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.
Our 6:15 PM Thursday Fall Concert Series begins October 4, 2018.
October 4 – The Barclay Brass
October 11 – Bach+ Seasons 1
October 18 – Beau Soir
October 25 – Phantom of the Opera, Larry Molinaro, organist
November 1 – Melissa Jean Chávez
November 8 – Boresevich Duo
November 15 – Bach+
November 29 – Dmitri Shteinberg, pianist
October 4 - The Barclay Brass
Thursday, October 4 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
The Barclay Brass is comprised of some of Washington DC’s top brass musicians. Barclay Brass members perform with premier military bands, major symphony orchestras, and are in demand as freelancers all over the country. From the Pope to the President, members of The Barclay Brass have performed for some of the highest profile officials and ceremonies.
The Barclay Brass performs a wide variety of music, including custom arrangements by David J. Miller. We enjoy creating diverse programs – from patriotic and classical to ceremonial and seasonal – for audiences of all ages.
For more information, visit our website at www.TheBarclayBrass.com.
October 11 - Bach+ Seasons 1
Thursday, October 11 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church
Bach+ – Four Seasons 1
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 6th, 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. This set of concerts is offered as part of the Thursday Concert Series @ St. Anne’s lineup.
October 18 - Beau Soir Ensemble
Thursday, October 18 at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church
The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. The group was founded by harpist Michelle Lundy in 2007. The Trio regularly performs at venues and acclaimed concert series in the DC and Baltimore area including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Sundays at Three in Columbia, Harman Center for the Arts, Arts Club of Washington, The Lyceum, Church of the Epiphany, Dumbarton House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Hall (Fairfax, VA), and The Anderson House. The Trio also won the 2014 Montpelier Arts Recital Competition.
As part of its commitment to exposing audiences to contemporary music and new artists, Beau Soir frequently offers performances featuring world and local premiers by various composers. In 2014, the Trio was proud to present the local premiere of David Bruce’s critically acclaimed “Eye of the Night” and “No Exit” by Don Davis. In 2015/16 they performed the local premiere of Milton Barnes “Harbord Street” and a commissioned arrangement of Scarlatti’s Piano Sonata in D, K. 491 by Dan Reiter. In the spring of 2017 Beau Soir performed the local premiere of “Goodbye My Friend” by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich. They look forward to performing the local premiere of “Suite Popular Española” by Manuel Moreno-Beundia, a Latin inspired piece in the fall of 2018.
Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.
October 25 - Phantom of the Opera, Larry Molinaro, organist
Thursday, October 25 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Like scary music on a pipe organ? Love classic movies? This night is for you. Have some Halloween fun this year when the opera’s original Phantom makes an Annapolis appearance!
Movie and horror buffs along with anyone who likes to laugh will love organist Larry Molinaro’s musical take on the 1925 silent film. His original musical accompaniment to this rare big-screen viewing includes samples from some very recognizable pieces. Over the years, a special game has evolved from these screenings – The Ballerina Twirl Count! See if you can count the number of times she twirls!
Afterward, find out how Mr. Molinaro created this score and how he plays it on St. Anne’s pipe organ with a special organ “tour” after the film! Find out if Larry is a more colorful character than Lon!
Organist Larry Molinaro regularly presents solo concerts of the music of J.S. Bach for Live Arts Maryland. In recent seasons these have included performances of the Goldberg Variations, the Art of Fugue, the Clavier-Übung series, the Well-Tempered Clavier (Book I), and a lecture-recital, “Dance, Dance Revelation,” about dance rhythms in the music of Bach. His interpretation of the music of Bach has won praise from critics and audiences alike for being innovative, thoughtful, informative and “a model of its kind” (Washington Post). Critics have written about his “graceful agility” (Baltimore Sun) and his ability to be “both instructive and entertaining”. Following a performance with the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, The Capital wrote that “Molinaro opened the program with a spectacularly rousing performance of Bach…There were times when one would swear there had to be another person at the organ, too: two hands and two feet couldn’t have struck all those notes and produced all that marvelous sound.” About Molinaro’s recreation of Felix Mendelssohn’s famous Bach recital at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1840, the Washington Post remarked “…the organist’s propulsive, immaculately articulated playing revved the evening to a thrilling conclusion.” The Washington Post also noted that in a performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations “…it was obvious that Molinaro had thought long and hard about this music and had come up with arresting ideas.”
In addition to his performances of the music of J.S. Bach, Larry Molinaro pursues an interest in the art of classical improvisation and is a frequent contributor to conferences on baroque music, in the research area of 18th century improvisation practice and education. In recent years he has presented at conferences in South Hampton (UK), Salzburg (Austria) and Canterbury (UK). For Live Arts Maryland, he also regularly improvises live scores to silent films including Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) and Cecil B. DeMille’s King of Kings (1928).
November 1 - Melissa Jean Chávez
Thursday, November 1 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Melissa Jean Chávez has been acclaimed by the Washington Post for her “voluptuous voice” and “cooly exemplary production”. Following an exciting season including Carmen (Micaela), Cendrillon (Marie) and La Boheme (Mimi), Melissa returns to the stage for Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Tragedy of Madame Butterfly (Cio-Cio San), In Series Operetta Holiday and Strauss Vier Lezte Lieder.
