Annapolis Chorale mixes classics with pops in new season

August 19, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

The Annapolis Chorale, the region's most prestigious vocal ensemble, has announced the details of its 1994-1995 season.

Conductor Ernest Green has mixed choral masterworks with newly commissioned music and forays into pops to fashion the chorale's busiest season.

This season's Classics Series begins Oct. 28 and 29 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with performances of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," to be heard as scored for two pianos and percussion.

Mr. Green also will conduct "Star Splitter," composed by Elam Sprenkle of the Peabody Conservatory. As with all this season's events, the concert begins at 8 p.m.

This year's Christmas concert will be presented on Dec. 17 at the Church of St. Martin's in the Field on Benfield Road in Severna Park.

The Chorale's Chamber Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by the Bowie Brass Quintet in a program that will include Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," the music of Francis Poulenc and Mr. Sprenkle's setting of the "Magnificat," the Virgin Mary's prayer of thanksgiving uttered upon hearing the news that she would be the mother of Jesus.

St. Martin's will again be the venue when the Chamber Chorus and Orchestra present Bach's cantata "Christ Lag in Todesbaden," Mozart's "Regina Coeli" and the "Farewell" Symphony of Haydn on March 25.

The Classics Series concludes April 29 at Maryland Hall when the full chorale performs the "Schicksalslied" of Brahms, Verdi's "Four Sacred Pieces" and a work commissioned from Mr. Sprenkle that is still untitled.

The chorale's first slate of pops concerts begins at Maryland Hall on Sept. 24 with an evening of Broadway favorites, starring Suzanne Ishee, a singer and actress from the New York cast of "Phantom of the Opera."

The chorale has received a $10,000 grant from Nationwide Insurance to defray costs of this concert.

The Chorale and Youth Chorus will present a "Pops Christmas Celebration" at Maryland Hall on Dec. 9, and on Feb. 24 and 25, the chorale will be joined by jazz singer Ethel Ennis.

For ticket information, call 263-1906.

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