Baltimore Choral Arts Society

BEHIND THE SCENES

August 22, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To make quality choral and orchestral music accessible to all audiences and to provide performance opportunities for professional singers, instrumentalists and experienced amateurs. In addition to regularly scheduled concerts, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society each season also presents community outreach performances, workshops and lectures. Tom Hall is the music director.

Latest accomplishments: The Choral Arts Society has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, in New York's Merkin Concert hall, and in Europe at the Festival of the Costa del Sol in Spain. The chorus has been heard on national radio broadcasts and each year is featured on the televised "Christmas with Choral Arts" program. This past season, Choral Arts presented Dave Brubeck and performed his "Pange Lingua Variations."

On the horizon: Guest appearances by internationally renowned soloists and performances of favorite and lesser-known choral works highlight the 1999-2000 season, which includes four concerts featuring the full chorus and orchestra. A benefit performance with the English vocal ensemble, the King's Singers, and Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie takes place at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Family concerts are scheduled for Dec. 8 and April 1. "Art '99," a benefit art exhibit and sale Nov. 13-Nov. 21 at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, features original works by more than 30 artists.

About the BACS: Attendance: 16,000 annually. Operating budget: $450,000.

Where and when: Offices at 1316 Park Ave., Baltimore. Performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.; Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road, Towson; and the Basilica of the Assumption, 300 Cathedral St. For subscriptions and tickets, call 410-523-7070, or visit the Web site at www.baltimorechoralarts.com.

Arnold Paskoff, president of the board of directors: "As the Baltimore Choral Arts Society begins its 34th season, we are expanding how this vital organization can introduce the next generation of classical-music lovers to the beauty of the human voice. Through our outreach concerts, family concerts and educational programs, we are helping people understand the vitality of choral music."

Members of the board of directors

Jeffrey A. Austin O.R. Bengur

Andrea Bowman-Moore

Joseph W.G. Brooks

Ellen Clayton

Richard A. Dellheim

Lori Gillespie

Linda Goldberg

George L. Good

John C. Hilgenberg

Judy Witt Hoey

Stephen J. Immelt

Dayle F. Jones

Anita Kreeger

Pat Lakatta

Mary J. Miller A. MacDonough Plant

Russel R. Reno Jr.

Peter V. Savage P.

David Sowell

Dr. Alan Sweatman

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