Music at St. Anne’s
St. Anne’s Concert Series
St. Anne’s Church is known for its exemplary music program and this free concert series is a big part of it. There are two separate programs–one in the spring and one in the fall. Through this series, 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!
All Thursday Concerts begin at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle, Annapolis).
No tickets required for these special nights! Come as you are, pay as you can.
6:15 PM Thursday Winter and Spring Concert Series
February 7 – Haskell Small, pianist and composer
February 14 – Meraki Ensemble (Elizabeth Hill – Piano, Anastasia Christofakis – Clarinet
February 21 – Bach+
February 28 – PING Ensemble (Singers from St. Mary’s College)
March 7 – Chengcheng – solo pianist
March 14 – Bach+
March 21 – Elan Ensemble (an early music ensemble featuring Elissa Edwards)
March 28 – Members of the Annapolis Chamber Ensemble
February 7 - Haskell Small
Thursday, February 7 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Composer and pianist Haskell Small has been praised for the exquisite blend of sound and silence in his compositions and for his prodigious technique and subtle touch at the keyboard. His discography of over a dozen recordings and his frequent national and international tours have firmly established Small’s stellar artistic reputation around the world.
Highlights of Small’s international performance career include engagements at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Spoleto USA. His acclaimed artistry has spread further through his active YouTube channel and other videos, which have received millions of views. In addition to his online videos, Small was featured on the nationally-broadcast PBS special “A Celebration of the Piano.”
Over the course of his career, Small’s contemplative nature has drawn him to music that seeks a spiritual quietude that approaches silence. His ongoing series of compositions, performances and recordings, “Journeys in Silence”, reflects this interest. Small regularly tours the United States, Europe and Japan, programming his own compositions as well as works by other composers that share this aesthetic, performing in monasteries, churches and galleries as well as more conventional concert venues.
Small has received commissions from the Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, among others. Small’s discography includes recordings of his own compositions as well as the Goldberg Variations by JS Bach, Musica Callada by Federico Mompou and Gershwin in Black and White (a collection of piano transcriptions) on the MSR, Naxos, Centaur and 4Tay labels.
Haskell Small received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory and Carnegie-Mellon University. He studied piano with Leon Fleisher and William Masselos, and composition with Vincent Persichetti and Ronald Leich. Haskell Small is a faculty member and former Piano Department Chair of the Washington (DC) Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1984.
February 14 - Meraki Ensemble
Thursday, February 14 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church
Meraki (n.): the soul, creativity, or love put into something;
the essence of yourself that is put into your creative work
Meraki is a chamber ensemble co-founded by former classmates, Anastasia Christofakis, clarinet,
and Elizabeth G. Hill, piano. They are recipients of the 2018 Classical Commissioning Grant from
Chamber Music America. The ensemble is dedicated to making a social impact through music.
Meraki’s recurring focus is the music of “Essence” that evokes the culture and history of people
through their folk sound and musical language.
Anastasia Christofakis enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Her
musical collaborations have led to performances at the International Clarinet Association’s
ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, as well as at the
Berklee College of Music. Anastasia is the recipient of several awards, most recently an artist
residency through the National Parks Arts Foundation as well as a Montgomery County Artists and
Scholars Award. She was granted the Presser Foundation Music Award for her project on Armenian
music, where she studied and conducted research in Armenia on both their traditional and
contemporary music. Dr. Christofakis is on faculty at Mount St. Mary’s University and at the
InterHarmony International Music Festival in Acqui Terme, Italy. She received her Doctor of Music
degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University, her Master’s degree from Roosevelt
University and Bachelor’s degree in Music from James Madison University.
Elizabeth G. Hill is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, and educator. Her
recent concert appearances include performances for the Embassy Concert Series in Washington
DC, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Robert-Schumann-Haus in Zwickau,
Germany. As a devoted supporter of new music, her work ranges from solo to chamber
performances, including premieres at the The Fringe Festival (Washington, DC), and the West Fork
New Music Festival (Fairmont, WV). Elizabeth is also the Principal Pianist with Baltimore-based
chamber orchestra, Symphony Number One ; a group primarily devoted to performing substantial
works by emerging composers. After receiving her early musical training in her hometown,
Anchorage, Alaska, Elizabeth studied Piano Performance at Mary Baldwin College and James
Madison University. She earned the Doctorate in Musical Arts (DMA) in Chamber Music at The
Catholic University of America.
