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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Arian Khaefi, director of choral activities at Towson University since 2012, has been named artistic director and conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. He will succeed Melinda O'Neal, who is retiring after leading the chorus for nine years. The new artistic director was chosen from among a sizable number of what board president Leslie Greenwald described as "highly qualified candidates. " Khaefi will begin his tenure on July 1. His first season will coincide with the Handel Choir's 79th.
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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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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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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 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 Karin Remesch | December 5, 1999
Mission: To contribute to the cultural life of the greater Baltimore community by performing choral works of great beauty at a high standard of musical excellence, and to provide an opportunity for skilled amateur singers from all walks of life to meet the challenge of performing musical works with professional direction and support. Started in 1934, the Handel Choir of Baltimore is the oldest continuously performing choir in the Baltimore area. Concerts are performed by the full choir of 100 musicians, a smaller chamber choir and a 14-voice a cappella ensemble.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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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 and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 17, 2004
In the midst of the Great Depression, an amateur choral society was founded to give Baltimore's cultural life a boost. The group is still commited to the community. On Sunday, the Handel Choir of Baltimore marks its 70th year with a new artistic director and a renewed effort to make a difference on the music scene. "The Handel Choir has a pride and tradition," says Melinda O'Neal, chosen late last season to succeed longtime director T. Herbert Dimmock III. O'Neal has been a music professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and led the school's Handel Society for 25 years.
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By Kenneth Meltzer and Kenneth Meltzer,Contributing Writer | December 14, 1993
A holiday tradition continued Sunday at St. Mark's Church in Catonsville with the first of four performances by the Handel Choir of Baltimore of its namesake's 1742 oratorio, "Messiah." The Handel Choir has presented "Messiah" on an annual basis since 1935, but its most recent production offered no signs of boredom or routine.In general, the four soloists negotiated Handel's demanding vocal writing with distinction. Tenor Robert Petillo's lyrically voiced and sensitively ornamented rendition of "Ev'ry valley" set high standards that were for the most part equaled by his colleagues.
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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 | 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.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
Arian Khaefi, director of choral activities at Towson University since 2012, has been named artistic director and conductor of the Handel Choir of Baltimore. He will succeed Melinda O'Neal, who is retiring after leading the chorus for nine years. The new artistic director was chosen from among a sizable number of what board president Leslie Greenwald described as "highly qualified candidates. " Khaefi will begin his tenure on July 1. His first season will coincide with the Handel Choir's 79th.
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December 2, 2011
Breakfast with Santa - Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-noon. Adults $6, children 3-10 $4.Children younger than 3 free. Hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Westchester Ave. http://www.trinitycatonsville.com or 410-747-5841. Christmas tea with senior choir - Dec. 3, noon-2 p.m. Refreshments and music. Guests encouraged to wear Christmas colors. Hosted by Grace A.M.E. Church, 67 Winters Lane. 410-744-9478 or graceadm@verizon.net . Santa Stumble - held along Frederick Road Dec. 3, 5-6 p.m. Check-In at Sea Hut Inn, 727 Frederick Road.
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October 10, 2011
MinĂ¡s - 815 W. 36th St., presents "A Portrait of Poe," a one-man play starring Mark S. Sanders and a fundraising event for "Pennies for Poe," Oct. 14, 15 and 21, 8 p.m. $10. Call 410-732-4258 or go to http://www.minasgalleryandboutique.com or http://www.area405.com. St. Paul's Schools - 11232 Falls Road, presents a fall festival, Oct. 14, 5:30-10 p.m., and Oct. 15, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with carnival rides, food, games, and high school football under lights Oct. 15. Admission is free, but bracelets are for sale to support the schools; $20 in advance and $30 at the fair.
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July 26, 2011
Otakon isn't the only place in Baltimore where Japanese culture is being celebrated this weekend. Want to take a break from Otakon for a little bit? Here are three events you might want to check out: Sake The Fells Point bar Bad Decisions will be hosting a Sake Weekend on Friday and Saturday. Friday, several different kinds of sake will be available, as well as a menu of shochu and sake cocktails (shochu is Japan's other alcoholic beverage of choice). Saturday will feature a four-course dinner beginning at 6 p.m., with each course accompanied by the appropriate sake.
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By Peter M. Krask and Peter M. Krask,Special to The Evening Sun | October 29, 1990
SUNDAY'S CONCERT at the Basilica of the Assumption by the Handel Choirof Baltimore momentarily transported the listener back to the Cathedral of St. Mark's in Venice in all its Renaissance splendor. The music of Gabrieli filled the great dome over the audience and echoed among the statues and candles and banners.Then you began to notice just how hard the pews were.This struggle between the poetic ideal and the reality of performance marked the uneven work of this choir and their director T. Herbert Dimmock.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 20, 2004
The Handel Choir of Baltimore will take its cues from a new artistic director when it opens its 70th season this fall. Melinda O'Neal, a music professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and director of the school's Handel Society, becomes the ensemble's 12th leader, succeeding T. Herbert Dimmock III, who is now the emeritus director. "I feel like it's opening a new vista for me," says O'Neal, 54. "I am at my most optimistic when I have challenges in front of me. I'm a builder. And I think I'm prepared for the work ahead."
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2011
After seven years, the adventurous American Opera Theater is wrapping things up this season. There's a tentative plan to stage Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars" in collaboration with the Baltimore School for the Arts in the spring, but the company would be exiting true to form if the current double bill at the Theatre Project turns out to be the swan song. Founding artistic director Timothy Nelson has shown a knack for stretching the envelope in a variety of ways. For this double bill, a co-production with the Handel Choir of Baltimore and Peabody Conservatory, Nelson has paired a baroque gem from 1689, Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," with a new work by Melissa Dunphy called "The Gonzales Cantata.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly , jacques.kelly@baltsun.com | December 4, 2009
Minutes after the City College Choir belted out "We Need a Little Christmas," strands of energy-efficient silvery lights blinked on at Mount Vernon's Washington Monument as seven minutes' worth of fireworks and laser beams filled the pleasantly cool December skies. Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis joined Mayor Sheila Dixon and other officials in the west square of Mount Vernon Place for the 38th annual lighting of the monument. A near-capacity crowd gathered in the parks and sidewalks around the Washington Monument, while others watched from the apartment buildings and clubs facing the monument.
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