Ernie’s Thoughts on the Season to Come!



In 1964, Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway and was the first show ever to run for more than 3,000 performances.  That first production was nominated for ten Tony Awards and won nine.  Today – fifty years later – it is still as fresh as ever, an audience favorite – and we’re bringing it to Annapolis in February!

This show, like the pieces I talked about in my last email, has an amazing beginning.
Watch the opening scene from the 1971 movie starring Chaim Topol as Tevye.  This was my first encounter with a show that I came to know and love!

Next is “If I Were A Rich Man,” which really needs no introduction.  Feel free to sing along with this one (I always do…)

Finally, enjoy “Sunrise Sunset” from the wedding scene. Absolutely beautiful!

The universal themes of life, faith, family and the traditions that help us in the face of a changing world come together beautifully in this show.  I think it really is one of the most memorable Broadway shows ever.

Take a journey to Anatevka with us and meet Tevye and his family this February at Maryland Hall!  Do you have your seats yet?  It’s not too late to subscribe!


“Let’s start at the very beginning…”

Beginnings are incredibly important. In a large musical work, they set the tone for the rest of the piece.  You’ve heard some of these, like the opening of Beethoven’s “Symphony #5,” with its unmistakable four-note motive that will bind the entire piece together or the opening brass fanfare of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony #4.”  These well known openings are the composers’ way of saying, “good evening – let me show you what the next part of your life is going to be about.”

Coming up in our season are two significant “beginnings” from Anton Bruckner’s Te Deum, which we’ll perform in April 2015.  They are big and really set the stage for what is to follow!

This performance by the Berlin Radio Chorus and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Heinz Rögner – a conductor who is not well known in this country but who I hope to acquaint you with this year through these emails. I think you will really enjoy these two excerpts!

Bruckner – Te Deum (Movement 1 – Te Deum) – Heinz Rögner

Bruckner – Te Deum (Movement 3 – Aeterna fac) – Heinz Rögner

The third significant “beginning” in our upcoming season will seem quite different in many ways, yet it is more closely related to the others than you might think.  Bruckner knew J.S. Bach’s work intimately and, in many ways, his own choral works and symphonies share some common musical threads.

This performance of Bach’s opening chorus from the St John Passion, “Herr unser Herrscher,” is seething, full of angst and then, around 57 seconds into the clip, erupts with the chorus entering on the word “Herr” (Lord).

This beginning generates enormous tension and sets the tone for the rest of the work. I’m really looking forward to working on this for our March performances at St Anne’s.

So, why all this talk about beginnings?…

It’s because this season is full of new beginnings for us – new repertoire, new concerts (more about this later) and, most importantly, a new performance venue at Maryland Hall.

This is going to be life-changing for us and I hope for you, too, because we’ll all be able to experience the music we love in a different and better place!

Let me know what you think about today’s musical beginnings and the music to come this season.  We are thrilled that so many of you are subscribing to the whole season.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to SUBSCRIBE so you, too, can hear it all live!!