Holiday Harmonies

December 04, 1992|By Stephen Wigler

The holiday season celebrates the joy of love. And for most people nothing seems to enhance that nothing seems to enhance that feeling more than music. That may have something to do with the fact that some of us have been singing the same Christmas carols since we were children and that the music not only recaptures our own childhood, but also recaptures our own childhood, but also resonates with the birth of the person the Christmas season celebrates. But no matter what one's religion or creed, it's hard to resist the music that will be flooding churches and concert halls in the Baltimore area in the next few weeks. The music will vary from vesper services, medieval Spanish music (including music by the Sephardim, the Jews of Spain), performances of Gian Carlo Menotti's one-act opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors," Christmas masterpieces such as Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," joyous works such as Vivaldi's "Gloria," and, of course, performance after performance of Handel's immortal "Messiah."

Dec. 4

Handel's "Messiah" and the one-act opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson State University, (410) 830-ARTS. 8:15 p.m. Program will be repeated Dec. 5 at 8:15 p.m.

Harpsichordist Audley Green presents Christmas music through the centuries. Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., (410) 516-7157. 7:30 p.m. Wassail celebration will follow the performance.

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place, (410) 659-8124. "Spain in the Age of Discovery" will feature Christmas motets of Cristobal Morales, popular songs and dances,

Sephardic songs and New World music. 8:15 p.m.

White Marsh Christmas Concert Series. 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., (410) 931-7100. Series continues today on stage in Woodies Court with the Woodlawn High School concert choir and jazz ensemble at 11 a.m. and Ciotta and Martin at 7 p.m. A variety of musical performances to be held daily through Dec. 23.

Dec. 5

Chesapeake Chorale. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Crofton, (301) 249-7689. Concert of seasonal music will include performance by Sunrise String Quartet. At 8 p.m.

Chorus of the Chesapeake. Loch Raven High School auditorium, Cowpens and Cromwell Bridge roads, Towson, (401) 444-4837. 8 p.m.

University of Maryland Chorus Christmas Concert. Memorial ,X Chapel, University of Maryland College Park, (301) 405-5568. 8 p.m. Program will be repeated at 4 p.m. Dec. 6.

Peabody Singers, Peabody Chorus and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place, (410) 659-8124. 8:15 p.m.

Dec. 6

Annapolis Brass Quintet. An Die Musik, 1 Investment Place, Towson. (410) 296-8742. 4 p.m. The Hammond High School Madrigals will sing Christmas carols at 2 p.m.

Bryn Mawr School's Dayseye and Chamber Choir to sing "Messiah." Grace and St. Peter's Church, Park Avenue and Monument Street. Tickets available at the door. 4 p.m.

Canticle Singers. Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., (410) 828-7922. )5:30 p.m.

Columbia Pro Cantare performs "Messiah," Hammond High School, Columbia, (410) 465-5744 or (410) 997-5290.

Festival of carols. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Mount Vernon Place, (410) 685-5290 or (410) 675-3112. The Alleluias, the Chancel Choir of Grace Presbyterian Church, St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, the Washington Brass Quintet, Jolkz and the Handbell Choir of Grace Presbyterian will perform. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Harford Choral Society. Grace United Methodist Church, Aberdeen, (410) 692-5563. 3 p.m.

Harvest for the Hungry featuring U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus. Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville, (401) 455-4480. 3 p.m. Food donations will be given to Maryland Food Bank.

Laurel Oratorio Society, St. Mary's Church, 114 Eighth St., Laurel, (301) 317-5699 ,)or (301) 490-7504. 8 p.m. Christmas concert by the 70-voice society with brass choir and harp.

Loyola Concert Choir. Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St., (410) 617-5024. 2 p.m. Program will feature works by Bach, Marc-Antoine Charpentier and traditional carols.

"Messiah" sing-along featuring the Handel Choir. Grace United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Northern Parkway. 3 p.m. Call (410) 366-6544.

Music at St. Paul's Concert Series to feature Senior and Handbell choirs of St. Paul. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie, (410) 766-2283. 7 p.m.

St. Charles Chorale. Charlestown Retirement Community, 711 Maiden Choice Lane,Catonsville. 3 p.m.

Dec. 8

University Chorale. University of Maryland Chapel, College Park, 405-5537 or (301) 405-5548. 8 p.m.

Dec. 9

BSO presents Handel's "Messiah." Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., (410) 783-8000. Open rehearsal. 7:30 p.m.

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