Four series offered for chorale's season

Variety: Brass concerts, music with film are among calendar highlights.

Arundel Live

August 15, 2002|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In celebration of the 30th anniversary season of the Annapolis Chorale, music director J. Ernest Green has announced a dazzling array of concerts, ranging from choral masterworks and sacred music to Broadway in concert and the chorale's annual operetta.

This season, the chorale will return to what was perhaps its greatest recent triumph with two performances of Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, a moving combination of a silent film masterpiece and the composer's heartfelt music featuring soloists Amy Cofield and Carolene Winter.

"We've got something for everyone this 30th season, and we're doing things differently to create access and excitement," says Green,

"We have a large segment of young people coming to our concerts, and we're putting things together in new ways to catch their imagination and make them realize the audience is part of the process. We're trying to make people want to come to the concert hall."

Not only is the rich diversity an incentive to come to Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, but there are new combinations of concert series available.

The "Music and Film" series includes Voices of Light, with music for chorus and orchestra written to accompany Carl Dreyer's 1922 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. On that November weekend, the classic silent film Phantom of the Opera will have a matinee screening at Maryland Hall with Larry Molinaro at the organ, extemporizing as the theater organists did in silent film days.

The 30th anniversary also will include a series of three brass music concerts at St. Anne's Episcopal Church featuring the Washington Symphonic Brass conducted by Milton Stevens, principal trombone with the National Symphony Orchestra.

This inaugural series will begin Nov. 24 with a Gabrieli and Venetian concert, continue Jan. 14 with a brass program "The Planets and Beyond" and conclude March 23 with a program titled "Heroic Brass."

As always, gifted soloists will enrich the annual holiday performance of Handel's Messiah and add holiday sparkle to Die Fledermaus in its the third New Year's presentation, this year more festive than ever in a party-like atmosphere at Loews Annapolis Hotel.

A great cast of singers will add their talents to February's "Broadway in Concert" offering of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. This season's pops series will include an October concert of American music titled "Music from the New World" including the works of Aaron Copland, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein, with a tribute to Richard Rodgers in honor of his 100th birthday.

The pops series also includes an annual "Celebration of Christmas" concert with this year's guest, National Public Radio personality Carl Kasell.

In addition to Voices of Light and Messiah, the classics series will include at St. Anne's Church on March 14 a wide variety of poetry set to music including Brahms' "Vier Gesange," Vaughan Williams' "Three Shakespeare Songs" and the works of contemporary Baltimore composer Elam Ray Sprenkle, whose "Star Splitter" was first conducted by J. Ernest Green in 1985 for the Laurel Oratorio Society.

The next evening at St. Anne's, the Annapolis Chorale will offer the purity and grace of 20th-century French composer Maurice Durufle in "Motets" and his Messe "Cum Jubilo."

The classics series concludes April 26 at Maryland Hall with works of 20th-century composers in a program titled "Evocation of the Spirit" featuring the music of Francis Poulenc, Arvo Part, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Leonard Bernstein.

The 30th season also will offer a family holiday concert "Christmas Is for Kids" featuring the full chorale and the Annapolis Youth Chorus with guests and a carol sing-along. The Youth Chorus will be heard again in concert May 4.

Information: 410-263-1906

Annapolis Chorale

Classics Series

Nov. 15 or 16 at 8 p.m., Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Einhorn -- Voices of Light

Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. or Dec. 22 at 3 p.m., St. Anne's Episcopal Church Handel's Messiah

March 14 at 8 p.m., St. Anne's Brahms' Vier Gesange Sprenkle -- Star Splitter Vaughan Williams -- Three Shakespeare Songs

March 15 at 8 p.m., St. Anne's Durufle -- Messe "Cum Jubilo" Durufle -- Motets Bruckner -- Motets

April 26 at 8 p.m., Maryland Hall "Evocation of the Spirit" Poulenc -- Gloria Part -- Silouans Song Vaughan Williams -- Flos Campi for solo viola Bernstein -- Chichester Psalms (in Hebrew) Pops Series

Oct. 26 at 8 p.m., Maryland Hall "Music from the New World" Copland, Ellington, Gershwin, Bernstein, Rodgers

Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., Maryland Hall "A Celebration of Christmas"

Feb. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., Maryland Hall Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel

Jan. 18, Loews Annapolis Hotel Gala Dinner performance of Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus Washington Symphonic Brass Series at St. Anne's

Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Gabrieli and Venetian Concert

Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. "The Planets and Beyond"

March 23 at 7:30 p.m. "Heroic Brass" Youth Chorus Events

Dec. 14 "Christmas Is for Kids," Maryland Hall

May 4 -- Spring Concert, Maryland Hall

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