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50th Season Finale: Glory, Praise, and Peace

We close our 50th anniversary season with the big wonderful sound of the Chorale and the Chamber Orchestra performing YOUR requests! From our five-decade history, you’ve chosen works by Bruckner, Jenkins, and Dan Forrest, among others. We’re inviting back singers who’ve been members of the Chorale over the years to help blow out the candles on the cake and celebrate half a century of bringing music to Annapolis!

Soloist Bios

Emily Casey

Soprano Emily Casey, hailed as a “red-haired vixen with a sparkling voice” by Opera Canada, commands stages in the US and abroad with her dramatic coloratura. Renowned for collaborations with opera companies worldwide, her vocal artistry and compelling dramatics have earned universal acclaim. This season brought about a series of role debuts including Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), and Michaëla (Carmen). Reviewed as a triple-threat to look out for, Casey also shines in musical theater and concert work. Recent highlights include Gianetta in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, where critics praised her for her musical lyricism, poignancy and power. Explore her dynamic schedule at


Catrin Davies

Described as having “…bright vocalism and flawless diction…” by the Baltimore Sun, mezzo-soprano Catrin Rowenna Davies has had a long history as a soloist with Live Arts Maryland, with some of her favorite performances including Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. She has been a soloist with Handel Choir of Baltimore, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she debuted with the Washington Chorus in Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Ms. Davies specializes in Welsh repertoire and three times has won the first prize at the North American Festival of Wales. She has also competed at the National Festival in Wales, winning the mezzo-soprano competition. Ms Davies has performed roles with Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Annapolis Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Live Arts Maryland, Young Victorian Theatre Company , Summer Garden Opera, and Baltimore Concert Opera. For one of her favorite roles, Carmen, she had the great pleasure of coaching with the inimitable Denyce Graves. She is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, at which she is currently adjunct faculty, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She also holds degrees from McGill University and Oxford University.


Nathan Létourneau

Hailed as a “gorgeous tenor voice” by Broadway World, Nathan Létourneau’s favorite roles include Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marco in The Gondoliers, and Orphée in Orphée aux enfers. Nathan has performed roles in Baltimore, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Toronto, and Montréal, with companies including the Washington National Opera, NEMPAC Opera, Bronx Opera, The Garden State Opera, Amore Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Young Victorian Theatre Company, Utopia Opera, and Opera NOVA. Further, Nathan has performed in the Washington National Opera chorus since 2018 and was a semi-finalist in the 31st Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. Nathan’s solo tenor concert performances include the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along, Beethoven 9 with the Georgetown University Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances with Orpheus Choir, Goran Bregovic, and recitals with the Vernon Proms, Church of the Epiphany recital series, and at NYU’s Maison Française. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto and a Master of Music from New York University. Website:


Spencer Adamson

Spencer Adamson’s recent performances include leading and comprimario roles in local  and national opera houses as well as many other classical music venues. In 2021,  Mr. Adamson debuted the role of Prince Charles in the U.S. premiere of the new  musical, Queen of the People’s Hearts. He reprised his role in its subsequent international debut in Istanbul, Turkey. Last summer, he made his role debut as  Giuseppe in The Gondoliers with the Young Victorian Theater Company. His recent  engagements include roles on two grand opera stages: The Lyric Opera House,  Baltimore, MD and The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C. singing the  roles of Fiorello in LOB’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Doganiere in  Washington National Opera’s production of La Bohème, and as The Confederate Soldier WNO’s premiere of Philip Glass’ newly-written production of Appomattox.  Previous season highlights include the roles of Marquis d’Obigny in La Traviata with  Summer Garden Theater and Baltimore Concert Opera, Prince Yamadori in  Annapolis Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, Marco in Opera Susquehanna’s  production of Gianni Schicchi, Timur in their concert production of Turandot, Tonio in Pagliacci, and Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with HUB Opera Ensemble. Upcoming  engagements include his role debut of Despard in YVTC’s production of Ruddigore this summer. 