February 21 - Bach +
Thursday, February 21 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
On Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 6:15 PM, Bach+ Organ Vespers continues with its film series designed to put St. Anne’s Freiburger organ through its paces as organist Larry Molinaro accompanies silent films. Up next is Buster Keaton’s 1924 comic masterpiece, Sherlock Jr. The British Film Institute (BFI) calls Keaton’s feature “…a breathtakingly virtuosic display of every silent comedy technique imaginable, from his own formidable physical skills to some then-groundbreaking camera trickery.” Run time (with introductory talk) is approximately 60 minutes.
February 28 - PING Ensemble
Thursday, February 28 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Ping: n. A sharp resonant sound meant to attract attention.
Conductor: Larry Vote. Created in the spring of 2012, PING is St. Mary’s College’s newest vocal ensemble. Membership is limited to twelve members, chosen by competitive audition.
March 7 - Chengcheng
Thursday, March 7 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church
Chengcheng Yao was born in the Chinese province of Hebei and began studying the piano at the age of four. She performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 with Hebei Symphony Orchestra when she was sixteen, which was a resounding success and won her critical acclaim. As a soloist, Ms. Yao has performed in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Steinway Hall in Hamburg, National Center for the Performing Arts and Forbidden City Concert hall in Beijing, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Beethoven Center and University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, China Cultural Center in Berlin, and University of Toronto.
Her awards include the Elizabeth Parisot Prize at Yale University (2017), First Prizes at Peabody Harrison Winter Piano Competition (2018), Kayserburg National Piano Competition (2011), “YAMAHA” Piano Competition (2009) and the Steinway International Piano Competition (2007), and Second Prizes at Wideman International Piano Competition (2018), Young Artist Piano Concerto Competition (2016), Virtuoso & Belcanto Piano Competition (2016) and the “KAWAI” National Piano Competition (2007).
Ms. Yao completed her Bachelor of Music degree at China Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Professor Min Li. She holds two master’s degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she worked principally with Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Peter Frankl, and Hung-Kuan Chen. Currently residing in Baltimore, Ms. Yao is pursuing a Graduate Performance degree at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, where she studies with Leon Fleisher.
March 14 - Bach+
Thursday, March 14 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
The 2018-2019 Bach+ Chamber Series
In addition to Vivaldi’s works themselves, this season, Live Arts Maryland’s Bach+ Series will be exploring the impact of The Four Seasons on other composers. Philip Glass wrote his Violin Concerto No. 2 (“American Four Seasons”) as something of a dialogue between the original Vivaldi concerti and his new movements. Glass made those relationships, in his own words, “intentionally obscure,” leaving the connections up to the listener. Max Richter, in his “recompositions” of the works, has “…[tried] to find a new way to engage with this wonderful material, by writing through it anew – similarly to how scribes once illuminated manuscripts – and thus rediscovering it for myself.” Perhaps the most original of all are the ambitious concert works, Las Quatro Estaciones Porteñas (known as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) by Astor Piazzolla, originally written for piano solo and later arranged for his own ensemble. Piazzolla is credited with creating the Nuevo Tango style that blends elements from classical, tango, folk, and jazz idioms.
Our “Season of Seasons” ends on April 6, 2019 with the World Premiere of a work commissioned from composer Kathy Wonson Eddy by Live Arts Maryland that celebrates spring on the Chesapeake Bay.
Under the direction of conductor, J. Ernest Green, our Adult Choir is composed of over 50 members. The Adult Choir provides most of the music for our 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM worship services. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Skylight Room of the Parish House. For more information, contact Ernie Green *protected email*.
Children’s Choir is for all St. Anne’s children between the ages of 3 and 8. Children practice year-round during the Sycamore Tree Children’s Liturgy at the 9.30 AM Sunday service and they sing the anthem at the Eucharist on the third Sunday of each month from October through May. The Children’s Choir sings at the Christ Child Service on Christmas Eve and the Children’s Liturgy of the Light on the Saturday before Easter. For more information, contact Laurie Hays *protected email*.
Church Circle Consort
Instrumental music for church services and other events is frequently provided by the Church Circle Consort. This group is a collection of instrumentalist, including strings, winds and percussion that range from amateur to professional and beginners to lifetime musicians under the direction of Kari Shea. Interested participants are grouped appropriately with other instruments or arrangements are made for solo performances and accompaniment with piano. A brass choir meets regularly and a string trio meets at arranged times. Other groups are formed for specific performances and as the need arises. If you play an instrument and want more information, contact Kari Shea *protected email*.