Spring Oratorio to celebrate 20th year
Several hundred musicians will perform this weekend in the Naval Academy's Spring Oratorio, which will feature Johannes Brahms' "German Requiem."
Musicians from the academy's Glee Club, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and area colleges will perform in this 20th anniversary of the oratorio, now a part of the academy's Distinguished Artists Series.
The performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Alumni Hall.
Dr. John Barry Talley, chairman of the academy's musical activities department, will conduct the performance. The evening will spotlight the talents of Parisian soprano Andrea Rose and bass soloist Neil Wilson of Richmond, Va., performers who have appeared in the academy's annual Messiah concert, as well as other area concerts. The concert also will feature singers from Haverford and Bryn Mawr colleges.
The program will open with Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture," one of the composer's more popular orchestral works.
In "Ein Deutsches Requiem, A German Requiem," the program's major work and one of the world's best loved choral compositions, Brahms abandoned the traditional text of the requiem mass and selected instead a series of scriptural passages that address themes of comfort and reassurance.
The Spring Oratorio, established in 1974, has included performances such as Arthur Honegger's "King David," the Easter portion of Handel's "Messiah," Haydn's "Creation," several works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," Scott Pender's "Requiem" and Mozart's "Requiem."
Tickets are $12. To order tickets, call (410) 268-6060 and 1-800-US-4-NAVY. For information about the Distinguished Artists Series, call (410) 267-3464.
Gunman robs woman near bank machine
A 21-year-old woman was robbed of $40 at gunpoint outside a bank in Riva Festival Plaza Friday night.
According to the police report, the woman had withdrawn the money from an automated teller machine at Maryland National ** Bank at 11:20 p.m., and was walking to her car when the assailant walked up to her, pointed a gun and threatened her.
L The woman gave him cash and the robber ran toward Route 450.
* West River: An outdrive motor was stolen from a boat parked in the front yard of a home in the 5300 block of Sudley Road sometime between Friday and Sunday. The motor was valued at $3,000.
* Davidsonville: Burglars broke into a home in the 2800 block of Davidsonville Road Saturday and took a satellite receiver, a telephone and a television remote control. The property was valued at $1,804.
* Davidsonville: Musical equipment valued at $2,550 was taken from a home in the 1300 block of Rossback Road Saturday.