Live Arts Maryland opens its 2016-2017 subscription season with a performance of one of the most mysterious and beautiful works of music ever written. On Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m., the 170-voiced Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor conducted by Music Director J. Ernest Green. Joining the Chorale for these performances are soprano Jessica Satava, mezzo soprano Catrin Davies, tenor Justin Gonzales and baritone Jeffrey Gates.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem in D minor has been shrouded in mystery since it was written in 1791. It was the final piece written before the composer’s death and many wonder if he, in fact, finished it. His student, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, delivered a completed work to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned it to commemorate the anniversary of his wife’s death. It remains one of the most beautiful requiems ever written. In the deft hands of Maestro J. Ernest Green in the acoustics of historic St. Anne’s Church, these performances will be like no others.
Also on the program for both evenings is the regional premiere of “Dark Night of the Soul,” by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Oganist Larry Molinaro will perform Franics Poulenc’s Organ Concerto on St. Anne’s amazing organ. “Since we first performed a piece by Ola Gjeilo last season, people have been asking for more and I’m thrilled to do ‘Dark Night of the Soul ‘on this concert. It’s the perfect piece to pair with the Mozart Requiem,” says Mr. Green.
Starting with these concerts and going forward this season, patrons will enjoy free shuttle service from the Bladen Street lot to the church and back. Live Arts Maryland offers free tickets for both performances to students through its Student Rush program.
Tickets for Saturday’s season finale are on sale now and are $40 for adults, $12 for students. There is a $5 per-ticket service charge for individual tickets. They are available online at www.liveartsmaryland.org and through the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or www.marylandhall.org.
The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra are presented by Live Arts Maryland, one of the region’s largest and most active non-profit arts organizations dedicated to enhancing community life by performing and presenting high-quality music and providing music education for all ages. Live Arts Maryland is also home to the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Chorus, Cantori and St. Anne’s Concert Series. The Annapolis Chorale is a resident company of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.