Mr. Adamson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Voice Performance from Westminster  Choir College, and graduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington. 



50th Season Finale: Glory, Praise, and Peace Promotional Video

The fourth movement of the Jenkins Gloria is entitled I’ll Make Music. Like the second movement, Laudamus te, (which I talked about in an earlier post) this is a moment of calm. This movement, however, is a reflection about what we as musicians and performers do – we make music to share with you.
Sung entirely by the soprano soloist, in this case the amazing Emily Casey, this movement ends with this text:

I’ll make music
I shall make new music
I shall make music, music…
For you.

To me, that’s what it’s all about and exactly what I try to do with my life and the Chorale’s mission – make music for YOU.
Take a listen to the link below and then come and see this live!

Jenkins: Gloria - IV. The Song: I'll make music

Have you ever heard a piece that starts with the singers making “breathing noises? Dan Forrest’s the breath of life, which we’ll perform during our season finale on June 1, begins exactly that way, with the chorus making breathy “sweeps” as the orchestra gradually comes in. Sounds crazy, right? But the effect is mesmerizing as the beautiful breathing sounds are taken over and combined with the voices as they begin singing.

I’m a huge fan of Dan’s writing because his music is very current and often reminds me of a film score with all the ways it brings imagery to mind.
Did I mention that the chorus is accompanied by a solo cello that is slightly amplified and mixed to make the sound more atmospheric?

You’ve got to hear this! Take a listen to this recording of the first movement of the breath of life.

the breath of life - Dan Forrest - Premiere Performance

I’m fascinated by the way works written by composers from one era connect and inform pieces by other composers separated by centuries. This kind of connection is at the heart of the two pieces we’ll perform on our June 1 concert by Bruckner and Jenkins – two of my favorites that perfectly illustrate this concept.

Both pieces – the Te Deum and Gloria – are “songs of praise” with text that dates from around the 4th century. Both are unmitigated expressions of joy and praise and have a very similar “mirrored” construction, meaning the last movement quotes and reminds us of the first.

What I most love about these two works is the musical energy and drive in each one. From the opening moments of the Bruckner, you know this is going to be a powerful journey, and it doesn’t let up until the end as Bruckner celebrates the glory of creation!

With similar exuberance, Jenkins calls on the same power from the chorus and orchestra, but makes his brilliant and effusive cries of praise globally understood by inserting non-traditional texts into the established language of the Gloria. In short, he’s putting “new wine in old skins,” and the result is spectacular!

Here’s a link to the Bruckner Te Deum to give you sample.

Bruckner - Te Deum

Psalm 150 is a joyous proclamation of praise. In fact, virtually every English translation of this psalm begins with the word “Praise” – except for the final verse, which says “Let everything that has breath praise…” Jenkins sets this text in Hebrew and it is a wild and enthusiastic ride for the chorus and the orchestra!

Jenkins: Gloria - III. The Psalm: Tehillim - Psalm 150

This movement offers a beautiful moment of calm around the text “Laudamus te” (We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you). Instead of pushing the limits of orchestra and singers, composer Jenkins instead chooses to give us a quiet moment to pause and think.

Jenkins: Gloria - II. The Prayer: Laudamus Te

I have always loved the music of Karl Jenkins. It is unabashedly melodic and dramatic! The first movement of his Gloria starts with a huge introduction from the orchestra before the chorus enters with the first cry of “Gloria” (Glory). This is followed by a journey through musical time as the chorus sings a melody that reminds us of monastic chant heard in the early church. Before ending with a frenetic return to the opening “Gloria” and then on the word “Deo” (God), Jenkins compresses the rhythm to give this movement incredible energy. To me, this is one of the best openings in modern choral music!

Jenkins: Gloria - I. The Proclamation: Gloria in excelsis Deo

Annapolis Chorale Performs "Kyrie" from Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest

Paul Shaffer in Concert!

