2018-2019 Concert Season

Christmas Concert 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
461 College Parkway
Arnold MD 21012

C H R I S T M A S. This single nine-letter word means so many things to so many people: expectation, hope, joy, family, memories, love, giving, to name a few. A large part of Christmas celebrations is music. Today, the first half of our concert brings compositions that begin with each of the letters of Christmas, with sounds and words that we've come to associate with this special time of the year: bells, light, shepherds, King, 'magnificat', angels, and children.

We featured some of our members with Holiday solos in the second half of our program and then invited you, this once-in-a- lifetime gathering of people, to join in this special combination to enliven a few Christmas carols and put us all in this magical mood.

Map to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Repeat: Sunday, December 9, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
Galilee Lutheran Church
4652 Mountain Road
Pasadena, Maryland 21122

Monday, December 31, 7:00 p.m.
Interfaith NYE Service
Eastport United Methodist Church

Prior Concert Seasons

2017-2018 Concert Season

Christmas Concert 2017

Sunday, December 3rd, 3pm, at Eastport United Methodist Church. 3pm was the time and place for our Fall/Christmas concert. The program was centered on Robert Ray's Gospell Mass, a lively setting of the Catholic Mass accompanied by piano, bass and drums. Decorating that centerpiece were Gospel works and Spirituals. We were thrilled to host The Gospel Travelers (Annapolis), an all-male a capella group, to share their unique renditions of these genres dear to the heart. Map to Eastport United Methodist Church.

Spring 2018

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church is one of our favorite concert venues and host of our Spring presentation, The Elements of Life, Saturday, April 28th at 7pm. You will be regaled with choral works focusing on air, water, earth, fire and more. Look and listen for some enhancements to the aural and visual as we strive to give you a complete sensory experience of these essential ingredients of everyday living. As usual, AVAS members will serve up a bountiful reception, this time with refreshment reflecting the theme of the concert. We hope to see you there!

2016-2017 Concert Season

Christmas Concert 2016

Sunday, 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!

Spring 2017

Holy Grounds (next to the Severna Park Community Center) hosted the first of two Tribute to Leonard Bernstein concerts on May 6th (Saturday) with downbeat at 7pm. St. Margaret's Episcopal Church was the location of the second presentation of the same on Sunday, May 7th, at 3pm. This Tribute concert was in anticipation of Bernstein's Centennial, as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth. We got a jump on feting him a year early!! Our program centered around the magnificent Chichester Psalms, one of his signature works. Excerpts from West Side Story, Mass, and Candide were among some of the other numbers included in this Bernstein Bouquet. It was an energetic program!

2015-2016 Concert Season

The 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 2015

AVAS'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:

Spring 2016

For 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

Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3pm
Eastport United Methodist Church, Annapolis

This years 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)

Spring Concert
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

Sound bites:
Blame it on the Bossa Nova
Puttin' on the Ritz

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.

More Sound Bites

O Nata Lux (from Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna), performed December 8, 2013

My Old Kentucky Home, arr. Foster/Moore Spring Concert, April 18, 2009

Gloria - Haydn Lord Nelson Mass - Fall Concert, December 7, 2008