Stop by St. Anne’s at 6 p.m. on these dates and start your evening with some great live music!
*Final Concert of the Season!*
May 17 – Pianist Margarita Loukachkina
Sparks & Raymond (May 3) – For more than twenty years the acoustic duo of Sparks & Raymond have been combining their instrumental and vocal talents to please audiences of all ages, from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore and in the neighboring states of Delaware and Virginia. Their repertoire includes traditional folk, and covers of classic and contemporary acoustic artists, as well as a catalog of songs they have written themselves. Being multi-instrumentalists, Sparks & Raymond use mandolin, dobro, bass, and harmonica along with guitar and vocal harmonies to create a sound that elevates them above the typical acoustic duo.
USNA Clarinet Quartet (April 19) – MUC Dawn Henry, MU1 Benjamin Bokor, MU1 Sheila Cullen, and MU1 Benjamin Redwine perform traditional and contemporary clarinet quartet literature. The group uses all of instruments from the clarinet family, including E-flat Soprano Clarinet, B-flat Clarinet, Basset Horn, E-flat Alto Clarinet, and B-flat Bass Clarinet. The Clarinet Quartet was formed in 2010 and is currently led by Chief Musician Dawn Henry. It has earned an outstanding performing reputation among music educators and professional musicians on the national and global stage. The quartet has been featured on the Naval Academy Band recital series, and has participated in outreach and educational events.
SIREN Woodwind Quintet (March 15) – SIREN is the University of Maryland’s newly formed Graduate woodwind chamber ensemble. Flutist Meghan Shanley, oboist Emily Tsai, clarinetist Emily Robinson, hornist Matthew Gray and bassoonist Tom Fleming began playing together as SIREN starting September of 2011. Under the invaluable mentorship of Mark Hill, SIREN has had a progressive few months of guidance and has recently been coached by other faculty members of the UMD School of Music such as Sue Heineman and James Ross. Recently, SIREN performed Valerie Coleman’s Afro-Cuban Concerto collaborating with percussionist Bob Novak for Coleman’s highly acclaimed quintet, the Imani Winds. The members of the ensemble hold degrees from New York University/SUNY at Purchase, the Eastman School of Music, DePaul University/the University of Minnesota, and the Manhattan School of Music/Yale University. This summer SIREN will be on tour in Italy performing with the Alba Music Festival Orchestra. Their program will include works by Beethoven, Hindemith and Ligeti.
Feb. 23 **a special 4th Thursday concert at 7 p.m.**Sounds of Luxembourg – with Maurice Clement (organ) and Marc Weydert (trumpet) presented by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s US Ambassador His Exellence Mr. Jean-Paul Senninger and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Clement is a music historian and theorist and is has been resident organist at the Philharmonie Luxembourg since 2007. He is considered one of the most innovative organists in the Grand Duchy. Mr. Weydert, currently with Luxembourg’s Mission to the United Nations in New York, has been awarded prizes in both trumpet and orchestra conducting. He has performed as trumpet soloist, orchestra conductor and choir conductor in Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Austria and the US. He is principal trumpet of the United Nations Symphony Orchestra in New York.
Christmas music (Dec. 15) – with members of the Annapolis Chorale and the Senior Choir of St. Anne’s Church. Start the city’s Midnight Madness event with a visit to St. Anne’s to get in the mood with a free hour of Christmas carols sung by members of some of the finest vocal ensembles in the area.
United States Naval Academy Band Commandant’s Combo (Dec. 1)
The Commandant’s Combo has become one of the most requested groups the USNA Band offers. Originally created to support the Commandant of Midshipmen’s official events, this versatile group is often called upon to perform for traditional Navy functions including Navy and Marine Corps Balls, command social functions, public concerts, and educational workshops. The five-piece ensemble infuses elements of traditional jazz, New Orleans, Reggae, and Brazilian music into its own arrangements of time-honored jazz classics and popular music. The Combo’s varied programming includes music from Leonard Bernstein to John Lennon to Stevie Wonder and Pearl Jam. Led by Senior Chief Musician Blake Cramer on piano and vibes, the group’s members are Musician First Class Kevin Meyer on drums; Musician First Class Tom Pitta on string and electric bass, Musician First Class Colin Renick on sax; and Musician First Class Mike Bogart on trumpet.
2 Sopranos/1 Piano (Nov. 17) – featuring Laurie Hays and Carolene Winter accompanied by Diane Kinsley. Two of the finest voices in Annapolis combine for a free, one-hour concert.
An Evening of Jazz Piano with Erik Apland (Nov. 3) Erik is the accompanist for Live Arts Maryland and a virtuoso pianist. Inventive, thoughtful and lively, his playing is brilliant so don’t miss this chance to hear him play in St. Anne’s perfect acoustics! Among the pieces Erik will perform are “Cheek to Cheek” by Irving Berlin, “S’Wonderful by George Gershwin, “True Love” by Cole Porter and “Besame Mucho” by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.
“Phantom of the Opera” (original 1925 silent classic on a big screen with live music) (Oct. 30)
Have some Halloween fun this year when the opera’s original Phantom makes an Annapolis appearance! Movie and horror buffs along with anyone who likes to laugh will love Larry Molinaro’s musical take on the 1925 silent film. His original musical accompaniment to this rare big-screen viewing includes samples from some very recognizable pieces. Over the years, a special game has evolved from these screenings – The Ballerina Twirl Count! See if you can count the number of times she twirls!
Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin (Oct. 20) – Guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin performs excerpts from the Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez on the October 20 1st & 3rd Thursday series at 6 p.m. He will perform the entire Rodrigo concerto with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra on Nov. 11 and 12.) Mr. Pakhomkin, who, in addition to his performance schedule also teaches guitar lessons locally, is one of today’s most accomplished young guitarists.) Join us on October 20 and experience his virtuosity in the near-perfect acoustics of St. Anne’s Church.