Annapolis Chorale: Choral Fantasy

Watch a clip from rehearsal on November 9 – Piotr Pakhomkin

Get ready to soar into the stratosphere when the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra under the direction of J. Ernest Green present an evening of big choral music.  On the program is the Annapolis Chorale premiere of Lobgesang, Felix Mendelssohn’s jubilant song of praise.   Joining us for theses concerts are tenor Adam Caughey and sopranos Caitlin Vincent and Erika Juengst.

Also joining the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra is classical guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin.  He will perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, one of the best known and most-loved works for guitar.

Read more about our guest artists below.

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After November 11’s 7:30 p.m. Casual Friday performance, stay in the auditorium and talk with our guest artists!

Before Saturday’s 8 p.m. performance,  J. Ernest Green will give a pre-concert talk in the auditorium.

Guest Artists:

Adam Caughey, tenor, originally from San Diego, CA, completed his Master of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Dr. Stanley Cornett.  Before coming to Baltimore, Mr. Caughey performed the roles of Don Ottavio, Don Basilio, Sam Kaplan in Weill’s Street Scene, and Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream while obtaining a B.M at UC Santa Cruz.  A versatile performer, Mr. Caughey also has performed the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion under the coaching of John Shirley-Quirk and Dr. Cornett, Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, the comic tenors in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Monostatos while covering the role of Tamino in Mozart’s Magic Flute.  Mr. Caughey’s 2009 debut as Albert Herring with Opera Vivente received critical acclaim from The Baltimore Sun’s Tim Smith.  Mr. Caughey has performed small roles with area opera houses including Lyric Opera of Baltimore and Young Victorian Theatre Company.  He can also be seen as the tenor soloist with the Annapolis Chorale in Live Arts Maryland’s Messiah performances at St. Anne’s in December 2011.

 

Erika Juengst, soprano, is known for her youthful energy and “lovely” presence on stage in opera, operetta, theatre and recital.  Most recently, she performed Suzanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Baltimore Concert Opera.  She has also sung roles in the operas Don Giovanni, La Boheme, Die Zauberflöte, Dido and Aeneas, Manon, Hansel and Gretel, With Blood, With Ink, The Cunning Little Vixen and Little Red Riding Hood, as well as Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers.  At home on stage whether singing or acting, she made her theater debut as Gloria in the Shaw play, You Never Can Tell.  Ms. Juengst has performed in the Baltimore area with Baltimore Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Summer Opera Theater, Co., the Young Victorian Theatre Company, Theatre Hopkins and the Peabody Opera Theater.  In her native Colorado, she has been a featured soloist with the Steamboat Orchestra and Greeley Chorale.  Ms. Juengst is sought after as a performer and recitalist, performing on several occasions for the Baltimore Opera Guild, Hood College Chamber Players and more.  Ms. Juengst was an active performer with the Baltimore Opera Educational Outreach Programs, where she thoroughly enjoyed sharing opera with children in area schools.  She received her Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she graduated with highest honors.  In addition to performing, Ms. Juengst gained extensive arts management experience as Managing Director of Community Concerts at Second, a non-profit concert series in Baltimore, and now works in the Constituent Engagement department of the Peabody Institute.  She resides in Catonsville, Maryland with her husband and two children.

 

Caitlin Vincent, soprano, is a native of Seattle, Washington.  She has been praised for her “sparkling” tone and pristine coloratura.  Hailed as a “lovely performer” with “exemplary stage presence,” she made her international debut in 2007 as Amour in Clérambault’s solo cantata “Amour piqué par une abeille” at Le Mois Molière in Versailles, France.  Ms. Vincent has received first place honors from the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside (PAFE) and both MD/DC/VA and Pacific Northwest chapters of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Vocal Competition.  While studying for her Master’s degree in vocal performance at the Peabody Institute, Ms. Vincent was the recipient of two Peabody Career Development Grants, second place in the Frost School of Music at Salzburg Recital Competition, and the prestigious George Woodhead Prize for Voice.  Recent opera roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Belinda and 1st Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Dew Fairy/Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, Sister Constance in The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, L’écureuil in L’enfant et les Sortilèges, and Rose Maybud in Ruddigore.  In April 2011, Ms. Vincent premiered the role of Janey in Paul Mathews’ opera Piecing it Apart, a performance for which she was described as a “standout” by Sequenza21.  Equally praised for her interpretations of concert repertoire, Ms. Vincent has performed as soprano soloist in Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Handel’s motet Silete Vente, and Bach’s Cantata Nos. 51, 96, and 211.  Upcoming performances include  Zerlina in Who Killed Don Giovanni? with The Figaro Project.  For more information, please visit www.caitlinvincent.com.

 

Piotr Pakhomkin (guitarist) is a Russian-American born in St. Petersburg into a family of artists.  Collecting an impressive list of professional accomplishments at home and abroad, including performances in such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Dweck Center of Contemporary Culture in New York, Mr. Pakhomkin is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after concert guitarists of his generation.  In 2011, he was invited by the Guitar Association of Panama to perform recitals at Panama City’s historic National Theater and lead several master classes as part of the nation’s VIII International Guitar Festival.  He also made his presence known on the competition circuit, winning 1st prize at the Great Lakes Guitar Competition as well as 2nd prize at the Montreal International Guitar Competition.  Flamenco Connection said of his virtuosity, “The warmth and clarity of his tone, the precise lyricism of his phrasing, the subtle drama of his timing, all combine to create an almost overwhelming sensation of other-worldly beauty.” The Washington Guitar Society called him a “Sensational young guitarist.”  Learn more about him on his homepage.

Mr. Pakhomkin received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, in the studio of Maestro Manuel Barrueco.  He performs exclusively on a custom-made 2010 Ross Gutmeier cedar top guitar.