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Celebrating the Beauty of Choral Music

Mar 28, 2011 07:36PM ● By Anonymous

– Live surround sound with music from the Renaissance to the 20th century –

The Annapolis Chorale offers a unique, live surround-sound celebration of choral music from the 16th century to the present during its two “Motets, Madrigals & More” concerts under the direction of J. Ernest Green on Friday, April 8 (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, April 9 (8 p.m.), at historic St. Anne’s Parish in Annapolis.   Members of the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in the form of two brass quintets will accompany the chorus and organist Larry Molinaro will also perform in the perfect acoustics of historic St. Anne’s Church.

With its size and skill, the Annapolis Chorale is uniquely able to achieve this dramatic musical effect.  Mr. Green will use both to maximum advantage by placing segments of the chorus all around the nave of St. Anne’s during the concert.  The surround-sound effect will add extra drama and power to the works being performed, from the opening movement of the “Vespers” by Claudio Monteverdi to the lush “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl.  The Chorale will also perform works by Anton Bruckner, Giovanni Gabrieli modern composer John Tavener.  During both concerts, Mr. Green will provide a tour of the music being performed.  Live Arts Maryland invites all students to attend these concerts free through its Student Rush ticket program.

There are two opportunities to experience the “Motets, Madrigals & More,” the April 8 Casual Friday event at 7:30 p.m., which includes and a question-and-answer session after the performance, and the Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. performance.  Tickets are $37/adults, $12/pre-sold students and are on sale now at the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or  There is a $3 per-ticket service charge for individual tickets.  Live Arts Maryland is offering free Student Rush tickets a half-hour before each concert time for students with a valid ID.

The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus is presented by Live Arts Maryland, one of the region’s largest and most active non-profit arts organizations dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages.  Live Arts Maryland is also home to the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and the St. Anne’s Concert Series.  It also offers such music education programs as the MusicWorks school partnership and a scholarship program for high-school music students.  The Annapolis Chorale is a resident company of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.