Witness the genius of Paul Shaffer as he takes the stage, bringing decades of musical mastery to life. From his iconic role as the bandleader on The Late Show with David Letterman to collaborating with music legends, Paul Shaffer is a living legend in the world of entertainment.

Immerse yourself in a diverse musical journey spanning the genres of rock, blues, jazz, and everything in between. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the magic of Paul Shaffer, this concert promises an evening of joy, nostalgia, and incredible musical artistry, all to support Live Arts Maryland.

Secure your tickets now for a night filled with unforgettable performances, soul-stirring collaborations with The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, and musical surprises that will leave you speechless.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of Paul Shaffer live! Gather your friends and family for a musical celebration that will resonate in your hearts long after the final note.

100% of the net funds from this event will directly support the programs and performances of Live Arts Maryland.


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Artist Bios

Paul Shaffer

For 33 years Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekickPaul began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of “Godspell.” He  played piano in “The Magic Show” on Broadway in 1974, then spent the next five years with the  original “Saturday Night Live,” where he played keyboards, composed special musical material and, in 1980, became a featured performer. 

In 1977, he took a brief break from the show to star in the CBS comedy series “A Year at the  Top,” produced by Norman Lear and Don Kirshner. After his return to “Saturday Night Live,” he  collaborated with Gilda Radner on the songs for her Broadway show, in which he also appeared. He  served as musical director for the Blues Brothers – John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd – for their triple platinum album and national tour. His guest starring television appearances include “Ed”, “The  Sopranos”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Schitt’s Creek” and “How I Met Your Mother”. Paul  starred with Bill Murray in and was musical director for the Netflix special “A Very Murray Christmas”, directed by Sofia Coppola, for which he received his fourth EMMY® nomination. Over the past several  years he performed a series of “mini-residencies” at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at the iconic  Cleopatra’s Barge. He has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony and the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, as well as appearances with the Long Beach, Vancouver,and  Winnipeg symphonies.. 

In addition to recording his own albums, Coast to Coast (1989) and The World’s Most  Dangerous Party (1993), Shaffer has recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono, and  Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. He composed the LATE SHOW theme song and, with Paul Jabara, wrote  the Number One global ’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Halliwell for the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in  2001. In 2002, he received his first GRAMMY®, Best Country Instrumental, for the Earl Scruggs and  Friends album, and co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tsziji Munoz. His latest  album, Paul Shaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band, features such diverse guest vocalists as Valerie Simpson, Darius Rucker, Jenny Lewis, Dion, Shaggy, and Bill Murray.  

His feature film roles include Artie Fufkin in Rob Reiner’s “This Is Spinal Tap.” He also appeared in the Mike Nichols-directed “Gilda Live,” the Bill Murray movie “Scrooged,” and with John  Travolta in “Look Who’s Talking Too.” He is heard as the voice of Hermes in Disney’s animated feature  “Hercules” and the television series based on the film. He produced the gold-selling soundtrack for and  appeared in “Blues Brothers 2000”, and composed original songs for the movie “Strangers with Candy.” He composed the theme songs for David Letterman’s Netflix series, and produced the music for Sofia  Coppola’s 2020 film “On The Rocks” starring Bill Murray. 

Shaffer led the band for the “We Are the World” finale of Live Aid. Shaffer hosted CBS’s 1994  New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square and was musical director of the closing  concert at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996  Super Bowl halftime show and was musical director of the 1999 Concert of the Century at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Gloria Estefan, ‘N Sync and others, to aid  music programs in public schools. He was Paul McCartney’s musical director for “Concert for  New York” and appeared with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon, both of  which honored and raised money for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Paul served  as Musical Director for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its first 35 years. 

“Paul Shaffer’s This Day in Rock,” is a daily interstitial feature nationally syndicated by Envision Radio. Paul’s best-selling memoir, We’ll Be Here  For The Rest of Our Lives, is published by Random House. His recent television series, “Paul Shaffer Plus  One”, on AXS-TV with guests including Joe Walsh, Donald Fagen, Graham Nash, Buddy Guy, and Smokey Robinson the extended radio version aired on SiriusXM. And he  appeared as “Skeleton” on the second season of The Masked Singer. 

Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2008, Paul received the  Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor.

Joe Caro

Joe Caro is a guitarist, producer ,composer and singer born and raised in New York City. Early influences included the British Invasion and blues and jazz. At a young age, he started working in the  recording studios in NYC and touring  the US, Japan and Europe. He has recorded with  Bette Midler, Blue Öyster Cult, Carly Simon,  Michael Franks, Bobby McFerrin, Gato Barbieri, Michael McDonald, Fania Allstars, Chaka Khan,  Randy Brecker to name a few, toured  with Dr. John,  Carly Simon /James Taylor,  Michael Franks, appeared live  or on TV with Jon Bongovi, Clint Black, Joan Osborne, Sinead O’Connor, Pat Metheny, The Blues Brothers, Roberta Flack,The Eagles,  Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin,  Luther Vandross, Dave Mason, Steven Tyler, Jonny Lang and many more as well as  the house bands of The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Grammys and countless  TV Commercials and Movies. Besides his current work  with Paul Shaffer, a friend for many years, he’s is also currently  musical director for Mick Fleetwood’s  “House of Rumors” band. He has released three recordings of his own, “Home Alone”,”Live in New York City” and “Every Dog Has His Day” on Innsbruck records and currently lives  on the island of Maui.

Francisco Centeno

Francisco Centeno is an internationally renowned Recording Studio electric bassist popularly known for his innovative styles and proficiency within a wide range of musical genres. Considered a prodigy in the recording industry Francisco was discovered by the Motown songwriting team Ashford and Simpson and began recording on their various productions for Motown at the age of fifteen. Twice nominated for the NARAS MVP Award Francisco’s unique styles can be heard on several hundred albums ranging from Funk, R&B, Latin, Jazz and Pop, Broadway musicals and Movie soundtracks. Go to his website for details about his many recordings, tours and TV appearances.

Clint de Ganon

Drummer Clint de Ganon is from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.  He recently recorded with the NY Philharmonic for Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story.  His list of diverse credits includes Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Renée Fleming, Jimmy Buffet, Liza Minnelli, & Carole King.  He held the chair for no fewer than 12 Broadway shows, including the Grammy/Tony Award-winning “Beautiful” & “Hairspray.”  Clint regularly records for the hit tv series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Clint’s always thrilled to work with Paul Shaffer in any setting, & has been looking forward to this performance.

Kristin Pagent

Kristin Pagent is a native of Wheaton Illinois and got her degree in opera performance/music theater from Northwestern University. She joined the United States Navy Band Washington DC in the year 2000 and sang in the sea chanters chorus for 17 years. She has been on 15 national tours, and sung in every state except Alaska. Kristin has sung with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago, Symphony Orchestra, the Wheaton municipal band, The Cincinnati Pops, the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis chamber Orchestra, and the United States Navy Band. She has sung for many presidents, vice presidents, and other high-ranking officials in Washington DC. She sang in the choruses for the funerals of President Reagan, President Ford, and Neil Armstrong. Kristin has been a member of the Annapolis Chorale since 2014.

Ella Green

Born and raised in Severna Park, MD, Ella Green has been a performer from a very young age. Ella graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Some of Ella’s recent productions include Daddy Long Legs (Jerusha Abbott), Matilda (Miss Honey), Brightstar (Alice Murphy), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Little Women (Marmee), and Godspell (female Swing). Ella’s Symphony Pops/Concert credits include Marvin’s Music (Caroga Lake Music Festival, featured vocalist), Celebration of Christmas (Live Arts Maryland and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, featured vocalist), Bernard Dotson’s “Unexpected Songs” (featured vocalist).


