May 1, 2013
Columbia Pro Cantare thematically goes abroad for its concert of "Music of Spain and Latin America" on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake. Not only will some of this music be unfamiliar to many listeners, but it's also new for the chorus. "It's a complex program," says Columbia Pro Cantare music director Frances Motyca Dawson of a concert that includes pieces from Spain, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba. Although Dawson's Howard County-based chorus did a Latin American program in 2008, she says the upcoming concert promises to be even "more inclusive.
April 17, 2013
When Johannes Brahms set about composing a requiem to commemorate his mother, he aimed for something that was more about comforting than crying, more about coming to terms than fretting about whatever judgment might await the dead. The result, "Ein Deutsches Requiem" ("A German Requiem"), is one of the glories of the choral repertoire, one of Brahms' most personal and affecting pieces. Melinda O'Neal, in her final concert as artistic director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, conducted an impressive performance of the Requiem Sunday afternoon that communicated its bittersweet lyricism and the ingenious cohesion of its architectural shape.
December 9, 2012
Sometimes something special just happens. It happened the other night at Columbia Pro Cantare's performance of Handel's Messiah. The music, the performers just seemed perfectly aligned with each other. Frances Motyca Dawson was on top of her chorus. They all had been there before, many times, but there was nothing tired or predictable in the performance. They just got better and better as the night continued. Ronald Mutchnick's orchestral ensemble was also amazing. I actually looked for the individual musicians - who was playing the violins, the trumpet?
November 15, 2012
J. Ernest Green's masterful conducting of the Annapolis Chorale, Chamber Orchestra and soloists in two performances of Richard Einhorn's "Voices of Light," an oratorio set to Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion of Joan of Arc," brought a unique experience to near-capacity audiences last weekend at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Having heard Einhorn's 1994 work in Green's January 1999 regional premiere, and again this March when Marin Alsop conducted it with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, I was aware of its relevance and profound emotional impact.
October 28, 2012
Area high school students to perform in honors concert at Morgan State Several musicians from Lansdowne High School and Catonsville High School are to be among more than 270 students from county public schools who will perform during the annual Baltimore County Public Schools High School Honors Concert Nov. 12 at Morgan State University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. and include performances by the county's honors orchestra, chorus, and band. Catonsville students in the honors band are: Alex Burinsky (bassoon)
October 3, 2012
Despite reports out of Kansas City that Matt Cassel could lose his starting job - or at least a few snaps - to backup Brady Quinn, the Ravens intend to prepare as if Cassel will be the starting quarterback for Sunday's game. “I do - until the coaches tell us something different,” outside linebacker Paul Kruger said. “I think you just prepare your best for the both of them. It looks like we're going to see Cassel, but who knows?” “You prepare for their starter,” inside linebacker Jameel McClain said.