Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
Maestro Green knows how to finish with a flourish!
This super-sized season finale is an all out festival of ethereal and luscious works for chorus and orchestra. He began the 2016-2017 season with W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, one of the most well known and celebrated works ever written and one every composer that came after it was influenced by. “Music for a New World II” completes the circle.
No one appreciates a great live music experience more than Ernie Green. One of the area’s most visible and enthusiastic cheerleaders for music of all kinds, if he hears something he loves, he wants to share the experience. Happily for area music lovers, the Annapolis Chorale’s season finale is all about that kind of music.
For the season finale, Mr. Green will conduct the Chorale’s 160 voices, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and four stellar soloists in “Music for a New World II.” Building on the first such concert last season, and based on popular demand, this concert features music by such 20th century composers as Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Dan Forrest.
Mr. Green is not fond of the term “classical music,” which he feels limits our thinking about the music we hear. For him, music is music! On this program, Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Luminous Night of the Soul” and sections of Lauridsen’s “Lux aeterna,” are featured along with a musical treasure from Eric Whitacre, “The Seal Lullaby.”
“I love this music because it shows the musical beauty that’s possible with the music of our own time. Often, people hear that there are going to be new works on a concert and they aren’t sure that they’ll like them,” says Green. “I’m confident that these works will be ones you’ll want to hear again and again!” After the Chorale performed works by Gjeilo last season, Mr. Green heard from many people asking for more. He wasn’t surprised at their reaction and is happy to fulfill that request. “These pieces show people why choral music is so enjoyable – to listen to and to sing – and why it’s so hot right now,” he says. “People are catching on to it and participating in choral music more and more. The music we’ll be performing is a way for me to show you what makes choral music the dynamic art form that it is.”