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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 1996
Ernest Green, the talented conductor of vocal music who has put the Annapolis Chorale on the map in recent years, is very much in demand as a guest conductor outside Annapolis.Last season, Green conducted a production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, one of the Pacific Rim's premier artistic ensembles.Those performances paid dividends for local concertgoers June 7 when the young women of the Hawaiian Youth Opera Chorus, heard by Green during his rehearsals in Honolulu, brought an extraordinary mix of Hawaiian songs and classical repertoire to St. Martin's Church in Annapolis for a wonderful concert.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2012
J. Ernest Green's masterful conducting of the Annapolis Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and soloists in two performances of Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light," an oratorio set to Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc," brought a unique experience to near-capacity audiences last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Having heard Einhorn's 1994 work in Green's January 1999 regional premiere, and again this March when Marin Alsop conducted it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, I was aware of its relevance and profound emotional impact.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 20, 2005
"The Importance of Being J. Ernest," the 20th anniversary celebratory roast Saturday evening of Annapolis Chorale Director J. Ernest Green, was a notable success. The event raised $10,000 for the Annapolis Chorale and attracted 235 well-wishers. Included in the festivities were a video salute by composer Marvin Hamlisch of the National Symphony Orchestra and other musicians. Musical entertainment was provided by guest soloists during a three-course gourmet dinner at Loews Annapolis Hotel.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Live Arts Maryland music director J. Ernest Green opened the 2012-2013 season on a new high last weekend at Maryland Hall with a fabulous production of "Guys and Dolls" in which Annapolis Chorale members and stellar soloists brought sparkle to classic Broadway. With the first notes of the overture, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra produced a full sound to underscore the importance of music at Green's "Broadway in Concert" performances. Further brightening this production were several surprises by soloists playing the Damon Runyon characters from the 1950 favorite.
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November 2, 2007
Classical concert -- The Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. today and 8 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The concert will feature works of Brahms and Beethoven, under the direction of J. Ernest Green (above). Green will speak at 7 p.m. today. The cost is $35 to $38; and $15 for students. Reservations are suggested. 410-280-5640.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | February 24, 1995
Nothing attracts friends like success, and when J. Ernest Green and his Carnegie-approved Annapolis Chorale take the Maryland Hall stage tonight and tomorrow, talented colleagues will abound.At these concerts -- the third in this season's Pops Series, the chorale will be joined by Maryland's first lady of song, Ethel Ennis, in a stylishly conceived program of new tunes and well-loved standards.Accompanying Ms. Ennis at these "Evenings With Ethel" will be the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and a jazz trio consisting of drummer Paul Heldner, bass fiddler Keter Betts (Ella Fitzgerald's bassist of choice)
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing Writer | June 18, 1993
Anyone who's ever sweated through a May concert at Maryland Hall knows the old, poorly ventilated structure is no place to take in a concert during the summer.Acoustics -- don't even ask. The fraction of musical sound that makes it off the cavernous stage seems to head immediately for the nearest velour curtain to die. "Singing in Maryland Hall," conductor Ernest Green once told me, "is like singing into your sock."But the good news is that those who know and love the hall best -- its administrators and the talented performers who play, sing and dance there regularly -- are committed to its improvement.
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February 17, 1993
For more than a century, Carnegie Hall, more than any other concert venue in America, has signaled that an artist has arrived.That's why the news about the Annapolis Chorale's invitation to perform at Carnegie next year is worth celebrating."
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 8, 1998
Four days after the 12 days of Christmas, two area high schools are joining forces to celebrate the holidays.It may seem an odd time to do Handel's "Messiah," says Carole Frederick, choir director at Severna Park High School, but the weeks before Christmas were "too hectic, with all the other concerts we have to do.""Besides, I wanted it to be set apart and special," she says. "And it's close enough to Twelfth Night [Jan. 6] to count."So she and Jane Daugherty, choir director at Broadneck High School, are combining their best ensembles, each with 62 voices, with the 12-member Maryland Hall Chamber Orchestra, seven soloists and choral alumni of the two schools to do the Christmas portion of "Messiah."
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | March 25, 1994
With hits to his credit like "Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "Evita" and "Jesus Christ, Superstar," Andrew Lloyd Webber has probably sold more tickets than anyone else in the history of Broadway.But a decade ago, Mr. Lloyd Webber decided to set aside being a show-biz tunesmith for a time. Saddened by both the death of his father and by murderous events in Cambodia, he chose to broaden his artistic horizons and compose a Requiem, a musical setting of the Roman Catholic liturgy for the burial of dead.
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December 5, 2007
Holiday concert -- Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts will present the Annapolis Chorale in its annual Celebration of Christmas concerts at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and at 8 p.m. Friday at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. The program will be led by J. Ernest Green and will feature Mollie Weaver (above), Heather Venesile and Amy Cofield. Tickets are $43. 410-280-5640 or www.marylandhall.org.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 23, 2005
The Annapolis Chorale's annual presentation in St. Anne's Episcopal Church of George Frederic Handel's Messiah - perhaps the most performed work in the choral repertoire - signals the arrival of the Christmas season for local choral music lovers. In his notes accompanying the Annapolis Chorale's 1995 Messiah compact disc, music director J. Ernest Green wrote: "One of the things that has made the [work's] long tenure possible is the immediacy of Handel's music and Jennens' adaptation of passages from Scripture.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 20, 2005
"The Importance of Being J. Ernest," the 20th anniversary celebratory roast Saturday evening of Annapolis Chorale Director J. Ernest Green, was a notable success. The event raised $10,000 for the Annapolis Chorale and attracted 235 well-wishers. Included in the festivities were a video salute by composer Marvin Hamlisch of the National Symphony Orchestra and other musicians. Musical entertainment was provided by guest soloists during a three-course gourmet dinner at Loews Annapolis Hotel.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 5, 2004
As he celebrates 20 years with the Annapolis Chorale, Music Director J. Ernest Green can't help but reflect upon how far the chorale has come. It has gone from a small group of dedicated singers performing once or twice a year in 1985 to today's multifaceted, nearly 300-member organization known for musical excellence and creative programming. Green looks forward to the new season, but he's staying active in many other ways as well. He devoted half the summer to his 17th season with the Young Victorian Theatre Company to bring William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan's works to Baltimore.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 10, 2003
For this 16th season, the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra's dynamic music director J. Ernest Green is dedicating half his summer to the Young Victorian Theatre Company to bring Gilbert and Sullivan to Baltimore. In addition to his reponsibilities as music director with Annapolis Chorale and St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Green is in his fourth season as music director of the Falls Church Chamber Orchestra and serving his third as "cover" (stand-in) conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 23, 2003
For a few hours Saturday, the ballroom of Loew's Hotel in downtown Annapolis was transformed into a Viennese salon filled with laughter and lilting waltzes. This marks the third year that J. Ernest Green and the Annapolis Chorale have celebrated the new year with Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus - now with a new twist at a champagne dinner fund-raising party that was the ultimate presentation of Strauss' glittering operetta. A capacity audience of 200 guests provided the festive atmosphere that became the setting for the operetta.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 1, 2002
Is it worth a 45-minute drive to Rock Creek Park to attend a free outdoor concert? The answer is a resounding yes if the outdoor location is Washington's natural acoustic wonder, the Carter Barron Amphitheater, and the performance is by the National Symphony Orchestra led by Anne Arundel County's own J. Ernest Green in his debut with the orchestra. Saturday marked a triumph for Green and a history-making musical event for Annapolis Chorale members and loyal Green fans who shared the evening.
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