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Annapolis welcomes some very talented musical travelers on June 26.
On that day, two vocal groups Europe and one from the USA gather for a free evening of music. Experience the soul of these nations in their young voices.
Presented by Live Arts Maryland, J. Ernest Green, Music Director, and Classical Movements, Inc, this free concert is part of the St. Anne’s Music Series.
Meet the ensembles visiting Annapolis, who are performing here as part of the fourth annual Serenade! Choral Festival.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus—USA, Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director
Lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), this group is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet, Jacaranda and MUSE/IQUE. The chorus serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs – Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir – and a First Experiences in Singing program and First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-9-year-olds. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits. View on YouTube.
Pro Musica-Magnolia—Slovakia, Viera Džoganová, Conductor
The children choir Pro Musica – Magnólia is one of the best and most famous choirs in Slovakia. Choir Pro Musica – Magnólia was created by joining two choirs together – Pro Musica (Michalovce, Slovakia) and Magnólia (Sobrance, Slovakia). Since its establishment, the choir has been representing Slovakia and both cities in many international competitions include 18 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 3 bronze medals. Participating at concerts and competitions, the choir has visited almost all European countries and has performed at concert tour twice in 13 states of Mexico. Pro Musica – Magnólia cooperates with many famous singers from both classical and pop music.The ensemble has released a cassette tape “Vianoce s Magnóliou” and 2 CDs “Rusadle” and “Na lúke”.Repertoire includes all musical periods and genres, from classical compositions to the most modern songs of 21st century, from adapted folk songs to popular songs. Aside from singing, the members of the choir dance traditional folk dances of Zemplin region. View on YouTube.
Tapiola Chamber Choir—Finland, Hannu Norjanen, Conductor
The Tapiola Chamber Choir was founded in 1984. The independent 36-member Choir, dedicated to achieving a professional standard of excellence, soon established itself as a major representative of its generation in Finnish music. The Choir’s adventurous programming, diverse repertoire and ambitious recording schedule have found recognition in the form of audience response, critical acclaim and awards both in Finland and abroad. In 2000-2005, the Choir had composer-in-residence agreement with Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. The Choir’s clients and partners include Finland’s leading professional orchestras, conductors, music festivals, concert agencies, record companies and composers.The Choir has also performed Baroque and Classical major works with distinguished foreign conductors such as Peter Schreier, Harry Christophers, Roy Goodman and Paul Hillier. The Choir received 2005 the Cultural Award of the City of Espoo. Many of records by the Choir have received national awards, and the Penderecki disc has sold over 27,000 copies worldwide. The Choir’s Penderecki and Sibelius discs are included as ‘benchmark’ recordings in the Gramophone Classical Good CD Guide. The Choir has recorded for Alba Records since 2005. View on YouTube.
For more information about the Serenade! Music Festival – click HERE.
Attendance is free; donations accepted as guests are able.