Bowling shoes optional at benefit


June 25, 1993|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

You say you dazzle your soap dish with your shower-time arias, but always have wondered what a real singer would say about your voice? Perhaps the Annapolis Chorale can help.

If you've ever had a hankering to sing Renaissance madrigals until you've "fa la la'ed" your way into oblivion, the Annapolis Chorale has some summer suggestions for you.

And if you'd just as soon forget vocal music altogether and go bowling instead, well, the chorale can help you with that, too.

It will be a busy summer for conductor Ernest Green and his Carnegie-bound Annapolis Chorale. First, there's the fund-raising Bowl-a-Thon from 6 to 10 this evening at the Fair Lanes center on General's Highway in Annapolis.

Then, there are the "Summer Sings," which the chorale uses to reach out to new singers while solidifying the musical acumen of those already on the roster, voice classes in July and August and sight-singing workshops in August.

The "Summer Sings" have become important to the chorale in recent years, according to Mr. Green. "We simply get to know the piece a bit better while there's absolutely no pressure on us at all," he said. "We just have a good time making music."

Three such sessions are planned for this season, each to be held at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Benfield Road in Severna Park.

The luminous mysticism of the great Requiem by French composer Gabriel Faure will be revealed at the session first, on July 20.

Renaissance madrigals and motets will follow on August 10. "We did Renaissance music last year, and had an absolute blast," Mr. Green recalled. "This was the one everyone wanted to repeat, so we are."

The fare for the August 24 sing-in has yet to be determined, but it could be the "German Requiem" of Johannes Brahms.

The chorale's voice classes are being offered July 5 through 28. "They are designed for vocal musicians who want to hone their skills so their music-making can be a greater source of satisfaction to them," Mr. Green said.

He will lead the sight-singing workshops from Aug. 9 through 25 for people interested in improving their musical literacy.

The conductor will offer a survey of works from the major choral repertory at the same time. "We will examine some of the true masterworks, listen to different recording, and discuss what makes them tick," he said.

Anyone interested in details about these or the Summer Sings should call the chorale office at 263-1906.

And remember, if none of this is up your alley, you can always come tonight and bowl!

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