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Holiday Pops
December 16, 2022
Hello!

Mary McKiel

Harvard Medical School recently released commentary on the impact of gratitude. They say that feeling thankful can improve sleep, mood, and immunity. In fact, many studies prove that an attitude of gratitude is good for health and well-being. 
 
With the season of holiday cheer, grace, and gratitude upon us, it's an appropriate time to offer our sincere appreciation for the ongoing partnership between the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Opera. 
 
For many years, ASO musicians have accompanied the Opera for their full productions. Symphonies and operas across the country work similarly with each other to create mutually beneficial and economically important partnerships. Essentially, musicians from the Symphony join the Opera, providing a trained professional orchestra that is in top form for the Opera's elite singers.

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ASO Artistic Director and Conductor José-Luis Novo is thankful for the benefit to both organizations and our musicians. "Our musicians are a significant asset for the Opera to depend on. Having our professional orchestra available means the Opera can focus on auditioning singers and selecting stage personnel because they don't have to worry about the orchestra. At the same time, it allows us to employ our musicians more fully. Consequently the ASO can hire and retain the best instrumental talent in the region," he said. 
 
Artistic and Music Director of Annapolis Opera, Maestro Craig Kier, values the partnership as well. “As I continue my tenure as artistic and music director of the Annapolis Opera, I greatly appreciate and value the long history of collaboration between the ASO and AOC. One of the great benefits of our partnership is the opportunity to build long-term relationships with the fine roster of orchestral musicians from the ASO. This consistency allows both organizations to continue to reach new artistic heights. I look forward to the countless future productions that are all the more possible because of this important relationship.”
 
Playing for the Opera is very different from playing for the Symphony. Maestro Novo appreciates these differences and the advantages the partnership brings to ASO musicians. "Most of our repertoire as the ASO is symphonic, and often our Principal musicians perform as soloists in the spotlight. Playing for the Opera allows our musicians to perform the operatic repertoire wherein the music supports the singers as the principal performers. The operatic repertoire brings a degree of flexibility and spontaneity that is difficult to master with the symphonic repertoire alone. It makes them more flexible musicians and better accompanists," he said.
 
Kim Valerio, Principal Flute for the ASO, appreciates that playing for the Opera has allowed her to expand her musical horizons in ways that benefit her skills and resume. "As a principal flutist with the Symphony, it's often my job to play soloistically. When playing for the Opera, it is our job to accompany the singers and let them shine. It takes me out of my comfort zone and makes me a more versatile musician," she said. 
 
The Annapolis Arts District, the City of Annapolis, and Anne Arundel County benefit from the collaboration between the ASO and the Annapolis Opera. Kathy Swekel, General Director of the Annapolis Opera, notes that having ASO musicians support the Opera enhances the overarching quality of her organization's productions. "The musical accompaniment from the ASO elevates our performance. We're able to attract and retain high-quality performers because we're regarded as a respected cultural asset in the region," she said. 
 
The paths of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Opera are beneficially intertwined, as Jose Luis Novo put it so eloquently. We're grateful for this partnership. We're thankful that whether you join us at the ASO or the Opera, you're supporting local artists, you're supporting local organizations, and you're supporting the beauty of music. We look forward to seeing you at a performance in 2023!

With Thanks,

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Mary McKiel
Board Chair, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

The Program

Holiday Pops
December 16, 2022


Johan Strauss Jr.
Emperor Waltzes, op.437

S. Coleridge-Taylor
orch. Sydney Baynes

Christmas Overture from The Forest of Wild Thyme, Op. 74 

G. Bizet
Farandole from L’Arlésienne

G. W. Chadwick
Noël, from Symphonic Sketches

P. I. Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, op. 70


INTERMISSION
Naptown Sings and Plays


L. Anderson
A Christmas Festival

V. Herbert/arr. O. Langey
March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland

Robert Wendel
A Chanukah Overture

H. Martin & R. Blane/arr. M. Gold
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Jimmy Mavrikes, singer

M. Leontovich /arr. R. Hayman
Carol of the Bells

I. Berlin/arr. R. Bennet
White Christmas

James Beckel
A Gospel Christmas

Musician Roster

VIOLIN I

Nicholas Currie,
Acting Concertmaster

Heather Haughn,
Acting Associate Concertmaster

Wan-Chun Hu,
Acting Assistant Concertmaster

Hanbing Jia
Rachael Stockton
Susan Benac
William Wang
Abby Armbruster
Katelyn Lyons Peaden
Paula Sweterlitsch

