Concert seasons promise to be notable

September 23, 1994|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

Two of the area's most distinguished concert series are about to begin their 1994-1995 seasons.

The "Music in the Great Hall" performances, sponsored by the Friends of St. John's College, have in recent years brought to VTC Annapolis some of the most talented early-music specialists in the country, and this season's slate of concerts is an exciting one.

On Oct. 22, the Great Hall will resound with music from the English court and stage of the 1690s as lutes, harpsichords, Baroque fiddles and a complement of singers will present "Voices of the Golden Age." Songs and ayres by Purcell, Blow and other English baroque composers are planned.

On Nov. 13, David and Ginger Hildebrand of Annapolis will present "Music of Colonial Annapolis -- From the Taverns to the Great Houses," a comprehensive musical picture of musical life in our city from the late 17th century through the American Revolution.

The Ensemble Galilei creates one of the most atmospheric sounds of any performing arts ensemble I know. They will make Christmas in Annapolis an extra special event this year when they present "Ancient Noels, Carols, and dances from the Castles to the Towns" on Dec. 16 and Dec. 18. Bonnie Rideout, three-time U.S. Scottish fiddle champion, will join the holiday lineup.

On Feb. 5, it will be time once again for Voices of the Golden Age, which will perform 16th- and 17th-century songs of love in honor of Valentine's Day. If you've never shared a bawdy Renaissance madrigal with your true love, here's your chance!

The Ensemble Galilei return on March 11 and March 12 for a St. Patrick's Day celebration of all things Celtic. Recorders, penny whistles, Celtic harps and percussion will be played to create that evocative Irish sound in this program called "Following the Moon -- A Journey through the Celtic Lands." You can also expect a slight detour to 14th-century Spain.

One of the country's finest sopranos and our best lutenist bar none -- Julianne Baird and Ronn McFarlane -- will appear at The Great Hall on April 23 to perform the great Lute Songs of 16th- and 17th-century Britain. Lovers of all things Elizabethan take note!

For subscriptions and other ticket information, call 626-2539.

The Anne Arundel Community Concert Association has also announced its season plans. On Oct. 24, singer Tony Sandler and the Greg Thiesen Ensemble present "An Evening With Cole Porter and Irving Berlin," a tuneful tribute to two of history's greatest songwriters.

On Nov. 29, it's time for the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble, that talented ensemble capable of making all those turn-of-the-century hits seem so irresistible.

On Jan. 6, the Concert Association welcomes baritone Stephen Kechulius and his pianist-wife Carol.

Europe's longest established four-man vocal ensemble, Cantabile, makes its appearance on March 29. The repertoire of these singers steeped in the British choral tradition extends from the Age of Elizabeth I to Broadway.

The season concludes on April 23, with a recital by Irina Chukovsky, a young Russian pianist who now lives in the United States.

Season memberships are $30 for adults and $10 for students. All concerts are held in the auditorium of Severna Park High School beginning promptly at 8 p.m. Call 747-6873 for tickets or 647-7851 for subscription information.

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