New Year brings Yale, Harlem and Maryland voices

December 28, 1990|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

AFTER A holiday slowdown on the classic music scene, the pace picks up again next week with appearances of Fenno Heath and his Yale Glee Club, oboist Joseph Turner, the Harlem Boys Choir, the Maryland Children's Choir and Res MusicAmerica playing world premieres by three Baltimore composers.

But first, a quick reminder. Baltimore tenor Chris Merritt sings in both acts as the Indian prince Idreno in Rossini's opera "Semiramide" at the Metropolitan Opera at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on WBJC-FM (91.5).

Now, back to the Yale Glee Club. Heath, a choral composer and arranger, is one of the country's legendary choral music directors, having directed the club since 1953. Since then, the men's and women's choruses have merged and the 100-person group has toured overseas almost a dozen times and often in the United States. The 130-year-old group is known for its concerts of major classical works.

The glee club, its Chamber Singers and Out of the Blue, an a cappella Yale group, will sing a varied program at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Tickets are $12 and $6 for students. The Yale Scholarship Fund of Maryland benefits. Call 494-8388.

Soloists will include sopranos Sandhya Subramanian, Kimberly Corrall or Anna Meek, tenor Matthew Ringel, club president, and even a trio of yodelers, Amy Marx, Harold Chen and Matthew Ringel singing "Switzer Boy." Yale songs and pieces by Brahms, Cole Porter, Anton Bruckner and Heath are scheduled. The Chamber Singers, conducted by Corrall, and Out of the Blue perform their own short programs.

Two days later, it's Joseph Turner's turn to perform. A fixture here as Heath is in New Haven, Turner has been principal oboist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1965, a frequent chamber music player with different groups including the Baltimore Wind Quintet and a recorder and oboe teacher at Peabody Conservatory.

Ivan Fischer will conduct, and Turner will be the soloist in the BSO's performance of "The Flower Clock" by the living French composer Jean Francaix at a BSO concert at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 5, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The Francaix piece, done by the BSO for the first time, was given its premiere in 1961. It contains seven sections, each representing a time of day and flower in the Flower Clock designed by the Swedish botanist Linnaeus. Other BSO works planned are Haydn's Symphony No. 102 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6 in D Major. Call 783-8000.

The Harlem Boys Choir, under Walter J. Turnbull, executive director, makes a return appearance for a concert at the Meyerhoff at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. With the help of the YMCA of Greater Baltimore, 50 Baltimore inner city children will be introduced to the concert experience by studying the choir's music, hosting a reception, touring the Meyerhoff and hearing the concert. The choir appears on TV regularly and recorded the soundtrack for the Civil War movie "Glory." Its members live in the greater New York area including Harlem. Tickets are $14-$26. Call 783-8000.

The next day, Jan. 6, Res MusicAmerica Inc., Vivian Adelberg Rudow, director, performs world premieres of Elam Ray Sprenkle's "An Untitled Waltz"; Robert Macht's "Capriccio for Bassoon and Piano" and "Largo for Trumpet and Piano" and Ronald Mutchnik's "The Loden Suite." Tickets are $8, $6 and $4. Call 788-2124.

Musicians in the 3:30 p.m. concert at the Baltimore Museum of Art are the Tidewater Chamber Players: trumpeter Jeffrey Silberschlag, bassoonist Deborah Greitzer and pianist Eliza Garth; electronic cellist Jeffrey Kreiger; and the RMA Ensemble: pianist Eric Conway, violinist Jose Cueto, clarinetist Robert DiLutis, alto saxophonist Christopher Ford, flutist Sara Landgren, cellist Daniel Malkin and violist Jennifer Rende. Brian Bevelander discusses "Electronic Music" at 2:30 p.m.

The same day, at 4 p.m. Jan. 6, The Children's Chorus of Maryland, directed by Andrea Nutter Macon, chooses the Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St., as the setting for its annual "Twelfth Night" concert featuring its beginner, training and concert choirs. More than 100 children, 6 to 16, will sing "Sleigh Ride," "Carol of the Bells" and "Angels we Have Heard on High" among others. The group, which sings with the Baltimore Opera Company and the BSO, was founded by Betty Bertaux in 1976. Donna Reid is its executive director. Tickets are $8 and $5. For information call 296-2025.

Later, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Jarod Beyers, organist, will give a recital at the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, 5300 North Charles St., in the Cathedral Concert Series. His program includes works by Marcel Dupre, J.S. Bach and Cesar Franck. No charge, but donations.

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