Annapolis Symphony’s 2010-11 season highlights social issues

Posted on: June 21, 2010

In last Sunday’s (6/13) Capital (Annapolis, Maryland), Theresa Winslow writes, “Jose-Luis Novo wants a concert to be more than just a concert. The music director and conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra wants to use his art to stir conversations about some of the major issues of the day, such as environmental health. To that end, Novo had a hand in picking an ambitious slate of shows for the 2010-2011 season. The five-show Lexus Classic series kicks off Oct. 1 and 2 with ‘Celebrating Hispanic Heritage.’ It’s a concert that comes during Hispanic Heritage Month and one that Novo, who originally hails from Spain, hopes will lead to discussions about the contributions of immigrants as well as the immigration issue itself. … The final show of the season in May highlights recycling. … Novo, who will be starting his sixth season with the ASO in the fall, said his first years with the symphony were spent getting to know the orchestra and the audience. But now that he’s more experienced, he said it’s time to look for new and interesting ways for the group to be relevant. Details haven’t been finalized yet, but one of the ideas he and others are mulling is bringing in guest speakers for the concerts.”

Posted June 21, 2010