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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 18, 1997
The Annapolis Chorale's "Celebration of Christmas" concert Friday featured some rarely heard works by the chorale and the Chamber Chorus and from the Chamber Orchestra, a range of music from Handel's "Messiah" to Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."The Chamber Orchestra played the classical works beautifully and brought to such familiar songs as "Silver Bells" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" a lush fullness associated with much larger groups.When he opened his arms wide, Ernest Green pressed the orchestra to express all those warm sentiments of the season.
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By Mary Johnson and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The 2014-2015 season of Live Arts Maryland's Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra promises to be a celebration of music director J. Ernest Green's 30 years with the organization. Green has enriched Anne Arundel County's cultural scene by delivering extraordinary music to Annapolis, and Live Arts has even more to celebrate this year with the opening of the renovated theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Green conducted the first performance at the unveiling celebration Sept.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 1, 1997
The Annapolis Chorale pulled out all the stops for its final concert of the season Saturday, bringing in professional soloists and augmenting the chorale with a high school chorus to perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Schubert.The string section of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra opened the program at Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts, playing the overture to Mozart's comic opera "Der Schauspieldirektor" with precision and verve.The rest of the orchestra, chorale and soloists joined the strings for Mozart's "Vesperae Solennes de Confessore" ("Solemn Vespers")
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March 14, 2014
Editor: Last Saturday evening Sheldon Bair conducted the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the choruses from the Deer Creek Chorale, the Harford Choral Society, the Towson University Choral Society, the Towson High School Chamber Choir, the Frederick Children's Chorus, and the Children's Chorus of Annapolis together with soloists Theresa Bickham, Christopher Dudley and Jeffrey Grayson Gates and they reaped the well-deserved reward of a five-minute standing...
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer | May 5, 1992
Of the jewels in the crown of the choral music repertoire, few works -- if any -- approach the intensity of Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem.Composed in 1873 in tribute to the poet Alessandro Manzoni, Verdi's friend and fellow Italian nationalist, the Requiem is one of the true "musts" for all choristers at some point in their musical lives.Yes, it's an episodic piece. Agreed, it's not the most organically flowing work imaginable. Of course, there are many interludes that lend themselves to interpretive excess.
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November 24, 1993
The Severn School Chorale will make its national television debut on Friday, Dec. 3, during "CBS This Morning." The 27-member choir, under the direction of Eric W. Van Dervort, will perform the show's theme song, "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning."The chorale has competed in three international competitions. Most recently, the choir was awarded a Bronze Medal in the 1993 Anglo-International Music Festival held in London, England.The chorale also will perform at the Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis on Dec. 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. as part of the Hammond Harwood House holiday celebration.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 16, 2000
Two contrasting works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be performed by the Annapolis Chorale at Maryland Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday. For rollicking good fun, there is the Concerto for Bassoon, to be conducted by J. Ernest Green and played by the chorale's chamber orchestra and soloist Danny Phipps, principal bassoon of the Air Force Band, which has its headquarters in Washington. A graduate of Philadelphia's Curtis Institute and Catholic University, Phipps, a faculty member at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., is one of the region's most-sought-after bassoonists.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer | October 31, 1990
Friday evening's concert by the Annapolis Chorale was revealing indeed, as the audience overflowing St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis was able to hear how far the Chorale has come -- as well as gain a sense of where it needs to go.The audience certainly was not cheated. Conductor Ernest Green led a program consisting of Gabriel Faure's Requiem, Bruckner's C-Major Mass, Annapolitan John Starr's lovely "Song For Good Weather," and Mozart's Symphony No. 29 performed by the Chorale's chamber orchestra.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer | November 13, 1992
Last weekend's concerts by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra marked Gisele Ben-Dor's initial foray into the choral repertoire since her ascension to the ASO post last season.Mozart's valedictory work, the problematic Requiem, was performed, along with arias from two of his greatest operas, "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Magic Flute." Ernest Green's Annapolis Chorale was on hand to collaborate in the Requiem.Rounding out the program was "Musica Celestis," a contemporary work for string orchestra by Aaron Kernis.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 2, 1997
To launch the Annapolis Chorale's silver anniversary year, music director J. Ernest Green displayed the chorale's components -- the Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Chorus and the full Chorale, all 150 voices with orchestra -- in a performance last weekendHe added a festive note by bringing back some 20 alumni of the chorale. And to show off the versatility of the chorale, Green chose a well-balanced program of baroque to 20th-century music.A late addition to the program was Gerald Finzi's "My Spirit Sang All Day."
