BSO concert to honor church's anniversary

July 28, 1998|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will venture out of Meyerhoff Hall to the sanctuary of Southwest Baltimore's New Psalmist Baptist Church tomorrow night to perform a free concert in honor of the congregation's 100th anniversary.

The concert will include a work by contemporary African-American composer Katherine Gladney Wells and will feature soprano AnDraea Keene, a student at Morgan State University.

Sponsored by the BSO's Community Outreach Committee, this is the second concert the symphony has held in recent years in one of Baltimore's well-known African-American churches.

The concert, which will conclude with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, is part of an effort "to find many different ways for the symphony to be responsive to the interests and needs of the community and draw the community into the activities of the Baltimore Symphony," said BSO President John Gidwitz.

The orchestra has several other programs geared to the African-American community, including an annual Martin Luther King concert, the Classically Black series that features African-American composers and performers, and an annual workshop for church choral directors.

The concert is aimed at people who might not ordinarily be in the audience at Meyerhoff Hall.

"I think it's important that it demonstrates the symphony's willingness to come into the community," said Lorenzo Handy, choir director at Calvary Lutheran Church, who is chairman of the symphony's religious task force subcommittee.

New Psalmist Baptist, with a membership of 5,000 in the city and surrounding counties, is an important conduit for the symphony to make contact with the African-American community, Handy said.

The Rev. David Blow, assistant pastor of New Psalmist, said many of his congregation's members who live in the adjacent Uplands and Edmondson Village neighborhoods will be able to hear the orchestra for the first time. He said he was particularly encouraged that so many of the tickets have gone to the church's youthful members, "for whom music is all on the synthesizer."

Although the concert at 7: 30 p.m. is free, a ticket is required for admittance. Tickets can be obtained at the BSO ticket office, temporarily located at the Cathedral Street Stage Door of Meyerhoff Hall, or at New Psalmist Baptist, 410-945-3000.

Pub Date: 7/28/98

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