Our 18th Season - 2012-2013
For the first concert of our 18th Season, we performed in conjunction with the COSMIC Symphony under the direction of Maestro Vladimir Lande. Together, we performed Saturday December 8th at the Patuxent Presbyterian Church in California, MD and Sunday December 9th in the College of Southern Maryland's Fine Arts Building in La Plata, MD.
Francis Poulenc's Gloria, with solos from Jennifer Anne Cooper, mezzo-soprano and Ashley Kirby Kimbrough, soprano was the first piece performed. An intermission with home-made refreshments in support of Girl Scout Troop 4549 followed. The COSMIC flute choir was the next to perform the French Nativity Suite by Kelly Via and Christmas Exultations by Catherine McMichael. Finally, our assistant musical director Leroy Pressley led us all in a sing-along of George Frideric Handel's Messiah.
Our second concert of the season was a collection of traditional Irish and Scottish pieces. The performances were held on Saturday March 16th, and Sunday March 17th in the College of Southern Maryland's Fine Arts Building.
A collection of 21 pieces were performed by the choir. Solos were performed by Cathy Compton, Beth Kahline, Pat McConkey, Kristina Runde, Ken LaClair, Katie Gochnour, and Lynn Monje.
Our Three Tenors, comprised of Leroy Pressley, Larry Robinson, and W.G. Pete Stokes, performed Over the Sea to Skye. The Madrigals, comprised of Carol Charnock, Cathy Compton, Katie Gochnour, Arvilla Jackson, Lynn Monje, Denise Pratt, Pat Stokes, Susan Sumara, and Therese Thiedeman, perfomed Colcannon.
We also had performances from Meredith May, a bagpiper, and on Sunday the O'Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance.
Our last of concert of the season was A Night at the Opera. The concerts were presented on Saturday May 18th, at the Great Mills High School in Great Mills, MD and on Sunday May 19th, at the College of Southern Maryland's Fine Arts Building in La Plata, MD.
This was our second concert of the season partnering with the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vladimir Lande. We also had guest appearances by the Schubert Singers and mezzo-soprano Sofiya Schug.
Selections from ten operas were performed including, La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni by W.A. Mozart, featuring Michael Santana and Sofiya Shug.
Season 2012-2013 Board of Directors:
President - Carol Charnock
Vice President - Carol Scheer
Secretary - Ann Chess
Treasurer - John Van Blarcom
Members' Representative - Randy Hunt
Music Director - Michael K. Santana
Associate Music Director - Leroy Pressley
Accompanist - Carrie Gonzalez
Season 2012-2013 Committee Members:
Publicity - Karen Runde, Denise Pratt, Therese Thiedeman
Hospitality/Reception - Robin Boswell, Marc Charnock