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By Stephen Wigler | July 4, 1996
Interest in Eastern European choirs singing all manner of music has burgeoned in our country in recent years, and this Saturday such a choir will appear at the Second Presbyterian Church.The 18 voices of the Bratislava Conservatory Chamber Choir from Slovakia will perform, under the direction of their director, Daniela Sliacka, a program of sacred, secular and folk music. Anyone interested in why these dark, Slavic voices are creating such a stir is invited to hear this group, which has also been invited to perform at the governor's mansion in Annapolis and in Washington.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
I think Arian Khaefi's tenure as artistic director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore is going to work out just fine. He capped his first season -- the choir's 79th -- with a program Sunday afternoon at Second Presbyterian devoted to Rachmaninoff's a cappella choral masterpiece, "All-Night Vigil," music well beyond the ensemble's usual terrain. The results proved very respectable. Khaefi was not inclined to dawdle. He emphasized momentum even when this richly atmospheric work was at its most reflective, but only rarely did things turn a bit brusque.
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May 28, 2013
The Handbell Choir of Holy Trinity Church in Laurel will participate in a combined handbell choir concert with Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 2, at 6 p.m., at 11200 Old Georgetown Road, in North Bethesda. A freewill offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the concert. For information, contact the church at htlc.laurel@verizon.net .
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
The 79-year-old Handel Choir of Baltimore has made a point of honoring its namesake every year with a performance of the oratorio "Messiah. " But on Saturday at Old St. Paul's, the chorus will focus on the "Baltimore" portion of its name with a concert celebrating the city's history and diversity. This program is the brainchild of the Handel Choir's artistic director, Arian Khaefi, now in his first season with the ensemble. "I tried to choose repertoire that would reflect the different ethnic communities and faiths," Khaefi, 29, said.
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By Jessica Gregg | December 12, 2013
The front door had barely cracked open and already the lilt of harmonizing voices could be heard from the sanctuary at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson. This was just choir practice - an important one to be sure, for the Christmas concert was only a week away - but the group sang without nerves beneath gold-bowed wreaths and evergreen boughs on an altar already decorated for the holidays. The singers paused in their rendition of "I Saw Three Ships," for handbell players to chime the melody.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,Staff Writer | July 22, 1992
The Choirboys of Passy-Buzvenal, a 90-voice French choir founded in 1987, will perform a program with ancient liturgical music at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St. Directed by Jean-Michel Angelloz, the choir will also sing at the regular 11 o'clock liturgy that morning.The Choir of St. Mary's Church, Warwick, England, a choir of 30 boys and 16 men, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. July 29 at Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets. Under the direction of Simon Lole, the choir will perform a program of sacred and secular music.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
Twenty children from a remote part of India visit Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville today to present a musical drama celebrating the conversion of their Hmar tribe to Christianity in the early part of this century.The free performance, by the India Children's Choir, is part of a yearlong tour that by the end of this month will have brought the choir to 100 cities in 20 states, according to its sponsor, the Illinois-based Bibles for the World.The visit dovetails with the missionary work of the 1,349-member Chapelgate congregation, one of whose members will leave this summer for missionary work in India.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2010
Marriotts Ridge High School senior Zoe Hamberger gathers with friends in her basement every Tuesday night for what she says is the highlight of her week: watching "Glee," the music-comedy- drama television series featuring a teen show choir similar to the school programs that Hamberger performs in. "They pick a wide variety of music and show how fun music can be," said Hamberger, who, along with her classmates in Howard County, is wowed by its captivating...
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By Donna Koros Stramella and Donna Koros Stramella,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 18, 2000
A FIESTA set Saturday at Messiah United Methodist Church will help lend a stronger voice to its three choirs. The proceeds will be used toward the purchase of a new sound system. A Mexican buffet dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and $25 for a family of parents and children. Messiah - at 7401 Furnace Branch Road - has a chancel choir, youth choir and children's choir. For buffet tickets to help them lift their voices higher, call 410-761-1944.