Get to Know the Band

Clint de Ganon - Drummer

Valerie Ghent - Keyboardist and Vocalist

Paul Shaffer Introduces the Band

Francisco Centeno - Electric Bass Guitar

Joe Caro - Guitarist, Composer & Singer

Celebration of Christmas

One night only! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially for this community favorite and family tradition! Many Annapolitans kick off the season with this concert, which features a sleigh full of holiday cheer provided by the Annapolis Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Director J. Ernest Green, along with special musical guests!

Two wonderful guest artists join the festivities this year. Pianist, composer, performer, and on-stage music director for Netflix’ The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Mark Berman returns to offer his amazing holiday arrangements and vibrant piano playing. He has composed and played for Sex and the City (think of the ubiquitous opening theme song), Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, and many other shows. Mr. Berman has worked with a who’s who of music, including Carole King, Hugh Jackman, Aretha Franklin and has performed at Carnegie Hall and the legendary Rainbow Room, among other famous venues.

Back by popular demand, veteran Broadway performer Bernard Dotson returns as our Celebration of Christmas vocalist! Most recently seen on stage as Noah “Horse” T. Simmons in The Full Monty, Bernard has performed on Broadway in Ragtime, Finian’s RainbowChicago, Dream Girls, Sweet Smell Of Success, and many more! No stranger to Live Arts, Bernard is thrilled to be back for this year’s Celebration of Christmas!

Choral(e) Favorites

It’s our 50th Anniversary and to celebrate we asked the Chorale and our audience what music they’ve enjoyed most and what composers they’d like to hear from again! Find out which pieces were at the top of everyone’s list in this program!

The program features:

Sunrise Mass – Gjeilo
the breath of Life – Forrest 
The Lake Isle – Gjeilo
Choose Something Like a Star – Thompson

Broadway in Annapolis: They’re Playing Our Song

What could possibly go wrong when an established songwriter and an up-and-coming lyricist fall in love while they’re writing music together? Find out in this wickedly funny and timeless musical from Tony Award-winners Marvin Hamlisch and Neil Simon! Don’t miss the limited local run of They’re Playing Our Song.

“Guys & Dolls”

The show must go on! Our 2022-2023 season opens with Guys & Dolls presented as a pops gala. This show features many outstanding American Songbook standards such as “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat”, “If I Were A Bell”, “A Bushel and a Peck”, and more. Audiences of all ages will find the magic of live musical theater right here in Annapolis in this timeless classic!

Brahms – “Ein deutsches Requiem” 

Witness the majesty and power of the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra in the Ein deutches Requiem (A German Requiem) by Johannes Brahms. Brahms himself aptly referred to this as a Human Requiem. This setting of the requiem text paints the fragility, sorrow, and beauty of humanity unlike any other setting of the requiem text. This historic masterpiece will be paired with shorter chorale works that speak to our shared humanity. Join us for an evening of compelling choral singing that is sure to touch your soul!

Broadway in Annapolis: The Fantasticks

Live Arts Maryland continues the second half of its 2022-2023 season with two Broadway in Annapolis performances of “The Fantasticks” on Friday and Saturday, February, 17 and 18 at 8:00pm, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  Since its opening in May 1960 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York and its subsequent revival at the Snapple Theatre Center, “The Fantasticks” has become the longest running production of any kind in the history of American theatre. The Fantasticks is an unusual love story set about by two meddling parents and features the iconic song “Try to Remember.”

Celebration of Christmas

One night only! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. A community favorite and tradition for years – and how many Annapolitans kick off the season – this concert features a sleigh full of holiday cheer provided by the Annapolis Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, and Artistic Director J. Ernest Green, along with special musical guests!

Modern Masterworks featuring Mimi Stillman

Join us for a riveting concert of pieces never before heard in Annapolis! The Annapolis Chamber Orchestra will be joined by flautist Mimi Stillman for a commissioned premiere of Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Flute & Orchestra. This work has been over two years in the making in partnership with orchestras around the United States! The Annapolis Chorale will inspire with works by living composers from around the globe, Ola Gjeilo’s Across the Vast Eternal Sky and Morten Laurdisen’s Lux aeterna. We are thrilled to finally share these modern masterworks!