 

VIOLIN II

Christian Tremblay,
Principal

Kristin Bakkegard,
Associate Principal

Karin Kelleher
Megan Gray
Alexandra Mikhlin
Sally Stallings Amass
Minjin Lee
Jennifer Rickar

VIOLA

Derek Smith,
Acting Principal

Katherine Zahradnik,
Acting Associate Principal

Rachel Holaday
Daphne Benichou
Sinan Wang
Ben Freedman

 

CELLO

Todd Thiel,
Principal

Dan Shomper,
Acting Associate Principal

Nicole Boguslaw
MaryAnn Perkel
Alison Bazala Kim
Catherine Mikelson

BASS

Patrick Raynard,
Acting Principal

Broc Mertz,
Acting Associate Principal

Adriane Irving
Peter Cohn

 

FLUTE

Kimberly Valerio,
Principal

Stephanie Ray
Lori Kesner

OBOE

Rick Basehore,
Acting Principal

Michael Homme

 

CLARINET

Robert DiLutis,
Principal

Brian Eldridge
Jennifer Hughson

BASSOON

Patricia Morgan,
Acting Principal

Randy Fultz

 

HORN

Alex Kovling,
Principal

Shane Iler,
Associate Principal

Steven Barzal
Anthony Valerio

TRUMPET

Christopher Sala,
Principal

Christopher Buchanan
Drew Fremder

 

TROMBONE

David Perkel,
Principal

David Sciannella
Jay Heltzer

TUBA

Jake Fewx,
Principal

 

TIMPANI

Curt Armbruster,
Principal

PERCUSSION

Robert Jenkins,
Acting Principal

Jon Bisesi
Gregory Herron

 

HARP

Madeline Jarzembak,
Acting Principal

Holiday Pops #2

PRE CONCERT:
Maryland Hall Community Room
Aries Youth Orchestra


J. Strauss Jr.
Emperor Waltzes, op. 437

S. Coleridge-Taylor, orch. S. Baynes
Christmas Overture from The Forest of Wild Thyme, op. 74

G. Bizet
Farandole from L’Arlésienne

G. W. Chadwick
Noël from Symphonic Sketches

P. I. Tchaikovsky
Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker, op. 70 


INTERMISSION


Naptown Sings and Plays

L. Anderson
A Christmas Festival

V. Herbert/arr. O. Langey
March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland

Robert Wendel
A Chanukah Overture

H. Martin & R. Blane/arr. M. Gold
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Jimmy Mavrikes, singer

M. Leontovich /arr. R. Hayman
Carol of the Bells

I. Berlin/arr. R. Bennet
White Christmas

James Beckel
A Gospel Christmas

Artist Biography
Jimmy Mavrikes
Aries Youth Orchestra

VIOLIN 1

Alexa Velasquez
Sebastian Valtchev
Kyla Kennedy
Karma Lobsang
Tania Mosely-Smith

 

VIOLIN 2

Bailey Chestnut-Sampson
Miles Toney
Jasmyne Escobar
Divyajot Jha
Nadya Jones
Lily Saul

VIOLA

Ryan Reed
Elizabeth Neumann

 

CELLO

Matthew Lindquist
Briant Patterson
Anabel Washington

Director: Heather Haughn

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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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 


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Kristin Bakkegard, Musicians’ Representative, Players Committee

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

Netanel Draiblate
Annapolis Symphony Academy Director & Founder

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Sarah Johansen
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Director of Artistic Operations

Diana Love
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Julie Nolan
Director of Education & Community Outreach
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Erica Johnson 
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Assistant Conductor, Annapolis Symphony Academy

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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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Mimi Jones +

Diane Steed

Ann and Robert Whitcomb +

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Paula Abernethy

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Rob & Patti Muir

Bob Sherer

Judith Templeton

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Mrs. Tamara and Dr. Stephan Tymkiw

George and Charlotte  West


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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

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James R. Fitzpatrick

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Patty Harris

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D. Gayle Hensley

Gretchen Herdt

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Margaret Hosmer

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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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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.


The Annapolis Symphony Academy

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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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:
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