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By Tim Smith | March 14, 2002
There's quite a lineup of choral music this weekend, all of it worthy of attention. In addition to the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's shindig of Oedpius Tex and other hoots from composer Peter (P.D.Q. Bach) Schickele on Saturday at the Meyerhoff (see listings at left), you'll find one of the world's finest vocal ensembles, the Tallis Scholars, exploring works by its namesake Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and other early English composers. The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Marshall C. "Marsh" Anders Jr., a retired music teacher, pianist and church organist who headed the music department at McDonogh School for nearly 50 years, died Nov. 15 of a stroke at the Brightview Mays Chapel retirement community. He was 90. "Marsh was quite amazing. He was at home with classical music, jazz and all of the American standards. He could play any song in any key. He was incredible," said Philip A. Olsen, who is head of choral music at McDonogh's upper school.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 2005
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society begins its 22nd season with a new permanent musical director - David B. Daniel, who was offered the post after a rigorous selection process that attracted a large number of highly qualified candidates. Indications are that Daniel is a good fit for the chorus. The first male director in AVAS' 22-year history, composer/arranger, voice teacher and performing baritone Daniel brings a strong background in conducting choral music and holds a doctorate in musical arts.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun reporter | November 10, 2007
John Meyers Schaffer, a longtime organist and music teacher who taught in Baltimore County public schools for nearly 30 years, died of lung cancer Nov. 2 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Rehoboth Beach, Del., resident was 77. Mr. Schaffer was born and raised in Weatherly, Pa. He was a 1948 graduate of Weatherly High School and received a bachelor's degree in music in 1952 from Pennsylvania State College at State College. In 1968, he received a master's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 4, 2001
As Tom Hall sees it, a chorus is more than an assembly of high- and low-voiced singers from both genders. It is the embodiment of what is meant by the word "community." That's one reason Hall has enjoyed a long tenure as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. "Most choral music is uttered in the plural pronoun, rather than the singular," Hall says. "In opera, when we watch Tosca and Scarpia battle it out, we relate to them individually. Choral music involves shared aspirations and hopes."
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By Tom Hall | December 24, 2004
NOVEMBER AND December are to choral singers what July and August are to Ocean City: peak season. For the last two months, all across the United States, singers in choruses large and small have rehearsed and performed thousands of holiday programs. For singers, Santa's arrival means they finally have a day off. In a recent study conducted by Chorus America, the association of choruses, researchers found that there are more than 250,000 organized singing groups in the United States. More than 28 million people participate in these groups, far more than in any other performing art. Fifteen percent of American households include an adult who has performed publicly in a chorus within the last 12 months.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1996
If you walk down the halls of Chesapeake Senior High School, you can hear strains of Hebrew and Norwegian mixing with the clatter of lunch trays and the pounding of typewriters.The international dialects aren't coming from foreign language laboratories, however, but from the choral music room, where Karen Rhodes and 50 members of the school's show choir practice every day, singing "Erev Shel Shoshanim" and "Pal Pa Haugen."The choir, one of five in the school's choral music program, is preparing the Israeli and Norwegian folk tales for the county choir festival today.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 16, 2001
You might think that to avail yourself of choral music, operettas, an organ concerto, a Broadway show and an appearance by one of the greatest opera singers of all time, you'd have to subscribe to several concert series. But with the slate of concerts recently announced by the Annapolis Chorale for its 2001-2002 season, nothing could be further from the truth. The local music lover need travel no further than Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and historic St. Anne's Church in downtown Annapolis to experience all this and more.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1999
It's a gorgeous morning for soccer and other Saturday pursuits, but Children's Chorus of Maryland concert choir members are inside, intently working through Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of the Carols," in preparation for this year's holiday performance. Artistic director Betty Bertaux conducts the kids, all musically gifted, with an uncanny mix of lenience and discipline. She lets the sopranos whisper when she works with the altos. But the sopranos know to be ready when it's their turn to sing.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Special to The Sun | May 26, 1995
Devout singers never take vacations from their art, which explains why the Annapolis Chorale has scheduled three Summer Sings in the coming months for chorale members and other interested musicians of the community."
