It’s all about the kids when The Annapolis Youth Chorus presents its spring concert on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church in Annapolis. Joining the group for this finale are the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus, baritone Nathan Wyatt and Live Arts Maryland Music Director J. Ernest Green. The AYC will perform selections from John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children” with the Chamber Chorus along with a medley of songs from “Les Misérables.” AYC member Saylor Willauer will solo on the “Pie Jesu” movement of Karl Jenkins’ “Requiem.” Some AYC alumni return for this concert, singing some favorite repertoire including Jim Papoulis’ “Give Us Hope” and a piece arranged by alum, Jenny Sledge, who is completing her freshman year at Oberlin.
Under the direction of Laurie J. Hays, The Annapolis Youth Chorus offers young singers a rewarding musical experience while helping them develop a life-long love of music through choral singing and solid musical training. The AYC is open to all students in grades 8-12 regardless of race, religion or creed. The AYC has performed at the opening ceremonies at the Volvo Boat Race and Maryland Maritime Heritage Festival, have sung the National Anthem at Bowie Baysox game, and at many local events and gatherings, including several appearances with the Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. In June 2006, the group made its Carnegie Hall debut under the direction of John Rutter and recently performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope.
The Annapolis Youth Chorus a part of the Live Arts Maryland organization, J. Ernest Green, Music Director, and includes young voices from private, public and home schools throughout Anne Arundel County. Live Arts Maryland is also home to the Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and the St. Anne’s Music Series.
Admission to this concert is free. For more information, call 410-263-1906 or visit www.liveartsmaryland.org.