Choral voices contribute to Vivat!


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February 20, 2003|By Tim Smith

If you aren't already a fan of Russian choral music, you should be after this weekend's Vivat! events. Of particular note is the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's performance of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers). This a cappella work from 1915 incorporates the ancient style of the Russian Orthodox Church and Rachmaninoff's own sumptuous musical language. The result is a truly ethereal kind of beauty. Tom Hall will conduct the performance at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. Tickets are $16 to $27. Call 410-523-7070 or 800-750-0875.

In the Vivat! spirit, Russian repertoire is also being embraced by the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Director T. Herbert Dimmock has put together an attractive sampling of "Music of Old St. Petersburg" for a concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets. Tickets are $12 to $20. Call 410-366-6544.

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