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December 15, 2005

Moods of Christmas

The lowdown -- About 40 years ago, the late, great choral director Robert Shaw and colorful arranger Robert Russell Bennett (celebrated for his arrangements of music from Broadway hits) devised one of the most popular holiday celebrations in the repertoire -- The Many Moods of Christmas. The piece offers suites of favorite carols imaginatively scored for chorus and orchestra to make the familiar tunes seem perpetually fresh. As part of the Sundays at Central concert series, The Many Moods of Christmas will be performed by vocal and instrumental forces of Central Presbyterian Church, including organ and bells. The audience will get to chime in during part of the program.

If you go -- The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-823-6145.


Tales of two cities

The lowdown -- Every city has a story to tell, written in its architecture. Baltimore and Silver Spring have different histories and looks, both of which can be read in the elegant, spare art of painters Don Cook and Kevin MacDonald in the exhibit Don Cook & Kevin MacDonald: City Stories at the Creative Alliance through Saturday.

If you go -- The Creative Alliance is at 3134 Eastern Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 410-276-1651 or visit


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