Practice pays off for Annapolis singers

February 12, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer

What's the old joke?

The lost out-of-towner asks the wise-guy New Yorker how to get to Carnegie Hall. The local gives him a bemused look and says, "Practice."

Apparently the Annapolis Chorale has been practicing pretty hard these days, for a Carnegie Hall appearance is in the offing.

Conductor J. Ernest Green has accepted an invitation to bring his singers to New York for a Carnegie Hall appearance in 1994.

Mid-America Productions is an organization that books numerous Carnegie concerts each year, said Mr. Green. When one of the agency's artistic directors heard a recording of the Chorale's sizzling account of the Verdi Requiem given at Maryland Hall last spring, the ensemble was invited to appear on Mid-America's slate of concerts in 1994.

"Needless to say, we're as excited as we can possibly be," said Mr. Green. "This is one neat invitation to snag. This is just dynamite!"

The Chorale will make its appearance in January or May. If the earlier date is accepted, the program is likely to include the "Magnificat" of Johann Sebastian Bach and a work by John Rutter, the contemporary British composer.

If the spring date is accepted, the Chorale would perform one of the great Requiems, perhaps of Brahms, Mozart or Verdi.

The Manhattan Philharmonic will perform with the Chorale.

"The really neat thing about this is that the singers have just been killing themselves," said the happy conductor. "They're working so hard."

The singers are as thrilled as the conductor.

"It's just incredible," says Olivia Warren, an Annapolis High School soprano who is singing with the Chorale and will be attending the University of Miami next year. "All they have to do is send the music down to me, and I'll meet them in New York!"

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