The Annapolis Chorale, the area's premier vocal ensemble, has announced the details of its 1995-1996 season.
Under the baton of conductor J. Ernest Green, the Chorale, Chamber Chorus, and their affiliated Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will offer a diverse repertoire stretching from Handel's "Messiah" to the "Liverpool Oratorio," the crossover work crafted by former Beatle Paul McCartney.
"We want the community, and I mean everyone, to know that we have something for them," said Mr. Green.
The Chorale's season begins at Maryland Hall Sept. 23, with a concert featuring Suzanne Ishee of the Broadway cast of "Phantom of the Opera." Ms. Ishee, who will be joined by baritone Mark Hardy and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, will perform works by Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.
On Nov. 4, the Chamber Chorus and Orchestra return to the standard choral repertoire with the jazzy, wonderfully eclectic "Chichester Psalms" of Leonard Bernstein and the gentle, reverent Requiem of French composer Maurice Durufle.
The Chorale celebrates Christmas in Annapolis with the annual "Holiday Pops" evening of readings and carols at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Dec. 8, and a presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at St. Anne's Church on Dec. 16.
On Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, the Chorale returns to Maryland Hall for a fun-filled "Evening of Songs from Movies and Stage" featuring the great standards by Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and others who made their mark writing for Broadway and Hollywood.
On March 30, the Chorale capitalizes on the marvelous acoustics of St. Anne's as listeners experience the pomp and pageantry of Renaissance music for voices and brass by such composers as Giovanni and Andrea Gabrieli.
Motets by Bruckner, Gustav Holst's choral hymn "Rig Veda" and Brahms' delectable "Four Songs" for women's voices, two horns and harp are also on the program.
After a pair of April performances of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Gisele Ben-Dor's Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale will end its season with a May 4 performance of Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" at Maryland Hall. The ex-Beatle penned the semi-autobiographical work in collaboration with British composer Carl Davis.
Mr. Green and his Annapolitans will be presenting the area premiere of this work.
For subscription information, call the Chorale office at 263-1906.