Celebration of the sea by two Maryland orchestras

Posted on: November 11, 2010

In last Friday’s (11/5) Examiner (Washington, D.C.), Marie Gullard writes, “When the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra perform side by side Sunday, the union will represent a unique joint venture for all of the musicians involved. Under the direction of the Annapolis Symphony’s maestro, Jose-Luis Novo, the two orchestras will combine forces in a presentation of two works celebrating the importance of water in our lives. ‘Side by (Sea)Side’ showcases Benjamin Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from ‘Peter Grimes’ and Claude Debussy’s ‘La Mer.’ … ‘Both institutions can benefit from an experience like this,’ said Novo, himself a former student of UMSO director Jim Ross. ‘The Annapolis Symphony will benefit by playing next to very talented young musicians who are always full of energy and great ideas. In exchange, we offer them the expertise and experience of being involved in a professional orchestra. [We] offer them the contacts they will be needing as soon as they graduate.’ In what can be viewed as a project that celebrates community, Novo chose a subject of wide interest to all concerned—in this case it is about living and thriving so close to the Chesapeake Bay—about the awareness of protecting a mighty estuary that, over time, has become fragile.”

Posted November 11, 2010