2016-2017 Concert Season
Christmas Concert 2016Sunday, December 4th was the date, Eastport United Methodist Church the place, 3pm was the time for our annual Christmas Concert, centered around Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de Confessore - featuring the extraordinary "Laudate Dominum" - and "A Christmas Garland" by Conrad Susa, a piece composed with unique arrangements of traditional carols. Two of Dan Forrest's most poignant works, "The Hand That First Held Mary's Child" and "The Work of Christmas" are sure to inspire reflection on the universal values of family and giving. "Gaudete", based on a 14th c. work, John Rutter's "Shepherd's Pipe Carol" and the quintessential theme of renewal in "Auld Lang Syne" round out our program. We invite you to start your Holiday season with us! Map of concert location
Spring 2017Holy Grounds (next to the Severna Park Community Center) hosts the first of two Tribute to Leonard Bernstein concerts on May 6th (Saturday) with downbeat at 7pm. Holy Grounds (next to the Severna Park Community Center) hosts the first of two Tribute to Leonard Bernstein concerts on May 6th (Saturday) with downbeat at 7pm. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church is the location of the second presentation of the same on Sunday, May 7th, at 3pm. This Tribute concert is in anticipation of Bernstein's Centennial, as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. We're getting a jump on feting him a year early!! Our program centers around the magnificent Chichester Psalms, one of his signature works. Excerpts from West Side Story, Mass, and Candide are among some of the other numbers to be included in this Bernstein Bouquet. It's sure to be an energetic program!
Prior Concert Seasons
2015-2016 Concert SeasonThe 2015-2016 Season for the Arundel Vocal Arts Society was filled with fun, a tribute to the great composer Mozart, Christmas memories of childhood, and a Salute to Maritime Music!
Christmas 2015AVAS's Christmas Concert featured Mozart's glorious Mass in C major (the "Coronation Mass") and choral works of the season—Do You Hear What I Hear?, Little Drummer Boy, Frosty the Snowman and others—reminding us all that, no matter what our age, we are all children at heart at Christmas. We were honored to present two performances of this program:
- >On December 5th, the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum (PAAL) engaged AVAS to give our Christmas concert at 7:30 pm at North County High School in Ferndale. Map of concert location
- Then on December 6th, AVAS’s "First Sunday in December" regular concert took place at 3:00 pm at Eastport United Methodist Church in Annapolis. Map of concert location
Spring 2016For our Spring Concert, we embraced our region’s love of water, maritime activities and, most of all, the wonderful songs about it. This program will feature Songs of the Fleet (a work for baritone soloist, chorus and piano), plus selections from South Pacific, Gilbert & Sullivan comedies, and other works, leaving us all longing to get out and enjoy our very own Chesapeake Bay. April 23rd was the date; we hope you came to ride the waves of song with us!
2014-2015 Concert Season
Christmas Concert! December 7, 2014
On December 7, 2014, AVAS presented its Annual Christmas concert: “AVAS Holiday Present.” The first part of the concert featured the thrilling tones of Dvorak's Mass in D major. From the serene Kyrie to the rousing Gloria, the chorus and organ accompaniment awakened the holiday spirit. This classical piece included guest solos by rising stars from Peabody Institute in addition to the AVAS regulars.
The second half of the program included the lilting Highland Carol, an adaptation of a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, and other songs of the season. No AVAS holiday concert is complete without a chance for the audience to join in, so we sang carols together.
Humanity in Harmony (April 25, 2015)
AVAS was proud to present our Spring 2015 choral offering of HUMANITY IN HARMONY. Our selections featured choral settings of speeches given by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Reverend Desmond Tutu, and Mother Teresa. Other works include A Song of Peace by Jean Sibelius from his larger work, "Finlandia". The haunting harmonies of Gwyneth Walker's Tree of Peace and familiar pieces We Are the World and I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing and other works expressed a celebration of the hope of peace and harmony in the world.
Sound bite: Song of Peace
2013-2014 Concert Season
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3pm
Eastport United Methodist Church, Annapolis
This year’s Christmas Around the World featured Irish, Spanish, English, Polish and Nigerian carols, most performed in their native tongues and accompanied by harp, oboe and percussion. Selections included Three Carols from Poland, Oba Ti De, Carol of the Bells, What Child Is This, Betelehemu, Still Still Still, A La Nanita Nana, and Angels We Have Heard on High. A solo by noted harpist Jordan Thomas was a highlight of the concert.
Sound bite: Today in Bethlehem (from Three Polish Carols)
With Londontowne Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3 pm
Calvary United Methodist Church, Annapolis
As performed at AVAS’s Christmas Concert in 2012, our singers again joined with Londontowne Symphony Orchestra to perform the lush harmonies of Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Also performed with the orchestra was a medley of songs from the musical Show Boat.
Sound bite: Veni Sanctis (from Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna)
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7 pm
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis
The theme of of our annual Spring concert was "Let's Dance," with wonderful arrangements of American standards, as well as some unexpected pop songs for the chorus. These include a medley of "dance" music from Irving Berlin, the One Note Samba, rock and roll classics, Save the Last Dance for Me, and a fun vocal version of Offenbach’s overture to "Orpheus in the Underworld", commonly called Can-Can. Map of concert location
All programs of the Arundel Vocal Arts Society are made possible in part by support from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, and the Maryland State Arts Council.