Arts Sampler allows taste of each ensemble

September 01, 1995|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun

You order one from Column A, plus one each from Columns B, C, and D.

Chinese food?

No, it's the new Annapolis Arts Sampler, a passport to Annapolis' four major performing arts ensembles for the low tariff of $60.

The Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and Ballet Theatre of Annapolis joined together to create this opportunity so prospective concert-goers can have easy access the performing arts in the Capital City.

Just pick one event from each group to create your own arts agenda for the 1995-1996 season.

All events will be at Maryland Hall unless otherwise noted.

The Annapolis Chorale's schedule includes: "Broadway Center Stage!" with New York singers Suzanne Ishee and Mark Hardy at 8 p.m. Sept. 23; Brahms' "Nanie" and Alto Rhapsody with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn, plus the Durufle Requiem on Nov. 4; Handel's "Messiah" and Christmas celebration at St. Anne's Church at 8 p.m. Dec. 16; the Maryland premiere of Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" at 8 p.m. Feb. 24; and "Music for a Great Space" featuring works by Holst, Tavener, Tallis and Bruckner to be sung at St. Anne's Church on March 30. That concert begins at 8 p.m.

Next, pick a performance from the Annapolis Opera's schedule: Donizetti's frothy "Elixir of Love" to be sung at 3 p.m. Nov. 12; the always popular finals of the Maryland Vocal Competition to be held at Key Auditorium on the campus of St. John's College at 3 p.m. Feb. 4; an evening of concert opera called "3 Operas in 3 Acts" at 8 p.m. March 23; "The World of Gilbert and Sullivan" to be presented at 3 p.m. April 21 at the Arnold YWCA; or an outdoor musicale to be sung at Quiet Waters Part at 4 p.m. May 12.

The list for Edward Stewart's Ballet Theatre of Annapolis includes: "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 or 28; "Santa's Workshop" at noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 9; "The Nutcracker" at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17; or "The Three Faces of Eve" and "The Four Ancient Elements" to be danced at 8 p.m. April 12, 1996.

The offerings from Gisele Ben-Dor's Annapolis Symphony are: "A Toast to the Town" with pianist Leon Fleisher, the man who put the orchestra on the musical map, in works by Ott, Ravel and Ives on Oct. 20 and 21; "Three Faces of an Artist" with composer, conductor and Chicago Symphony concertmaster Ruben Gonzalez in music by Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Gonzalez on Nov. 17 and 18; Holst's "Planets" and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with keyboard sensation Tzimon Barto on Feb. 2 and 3; an evening of concertos by Bach, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich and Macht with past and present symphony principals as soloists on March 1 and 2; and Beethoven's spectacular Ninth Symphony on April 19 and 20. All symphony performances begin at 8 p.m.

For a copy of the Annapolis Arts Sampler Series brochure and order form, call the Maryland Hall office at 263-5544.

Decisions, decisions!

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