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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | February 16, 2007
Familiar music interpreted through dance is always fascinating, and what I saw at a rehearsal at Ballet Theatre of Maryland last week promised dance audiences a treat. Artistic director Dianna Cuatto has selected music by 20th-century American composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein for the Director's Choice program on Feb. 24 and 25. Ballet master Bryan Skates has choreographed two of the pieces: Copeland's Old American Songs, a blend of traditional hymns and folk songs, and Sentimental Saunter, which is set to Gershwin.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
Since becoming music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, Marin Alsop has typically devised a theme of some kind to unify each season. For 2014-2015, the theme is "spirituality and transcendence. " "I started talking about a few pieces, like Beethoven's Ninth, Bernstein's 'Candide,' and some Mahler, and the theme seemed to evolve without forcing," Alsop said.    Fitting that theme will be such works as Mahler's Symphony No 3, with its last movement "pointing the way to God," as the composer put it; and Symphony No. 4, which ends with a song evoking a child's view of heaven.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2004
In the Bravo Bernstein! concert Saturday at St. John's Key Auditorium, Glenette Schumacher capped the Arundel Vocal Arts Society's 21st season and her 10th year as music and artistic director. The performance, which honored one of her favorite composers, also marked Schumacher's final concert before taking a year's sabbatical to pursue graduate studies. The all-Leonard Bernstein program included selections from his Mass, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Candide, West Side Story and Chichester Psalms.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When Live Arts Maryland music director J. Ernest Green conducted the season-closing "Light & Life" classical concert in April, it was a performance that seemed impossible to surpass. Yet the classical season opener, the "Dona Nobis Pacem" concert performed Nov. 8 and 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, managed to rival it. Once again, Green and the 160 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, accompanied by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, produced a bright sound to enthrall near-capacity audiences.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 11, 1997
To open its 32nd season Sunday, Choral Arts Society invited a whole lot of people on an exploration of contemporary sacred music.In every sense, the concert was an overflow of riches -- starting with the audience, which packed the 1,000-seat Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College. The college's main parking lot filled up before 6: 45 p.m., and the overworked box office had such a crush to contend with that the concert started 15 minutes late.In addition to the full choir of 95 voices, a 28-piece orchestra and organist Randall Mullin, all under the baton of Tom Hall, the roll call was as follows:For the Baltimore premiere of three church anthems by Robert Sirota, director of the Peabody Conservatory of Music: a soprano from the choir (Wendy Scheinberg)
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2004
In the Bravo Bernstein! concert Saturday at St. John's Key Auditorium, Glenette Schumacher capped the Arundel Vocal Arts Society's 21st season and her 10th year as music and artistic director. The performance, which honored one of her favorite composers, also marked Schumacher's final concert before taking a yearlong sabbatical to pursue graduate studies. The all-Leonard Bernstein program included selections from his Mass, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Candide, West Side Story and Chichester Psalms.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | September 1, 2006
As principals in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland rehearsed their Renaissance Festival presentation this week, the demands of their profession were manifest. Ballerina Christi Bleakly met challenges with strength and grace while Bryan Skates moved from rigorous duels with Joseph Villalobos to executing seamless lifts of Bleakly, including holding her above his head with one hand. As she supervised the dancers and attended to other details, artistic director Dianna Cuatto provided insight into her choices for her fourth season as director and the 26th season of Maryland's only professional ballet company.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | March 2, 2007
A last-minute glitch in gaining rights for a planned West Side Story piece forced Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director Dianna Cuatto to sub in one of her own pieces at a sampler of new works last weekend -- and the results were delectable. Cuatto featured her recently completed Collage, danced to music by 3 Doors Down, and premiered her dance to Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which featured the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra under the direction of J. Ernest Green.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 24, 2001
Although the National Symphony Orchestra, like many ensembles across the country, adjusted its traditional light and breezy season-opening concert last week in the wake of Sept. 11, no changes had to be made to its first regular subscription program. It already had much to offer a public saddened and sickened, anxious and proud. There were two big items on the bill -- Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 (From the New World), which reflects a foreign visitor's positive experiences in this country; and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which sing of nations raging and people muttering empty things, of fearing no evil, of goodness and mercy, and of how pleasant it is for people to dwell together as brothers.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 6, 2007
Reflections on war and peace, tragedy and hope have busied composers for centuries, leading to the creation of many a work that enjoys the label "timeless." The Baltimore Choral Arts Society's program Sunday afternoon at Goucher College explored two of those pieces, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. There was also room for the local premiere of a composition that, while not in the same league, offered an eloquent reaction to the events of Sept. 11. The combination of repertoire and subject matter added up to an absorbing experience.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