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
Oakland Mills High School senior John Dean didn't join the school's choir until his junior year — a decision he now describes as a mistake he hopes younger students interested in singing don't make. This week, he and fellow choir members will have a chance to influence younger singers, as Oakland Mills takes the lead role in the Oakland Mills Community Choral Festival, scheduled for Wednesday. For the second year, the school is organizing the festival, which enables its choir to perform with groups from neighboring elementary and middle schools, combining hundreds of voices from students in grades five through 12. Students from Atholton, Jeffers Hill, Talbott Springs and Thunder Hill elementary schools, Lake Elkhorn and Oakland Mills middle schools and Oakland Mills High School will perform together in concert Wednesday evening at Bridgeway Community Church in Columbia.
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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 Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Last weekend saw two more entries in Baltimore's 2013-14 music season, each yielding rewards. Saturday night at the Gordon Center, Concert Artists of Baltimore offered an unusual pairing -- Schubert on the first half, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev on the second. If there was a secret to the combination, artistic director Edward Polochick didn't make it clear in his lengthy, sometimes fuzzy remarks woven throughout the evening (like most of us, he could use an editor). What mattered in the end, though, was all the stylish music-making.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
Sunday's musical splendors, for me, started with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's season finale in the afternoon at Grace United Methodist Church. The cleverly constructed program gave audiences a chance to compare different settings of the same texts. Tom Hall, longtime artistic director of the chorus, chose a good number of pieces with spiritual texts, mixing in a little Shakespeare along the way. The composers represented were decidedly tonal in orientation, and several shared a rather generic style (I would have loved at least one walk on the wild side)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Anne B. Leavitt, a retired registered nurse and an alto singer who was a longtime member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church Choir and Baltimore Choral Arts Society, died June 21 of a stroke at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 79. The daughter of a dentist and a registered nurse, Anne Lovelace Gorsuch Benson was born in Baltimore and raised in St. Margarets and in a home next door to the old Marconi's restaurant on West Saratoga Street. Mrs. Leavitt was a 1950 graduate of Eastern High School and earned her nursing degree at the old Hospital for the Women of Maryland in Bolton Hill.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2012
Sometimes it's the lyrics and not the music that set a song apart. For the Ellicott City-based ShowTime Singers, one of the most challenging musical numbers they've performed was "America the Beautiful" - when they sang it in Mandarin for a Chinese New Year festival a few years ago. The 47 members of the choral group studied the spoken translation recorded by member Ruihua Tao, who is a native of Beijing and a Columbia resident. Then they put the new words to the patriotic tune in four-part harmony for appreciative immigrants and Chinese-Americans in the audience.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 19, 1998
With Annapolis Chorale director J. Ernest Green, we have grown to expect the unexpected. Who else would think of linking Mozart and Motown in a concert?The chorale gives us "Mozart, Motown and More" at its pops concerts tomorrow and Saturday at Maryland Hall.The 150-member chorale will be joined by local singers Tony Spencer and Gayle Thompson-Steele, and pianist Stef Scaggiari.Thompson-Steele became familiar to Annapolis audiences as a vocalist with the Naval Academy band. Spencer is a retired Annapolis firefighter who teaches firefighting courses at the University of Maryland and has built a reputation as a fine gospel and jazz singer.
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August 18, 2011
Share your good news and events with the community. Contact Laurel Leader editorial assistant Pat Farmer, paf1@patuxent.com , or phone and fax 410-332-6653. Central Maryland Chorale — First rehearsal of season, Mon., Aug. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road and every Monday thereafter. Need enthusiastic, dedicated singers who can follow music from score; no audition required. Artistic director Monica Otal, assistant director and accompanist Theodore Guerrant.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 3, 2011
Gilbert Ambrose Brungardt, a retired professor of music who had been chairman of the music department and later dean of Towson University's College of Fine Arts and Communication, died Wednesday of cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. He was 80. Dr. Brungardt, the son of cattle and wheat farmers, was born and raised on the plains of Western Kansas near Victoria. He was a 1948 graduate of St. Joseph's Seminary in Rensselaer, Ind. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 in music education from Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kan., and had served with the National Guard in the early 1950s.
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