In addition to performing over thirty operatic roles, Ms. Chávez has sung for Supreme Court justices, the head of the International Monetary Fund, and performed as a soloist with the United State Army Chorus. She also appears regularly as a recitalist and soloist. Recent orchestral and recital engagements include Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Mozart’s Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio, Faure’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. She also performs regularly with DC Opera on Tap, a performing group who entertains and educates through outreach in DC area bars and wineries. Ms. Chávez is a semi-finalist for the American Prize for opera, a regional finalist for the NATS Artist Awards, a two-time winner of the Bach-Handel Competition, has placed in numerous NATS competitions, and received multiple grants for performance and study including the Marion Park Lewis Foundation grant.
November 8 - Borisevich Duo
Thursday, November 8 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finessed technique. Since his debut with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve, he performs internationally in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Latvia, Russia, Spain and across the United States on renowned stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory (Russia), Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain) and Shriver Hall (Baltimore).
In the 2017-2018 season, following an invitation by the multiple Grammy Award winner cellist Zuill Bailey, Nikita made his debut as a guest artist for the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska, Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Washington and Alaska Airlines Concert Series in Anchorage, Alaska.
In addition to performing, Nikita has served on the chamber music faculty at the Baltimore International Piano Festival and will perform recitals across the East Coast along with his pianist wife, Margarita Loukachkina.
November 15 - Bach +
Thursday, November 15 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
What do “La Folia,” the “Romanesca,” “Fandango,” and “Passacaglia” have in common? These are the names of some of the most famous songs—known by their bass lines and harmonies—that were used for hundreds of years by composers such as Corelli, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and others, as well as by town musicians and amateurs. These bass lines were a reliable source of composition and served as the basis for improvisation – they were very much the “standards” of their day.
Join Bach+ on Thursday, November 15th at 6:15PM at St. Anne’s Church as Ernie Green and a group of friends get together to improvise around these bass lines in which they’ll mix baroque figuration with modern idioms and jazz stylings. Guaranteed to be a fun listening (and playing) experience!
November 29 - Dmitri Shteinberg, pianist
Thursday, November 29 at 6:15 PM at St. Anne’s Church (Church Circle)
Dmitri Shteinberg’s recent performances include a return appearance with the Salisbury Symphony of North Carolina as well as concertos with the Greensboro Philharmonia and Danville Symphony. Most recently, Shteinberg was heard live on Chicago’s WFMT classical station and in concert in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina. A new CD featuring chamber works by Barber and Richard Strauss, is scheduled for release later this year on the Fleur de Son Classics label.
Always striving to keep the broadest possible perspective on style and repertoire, Shteinberg is equally involved in solo and chamber music and has worked with a number of important musicians, including a three-year collaboration with the cellist Natalia Gutman which took him to some of America’s most important concert halls, including the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Alice Tully Hall in New York. He played with the cellist Han-na Chang on â€œGood Morning America,â€ and was privileged to share the stage with violinist Shmuel Ashkenazi and the clarinetists Edward Brunner and Stanley Drucker. Other chamber venues have included the Mostly Mozart Festival, Summit Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the ”Oleg Kagan” and Sulzbach-Rosenberg Festivals in Germany, Festival Aix-en-Provence in France, and Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England.
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 gro.s1544659841ilopa1544659841nna-s1544659841ennat1544659841s@nee1544659841rgej1544659841.
Church Circle Choristers
This interfaith ensemble consists of treble voices, including boys with unchanged voices ages 8+. Choristers rehearse weekly on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM and lead worship once a month at our Saturday and Sunday 5:30 PM services.
At St. Anne’s Church, we are blessed to have a thriving musical culture; and this city–wide children’s choir is part of our vision to keep our hearts and doors open to the greater Annapolis community. Our diverse choral repertoire consists of music from the Anglican choral tradition as well as other cultural and global musical traditions. We offer a hands-on, educationally-focused approach tailored to each singer’s needs to build musical and leadership skills that will last a lifetime!
By participating in the choir, choristers gain training in vocal technique, music theory and aural skills that are compatible with studying an instrument, singing in additional choirs or furthering their vocal studies.
Join us for an exciting season of soulful singing and help us expand our musical mission further into the community! The Choristers have a vibrant year ahead with leading music at St. Anne’s Church and performances at the National Cathedral, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and an exciting collaboration with the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble.
If you have questions, or for more information, please contact the Choristers director, Elissa Edwards, at gro.s1544659841ilopa1544659841nna-s1544659841ennat1544659841s@ass1544659841ile1544659841.
Fall 2018 Schedule:
October 6: Choir Festival Day 9:00 AM
October 7: Anthem 9:30 AM; Blessing of the Animals 12:45 PM; Evensong Service 5:30 PM
November 3: Choir Festival Day 9:00 AM
November 4: Anthem 9:30 AM; Evensong Service 5:30 PM
December 1: Choir Festival Day 9:00 AM
December 2: Anthem 9:30 AM; Advent Gathering 4:00 PM; Advent Lessons and Carols 5:30 PM
Come encourage our growing treble choir as they share the beauty of the Anglican choral tradition with the citywide community! It is our vocational delight to bring you this glorious music each month.
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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 moc.l1544659841iamg@1544659841syahr1544659841ual1544659841.
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 cc.ae1544659841hs@ir1544659841ak1544659841.