Which Ave Maria Is Your Favorite?

In honor of Mother’s Day, we thought it would be fun to ask some of the choir members which Ave Maria is their favorite. Here are their responses with links to their selections:

Kimberly Hiss

As hard as it can be to pick favorites, I do love the Rachmaninoff (Bogoroditse Dyevo.) In turns it is stately, delicate, and impassioned. It's one of those pieces where half the challenge of singing it for me is to keep from crying.

Carolyn Smith

For me, it is the Gounod/Bach. Simple and beautiful.

Holly Mentzer

That's an easy one for me. I've sung many an Ave Maria. Hands down my favorite is by Franz Beibl. Like motherhood, it is brimming with the passionate ecstasy of love, so intense it can break your heart.

Marilyn Palefsky

I do agree with Kim about the beauty and passion of Rachmaninoff's Ave Maria, however tonight's rehearsal included Caccini's Ave Maria which is so simple, quiet, and a definitely a close second. We are singing this piece on Sunday, May 12th.