Easton High School Warrior Chorale to Perform Spring Concert

The Easton High School Warrior Chorale, under the direction of Andrea Stewart Davis and accompanied by Amy Morgan,will present their Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Easton High School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of choral music from classic choral standards to more contemporary choral pieces. There is no admission fee for the concert but tax-deductible donations will be happily accepted.

The Warrior Chorale is coming off a stellar performance at the ECAS High School Choral Competition and will be performing their competition set, which includes Morley’s Renaissance madrigal My Bonny Lass She Smileth, choral favorite Mendelssohn’s Die Nachtigall, and new work Dies Irae by Ryan Main in addition to other selections.

The Warrior Chorale is an auditioned ensemble comprising students in grades nine through twelve. The ensemble rehearses daily and performs a wide variety of music. The Warrior Chorale is an in-demand performing ensemble throughout Talbot County. If you are interested in having the Warrior Chorale perform, contact Mrs. Davis via e-mail adavis@talbotschools.org.

Andrea Stewart Davis directs the Warrior Chorale and is the theater arts instructor at Easton High School. Additionally, she is the artistic director of the Smyrna Singers and is an in-demand musical director and conductor throughout Delmarva. Mrs. Davis made her international performance debut at Lake Como, Italy, and recently conducted internationally at the Delaware Choral Academy in Aix-en-Provence, France. Her choirs are praised for their musical nuance, energy and enthusiasm as an ensemble.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Slow Down Tommy

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Slow Down Tommy: Celtic, European and Old-Time Music & Irish Step-Dance
for St. Patrick’s Day. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on March 13, 2018, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Slow Down Tommy paddles the rivers of traditional music, drinks deeply from the wellspring of old field recordings, and emerges with bellyfuls of historical knowledge and an artistic taste all their own. They draw from Irish, European and old-time American dance tunes and ballads, highlighting the genres’ commonalities and differences through sensitive and unconventional arrangements. Band members include Marty Frye (Irish flute), David McKindley-Ward (guitar), Jonathan Een Newton (cello/fiddle) and Anders Fahey (clawhammer banjo) — along with special guest Corinne Ducey, Irish stepdancer.

The monthly Second Tuesday Carpe Diem series of 45-minute performances are FREE and open to the public.
 Lunch is available at 12 noon for $2.75 (with one week advance reservation). RSVP: 410-822-2869 / abrown@uppershoreaging.org

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183

Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore facebook.com/slowdowntommy

NOTE: Mark your calendars for the next free lunchtime concert on Tuesday, April 10, featuring the Lea Morris in celebration of Earth Day. thisislea.com

Christ Church Brass to Perform Music of the Renaissance

On Sunday, March 11 the Christ Church Brass will present an array of selections from composers including Pitoni, Palestrina, Molter, and Brahms as part of the 11 am morning worship service.  Prelude music will begin at 10:50 am.

Prelude music will begin with Cantate Domine, a gem composed by one of Italy’s leading composers of the late Baroque, Giuseppi Pitoni.  The piece, though commonly known as a choral motet, lends itself beautifully to four part instrumental writing, and the timbres of the brass maintain the brightness of composer’s original intent.   Another of Italy’s celebrated composers from the Renaissance period, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, will be featured next in the lineup.  This particular composer is, perhaps, the finest representative from the sixteenth-century Roman School of musical composition.  Palestrina, whose work had both significant and lasting influence upon sacred music, is regarded as quintessential in polyphony of the Renaissance.

Johannes Brahms who was unswayed by the principles of the “New German School” believed the old methods of composition could still communicate the essence of German Romanticism.  Illustrative of this sentiment is his Lass dich nur nichts nict dauren, op. 30 which will also be featured.  A masterfully crafted composition, it is an eloquent setting of a text by seventeenth-century author, Paul Flemming.  Of particular interest is the double canon between the first trumpet and trombone and the second trumpet and trombone.  Added to the serene mood of the piece is the light and transparent organ accompaniment throughout.

During the communion, the brass quartet will feature the work of the German Baroque composer and violinist, Johann Melchior Molter.  Educated in Eisenach, the composer went on to study composition in Italy for about two years before becoming court Kapellmeister at Karlsruhe and later, in 1734, of the court of Duke Wilhelm Heinrich of Sase-Eisenach.  Listeners will recognize in his setting of Hertzlich tut mit verlangen a tune widely known as the Passion Chorale used prevalently in J. S. Bach’s setting of the St. Matthew Passion.

In addition to the music of the brass quartet, the Christ Church Choir will present during the offertory Sir John Stainer’s, God so Loved the World from late nineteenth-century oratorio, The Crucifixion.  The piece will be preceded by the tenor solo that segues into the beloved a cappella chorus.  The soloist will be tenor, Jason Kakuk.  Also, featured will be the Christ Church Choral Scholars in a setting of George Herbert’s text, Lord, Who Hast Formed Me arranged by a South Carolina composer, Arlen Clarke.

