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 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.

Upcoming Concerts

March 28, 2019, 6:15 pm

A Buenos Aires Winter

with Alec Green, guitar

SEASON FINALE: April 6, 2019, 8:00pm
Light and Spring

with Mimi Stillman, flute, and featuring a World Premiere by Kathy Wonson Eddy
TICKETS can be purchased here

Stillman-DScurtis-9810r.jpgJoin J. Ernest Green, the Annapolis Chorale, and special guest, flutist Mimi Stillman as they celebrate the arrival of spring on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at 8:00pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  This final program of the Annapolis Chorale’s 2018-2019 “Season of Seasons” will celebrate the beauty and diversity of the greatest natural resource in our region, the Chesapeake Bay, with the world premiere of “Chesapeake Triptych,” a new choral work by composer Kathy Wonson Eddy commissioned by Live Arts Maryland (see description below).  The concert will also feature the regional premiere of composer Dan Forrest’s LUX.   In addition, world-renowned flutist Mimi Stillman will join the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra for Mozart’s beautiful concerto for flute in G Major as we bring our “Season of Seasons” to a close.

Special note:
On Thursday April 4, 2019 at 7:30pm the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and guest artist Mimi Stillman go on the road to Washington College’s beautiful Hotchkiss recital hall in Chestertown, MD.  There they will present a program of music by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, and Piazzolla. Tickets and more information can be found at: https://www.washcoll.edu/calendar/#!event_id/20708/view/event/date/20190404

KEddy_2018.jpgKathy Wonson Eddy’s commissioned work (premiering at this concert) celebrates spring on the Chesapeake. The first movement, “The Green Hand of an Ancient Oak,” sets the mystical, haunting poetry of Chesapeake poet M. Kei and includes hints of spring birdsongs and peepers in the orchestration. The second movement, “You Are,” is a setting of a poem by former Maryland Poet Lau- reate Roland Flint. It is a love song with nautical imagery and lush harmonies. The third movement, “Chesapeake Alleluia,” is both an expression of praise for the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and an urgent call to committed stewardship of this fragile and radiant gift.

 

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Previous Concerts

October 11, 2018, 6:15pm
An American Four Seasons” (Summer and Fall)

with Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin

November 25, 2018, 6:15 pm 
The Great Baroque Songbook (or “Breaking Old Grounds”)

Improvisation in a classic style (flute, guitar, cello, piano, harpsichord, percussion)