Vocal Arts Society to offer classical, popular concerts

Shows next month to include music by Mendelssohn, Berlin

Arundel Live

October 02, 2003|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Arundel Vocal Arts Society will celebrate its 20th season of making music with Glenette Schumacher and her 60 singers offering two concerts next month. One classical and the other featuring popular music, both concerts will illustrate the versatility of the singers and the programming skills of their music director.

The Nov. 2 concert at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis will offer such choral music as John Rutter's Requiem and Magnificat by Giacomo Puccini, grandfather of the opera genius. Other composers featured will include Gounod, Hovhaness and Mendelssohn.

On Nov. 22 the vocal artists will get the audience "all shook up" with a vintage rock 'n' roll segment planned for this pops concert.

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum program will feature classics by great American tunesmiths Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, along with doo-wop numbers that have gained popularity well beyond their original baby boomer fans. The concert will be presented at Brooklyn Park's Chesapeake Arts Center, with tickets available at the door for $20.

In 1983, when the Arundel Vocal Arts Society was formed, its first director was Ava Shields, who conducted concerts featuring works by Puccini, Wagner, Mascagni, Romberg, Gershwin and Donizetti.

Under Shields' direction, the singers performed in the sanctuary of St. Mary's Historic Church in Annapolis, a privilege rarely granted. Since then AVAS has returned to St. Mary's on numerous occasions, presenting such masterpieces as Schubert's Magnificat, Mozart's Coronation Mass and Puccini's Messa di Gloria.

Historical highlights include AVAS' singing before Pope John Paul II at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome in 1990 and joining other concert choirs in a Carnegie Hall concert in 1995, when combined choirs sang Rutter's Magnificat and Te Deum conducted by Rutter.

Since 1994, the Arundel Vocal Arts Society has been under the expert direction of Glenette Schumacher, who continues to broaden the singers' horizons in their classical and popular repertoire. A few seasons ago, the group offered a sublime version of Puccini's Messa di Gloria, and in January performed a concert of works by Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Menotti.

Recent pops concerts have proved just as memorable, underscoring director Schumacher's ability to design equally exciting classics and pops programs that offer seldom-heard interesting music.

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