For more information about this and other music offerings at Christ Church, please visit www.christchurcheaston.org or call 410-822-2677.

Easton’s Allegro Academy presents Arias and Art Songs March 11

Easton’s Allegro Academy presents Arias and Art Songs, a free concert to take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.. The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 315 Goldsborough Street, Easton MD. The performers featured at the March 11 concert — Damian Savarino, Tara Bowers Savarino, and Laura Petravage — represent the some of the finest international artists and are professors of vocal music at Messiah College, Grantham, PA.

Damian Savarino, Bass, is one of the most sought-after performers in opera and on the concert stage, who has performed recitals in Berlin, Germany, Katerini, Greece, Ravanusa, and Sicily. He has appeared throughout the U.S. performing in Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Carmen, Cosí Fan Tutte, Tosca, and La Traviata. Savarino has performed in venues such as the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Alice Tully Hall. His concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem with Manhattan Concert Productions in Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Greenwich Choral Society, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, also at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Savarino performed the role of Dr. Gibbs in Ned Rorem’s opera Our Town for its Washington DC premiere. Other performances of Damian Savarino’s include Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, and Schubert’s Mass in G. Damian Savarino received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance degree from Catholic University of America, he is also a graduate of Ithaca College and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Tara Bowers Savarino, Soprano, is a graduate of Tufts University and the New England Conservatory in Boston where she earned degrees in English and Vocal Performance, respectively. She has performed leading roles in Cosi Fan Tutte, The Mikado, Hansel and Gretel, The Medium, Kismet, Le Petit Duc and Utopia Limited. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 2002 in The Children’s Requiem, a new musical based on the history of youth violence in New York City. Her solo work includes Carmina Burana with the Tufts University Chorale and Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Pinkham. She also completed an Opera and Cultural Studies Program in Rome, Italy, and in June 2007 she made her European debut performing with her husband, Damian Savarino in Ravanusa, Sicily.

Laura M. Petravage is a choral conductor and mezzo-soprano, professor of vocal arts at Millersville University and Messiah College, and Artistic Director of Ensemble du Pain Musical, a vocal chamber ensemble in the Harrisburg area. Dr. Petravage is an active performer for Polish cultural organizations whose prizes include second place winner for the 2015 Marcella Kochańska Sembrich Vocal Competition, an event sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture; and finalist for the same award in 2014. Dr. Petravage performed at the Kosciuszko Foundation in February 2016 and sang for the Polish American Congress in November 2014. Her March 11 performance at Trinity Cathedral will feature a set of Polish songs by Chopin and Praderewski. Dr. Petravage has sung for the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Art Song Preservation Society of New York, and was the winner of the 2013 George Mason University Concerto Competition. Dr. Petravage received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from George Mason University where her studies focused on the re-establishment of the French aesthetic at the beginning of the twentieth century and the choral music of Francis Poulenc. She received her Masters of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and holds Bachelor of Arts degree in vocal performance with a minor in French language studies from American University.

Arias and Art Songs will be accompanied by Allegro Academy’s Artistic Director, Amy Morgan. The mission of the Allegro Academy, operating on the campus of Trinity Cathedral, is to offer exceptional music education and performance experiences to the greater Talbot County Area, and to make these offerings affordable to all. Mrs. Morgan is a graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in piano performance, and Messiah College with a Masters degree in choral conducting. She is also the Music Director of Trinity Cathedral.

The Allegro Academy Fund is a component of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a 510(c)3 nonprofit organization – donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Programs of the Academy are funded in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils. For more information about the this program or the Allegro Academy, call 410-603-8361, or visit www.allegroacademyeaston.com.

Maryland State Boychoir to Perform at Christ Church Easton

On Sunday, February 11 at 4 pm, the Maryland State Boychoir will perform at Christ Church in Easton.  The performance under the direction of Artistic Director, Stephen Holmes will feature the Tour Choir and Young Men’s Choir.  Founded in 1987 with 14 boys, the mission of The Maryland State Boychoir has been to foster the boychoir tradition by offering talented boys opportunities to sing and build self-esteem, self-discipline and character. Thirty years later, the MSB still embraces that goal and is now comprised of approximately 130 choristers and five choirs.

Recognized as Maryland’s “Official Goodwill Ambassadors,” the MSB performs over 80 times annually. In addition to performing throughout Maryland, the boychoir performs  in surrounding states, and on tours that have taken them to Ireland, Wales, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Canada, Iceland, Bermuda and more than thirty-five states in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest regions of the U.S. Throughout the state of Maryland, the MSB has performed at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the United States Naval Academy Chapel, the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Lyric Opera House, the State House, the Governor’s Mansion, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and Loyola College. Throughout the U.S., the MSB has performed at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the PGA President’s Cup, the National Cathedral in Washington DC, St. Patrick’s and Holy Trinity Cathedrals in New York, Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, Capitol University in Ohio, and The University of Central Arkansas.

