New series offers sacred chamber music

October 16, 1990

German baroque music will be featured tonight when Harmonia Sacra, a new four-concert series of vocal and instrumental sacred chamber music, opens at 8 p.m. at the Chapeln of Our Lady of the Angels, Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville.

"Gem of the German Baroque" will feature music by Schutz, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Telemann and J.S. Bach in the form of cantatas, arias and chorales.

Performing are Samuel Gordon, tenor; Robert Kennedy, baritone; Beverly Benso, contralto; Linda Dykstra, soprano; Martha Randall, soprano; Nancy Beith, keyboard; Nancy Roldan, piano; Daniel Malkin, cello; Jose Cueto, violin, and Gail Cameron, flute.

Singersand instrumentalists from the Baltimore-Washington are, many of them faculty members at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will perform in Harmonia Sacra, a UMBC subscription series on Tuesday evenings. The music is from the Middle Ages to the present.

Benso, who teaches voice at UMBC, and Gordon, music department chair and conductor, are artistic directors of the series.

The three other concerts in the series are: Nov. 20, "An Evening Song: Music of Haydn and Mozart"; Feb. 26, "Our Lady of the Angels: Musical Devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary"; and April 16, "We Sing to Him: Divine Hymns and Canticles of Purcell and Britten."

Single tickets are $7 and for students and senior, $5. Subscriptions are $20 and $16. For more information, call (301) 455-2942.

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