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Annapolis Concerts

2019 Performances

Music programs are added to this schedule throughout the year. Please continue to check back for updated information.

Russian String Orchestra

Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
Francis Scott Key Auditorium

On Tuesday, March 26, the Russian String Orchestra will perform at St. John's College as part of the World Artists Experiences in Annapolis. The concert will include works by Kalinnikov, Wolf, Strauss, Paranj, Tchaikovsky, and more. It is free and open to the public.

Bach Reflections

Friday, March 29 at 8 p.m.
Francis Scott Key Auditorium

The Thirteen choir and REBEL baroque orchestra will perform Bach’s vibrant and energetic Lobet den Herrn, Handel’s dramatic Dixit Dominus, and little-known composer-spy-priest-diplomat Agostino Steffani’s Stabat Mater. This concert is free and open to the public.

André Mehmari, Pianist

Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m.
Francis Scott Key Auditorium

André Mehmari, a popular and energetic entertainer known as one of the leading contemporary musicians of Brazil, mixes popular and classical music from Europe and North and South Americas in his solo presentations. His performances regularly include improvised suites from ideas suggested by the audience. This concert is a joint collaboration of St. John’s College and World Artists Experiences. It is free and open to the public.

Orchestre d’Harmonie de Saint-Omer Wind Quintet

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
Great Hall of McDowell

France’s award-winning Orchestre d’Harmonie de Saint-Omer Wind Quintet will perform a concert to celebrate 300 years of French-American history, particularly between Saint-Omer and Maryland. In the 17th and 18th century, many wealthy American families, including the Carrolls and Calverts, would send their children to Saint-Omer’s renowned College of the Jesuits. Educational exchanges still exist between high school students in Maryland and Saint-Omer, supported largely by the Saint Omer Foundation for Transatlantic Values, and the Sister State Program between Maryland and the Region Hauts de France (home to Saint-Omer) was recently reinstated.

The concert is free and open to the public.

St. John’s College Chorus

Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. and Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
Great Hall of McDowell

The St. John’s Chorus presents Tota Pulchra es, Maria—motets in English, Latin, and Russian. Includes motets by Bairstow, Poulenc, Bruckner, Bortniansky, Ola Gjeilo, Palestrina, and Rachmaninoff. This concert is free and open to the public. 

Eric Stolzfus, Cello

Wednesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Great Hall of McDowell

“Sweet Graces; Rude Ignorance: Experiments with Sonnets and a Suite” combines the J. S. Bach, Suite No. 1 in G for Cello Solo with a recitation of five Shakespeare sonnets. Mr. Stolzfus will explore the gloriously fraught relationship between meter and rhythm in music and poetry. It is a response to the lecture by Elliott Zuckerman on July 11, 2018 at St. John’s College, "Shakespeare’s Sonnet 64: What Can be Said About a Poem, And What Should be Said.”  The other sonnets under examination are 18, “Shall I compare thee,” 24, “Mine eye hath played the painter,” 78, “So oft have I invoked thee,” 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds.”