by the COVID pandemic. He also introduced a five-year plan with an overarching and ambitious goal: to introduce More Music to More People in More Places. Negotiating with the Music Center at Strathmore to bring the ASO's Masterworks performances to the larger venue was a start. A concert tour of Spain in July was another exciting yet complex project. A new contract with musicians that increases salaries is a significant move that will ensure the ASO brings the area's best musicians to each performance. A three-album recording project, digital performances, and a documentary will help the ASO achieve its multi-dimensional, multi-faceted expansion goals. 

Edgar sits on his deck, contemplating the challenges of promoting and selling performing arts in an entrepreneurial way. "Past assumptions about musical programming, entertainment, and marketing reflect a world that doesn't exist anymore," he says. "We're challenged by the reality that we must create and stimulate energy for both musicians and audiences in new, modern, and better ways." 

He's excited to bring contemporary technologies, experiences, and unconventional partnerships that will enhance each performance. "I want everyone who comes to our performances to be amazed. I want them to feel the music and fall in love with it like I have."

If you ask Edgar what kind of music he likes, he'll tell you plainly and simply, good music. "There is only good music or bad music," he says. For him, good music is intense, interesting, intelligent, and full of surprises. "Bad music is just noise. That's perdition". 

When Edgar, Luz, and their daughters moved from Mexico City in 2020, they settled in Crofton on the advice of people who said it was a good spot for families. "It's very different from Mexico City. It's like an American suburban city. We love it. We are amazed at how big the bugs are. Flies, bees, and crickets are much bigger than in Mexico. The trees are huge," he said. He plays with his 4-year-olds in area parks when he comes home from work. His wife takes his phone, gently telling him to step away from work. When that happens, he retreats to his leafy deck to dream, to read, and of course, to listen to good music.

 

If you want to connect with Edgar, email him at EHerrera@annapolissymphony.org.

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Our Mission

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.

With a 61-year history of artistic excellence, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is recognized as the largest and most distinguished performing arts organization in Maryland’s capital city. Under the direction of Jose-Luis Novo, the Symphony continues to rise in excellence and national reputation, performing Masterworks, Pops, Family Concerts and special events. The Symphony reaches thousands annually with its free Pops in the Park concert, joint concerts with the United States Naval Academy, accompanying the Annapolis Opera, and collaborative projects with other arts organizations and touring headliners. Additionally, we sponsor award-winning education concerts and outreach programs in community schools, sharing the joy of music-making with thousands of school children.


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2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Officers

Mary McKiel, PhD, Chair

Shelley Row, PE, CSP, Vice Chair

Jerray Slocum, Treasurer

Ann Whitcomb, Assistant Treasurer & VP-Finance

Katherine Edwards, MD, Secretary

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt, MD, Assistant Secretary


Trustees

Robert Arias
Florence Calvert
Georgianna Crosby
William Davis
Ginger From
Charles Grudzinskas
Michelle Hellstern
Deb Howe
Geraldine "Mimi" Ladd Jones
Jill Kidwell
Monique Langston, MD
Shaun Mathis
Stephen A. Sotack
Marie Treanor


Trustees Emeritus

Peter Evans
David Anthony Huggins
Joe RubinoConstance L. Scott


Ex Officio Trustees

José-Luis Novo, Artistic Director & Conductor
The Philip Richebourg Chair

Paula Abernethy, FASO Representative

Edgar Herrera, Executive Director & Chief Development Officer
Patricia Edwards Chair 


Orchestra Representative

Kristin Bakkegard, Musicians’ Representative, Players Committee

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Staff

Edgar Herrera
Executive Director & Chief Development Officer
The Patricia Edwards Chair

Netanel Draiblate
Annapolis Symphony Academy Director & Founder

Denise Rosson
Development Manager

Sarah Johansen
Director of Business Operations

Miriam Fogel
Director of Artistic Operations

Diana Love
Director of Marketing & Communications

Julie Nolan
Director of Education & Community Outreach
Grants Manager

Erica Johnson 
Senior Accountant 

Olivia Ren
Orchestra Librarian

Dave Sciannella
Operations Manager

Maya McAtee
Office & Data Manager

Shun Yao
Assistant Conductor, Annapolis Symphony Academy

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Our Generous Donors
Individual Donors

Gifts in the current fiscal year, as of October 15, 2022, to support the Orchestra’s 5-Year Strategic Vision to “play more music in more places for more people”. 

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is sustained through the continuous support of hundreds of generous patrons. The leadership of those listed on these pages (with gifts of at least $100) shows an extraordinary depth of support for the Orchestra’s music making, education programs, and community initiatives.


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Multiyear pledges support the Orchestra’s 5-Year Strategic Vision while helping to ensure a sustained level of funding. We salute those extraordinary donors who have signed pledge commitments of three years or more. These donors are recognized with this symbol next to their name: +


GIFTS OF $1 MILLION AND MORE

Marguerite Pelissier and Bill Seale

Joyce Pratt and Jeff Harris+


GIFTS OF $500,000 TO $999,000

Elizabeth Richebourg Rea+


GIFTS OF $250,000 TO $499,999

Michael Kurtz+

Laird Lott and Linda Gooden


GIFTS OF $150,000 TO $249,999

Kathleen and Robert Arias +

Jillinda Kidwell +


GIFTS OF $50,000 TO $149,000

Jane Campbell-Chambliss and Peter Chambliss +

Shelley Row +

Stephen A. Sotack +


GIFTS OF $25,000 TO $49,999

Peter and Sarah Evans +

Al and Ginger From +

Julie and Charles Grudzinkas

Mary C. McKiel

Martha and John Schwieters+

Barbara Simerl

Patricia and David Mattingly+

Peter Bungay and Joy Chambers +


GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999

Florence M. Calvert +

Deborah Howe +

David and Eleanor Huggins

Mimi Jones +

Diane Steed

Ann and Robert Whitcomb +

Laurie Berman +


GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999

Herb and Sally Abeles

Paula Abernethy

James W. Cheevers

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Edwards Jr.

