This season, the Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series will present a series of programs highlighting the symphonic repertoire, ballet, opera and choral music.
The 1995-1996 slate of performances opens Nov. 9 with the Central Ballet of China. The Russian-trained classical ballet company will perform Act III from Minkus' "Don Quixote" as choreographed by the late Rudolph Nureyev, "New Year's Sacrifice," a piece set to music composed by China's Liu Tingyu, and other shorter works.
The National Company of the New York City Opera returns to Alumni Hall Jan. 23 to perform Verdi's immortal "La Traviata."
Based on the play "La Dame aux Camelias" by Alexander Dumas (the younger), Verdi's tale of the tragic relationship shared by the courtesan Violetta and her lover Alfredo is one of the most colorful, melodic operas of them all.
One of the world's finest chamber orchestras comes to Annapolis Feb. 29. The Moscow Virtuosi have come to the fore under the direction of their violinist-conductor Vladimir Spivakov, and their appearance here promises to be one of the major orchestral events of the Annapolis-Baltimore-Washington concert season.
The final program of the series will take place April 13 and will feature the Naval Academy's internationally acclaimed Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The evening will feature choruses from music's most famous operas. "March of the Toreadors" from Bizet's "Carmen," the "Soldier's Chorus" from Gounod's "Faust," the "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Wagner's "Tannheuser," and Verdi's "Va pensiero" from "Nabucco" and "Anvil Chorus" from "Il Trovatore" are scheduled. A bit of Gilbert and Sullivan may be added to the evening's festivities.
Orchestra seats are $84 for the four concerts. Forward and center balcony tickets are $66, and remaining seats are $48 for the complete series. Call 268-6060 to order tickets or for additional information.
The Annapolis Symphony and Naval Academy also announced a free performance of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at Alumni Hall at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Oct. 22. The event will be presented under the auspices of Annapolis 300, the organization formed to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Annapolis' selection as the capital of Maryland.
Gisele Ben-Dor, the ASO's music director, will conduct the concert to celebrate the Academy's 150th anniversary.
The program will feature the Annapolis Overture, a newly commissioned work by David Ott, Charles Ives' extraordinary Second Symphony, and Randall Thompson's stirring "Testament of Freedom." The Naval Academy Men's Glee Club will join the orchestra for the "Testament."
Though the October concert is free, admission tickets will be required. To obtain tickets, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Annapolis 300, 26 West St., Annapolis, 21401.