Arundel Vocal Arts Society - All Voices Are Significant!

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Hear ye! Hear ye! Mark this in BOLD on your calendar!

Our spring concerts feature a work entitled "The Street Requiem" which hopes to raise an awareness of homelessness in our community:

The street requiem WHEN: Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 461 College Pkwy in Arnold

Map to Gloria Dei Church

WHEN: Sunday, April 28th, 2019, time 5:00 pm
WHERE: St Vincent's Church, 120 North Front Street in Baltimore

Map to St Vincent's

AVAS members always enjoy meeting and interacting with those who attend our concerts so there is always a sumptuous reception following our performances.

Homeless Jesus on a bench
Homeless Jesus sculpture by Timothy Schmaltz.

Street Requiem (2014) was conceived with the aim of bringing a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling to come to terms with street violence, war and a loss of safety on our streets. It is a highly accessible, contemporary work including English, African and Persian lyrics alongside a modern setting of the traditional Latin texts. While at times deeply moving, the work is essentially optimistic and uplifting. It utilizes gospel, Celtic, neo-Romantic, neo-Baroque, Indigenous and contemporary genres and instrumentation to reflect the multicultural and multi- faith traditions of modern city living. The harmonic language finds common ground in the work's multiple styles by building upon chant and folk music- influenced open fourth and fifth intervals, with melodies drawn from pentatonic scales and various modes. Street Requiem is an inclusive work to which people from various backgrounds and traditions can relate. Although it is anchored in the Latin of the traditional requiem mass, to a modern day context, Street Requiem is deliberately neither secular nor religious, intended instead to be deeply spiritual, allowing listeners to find their own faith or meaning in the context of the words.

In addition we will sing Brahms' How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place and We Are the World 25 for Haiti by Michael Jackson and Lional Richie.

Other presentations on the program will include poetry by homeless and the Kaddish (a chanted Jewish prayer for the dead).

For further information about joining AVAS or purchasing tickets to our concerts, please use our contact form.

Who We Are

The Arundel Vocal Arts Society (AVAS) is a community-based, nonprofit choral group dedicated to the performance of varied, mixed-voice music for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of its members and the surrounding communities.

AVAS has been providing outstanding performances of diverse choral music since 1983. We pride ourselves in the diversity of our programming, including classical masterworks, operetta, pops, folk music, lighter favorites and Broadway.

The chorus presents an annual series of two concerts and supports the creative environment of our community by collaborating with other local musical groups. AVAS membership is open to adults and it is the intent of the chorus membership to reflect the cultural diversity of the communities it serves.

For more information, please go to our Concerts page.

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.

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