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By Sarah Hoover and Sarah Hoover,special to the sun | May 4, 2007
Columbia Pro Cantare has a big anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate 30 years of music making, founder/artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson has planned a jubilant concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Rouse Theatre. The anniversary program will include Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Antonin Dvorak's Te Deum, and Karel Ruzicka's Celebration Mass. Dawson and the singers of Pro Cantare will be joined by an orchestra and by soprano Irida Herri, mezzo Judith Norton, tenor Robert McIver and baritone Trevor Scheunemann for a festive celebration.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 2005
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society begins its 22nd season with a new permanent musical director - David B. Daniel, who was offered the post after a rigorous selection process that attracted a large number of highly qualified candidates. Indications are that Daniel is a good fit for the chorus. The first male director in AVAS' 22-year history, composer/arranger, voice teacher and performing baritone Daniel brings a strong background in conducting choral music and holds a doctorate in musical arts.
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By Susan Spano and Susan Spano,Los Angeles Times | March 6, 2005
Never let it be said that Welsh men don't know how to express emotion. Just listen to them sing out loud and strong, harmonies oozing together, sending sinners to hell and putting the righteous on the path to heaven. Then their voices get soft and sweet, and you fall in love with them. Choral music has long been a major component of church and school in this small country next door to England. But no other nation I know has fostered male choral music like Wales, where the tradition has grown out of industrialization, harsh economics, nonconformist religion, rugby and a bittersweet love of country.
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By Tom Hall | December 24, 2004
NOVEMBER AND December are to choral singers what July and August are to Ocean City: peak season. For the last two months, all across the United States, singers in choruses large and small have rehearsed and performed thousands of holiday programs. For singers, Santa's arrival means they finally have a day off. In a recent study conducted by Chorus America, the association of choruses, researchers found that there are more than 250,000 organized singing groups in the United States. More than 28 million people participate in these groups, far more than in any other performing art. Fifteen percent of American households include an adult who has performed publicly in a chorus within the last 12 months.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | August 5, 2003
After 25 years as music director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, T. Herbert Dimmock III would be entitled to put his feet up and rest a spell. Instead, he's plunging into no less than four different choral projects. "The thing that drives me to do this kind of thing," he says, "is a passionate love of choral music, which is a great way to bring people together, to find a common humanity and create something that is beautiful." Dimmock will be putting that philosophy to work quadruply this coming season, starting with a new group, the Maryland Jewish Choral Society.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith | March 14, 2002
There's quite a lineup of choral music this weekend, all of it worthy of attention. In addition to the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's shindig of Oedpius Tex and other hoots from composer Peter (P.D.Q. Bach) Schickele on Saturday at the Meyerhoff (see listings at left), you'll find one of the world's finest vocal ensembles, the Tallis Scholars, exploring works by its namesake Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and other early English composers. The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.
FEATURES
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | August 5, 2003
After 25 years as music director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, T. Herbert Dimmock III would be entitled to put his feet up and rest a spell. Instead, he's plunging into no less than four different choral projects. "The thing that drives me to do this kind of thing," he says, "is a passionate love of choral music, which is a great way to bring people together, to find a common humanity and create something that is beautiful." Dimmock will be putting that philosophy to work quadruply this coming season, starting with a new group, the Maryland Jewish Choral Society.
TRAVEL
By Susan Spano and Susan Spano,Los Angeles Times | March 6, 2005
Never let it be said that Welsh men don't know how to express emotion. Just listen to them sing out loud and strong, harmonies oozing together, sending sinners to hell and putting the righteous on the path to heaven. Then their voices get soft and sweet, and you fall in love with them. Choral music has long been a major component of church and school in this small country next door to England. But no other nation I know has fostered male choral music like Wales, where the tradition has grown out of industrialization, harsh economics, nonconformist religion, rugby and a bittersweet love of country.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 4, 2001
As Tom Hall sees it, a chorus is more than an assembly of high- and low-voiced singers from both genders. It is the embodiment of what is meant by the word "community." That's one reason Hall has enjoyed a long tenure as music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. "Most choral music is uttered in the plural pronoun, rather than the singular," Hall says. "In opera, when we watch Tosca and Scarpia battle it out, we relate to them individually. Choral music involves shared aspirations and hopes."
NEWS
By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 16, 2001
You might think that to avail yourself of choral music, operettas, an organ concerto, a Broadway show and an appearance by one of the greatest opera singers of all time, you'd have to subscribe to several concert series. But with the slate of concerts recently announced by the Annapolis Chorale for its 2001-2002 season, nothing could be further from the truth. The local music lover need travel no further than Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and historic St. Anne's Church in downtown Annapolis to experience all this and more.
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