Area choirs and friends of AIDS victim will sing in benefit

April 11, 1991|By Ernest F. Imhoff | Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff

Singing friends of Donald C. Arenth, Baltimore interior designer and bass singer who died Jan. 30, have a chance to join choristers from Baltimore area churches and choral groups in an AIDS benefit concert in Arenth's memory at 3:30 p.m. May 12.

T. Herbert Dimmock, music director of the Handel Choir, will lead the combined choirs in Faure's "Requiem" and Mozart's "Ave Verum" in the concert at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, Park and Lafayette avenues, Bolton Hill.

Some 60 singers from Brown, the Handel Choir, the Harford Choral Society, the Choral Arts Society, area churches and present and past voice students of Frederick C. Petrich will take part. Four organists are also volunteering their talents.

Known for his motorcycling as well as highly respected design work and paintings, Arenth was a voice student of Petrich and sang with many of the May 12 singers in various church choirs and other groups.

He performed with choirs at Brown, Memorial Episcopal Church, Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Cathedral Church of the Incarnate and the Choral Arts Society, among others.

Musical friends of Arenth who know the two works may take part by calling Petrich at 592-8111. Rehearsals are at 4 p.m. April 27; 3 p.m. May 5; 2 p.m. May 11 and 2 p.m. May 12 before the concert, also a memorial service.

Proceeds from the $20 tickets ($10 for seniors and students) may be bought at the door or ordered by mail from HERO, Donald C. Arenth Concert, Suite 825, 101 West Read

St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

Eugene Belt, Brown organist, will accompany the combined choir in the major works. Other organists will be Robert Twynham, playing Marcel Dupre's Prelude and Fugue in G Minor; Paul Davis playing Bach's D Minor Toccata; and Bruce Eicher, accompanying two hymns, "O Sacred Head Now Wounded" and "My Faith Looks Up to Thee."

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