One of this area's most prestigious concert series begins tonight at Alumni Hall as the U.S. Naval Academy's Distinguished Artist Series begins its 1993-1994 season with a performance by the young American violinist Robert McDuffie.
Mr. McDuffie has performed as soloist with such ensembles as the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra Teatro La Scala. His recording of Leonard Bernstein's "Serenade" and William Schuman's Violin Concerto was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1990 and remains one of the most engaging recordings of American music to have been issued in recent years.
With pianist Charles Abramovich, Mr. McDuffie will play the "Spring" sonata of Beethoven, as well as works by Enesco, Stravinsky, Kreisler and Gershwin.
The second concert of the Artist Series is scheduled Nov. 14, when Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev leads the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra in a program of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and the cello concerto of Antonin Dvorak with soloist Alexander Rudin.
On Jan. 28, the National Company of the New York City Opera will present Puccini's opera, "Madame Butterfly."
Conductor John Barry Talley's Naval Academy Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony will join forces next April 10 in the season's final concert, which will feature Haydn's towering "Lord Nelson" Mass.
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