Chamber Music at St. Anne’s

 

Chamber Music at St. Anne’s
Starting a journey through 400 years of choral music!

Friday March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 9, 8 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle, Annapolis)

Adults: $37; Pre-sold students: $12; Student Rush available

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The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus is joined by members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, guest soloists and organist Larry Molinaro for an evening of music conducted by J. Ernest Green.  The centerpiece of these concerts is “Musikalische Exequien” written by Heinrich Schütz in 1635/36 and one of his motets, “Selig sind die Toten.”   Also on the program are three motets from Henry Purcell’s “Funeral Music for Queen Mary” and the final movement of Johannes Brahms’ Requiem, “Selig sind die Toten.”   Each of these works is beautiful on its own, but how do they all fit together?

It is not by chance that the Chorale premiere of this work will be at St. Anne’s, an historic building that has some of the finest acoustics in the region.   Mr. Green will make the most of this space with this piece’s double choruses.

Spanning almost 250 years and covering the Renaissance and the Romantic eras, all of these pieces in some way changed the path and development of vocal music.  Ernie’s take on the music: “In many ways the ‘Musikalische Exequien’ of Schütz can be seen as the beginning of modern vocal music.  It was an incredibly important work that influenced Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms to name a few composers. Brahms was even rumored to have a copy of this work close at hand when he wrote his “German Requiem.”

Joining the Chamber Chorus for these performances are five accomplished soloists.  Familiar to Annapolis audiences are sopranos Kimberly Christie and Caitlin Vincent and tenor Tom Magette, all of whom appeared in this season’s Broadway productions, “Guys & Dolls” and “A Grand Night for Singing.”  These concerts showcase the classical side of their vocal talents.  Appearing with Live Arts Maryland for the first time are mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Merrill and baritone Jonathan Wagstaff, a graduate and student, respectively, at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and tenor David Merrill, a prolific local performer and teacher at the Severn School in Severna Park.  Click here for more soloist information.

If you’ve heard Ernie talk about music at any LAM concert, you know that he is fun, entertaining and very enthusiastic about sharing the music.  This journey is no exception.  As the tour guide for the start of this musical journey, Ernie will provide the connective tissue that binds it all together during both concerts. Casual Friday night’s event will also include a post-concert Q&A session with the musicians, singers and Mr. Green.

**The musical tour continues with the April 19-20 Annapolis Chorale season finale performances at St. Anne’s celebrating 20th-century composers and featuring Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna,” John Rutter’s “Mass for the Children” and Karl Jenkins “Requiem.”  Don’t miss this gorgeous and unique music!**