Three of the world's best boys choirs will sing here

December 07, 1990|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

THREE OF THE most famous boys choirs in the world -- The Boys Choirs of Vienna, Miami and Harlem -- will sing in Baltimore Dec. 11, Dec. 16 and Jan. 5.

The boys from Vienna, in a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, program at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, will sing seven pieces from Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," Faure's "Ave Verum" and "Jesu Redemptor Omnium" and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah."

Other works by the choir, formed in 1498, are an adaptation of Carl Michael Ziehrer's comic opera "Old Vienna" and holiday tunes such as "Angels We Have Heard," "Once in Royal David's City" and "Deck the Halls." Tickets are $16-$30 and are available at the BSO box office. Call 783-8000.

Then, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, the National Conference of Synagogue Youth will present the Miami Boys Choir, founded and directed by Yerachmiel Begun, in a Hanukkah music festival at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road. The program celebrates different aspects of Jewish life and religion.

A composer, tenor and influence in Jewish music for more than 15 years, Begun plays piano accompaniment for the boys, who have sung multiple harmonies, performed skits and danced in choreographed precision in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Israel. Plans for 1990-91 include a return to Europe and Israel, possibly a concert tour of the Soviet Union, American tour and a Carnegie Hall concert next November.

The concert is the main fund-raiser for the Atlantic Seaboard Region, National Conference of Synagogue Youth. Regional director is Bonnie Sue Pollak, while associate regional director is Rabbi Yitzchok Dinovitzer. Tickets are $15 and up. For information and tickets, call 358-6279.

Several weeks later, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, the Boys Choir of Harlem will perform at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (without the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). Tickets $14 to $26. Call 783-8000. Dr. Walter J. Turnbull is co-founder and executive director. Ruth Nixon co-founded the group.

Formed in 1968 as the Ephesus Church Choir of Central Harlem, the choir has become an internationally recognized choir performing throughout the United States and Europe, at the White House and United Nations. Its repertoire includes classical music, contemporary songs, gospel and spirituals.

Special emphasis is given to the works of black composers, including newly commissioned pieces. Members, who are arranged into three choirs -- performing, training and the girls choir -- live throughout the New York area, a large number in Harlem.

Other future concerts in the area include:

Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., St. David's Church, Roland avenue -- The Bach Society's concert of seasonal music by Bach and Brahms. Maurice Murphy, director. Call 521-0209.

Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., Towson Presbyterian Church, Chesapeake and Highland avenues -- Christmas Portion, Handel's "Messiah" by the Chancel Choir and a Peabody Conservatory quartet. Louis Rusk, conductor, and Doris Hamel Eicher, choir director. Donations.

Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 p.m., Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory -- The Baltimore Consort's "A Renaissance Christmas" with singers Custer LaRue, Alice Kosloski and Alexander Blachly joining the consort's Christmas Band in carols, noels and dances. Tickets $10 and $8 for students and seniors. Call 889-5123.

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