ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is pleased to announce its upcoming Pops in the Park concert.  This free Labor Day Weekend concert will take place at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sunday, September 3 at 5:30 PM.  The rain date is Monday September 4, same time, same place.

Set in the lovely outdoor theater at Quiet Waters Park, the annual Pops in the Park concert features the ASO’s full orchestra performing a fun and festive program for all ages.  Popular well-loved pieces such as Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance No. 3 will share the stage with music from the Broadway show West Side Story, music from the movie Star Wars which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and many others.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is led by renowned Music Director José-Luis Novo who is beginning his thirteenth season with the orchestra, the longest tenure of any Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Music Director.  The Pops in the Park is generously supported by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  This support enables the ASO to offer this concert at no charge to the community.

Funding for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is generously provided by Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, ezStorage, the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, and Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. 

This year’s major concert sponsor is Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.  In addition to banding together to provide generous funding for this concert, the agents of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Anne Arundel County are spearheading the Annapolis Symphony’s Play It Forward program, collecting used instruments to be refurbished and loaned to students of Anne Arundel County Public Schools who cannot otherwise afford them.  Instruments are being collected at the four Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in the county (Church Circle, Annapolis Plaza, Crofton, and Severna Park), but everyone who attends Pops in the Park is encouraged to bring an instrument to the concert itself.  The Symphony is accepting instruments in any condition.  AACPS will triage, repair, and distribute the instruments to qualifying students.

This special concert draws 3,000-4,000 people each year, and plays an important part in the ASO’s mission toproduce, present and promote memorable symphonic music that increases awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region.  The Pops in the Park concert is a casual outdoor event that brings the whole community together for a fun and relaxing evening of professional musical entertainment.  As the leading cultural arts organization in the area, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to be able to offer this exciting performance to everyone and to do so at no charge.

There is free admission to Quiet Waters Park for the concert.  Concessions from Caliente Grill and Kona Ice are available at the concert, and visitors may also bring a picnic meal/snacks, blankets and lawn chairs.  Alcohol is prohibited.  For more information about this concert or other concerts, visit the ASO website or call the ASO Box Office at 410-263-0907.  




July 29, 2017 - August 20, 2017
A World Premier Adaptation of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'
Written by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken
Directed by Sally Boyett
Tickets:  $25-45
Box Office/ Group Sales:
Location:  On the Main Stage at Annapolis Shakespeare Company
1804 West Street, Suite 200
Annapolis, MD 21401

Following the critically-acclaimed Richard III, the Annapolis Shakespeare Company returns with Alice and the Book of Wonderland, a World Premiere adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

A compelling new version of a beloved classic, Alice and the Book of Wonderland is a bright and witty adaptation by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s retelling reveals a fast-paced tale designed to delight young and old in an exciting new version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in which an inquisitive young woman named Alice is drawn into a fantastical world where logic is illogical and the absurd makes sense. Through a series of dramatic vignettes creatively linked together by Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation, Alice makes her way through the fantastical terrain of Wonderland: a place where her experiences become curiouser and curiouser. Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s Alice and the Book of Wonderland will be set in the Victorian world of Oxford and employs a dynamic union of contemporary technology and theatrical magic.



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Illustration © Lindsay Bolin Lowery

Illustration © Lindsay Bolin Lowery

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— –Sparrow owner Gabrielle Herbst