What is Our 2015-2016 Season All About?

June 19th, 2014

What is Ernie thinking about when he plans a season?

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The Musical Journey Starts Here!

March 7th, 2013

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 Anthology of Music” from my student […]

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“Who’s on First?” or…

February 27th, 2012

… 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 looking very closely at who Bach’s […]

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Which Bach will you hear?

February 20th, 2012

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, this is a work where there […]

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Anything Goes – and the genius of Cole Porter

February 9th, 2012

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 of songs by Cole Porter.  All […]

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Music in December…

December 14th, 2011

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 time for a concert event to […]

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Making music with friends…

October 13th, 2011

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 the middle of August the relevant […]

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And the fun (and silliness) continues…

September 15th, 2011

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 short rehearsal period for these productions.  […]

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Back to rehearsals on the Mozart “Requiem”

July 28th, 2011

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 remember when we worked on this […]

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One musical – two views. Which will you see?

February 8th, 2011

“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 song, “The Sound of Music,” have […]

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