Through the Bach+ Masterworks Series, immerse yourself in the choral masterpieces that have formed the signature performances of the Annapolis Chorale for more than 30 years. This season, the Bach+ Masterworks Series, like the Chamber Series, explores the power of music to convey ideas. Bach’s St. John Passion, as well as the perennial favorite Messiah, will present some of the most powerful musical images in the Western canon, from Bach’s dramatic musical confrontation between Pilate and the angry mob (his famous “turba” choruses) to the immortal Hallelujah Chorus.

Upcoming Concerts:

Handel’s Messiah 
plus
 
Carols for the Season
December 22, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
at St. Anne’s Church, Church Circle, Annapolis

J. Ernest Green, Conductor
Amy Cofield - soprano
Catrin Davies - mezzo soprano
Joseph Regan - tenor
David Murray - baritone
Larry Molinaro - harpsichord/organ
The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra

Few places are more magical than downtown Annapolis during the holidays. There’s no better place than downtown Annapolis to share a holiday tradition with family and friends. J. Ernest Green conducts the Chorale’s Chamber Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in a very special trio of performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at historic St. Anne’s Church in Church Circle. The nearly perfect acoustics and historic beauty of St. Anne’s make it the perfect location to experience this much-loved oratorio, which takes on extra intensity and meaning under Mr. Green’s direction. All performances include a unique addition in large-screen displays of music, images, translations and biblical quotes that bring the work’s message to modern audiences.
 

Bach’s St. John Passion (Final version - 1749)
Saturday, March 16 | 8:00 p.m.
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church - Annapolis

J. Ernest Green, Conductor
Lindsay Espinosa - soprano
Melanie Regan - mezzo soprano
Joseph Regan - tenor (Evangelist)
Larry Molinaro - harpsichord/organ
The Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra

St. John Passion Pre-concert Discussion, 7:15 pm
Musicologist and author Michael Marissen will present some fascinating notes about the St. John Passion at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th (just prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance).  Michael Marissen is Daniel Underhill Professor, Emeritus, at Swarthmore College. He has also been visiting professor on the graduate faculties at Princeton and University of Pennsylvania. His many books include "Bach & God" (Oxford, 2016), "Tainted Glory in Handel's Messiah" (Yale, 2014), "Lutheranism, anti-Judaism, and Bach's St. John Passion" (Oxford, 1998), and "The Social and Religious Designs of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos" (Princeton, 1995). His essays have appeared in the Harvard Theological Review, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.