Holiday show marks society's 15th year Arundel vocal arts group to present concert Sunday

December 03, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Arundel Vocal Arts Society celebrates the beginning of its 15th season Sunday with "A Holiday Fanfare" at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis.

"Beginning our 15th year and being firmly established is really something to sing about," said President Sandra Boyd.

Glenette Schumacher, director of the society's 60-voice choir and orchestra, has chosen a program reflecting the Christmas season and the society's history.

Franz Schubert's Mass in G will be the centerpiece of the program. The society presented the work in 1996 with La Camerata Nuovo at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built over the site where, legend has it, Jesus was born.

The soloists will be soprano Vicki Estep, tenor Stephen Stokes and baritone Reginald Allen.

The chorus also will sing "Christmas Lullaby" by composer John Rutter.

Rutter conducted the chorus in his own "Magnificat" and "Te Deum" when it appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York in November 1995 as part of the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

Sunday's concert also marks the return of Ava Shields, the organization's founder and director for the first 10 years.

In honor of the society's anniversary, Shields will conduct the finale, which will include the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's "Messiah."

Other former chorus members will join in the performance.

The rest of the program will be conducted by Schumacher, who succeeded Shields in 1994.

A woman of broad tastes and impressive talent, Schumacher has directed musicals at Colonial Players, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre in Annapolis and Cockpit-in-the-Court in Essex.

In her years at the society, she has added a spring concert of music by Broadway composers to the chorus' schedule.

Among the selections she will conduct is "Christmas Flourish," a medley of traditional carols arranged by Randol A. Bass.

Estep will be heard in this segment with alto Helen Hoffman.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12. A reception will be held in the church hall afterward.

Calvary United Methodist Church is at 301 Rowe Blvd.

Information: 410-268-3131.

Pub Date: 12/03/98

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