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Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Presents Swingin’ Season’s Greetings with Tony DeSare

December 11, 2012 | By Katharene P. Snavely
Executive Director
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra continues its 2012-2013 season at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday December 14, 2012, at 8 PM. Under the musical direction of Maestro José-Luis Novo, the ASO will be accompanied by acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, Tony DeSare. This show is a wonderful blend of festive holiday favorites and original music by Mr. DeSare that will get you in the mood for the holiday season.

"With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades," raved the New York Times, "DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer." According to USA Today, "DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick, Jr. to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material."

Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country's hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the great American songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease.

DeSare's noted versatility enables him to headline a variety of venues. He has performed at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; posh nightclubs like the Café Carlyle, and Feinstein's at the Regency; with his big band in concert halls like Jazz at Lincoln Center; or with a 60-piece orchestra. For the 2012-2013 season, Tony headlines with major symphonies around the country, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Adult tickets are $45 and student tickets are $10. Tickets for these concerts can be purchased through the ASO website at www.annapolissymphony.org, by calling 410-263-0907, or by stopping by the ASO Box Office in room 204 at Maryland Hall in Annapolis, Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm.

Additional season support for the ASO generously provided by Lexus, Maryland State Arts Council, Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and Anne Arundel Arts Council.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra features 70 professional musicians who perform a variety of symphonic music for audiences of all ages. Additionally, the non-profit organization provides educational programs through its partnerships with local schools, as well as various other community outreach efforts. The ASO’s vision is to be the best regional orchestra in the country, recognized as a jewel in the Washington/Baltimore area.

To request an interview with Maestro Novo and/or Mr. DeSare please contact Katharene Snavely, ASO Executive Director. For more information on the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, visit www.annapolissymphony.org or call 410-263-0907.

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