The Handel ChoirThe Handel Choir of Baltimore got some...

January 03, 1999|By SYLVIA BADGER

The Handel Choir

The Handel Choir of Baltimore got some well-deserved Christmas cheer at the lovely home of Madge and Haswell Franklin Sr. after putting on a holiday performance at Goucher College. Choir members, board members and guests attended this gala reception that celebrated the choir's 65th year of performing Handel's ``Messiah.''

The party's guest of honor was Christine Meadows of Portland, Ore. Each year the Anne Dimmock Memorial Chair pays to bring a rising young star to town to perform in the ``Messiah.'' Meadows, a mezzo-soprano, was the recipient of this year's honor.

Party highlights included a sumptuous spread prepared by the Brass Elephant and the singing of Christmas carols. Everyone gathered around a piano and sang as Rebecca Bascom played. Bascom is the wife of maestro T. Herbert Dimmock, the choir's musical director for 21 years. Carolers included Joan and John Moag Sr. (he's on the choir's board); Richard Pirone, owner of the Brass Elephant; and violinist Catherine Scarborough.

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