The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum saved the best for last this season -- the Annapolis Chorale, directed by J. Ernest Green, on Saturday at North County High School in Ferndale.
With the help of accompanist Carolene Winter, soprano Robin Lounsbury, tenor Richard Koons and Bob Diener on piano, Nat Becker on drums and Glen Dewey on bass, the chorale ended its 25th season and PAAL's 16th on a high note.
The program was tilted toward the music of Cole Porter and George Gershwin and contained songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1988 hit, "Phantom of the Opera."
Lounsbury and Koons were featured in songs from Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman's "The Secret Garden."
Lounsbury has a creamy voice well suited to musical theater. Her diction did justice to Porter's incomparable lyrics in "So in Love" and "I've Got You Under My Skin."
Koons is a lyric tenor with impressive power and acting skills. At his best in the big "Secret Garden" numbers, he also did well in duet with Lounsbury in Porter's "So in Love," Gershwin's "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and Lloyd Webber's "All I Ask of You."
The chorale sings the music of those composers with feeling and artistry. Its Gershwin medley weaves fragments into a composite song as lovely as any Gershwin tune.
A highlight of the evening was Diener's rhapsodic "Night and Day," which showed how this song should be played and almost never is.
The ending to PAAL's 16th season should encourage subscribers to look forward to its 17th season, which opens in September with a reprise of clarinetist Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, featuring Brooks Tegler and his 14-piece band. This is the same program Tegler and his father, John Tegler, put on in the Chesapeake Music Hall in January.
The Dundalk chapter of the Chorus of the Chesapeake follows in November, then the Naval Academy Band in January, pianist Angelin Chang in February and Sounds of New Orleans, featuring Rene Netto, in April. The March show has not been booked.
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Pub Date: 5/07/98