Category: Ernie’s Blog

The Musical Journey Starts Here!

Choral music has been with us for thousands of years! Although we can’t determine with any certainty when it became an organized activity, we do have examples of early vocal music that would probably have been sung by a group of people. In my old tattered copy of “Historical...
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“Who’s on First?” or…

… Singers, singers everywhere, but who is singing what in the Bach “Mass in B Minor”? Bach’s vocal music and, in particular, his choral music has been a hot topic for discussion for years.  It’s gotten even hotter.  More so recently with the advent of new scholarship that is...
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Which Bach will you hear?

Over the last several months my musical life has centered on the Bach “Mass in B minor.”  This great work is one of the most complex pieces of music in the repertoire and for those who know it, it is also one of the most talked about.  For me,...
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Anything Goes – and the genius of Cole Porter

This week we are in the middle of putting up “Anything Goes” for our Friday and Saturday performances.  This show may be one of the silliest shows I have ever done.  It is a nonstop sequence of funny bits and situations that are tied together with a wonderful set...
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Music in December…

It’s December and for musicians that means a lot of concerts.  Last week we gave our two big holiday pops concerts entitled “A Celebration of Christmas.”  These concerts have been taking place on the second Friday (now Thursday and Friday) of December since 1989.  That is quite a long...
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Making music with friends…

N.B. I wrote this in mid August just after returning from vacation with my family.  At the time I wasn’t if I should post it or not.  The more I thought about it and the more I thought about and the musical trip we have all been taking since...
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And the fun (and silliness) continues…

This week, we are rehearsing for our season opening production of “HMS Pinafore,” which will take place this Friday and Saturday (September 16 and 17).  The cast is wonderful and is working at break-neck speed to get this show on the boards.  This is because we have a very...
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Back to rehearsals on the Mozart “Requiem”

A few days ago I started rehearsals for the Annapolis Chorale’s performance of the Mozart “Requiem,” which will be given on September 11.  It was great to have the chorus back together to sing and work on this wonderful piece. As we were rehearsing, I could not help but...
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One musical – two views. Which will you see?

“One musical – two views.  Which will you see?” “The Sound of Music” is one of the best -loved musicals of all time.  How could it miss with Richard Rodgers brilliant score and Oscar Hammerstein’s wonderful words?  Songs like “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “My Favorite Things” and even the title...
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