On Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Mr. Green will conduct the Chorale’s 160 voices and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in a program called “Music for a New World II.” Building on the first such concert last season, and based on popular demand, this concert features music by such 20th century composers Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Dan Forrest. Sopranos Lindsay Espinosa and Jessica Satava and tenor Joseph Regan will join the Chorale along with pianist Joseph Satava.
Mr. Green is not fond of the term “classical music,” which he feels limits our thinking about the music we hear. For him, music is music! On this program, Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living,” Gjeilo’s “Dark Night of the Soul” and “Luminous Night of the Soul” and sections of Lauridsen’s “Lux aeterna,” are featured along with a musical treasure from Eric Whitacre, “The Seal Lullaby.”
“I love this music because it shows the musical beauty that’s possible with the music of our own time. Often, people hear that there are going to be new works on a concert and they aren’t sure that they’ll like them,” says Green. “I’m confident that these works will be ones you’ll want to hear again and again!” After the Chorale performed works by Gjeilo last season, Mr. Green heard from many poeple asking for more. He wasn’t surprised at their reaction and is happy to fulfill that request. “These pieces show people why choral music is so enjoyable - to listen to and to sing - and why it’s so hot right now,” he says. “People are catching on to it and participating in choral music more and more. The music we’ll be performing is a way for me to show you what makes choral music the dynamic art form that it is.”
Adult single tickets for this one-night-only are available at the Maryland Hall Box Office by calling 410-280-5640 or online at www.liveartsmaryland.org. The free Student Rush ticket program is active for this concert. Students over 18 with valid IDs may visit the box office a half-hour before curtain to receive a free ticket. Students under 18 do not need a valid ID.
Live Arts Maryland is one of the region’s most active non-profit arts organizations whose mission is to strengthen community life by presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland’s performing ensembles include the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Chorus, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the women’s ensemble, Cantori. The organization also presents the free St. Anne’s Thursday music series. It is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis and community partner The O’Callaghan Hotel.