Choral group will bow with 'Cavalleria' Music: The Annapolis Chorale will begin its new season with a concert performance of Mascagni's tale of illicit love and a fatal duel

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August 06, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Annapolis Chorale and its conductor, J. Ernest Green, are planning a 1998-1999 season of Romantic opera, Baroque masterpieces and the regional premiere of a 1922 choral piece in addition to the usual Christmas and pops concerts.

The Chorale opens the season Nov. 7 with a concert performance of Pietro Mascagni's opera "Cavalleria Rusticana" ("Rustic Chivalry").

Mascagni's tale of illicit love and a fatal duel contains soaring romantic music and two of the most glorious interludes in all of opera: the choral Easter Morning scene and the sumptuous Intermezzo played by the orchestra.

The second half of this program, planned for Maryland Hall, will consist of opera highlights performed by soloists, the Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.

St. Anne's Church in Annapolis again provides the setting for the Chorale's annual rendering of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 19 and Dec. 20.

Another towering masterpiece from the Baroque era will be offered at St. Anne's on March 20, when the Chorale presents Johann Sebastian Bach's "Passion According to St. John."

The apostle's account of Christ's last days on Earth becomes the greatest story ever sung, in the choruses, solo arias and musical narrations that flowed from Bach's mind and soul. Scenes of taunting crowds, the dark drama of betrayal and the agony of death are punctuated by introspective solos and chorales of immense spiritual beauty in this masterpiece.

The Chorale returns to Maryland Hall on May 1 for the regional premiere of Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light," a choral work composed to accompany the 1922 silent movie "The Passion of Joan of Arc."

The movie will be shown as Green conducts the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

The Chorale is also offering its subscribers a three-concert Pops Series at Maryland Hall.

On Sept. 26, the ensemble will present an updated version of the wildly eclectic "Mozart, Motown and More" concert offered last year.

New artists, new songs and new arrangements will be offered in this reprise of one of last season's most successful concerts.

The annual "Celebration of Christmas" takes place Dec. 11 as the choir, Chamber Orchestra, soloists and a guest celebrity reader join forces for holiday fun and cheer.

A gaggle of gangsters, gamblers, chorus girls and Salvation Army lassies comes to Maryland Hall on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 for a concert performance of Frank Loesser's "Guys and Dolls." With songs such as "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," "Luck Be a Lady" and Adelaide's hilarious "Lament," "Guys and Dolls" retains its status as one of the best musicals ever produced on Broadway.

Information: 410-263-1906.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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