In addition to its live performances, the MSB has produced six recordings: The Healing Power of Music (2013), Brothers (2006), Remember Me (2001), What Sweeter Music (1998), The Maryland State Boychoir—Live in Performance (1997), and An Die Musik (1994). They have been featured on NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street,” National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and on Maryland Public Television. In addition, its Christmas CD, What Sweeter Music, was broadcast nationally on National Family Radio.

Sunday’s concert is sponsored in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  Doors open at 3:30 pm, and a freewill offering will be received.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

Musicians Joe Alterman and Hannah Gill to Perform at AAM

Music is often described as a universal language that brings people together­—a heartfelt notion recently echoed by 20-year-old singer-songwriter Hannah Gill, when asked about her upcoming performance in Easton.

“It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day,” she says, referring to the February 14th show at the Academy Art Museum.

Hannah Gill

Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Gill moved to Easton in second grade. As a kid, she felt an intrinsic passion for music that she pursued by enrolling in school choirs and theater classes. In 2015, after she graduated from St. Michaels High School, Gill followed through with plans to relocate to New York City for a gap year where her only objective was to focus on music.

“Now it’s 2018, and I’m a full-time, working musician,” she says, laughing. “I can’t see myself doing anything [else].”

Joining the powerful, sultry vocalist is Joe Alterman, a jazz pianist who graced the Academy’s stage for a sold-out Valentine’s show in 2016.

Though the two have never performed together, they’re equally excited about the show, particularly following a brief meeting a few weeks ago in New York City, where Alterman also resides.

“His style is so energetic! I think we’re going to play off each other so well,” beams Gill.

Joe Alterman

Alterman, who’s delighted Easton audiences with charming renditions of jazz classics over the years, expresses a similar sentiment, describing the two as “kindred spirits.”

As far as the set list goes for their Valentine’s Day show, the two won’t divulge too many details—no spoilers here! But, they promise attendees—both those in search of a romantic evening, as well as those looking for a lively mid-week performance—an enjoyable and fun night, full of laughter, love, and lots of jazz.

“[Attendees] can expect a blend of familiar songs, a few songs by the great American songbook composers, and maybe a few surprising takes on pop songs,” adds Alterman, offering a glimpse into the more modern selections, like Carol King’s ‘Take Good Care of My Baby.’

“One of my all-time favorites is ‘You Go to My Head,’” adds Gill, referring to the popular 1938 ballad by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. “So, I’m sure you will hear that if you come to the show!”

Taking inspiration from The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fiona Apple(to name a few!),Gill describes her sound as pop-soul with elements of jazz, whereas Alterman’s style is rooted in more classic standards. Still, he likes to surprise audiences with the unexpected, making the duo’s performance a match made in musical heaven.

“She does unique takes on pop tunes and that’s what I like to do, too,” he says. “I really admire her and like the way she rearranges these songs.”

In addition to her eponymous band, Hannah Gill and The Hours, the soulful singer leads a traditional jazz band that regularly performs for swing dancers. She also occasionally sings with the swing-era big band The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra and viral sensation Postmodern Jukebox. Her packed schedule, from studio time to songwriting sessions, leaves little space for visits home to Maryland.

“I always find time to make it home for holidays and important family events,” she adds, with a smile.

And thankfully, for Easton’s sake, this Valentine’s Day made the cut.

Catch Hannah Gill and Joe Alterman at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 14th at the Academy Art Museum in Easton. Tickets are $45. The performance is presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Jazzonthechesapeake.com or call 410-819-0380.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Victoria Vox

Victoria Vox will be in town for her fourth year of leading a week-long arts program for Tilghman Elementary School fifth graders.  From February 5th through 9th, these lucky kids will get to spend a week learning to play songs on their own ukuleles and then performing at their school.

While in town, Victoria will conduct a workshop in St. Michaels for ukulele players of any level — even beginners — in the community.  And she will end her week on the Shore with a concert at The Avalon in Easton.

Victoria Vox continues to wow her audiences with her fabulous ukulele and songwriting skills, her renowned mouth trumpet, and her infectious pop-folk-jazz style.  Come join in the fun with this award-winning singer-songwriter, featured on the Jay Leno show, the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and the cover of Ukulele Magazine. The concert will feature the VoxUke-Estra (area uke fans and students of Victoria) on several numbers — plus a host of love songs in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Victoria is on tour celebrating her new CD release, “Colorful Heart.” For the Avalon concert,Victoria will be accompanied by her husband, Jack Maher, an accomplished singer and guitarist in his own right. Recently married, the two met in 1998 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where they both received degrees in Songwriting.