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By David Donovan and David Donovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 7, 1996
Nathan Carter's entrance on Meyerhoff Hall's stage Sunday evening was greeted with an enormous standing ovation. The program he was about to conduct with his Morgan State University Choir was much more a celebration of Carter's 25 distinguished years leading that choir than merely a public performance.The evening banked on the amazing talent for spiritual and gospel music that the Morgan State Choir showed on the second half of the program. This choir will do anything Nathan Carter asks, and its talent is exceeded only by its enthusiasm.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | January 13, 2014
The nationally and internationally renowned National Christian Choir is coming to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 1643 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are not required; admission is free and a love offering will be received. The choir presents music that touches the heart – from contemporary praise music to traditional anthems, from powerful rejoicing to moving songs of comfort that will surely impact the listener. The choir is accompanied by a talented four-member musical team which includes pianist Michael Faircloth.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
Sunday's musical attractions included the 79th annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" by a choir named for the composer, plus a chamber music program presented by the Shriver Hall Concert Series. A few words on each. The choir seems to be in fine shape. It maintained a well-balanced sound and articulated with admirable clarity during a matinee at Towson Presbyterian Church, led by the ensemble's new artistic director and conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Arian Khaefi.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
This uplifting video came to my attention today and I just had to share it. Even if you're sick of choral flashmob events in stores, you're bound to find this one irresistible.  Seems that the famed Soweto Gospel Choir was planning a flashmob at a Woolworths in Pretoria to promote the charity Operation Smile Christmas. News of Nelson Mandela's death arrived shortly before the project began, so the ensemble changed the music, replacing a James Brown song with an anthem from the 1980s by Johnny Clegg, "Asimbonanga," a plea for Mandela's release from jail.
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By Jessica Gregg | December 12, 2013
The front door had barely cracked open and already the lilt of harmonizing voices could be heard from the sanctuary at Central Presbyterian Church in Towson. This was just choir practice - an important one to be sure, for the Christmas concert was only a week away - but the group sang without nerves beneath gold-bowed wreaths and evergreen boughs on an altar already decorated for the holidays. The singers paused in their rendition of "I Saw Three Ships," for handbell players to chime the melody.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The Morgan State University Choir, one of Baltimore's most acclaimed cultural organizations, will participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Wednesday morning at Washington National Cathedral. The service will be streamed online free (you just need to register in advance) . During a Prelude that starts at 10 a.m., the choir, directed by Eric Conway, will perform such works as "If I Can Help Somebody" (in an arrangement by the ensemble's late founder, Nathan Carter)
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From The Aegis | June 27, 2013
Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth, the performance choir affiliated with Delta's Welsh church, begins its concert tour of Wales on Monday. From July 1 through 9, the 35-voice choir will sing in concerts with Welsh choirs and participate in competitions. "Although we represent the Delta community and its heritage of the area's early Welsh settlers, we shall also be presenting a musical repertoire of American selections which exemplify our nation," Glenn Grove, choir president, said in a press release.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | October 13, 1992
Baltimore County's relationship with its sister county in South Glamorgan, Wales, could be the crucial link in bringing to the Baltimore area a 6,000- to 10,000-member choir that would perform in spring 1994.Yesterday, County Executive Roger B. Hayden met with David Lewis, managing director of the Choir of the World, Lord (Gordon) Parry, a member of the British House of Lords, and John Watkin, partner in a Welsh television production company, to discuss sponsoring the event.Mr. Hayden also has discussed the proposal with Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and with Mark Wasserman, the state secretary for economic development.
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April 23, 1993
The culminating concert of Western Maryland college's 125th anniversary celebration will be presented by the college choir at 3 p.m. Sunday in Baker Memorial Chapel.The choir, consisting of 53 students, faculty, administrators and alumni, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 80, which includes the hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."The first part of the concert will be a potpourri of American an European works with a composition by a Western Maryland senior as the finale.The two-hour concert is free.
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May 28, 2013
The Handbell Choir of Holy Trinity Church in Laurel will participate in a combined handbell choir concert with Trinity Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 2, at 6 p.m., at 11200 Old Georgetown Road, in North Bethesda. A freewill offering will be taken, and a reception will follow the concert. For information, contact the church at htlc.laurel@verizon.net .
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2013
As afternoon light tried to filter through the thick, stained-glass windows of Sharp Street United Methodist Church last weekend, Marco K. Merrick pounded out the bass line of a spiritual on a raw-sounding piano, singing along in a raspy voice: "Great day, the righteous marching. Great day, God's going to build up Zion's walls. " From the tightly packed pews in front of him, basses and baritones of the Community Concert Choir of Baltimore picked up the vocal line tentatively at first, but gained in confidence with each measure.
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