'Summer-Sings' returns in July with 'Messiah,' other choral works

June 24, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer

The Annapolis Chorale's "Summer-Sings," which have become important seasonal events for area singers over the past three years, will be reprised this summer, according to conductor Ernest Green.

For three successive Tuesdays in July, the Church of St. Martin's-In-The-Fields on Benfield Boulevard in Severna Park will echo with the sounds of some of the greatest choral works ever composed.

All of the sing-ins will begin at 7:30 p.m. There will be an admission charge of $5, and scores may be rented for an additional $3. Singers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

On July 12, Mr. MaGreen will conduct a read-through of Handel's "Messiah."

"Everybody always wants to do it," says the conductor. "Even in the middle of the summer."

On July 19, the glories of Renaissance choral music will be explored in a program of religious motets and madrigals, the secular songs of the period.

"These have become popular favorites over the past few years,'" Mr. Green says.

On July 26, Carl Orff's setting of medieval texts, "Carmina Burana" will be sung. Singers are encouraged to be on hand to sing about the joys of love, nature and the tavern.

The "Summer-Sings" program benefits the chorale in several ways.

"These evenings give us a chance to reach out to the community and make contact with singers who don't ordinarily get the opportunity to sing this music," Mr. Green says.

"In addition, this is a great way for people to get introduced to this music in the most nonthreatening way possible. We get new singers and new audiences as a result because, first and foremost, we have a ball," he adds.

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