During its six-year existence, the Naval Academy's Bryant Distinguished Artist Series has become one of the jewels in the crown of the local concert season.
The 1997-1998 version promises to be no exception.
On Oct. 20, the Stuttgart Philharmonic of Germany will perform two of the greatest Beethoven works: the hyperactive Seventh Symphony and the E-flat Piano Concerto, the "Emperor," on the stage of Alumni Hall.
The soloist in the concerto will be American pianist Misha Dichter.
A student of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne at New York City's Juilliard School, Dichter launched his career by winning a medal at the 1966 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.
Since then, he has carved out a career as a soloist with orchestras worldwide. He recently opened the Baltimore Symphony's season playing Brahms.
Never a glamour boy on the concert circuit, Dichter is a musician's pianist, the sort of artist with whom the great violinists and chamber ensembles want to perform.
His New York performances with groups such as the Guarneri String Quartet are highlights of the Big Apple's concert season.
The "Emperor" is one of the most dashing piano concertos ever written, with its sleek, imperious opening, an achingly gorgeous adagio and a jaunty concluding rondo that's as unaffectedly joyous as anything Beethoven wrote.
Other riches await later in the season.
Sixteen principal dancers from Russia's Kirov Ballet will perform selections from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," "Nutcracker" and "Sleeping Beauty" on Nov. 6.
The Georgian State Dance Company will present colorful, acrobatic folk dances from that fascinating corner of Asia on Feb. 5.
The season concludes April 4 with a program of opera choruses performed by the Naval Academy Glee Club and the Annapolis Symphony under the baton of John Barry Talley.
Selections by Berlioz, Mussorgsky, Puccini, Verdi, Rossini and Wagner are scheduled, as well as bits and bobs from the inimitable operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
All concerts begin at 7: 30 p.m. Subscriptions to the Distinguished Artists Series begin at $50.
Information: 410 -268-6060.
Pub Date: 9/25/97