Annapolis concert to welcome spring's bloom


Arundel Live

April 01, 2005|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Celebrating the arrival of spring will be the focus of a concert tomorrow by the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.

The program will feature National Symphony Orchestra principal violinist and concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef, who will perform Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending and the "Summer" and "Winter" movements of Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis.

"The program features perennial audience favorites and some equally beautiful music that is not as well-known," said conductor J. Ernest Green.

"Perhaps not everyone will recognize a title - like Vaughan Williams' Lark Ascending - but they will recognize the piece as a familiar favorite frequently played on public radio," he said.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard, Bar-Josef is a frequent guest artist with symphony orchestras around the country.

She has performed piano quartets with Andre Previn and is a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, a group made up of leading National Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Also on the program will be the Women of the Annapolis Chamber Chorus performing in Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a work focusing on the Virgin Mary beside the crucified Christ that beautifully describes maternal love and grief.

"The musical setting for Stabat Mater is a poem as opposed to a liturgical text," said Green. "This is a piece that is not done very often, but when it is done, people connect immediately to it."

Guest soloists will include mezzo soprano Susan Fleming, recently heard in "Messiah," and soprano Krista Adams-Santilli, who performed in Bach's Saint John and portrayed Johanna in last year's Sweeney Todd.

In keeping with the Easter Season, the program also will include Vivaldi's Gloria, a joyous work that will feature the 32-voice Annapolis Chamber Chorus, and soloists Fleming and Adams-Santilli.

Tickets for this concert are $28 for adults and $12 for students. To reserve seats, call 410-263-1906.

Tickets also will be available at the door.

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