J. Ernest Green, artistic director for Live Arts Maryland, began the company's season last month with an auspicious opener: "One Singular Sensation: A Celebration of the Music of Marvin Hamlisch. " The performance in late September showcased stellar guest soloists collaborating with the Annapolis Chorale and Youth Chorus and other youth groups at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. It's fitting for Green to showcase the late Broadway and Hollywood composer's favorite works - after all, he worked closely with Hamlisch for 11 years, often conducting with and for him in a relationship that began in 2002 when Green was a cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
Music director J. Ernest Green talks with excitement as he discusses the coming season of Live Arts Maryland, made up of the 170-voice Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and a group of vocalists and nationally prominent guest soloists. This season will offer three classical performances, the annual "Messiah" at historic St. Anne's Church in three December shows and concerts featuring popular favorites. The opening concert Sept. 21 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will feature the music of Marvin Hamlisch in the tribute "One Singular Sensation.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 6, 2007
Reflections on war and peace, tragedy and hope have busied composers for centuries, leading to the creation of many a work that enjoys the label "timeless." The Baltimore Choral Arts Society's program Sunday afternoon at Goucher College explored two of those pieces, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. There was also room for the local premiere of a composition that, while not in the same league, offered an eloquent reaction to the events of Sept. 11. The combination of repertoire and subject matter added up to an absorbing experience.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | March 2, 2007
A last-minute glitch in gaining rights for a planned West Side Story piece forced Ballet Theatre of Maryland artistic director Dianna Cuatto to sub in one of her own pieces at a sampler of new works last weekend -- and the results were delectable. Cuatto featured her recently completed Collage, danced to music by 3 Doors Down, and premiered her dance to Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which featured the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra under the direction of J. Ernest Green.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | February 16, 2007
Familiar music interpreted through dance is always fascinating, and what I saw at a rehearsal at Ballet Theatre of Maryland last week promised dance audiences a treat. Artistic director Dianna Cuatto has selected music by 20th-century American composers George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland and Leonard Bernstein for the Director's Choice program on Feb. 24 and 25. Ballet master Bryan Skates has choreographed two of the pieces: Copeland's Old American Songs, a blend of traditional hymns and folk songs, and Sentimental Saunter, which is set to Gershwin.
NEWS
By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | September 1, 2006
As principals in the Ballet Theatre of Maryland rehearsed their Renaissance Festival presentation this week, the demands of their profession were manifest. Ballerina Christi Bleakly met challenges with strength and grace while Bryan Skates moved from rigorous duels with Joseph Villalobos to executing seamless lifts of Bleakly, including holding her above his head with one hand. As she supervised the dancers and attended to other details, artistic director Dianna Cuatto provided insight into her choices for her fourth season as director and the 26th season of Maryland's only professional ballet company.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When Live Arts Maryland music director J. Ernest Green conducted the season-closing "Light & Life" classical concert in April, it was a performance that seemed impossible to surpass. Yet the classical season opener, the "Dona Nobis Pacem" concert performed Nov. 8 and 9 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, managed to rival it. Once again, Green and the 160 voices of the Annapolis Chorale, accompanied by the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, produced a bright sound to enthrall near-capacity audiences.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 1, 2003
With the Evocation of the Spirit concert Saturday, the Annapolis Chorale ended its 30th season much as it began in September, when music director J. Ernest Green conducted an expanded chorus to mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with the "Rolling Requiem." Filled with spiritual music, this season's classical series offered Richard Einhorn's reverent Voices of Light in November, Handel's Messiah in December, "Music and Poetry - The Sacred" in March and closed focusing on two 20th-century composers' songs to God. Green's programming illustrates his expressed concern for audience members in these unsettling times as he leads them and his singers into complex new musical regions where spiritual needs may be served.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2004
In the Bravo Bernstein! concert Saturday at St. John's Key Auditorium, Glenette Schumacher capped the Arundel Vocal Arts Society's 21st season and her 10th year as music and artistic director. The performance, which honored one of her favorite composers, also marked Schumacher's final concert before taking a year's sabbatical to pursue graduate studies. The all-Leonard Bernstein program included selections from his Mass, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Candide, West Side Story and Chichester Psalms.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 27, 2004
In the Bravo Bernstein! concert Saturday at St. John's Key Auditorium, Glenette Schumacher capped the Arundel Vocal Arts Society's 21st season and her 10th year as music and artistic director. The performance, which honored one of her favorite composers, also marked Schumacher's final concert before taking a yearlong sabbatical to pursue graduate studies. The all-Leonard Bernstein program included selections from his Mass, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Peter Pan, Candide, West Side Story and Chichester Psalms.
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