Annapolis Chorale leader conducts himself well Holiday programs keep Green busy

December 11, 1992|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

Is it my imagination, or have the Arts and Leisure pages o these parts become the exclusive preserve of Ernest Green?

Why just this fall, the Annapolis Chorale's 33-year-old maestro already has conducted:

* A performance of Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" given by an ensemble he formed at St. John's College.

* A concert given by the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra.

* An excellent concert featuring Bruckner motets and other assorted fare courtesy of the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Orchestra.

* The concert debut of the Annapolis Chorale Youth Chorus.

He also rehearsed the full Chorale rigorously for its performance of Mozart's Requiem with the Annapolis Symphony under the direction of Gisele Ben-Dor.

"What can I say," the affable conductor laughs. "I like to keep busy."

It's a good thing, for coming up are the Chorale's annual Maryland Hall Christmas celebration tonight and no fewer than three "Messiahs"; two in Annapolis and one at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. "What's most exciting about all this activity," he says, "is that all four of the Chorale's ensembles -- the full chorus, chamber chorus, orchestra and children's chorus -- are growing artistically. I'm always looking to expand my musical horizons because I don't want to get stuck in any single musical niche."

With three choruses, a small orchestra and a fledgling opera ensemble at St. John's, he seems to be succeeding.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Green spent his formative years in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Toledo before returning to Baltimore and the Peabody Conservatory in 1981. He has been at work here since 1985, painstakingly building the Annapolis Chorale into a big-league ensemble. He moved to Annapolis a year and a half ago and married Molly Moore, the Director of Admissions at the Severn School and one of his best Chorale sopranos. They live in Annapolis Roads with their dog, Cleo.

Mr. Green's talents have been in demand outside of Annapolis in recent years, particularly in Brazil and with the Young Vic company, Baltimore's summer Gilbert and Sullivan troupe, a post he recently resigned. "It was time for new things," he says simply. One of those is an association with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Cleveland which he recently conducted for the second straight year.

Plans for 1993-'94, the 20th anniversary season of the Annapolis Chorale are already on the drawing board. Early 1993 will be dominated by rehearsals for Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."

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