Embracing Harmony in Nature and Society

Following September’s successful virtual launch, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro José-Luis Novo, unites works from diverse composers in one sweeping performance for their second concert of the 2020-21 Masterworks Series: “Copland Clarinet Concerto.”

The concert will be performed live for virtual viewing on October 24, embracing the poetry and music of Americans Aaron Copland and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson; Edvard Grieg of Norway; and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor of England.

The inclusion of both Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Afro-British) and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (African American) in the same program is a deliberate effort from the ASO to reflect current social and civil unrest and to spotlight the underrepresented musical culture of the African American community.

Connecting beautifully with this subject, the Clarinet Concerto by Copland brings this program to a glorious end with his masterful assimilation of the jazz idiom into the symphonic repertoire. The Symphony’s principal clarinetist, Robert DiLutis, takes center stage

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