Victoria Vox Workshop, Wednesday, February 7, 7 to 8:30 pm, The Studio ~ 933 S. Talbot St., Suite 14 ~ St. Michaels. All Levels Welcome. Tickets: $20. Advance registration required.

RSVP/Info: busygraham@carpediemarts.org; 301-466-0183 cell. StMichaelsStudio.com

Victoria Vox & Jack Maher in Concert with the Vox Uke-Estra! Saturday, February 10 ~ 8 pm. Celebrating Victoria’s brand new CD and Valentine’s Day! The Avalon — 40 E. Dover St. ~ Easton. Tickets: $20. Doors open at 7:30 pm. avalonfoundation.org

5-6pm rehearsal for uke players who want to join the Uke-Estra.

Advance registration for Uke-Estra: BusyGraham@carpediemarts.org. Will send songs ahead to practice.

Victoria’s visit is funded in part by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Tilgman Area Youth Association, the Dock Street Foundation, Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and the Avalon Foundation.

www.victoriavox.com www.victoriavox.com/jackandthevox

Carpe Diem Arts Presents The Grandsons

Carpe Diem Arts Presents The Grandsons: Valentine’s & Mardi Gras Celebration. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on February 13, 2018, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Aptly described as “American music in a blender with the lid off,” The Grandsons find inspiration in New Orleans street parades, blues, rockabilly swing, jazz and honky tonk country. The Washington Area Music Association named The Grandsons Artist of the Year and dubbed their latest recording Album of the year.  www.grandsons.com

The monthly Second Tuesday Carpe Diem series of 45-minute performances are FREE and open to the public.
 Lunch is available at 12 noon for $2.75 (with one week advance reservation). RSVP: 410-822-2869 / clopez@uppershoreaging.org

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
www.CarpeDiemArts.org/brookletts-place Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore

NOTE: Mark your calendars for the next free lunchtime concert on Tuesday, March 13 featuring the 4-member band “Slow Down Tommy” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. www.slowdowntommy.com

U. S. Naval Academy Organist to Perform at Christ Church Easton

This Sunday, January 21, at 4 pm Monte Maxwell, principal organist for the United States Naval Academy, will present a concert on the four-manual console of Christ Church in Easton. Mr. Maxwell holds degrees from Texas Christian University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with John Weaver. While at Curtis, Mr. Maxwell was an Associate Organist at the John Wanamaker Store playing the famed six-manual organ, the largest playing organ in the world. Later, he received an Artist Diploma, Curtis’ highest degree. At the Naval Academy, Mr. Maxwell commands the five-manual, 268-rank organ in the main chapel, which has recently undergone substantial enhancement under his direction and design. His annual All Saints’ Day Organ Concert has become a staple of the Naval Academy and greater Annapolis cultural community. The standing-room-only event drew some 3,000 people into the Naval Academy Chapel in 1998, breaking all records in attendance for any event throughout the Chapel’s history.

Sunday’s concert will be comprised of a host of works composed by Richard Wagner, J. S. Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, John Phillip Sousa, Anton Dvôrak and others.  Also known for his improvisational prowess, Maxwell will conclude the performance with an improvisation on submitted themes.  The concert is part of the Christ Church Concert Series and is underwritten in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils.  Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the public is invited.  A freewill offering will be received.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in Easton.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

Tidewater Singers to Perform “A Peaceable Kingdom”

The Tidewater Singers will present an a cappella concert featuring Randall Thompson’s “A Peaceable Kingdom” with other songs of the season on Friday, December 8 at 7:30 pm at Trinity Cathedral in Easton, on Saturday, December 9 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Church in Oxford, and on Sunday, December 10 at 4:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Cambridge.

Under the direction of William Thomas, The Tidewater Singers are a select group of professional and amateur singers founded in 2001. The goal is to bring varied and exciting quality choral music to the Eastern Shore.

Commenting on the concert, Thomas said, “Our audiences will be excited to hear the Tidewater Singers apply their a cappella talent to Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom, with its cycle of eight sacred choruses.” The Tidewater Singers are renowned throughout the mid shore area for their a cappella work.

Now in his tenth season as artistic director of the Tidewater Singers, Thomas is associate professor of music at Chesapeake College. Previously he directed the choirs at Easton High School and at Christ Church (Episcopal) in St. Michaels.

Advance tickets for the Oxford and Easton performances may be purchased online at www.tidewatersingers.org and at Cracker Jacks in Easton. Leave a message for Tidewater Singers at 1-888-752- 0023 or tidewatersingers@gmail.com. Information and tickets for the Cambridge performance are available at 410-228- 3161.

The Tidewater Singers gratefully acknowledges the funding it has received from the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.