Pro Cantare to perform at city church concert

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March 21, 2002

The Columbia Pro Cantare, directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, and the Second Presbyterian Church Choir, directed by Elam Ray Sprenkle, will present a concert of religious works by four composers born about 100 or 150 years ago: Maurice Durufle, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Edmund Rubbra and Sir William Walton.

The concert, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, is part of the series "Community Concerts at Second." It is the 10th year that Pro Cantare has participated in the program, said Kathleen Bowen, chorus manager for the Columbia chorus.

Motyca Dawson selected Durufle's 1948 Requiem, based on a Gregorian requiem Mass, as the keystone for the program, Bowen said.

Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) will be represented by the anthem The Lord Is My Shepherd and the canticle Nunc Dimittis. Walton (1902-1983) will be remembered by Crown Imperial, which he wrote for the coronation of Edward VIII, and Set Me as a Seal, with words from the Song of Solomon, written as a wedding present for friends, Bowen said.

Rubbra and Durufle, both known for their musical craft, were born a year apart, in 1901 and 1902, and died in 1986. On the program is Rubbra's Song of the Soul, based on the writings of 16th-century Spanish mystic St. John of the Cross, Bowen said.

Soloists include mezzo Marianna Busching a member of the Peabody Institute faculty, and soprano Laurie Hungerford Flint, tenor John Cain and baritone Steven Rainbolt, all of the Second Presbyterian Church Choir. Organist Margaret Budd is artistic director of the Community Concerts series.

Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be requested. Tickets are not required. The church is at 4200 St. Paul St., Baltimore.

Information: Pro Cantare at 410-465-5744 or Community Concerts at 410-889-6819.

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