Music at St. Anne’s

 The series returns!

Need to decompress after work?
Want to skip rush hour for one day?
Need a
great way to start your evening?
Try the Bach+ Series at St. Anne’s in Church Circle!
All Thursday Concerts begin at 6:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Winter/Spring 2018:

February  1  Bach+   Cantata VI from the Christmas Oratorio

February 8    Guitarist Peter Griggs

February 15      Con Brio!

February 22    Barclay Brass

March 1           Beau Soir

March 15        Bellini Ensemble

March 22       District5 Woodwind Quintet

April 5         Enrique Reynosa, violin & Anna Nizhegorodtseva, piano

April 12     An Evening with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra Players

April 19    Bach+ Musical Offering

Fall concerts:

October 19  Phantom of the Opera (1925 silent classic) with live music

October 26 Soprano Lindsay Espinosa performs Songs of Water and Night

November 2  Bach+ – “For the Love of All Things Italian” The Vivaldi Project

November 9  Pianist Liana Paniyeva

November 16  Musica Spira,  “Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque”

November 30  Élan Ensemble performs music from the 17th – 19th centuries

December 14   Bach+ – Abendmusik

Masterworks Series:

December 15 (8 p.m.), 16 (8 p.m.) & 17 (3 p.m.)  Bach+ – Handel’s Messiah with the Annapolis Chorale 

March 10   Bach+ –  Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)           Tickets


**New This Season!** 

Bach+ Cantata Series, engage with some of Bach’s Leipzig cantatas, considered by many to be among the crowning achievements of a learned musician who was deeply committed to his faith.  This “mini cantata cycle,” presented over the course of the season, includes several that are presented in the conjunction with worship services at St. Anne’s, much in the same way that Bach’s Leipzig congregation would have experienced them.

“Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” – BWV 80 – November 5, 6:15 p.m. (immediately following the 5:30 service)

“Christmas Oratorio” – BWV 248 (Part 1)  – December 14, 6:15 p.m.

“Christmas Oratorio” – BWV 248 (Part 2) – December 24, 10:30 p.m. (prelude to the 11:00 p.m. Service of the Nativity)

“Christmas Oratorio” – BWV 248 (Part 5) – January 7, 6:15 (immediately following the 5:30 service)

“Christmas Oratorio” – BWV 248 (Part 6) – February 1, 6:15 p.m.

Sunday Organ Vespers – 4 p.m.

This new series launches on September 24 at 4 p.m. with the first of eight, hour-long Organ Vespers that are designed to show off St. Anne’s newly-refurbished Freiburger organ as well as the organ works of J.S. Bach, performed by organist Larry Molinaro.  Throughout his entire career, Bach was regarded as the “prince of all clavier players” (as a colleague once called him). This first Organ Vespers program features some of the virtuosic “foundational” works that Bach wrote before his years in Leipzig.  The program shows how Bach incorporated the styles of the previous generation of German masters along with Italian and French styles into his compositions.  Works to be performed include chorales from the Orgelbüchlein as well as the famous Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 582).

Dates for Organ Vespers concerts are:

September 24
October 22
November 26
January 21
February 18
March 11
April 15THIS CONCERT MOVED TO June 10 at 4 p.m.
May 20THIS CONCERT MOVED TO May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

St. Anne’s Church in Church Circle is the centerpiece of downtown Annapolis.   The church is known for its exemplary music program and this free concert series is a big part of it.  Through the regular Thursday series and it’s Bach+ Series offerings, we bring to Annapolis the best musicians in the region. The church itself boasts the finest acoustics in the area as well as one of the finest pipe organs. So, if you like music – music of all kinds – join us!
Background:  With a strong commitment to enriching community life in Annapolis by presenting the finest in live music, Live Arts Maryland (home of The Annapolis Chorale) and St. Anne’s Church proudly continue a collaboration that has for 18 years expanded the musical experiences freely available to the community.  The Thursday Series and the Bach+ Series have included members fo the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, members of the National Symphony Orchestra, violinist Nurit bar Joseph, pianist Dan Tepfer, guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin, the United States Naval Academy ensembles, the American Guild of Organists, the con brio! ensemble, the Washington Symphonic Brass, organist Larry Molinaro and many groups of area musicians.  The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra are also regular performers at St. Anne’s.  The lineup gets better every season.
Want more info on the series?  Call 410-263-1906 or email us!

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Timothy Mulder, Interim Rector, has been the Church in the Circle serving the Annapolis community since the 1600s.  Today, St. Anne’s Church is the spiritual as well as a geographic heart of the city for both Annapolitans and visitors alike.  This Christ-centered parish ministers to the community through a variety of outreach initiatives, including its strong music program.