Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks V: Roman Festivals

Presented by Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Dates: April 12, 2024 - April 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Location: Maryland Hall
801 Chase St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Contact: (410) 263-0907
Email: [email protected]
Contact Name: Annapolis Symphony Orchestra


Roman Festivals: Resphigi & Beethoven with pianist Awadagin Pratt

Apr 12 – 7:30 pm, Maryland Hall

Apr 13 – 7:30 pm, Maryland Hall

Apr 14 – 3:00 pm, Strathmore

Masterworks V Program

Nicky Sohn World Premiere ASO/GLFCAM Co-commission (+)

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano No. 4 in G major, op. 58, Awadagin Pratt, piano 

O. Respighi Feste Romane

We begin the performance with a world première from composer Nicky Sohn, the second instance of a co-commissioning project made possible through the partnership “Embracing 21st Century Voices” between the ASO and the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Read more about Ms. Sohn´s career and professional performances on our website.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major was his last appearance as a soloist with an orchestra. It’s been called the most admirable, singular, artistic, and complex Beethoven concerto ever, and is a favorite of concert audiences. American pianist Awadagin Pratt will join the ASO as the soloist.

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recitals and with symphony orchestras. Mr. Pratt is also a conductor and a strong advocate for music education. A favorite at college and university performing arts series, Mr. Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears. Mr. Pratt has been a frequent visitor as a performer to the White House, most notably during the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Roman Festivals is a tone poem in four movements for orchestra completed in 1928 by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. It is the last of his three-tone poems about Rome, following Fountains of Rome (1916) and Pines of Rome (1924). Each movement depicts a scene of celebration in ancient and contemporary Rome, specifically gladiators battling to the death, the Christian Jubilee, a harvest and hunt festival, and a festival in the Piazza Navona. Musically, the piece is the longest and most demanding of Respighi’s Roman trilogy.

Notably, Roman Festivals requires more musicians and instruments than any other piece being performed this season, a logistical challenge for the ASO’s production team. “This piece is special, and its size adds to the experience,” said Miram Fogel, Director of Artistic Operations. “Audiences will see and hear a large number of musicians on stage, which calls for extra coordination and planning. Plus, it features instruments not typically found in an orchestra, such as a mandolin, organ, and buccine (a kind of ancient brass instrument).”

Tickets for the Maryland Hall Concert are available on our website. Tickets for the Strathmore performance are available here.


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