Distinguished Artist Series
The Distinguished Artists Series is part of a comprehensive program developed by the Naval Academy's Senior Leadership to enrich the education of Midshipmen through exposure and involvement with fine arts. This series has presented the world's finest classical and cultural performers to the Academy with an annual mix of Opera, Ballet, Orchestra, and diverse international ensembles. The Distinguished Artists Series was launched with the opening of Alumni Hall, and for over 25 years, has enjoyed the support of the Navy's most senior officers, the Naval Academy's faculty and staff, the Midshipmen, and the greater Academy community.
Ask us how you can become a DAS Subscriber for the 2021-2022 season! Contact the Music and Theater Ticket Office for more information.
USNA is honored to welcome special guest artist: TROMBONE SHORTY. One of the leading blues, jazz, and fusion musicians of his generation, Trombone Shorty has performed from concert stages - to the White House - on PBS - NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts - festivals - stadiums - and street corners. His record, Backatown, hit Billboard jazz chart at number one and remained there for nine straight weeks, and was in the top ten for over six months. His newest album, Parking Lot Symphony, was just released!
Friday, October 15th, 2021
Alumni Hall at 7:00pm
Tickets: $45 Children $8 General Admission
Peter Dugan in Concert
A sought-after multi-genre artist, Mr. Dugan has performed in duos and trios with artists ranging from Itzhak Perlman and Renee Fleming to Jesse Colin Young and Glenn Close. The Wall Street Journal described Mr. Dugan’s collaboration with violinist Charles Yang as a “classical-meets-rockstar duo.” Mr. Dugan has been presented in chamber music recitals by Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Music at Menlo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Moab Music Festival. He was the 2019 featured recitalist for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and has soloed with the San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, New World Symphony, and Mid-Texas Symphony.
His debut album with baritone John Brancy – A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song – pays homage to composers who lived through, fought in, and died in the Great War. Brancy and Dugan toured this program across North America in commemoration of the centennial of WWI, including performances at The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Stanford University, the United States Naval Academy, and the Smithsonian Institute. Together Brancy and Dugan won first prize at the 2018 Montreal International Music Competition and second prize at the 2017 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.
Mr. Dugan advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. As a founding creator of Operation Superpower, a superhero opera for children, he has travelled to dozens of schools in the greater New York area, performing for students and encouraging them to use their talents – their superpowers – for good.
Join us for an intimate Distinguished Artist Series concert in historic Mahan Hall – you will not want to miss this special performance from one of the world’s most incredible pianists!
Friday, January 21th, 2022
Mahan Hall at 7:00pm
Tickets: $45 Children $8.00 Assigned Seating
The 48th Spring Oratorio
Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Dr. Aaron Smith, conductor
A sublime evening of profound music!
Mahler - recognized as the last great German symphonist, whose epic Symphony No. 2 is "an intense emotional workout which captures the full realm of human passion within its sprawling scope."
Performed by the critically acclaimed USNA Glee Club, the George Washington University Singers, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Don't miss this one!
Friday, April 22nd, 2022
Alumni Hall at 7:00PM
Tickets: $45 Children $8 Assigned Seating