The Annapolis Symphony Academy, an educational program of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, will present a free holiday concert on December 15 featuring musicians from the academy’s introductory, junior, and senior ensembles. The concert at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold, Maryland will include music by Samuel Barber, J.S Bach, and Peter Warlock, plus holiday tunes and Festival Gigue, a new composition by composer Ajibola Jeremy Rivers, who will be in attendance. The concert will be conducted by ASO Concertmaster Netanel Draiblate (introductory ensemble); ASO violinist Heather Haughn (junior ensemble); and Simeone Tartaglione, music director of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra and Newark (Delaware) Symphony Orchestra, will lead the senior ensemble. Founded in 2018, the Annapolis Symphony Academy offers music instruction to elementary through high school students, regardless of ability to pay, with a mission of promoting diversity in classical music. Said Netanel Draiblate, founder and director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy, “Our mission is to nurture musical talent and promote diversity, so we were thrilled to introduce our students to [Ajibola Jeremy Rivers’] amazing work and give them an opportunity to hear from the composer on building a musical career in today’s classical field.”

Posted December 9, 2019