William and Contance Scott +

Collot Guerard


GIFTS OF $2,500 TO $4,999

Prudence Clendenning

Marguerite and Enser Cole

Pierre and Danalee Henkart

Anne S. Potter

Doug and Karen Smith +


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Hugh Camitta & Louise Snyder

Angela Eggleston-Howard

Renee Ehler and George Bentley

Dr. Richard and Carole Falk

Anna E. Greenberg

Bob and Diane Heaney

David McGill

Rob & Patti Muir

Bob Sherer

Judith Templeton

Dr. Rodney Tomlinson and Ms. Sari Kiraly

Mrs. Tamara and Dr. Stephan Tymkiw

George and Charlotte  West


GIFTS OF $100 TO $999

Michael Alin and Ann Carroll

Linda Allen

Hugh and Deborah Houghton

Lillian Armstrong

Ms. Susan Armstrong

Adele Baron

Pat and Karen Brown

Carmen Brun

Carolyn Cassidy

Pamela and James Chaconas

Betsy and Arthur Chotin

Patrick and Nancy Clagett

Rosemary Claire

Elizabeth Colandro

B.S. Creighton

Judy Crews-Hanks and Brian Hanks

Barbara and James Cyr-Roman

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Demoyer

C. DeVore

Allison and Patrick Durbin +

Fred and Susan Eckert

Mr. Michael Eckhart

Sharon Engelhard

Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Erickson

Pauline Farmer

James R. Fitzpatrick

George Geneaux

Elizabeth Gordon-Bluntschli

Arthur Greenbaum

Valerie Gutterson

Georgina Hammond

Patty Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hecht

D. Gayle Hensley

Gretchen Herdt

David Herron

Margaret Hosmer

Dr. and Mrs. William Hunter

La-Royce Jordan

Nick Kemp and Kay Osburnsen

Norman and Doris Lerner

Ellen and Joseph Levin

Lynne Malley

Colin McIntosh & Robert Smith

Teresa McKenna

Don and Carol Nelson

David and Carol Newman

Susan Okula

Cheryl and Jim Painter

Bob and Cookie Pollock

Fred Probeck

Margret Rauh

Ken and Maureen Reightler

Constance Robinson

Paul and Joan Rosenberg

Jeffrey Scherr

Scott Schollenberger

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC

Walton Stallings

Thomas Taneyhill

Philip W. Tawes and Edwards Adams

Paula Thistle

Larry and Betty Thompson

Peter Threadgill

Laura and Jack Van Geffen

Matt Venhaus

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Cynthia Wells

Francis Wright

Bernard and Louis Wulff

David Zinnamon

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The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is funded by operating grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive, and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, which receives public support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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The Crescendo Club is back!

Donors who pledge or make gifts of $1,000 plus are invited to have a complimentary glass of wine before the concert and during the intermission.

Immediately following the concert please joinArtistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo and other patrons for a post-concert gathering.

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About Us

The Annapolis Symphony Academy is changing lives by providing a high-level musical education to students of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Music has the power to change lives. It is soulful, invigorating, challenging, emotionally charged, and immensely rewarding. It affects us all every day in virtually any situation we find ourselves in. 

Allow us to introduce you to the wonders of music and in return, introduce us to something unique about yourself. We can create a family together, a musical roof over a shared vision that our lives can be changed for the better with the power of music.


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Our model for diversity

While classical music embraces all, it is not always accessible to everyone. Studies show that only a staggering 4% of orchestral players come from a minority background in the United States*. The Academy is structured in a unique way that promotes accessibility to classical music.

Through the incredible generosity of our donors, the Academy awards up to fifty percent of its annual tuition revenue in need-based scholarships. We believe this model provides a truly diverse student body, as it merges two overlapping, yet nonidentical, concepts of equality onto one program: our students are selected for the program strictly based on merit as well as their drive to learn and become better musicians.

Half of the Annapolis Symphony Academy student body is composed of under-represented minorities in a model that emphasizes interaction and mutual respect.


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Our Faculty

NETANEL DRAIBLATE

Netanel Draiblate, Founder and Academy Director


José-Luis Novo, Director of Orchestral Activities

Julie Nolan, Program Director & Grants Manager

Heather Haughn, Chair, Strings Department

Kimberly Valerio, Chair, Woodwinds and Brass Department

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We are looking forward to meeting you and hearing you play! Audition dates and tuition information are available via the dropdown menu under the "Enrollment" tab on our website.. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at ndraiblate@annapolissymphony.org or 443-454-0609.

Other Exclusive Annapolis Symphony Academy benefits include:
  • Workshops with Annapolis Symphony Orchestra soloists, guest artists and speakers
  • Performance opportunities
  • Community service
  • Assistance with applications and auditions (summer festivals, colleges & universities)
  • Access to Annapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsals
  • Complimentary Annapolis Symphony Orchestra concert access (live or online via Symphony+)

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Memorial and Honorary Gifts

In memory of John Auer
James W. Cheevers

In memory of Catherine Reistrup
James W. Cheevers

In memory of Thea Lindauer
James W. Cheevers

In honor of Stephen Holt
Anna E. Greenberg

In memory of Silber
Susan Amsterdam

In memory of Ralph Bluntschli
Elizabeth Gordon-Bluntschli

In memory of Peggy Ertlmeier
Bob Sherer

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