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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 2001
The "Magnificat," the Virgin Mary's hymn of praise offered when her cousin Elizabeth first hailed her as the mother of the Lord, has inspired song since Christian liturgy began to take shape nearly 2,000 years ago. As the musical arts have developed, "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" ("My soul magnifies the Lord") has attracted composers of all eras. Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams are a few of the greats who have set Mary's poetic words to music. But the most splendid "Magnificat" is the one composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for his first Christmas as Kapellmeister in Leipzig, Germany, in 1723.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 1, 2001
In last weekend's Annapolis Symphony commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death, the orchestra went to work on three of the master's most formidable works: the 3rd Orchestral Suite, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the great and grand choral "Magnificat." The results, though variable, paid apt tribute to the German composer whose genius propelled music out of antiquity and into the modern age with such creative force. How appropriate for ASO conductor Leslie Dunner to use the first concert of the third millennium as an occasion to tip a cap to the most influential composer of the second.
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August 23, 1992
The Baltimore Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for new members in September. There are openings in all sections.The choral's repertoire for the 1992-'93 season includes Bach's "Magnificat."All performances take place in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.Candidates should have previous choral experience and a prepared solo. Auditions are by appointment only. Call Cheryl Kauffman at (410) 655-0997 or the BSO at (410) 783-8100 to schedule an audition.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 25, 2001
The "Magnificat," the Virgin Mary's hymn of praise offered when her cousin Elizabeth first hailed her as the mother of the Lord, has inspired song since Christian liturgy began to take shape nearly 2,000 years ago. As the musical arts have developed, "Magnificat anima mea Dominum" ("My soul magnifies the Lord") has attracted composers of all eras. Monteverdi, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Schubert, and Vaughan Williams are a few of the greats who have set Mary's poetic words to music. But the most splendid "Magnificat" is the one composed by Johann Sebastian Bach for his first Christmas as Kapellmeister in Leipzig, Germany, in 1723.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 1, 2001
In last weekend's Annapolis Symphony commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death, the orchestra went to work on three of the master's most formidable works: the 3rd Orchestral Suite, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the great and grand choral "Magnificat." The results, though variable, paid apt tribute to the German composer whose genius propelled music out of antiquity and into the modern age with such creative force. How appropriate for ASO conductor Leslie Dunner to use the first concert of the third millennium as an occasion to tip a cap to the most influential composer of the second.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 2, 2003
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society will celebrate its 20th season of making music with Glenette Schumacher and her 60 singers offering two concerts next month. One classical and the other featuring popular music, both concerts will illustrate the versatility of the singers and the programming skills of their music director. The Nov. 2 concert at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Annapolis will offer such choral music as John Rutter's Requiem and Magnificat by Giacomo Puccini, grandfather of the opera genius.
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By Karen Keys | January 31, 2000
Theatre Project. "After Life." 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at 45 W. Preston St. Needed are two women ages 19 to late 20s and three men ages 20, 22 and 45. Production dates are March 31 to April 2. Call 410-243-6114. The Bach Society of Baltimore. Coming programs include J.S. Bach's "Magnificat" and Madrigal holiday feast. 7: 30 p.m. Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Wilkens Avenue and Courtney Road, Catonsville. Needed are all voice parts. Bring two copies of a short prepared piece and be ready to sight read.
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By Stephen Wigler | May 2, 1996
It once was the case that the great cathedrals were the musical -- as well as the intellectual -- centers of Europe. That has been an ideal that has always motivated Robert Twynham, who has been the director of music and organist at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen since 1961.For this Sunday's concert, Twynham has assembled an orchestra of 50 players and will conduct (with the cathedral's chorus) Bach's Cantata No. 150 ("Nach, dir, Herr, verlanget mich"). He will also conduct his own "Magnificat" and Samuel Barber's popular "Adagio for Strings."
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 5, 1996
St. John's College will have much to offer lovers of great music and art in the coming months.Tutor emeritus Douglas Allanbrook, the area's preeminent harpsichordist, will present a pair of lecture-recitals on Book II of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" in St. John's Great Hall at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.Beate Ruhm von Oppen, another St. John's tutor, will discuss Bach's wonderfully ebullient "Magnificat," in a public lecture Feb. 9....
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 4, 2004
Brass players may not always get the last word, but when there's something monumental to say, they're often the ones chosen to say it. Think of the ebullience with which the baroque trumpets announce the coming of the holy spirit in Bach's "Magnificat." Or the horn, trumpet and trombone fanfares that intone the fateful motif that opens Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony. Yes, for power and drama, there's nothing like a brass section, which explains why so many area music lovers will find themselves in St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis on Sunday evening to hear "Lincoln Portrait: American Celebration" presented by the Washington Symphonic Brass, an ensemble of 14 of the area's finest musicians.
FEATURES
August 23, 1992
The Baltimore Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for new members in September. There are openings in all sections.The choral's repertoire for the 1992-'93 season includes Bach's "Magnificat."All performances take place in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.Candidates should have previous choral experience and a prepared solo. Auditions are by appointment only. Call Cheryl Kauffman at (410) 655-0997 or the BSO at (410) 783-8100 to schedule an audition.
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February 7, 1999
There are cats in hats. And then there are cats in books. Do you have a cat? You'll have cats galore when you check these books out at your local library.* "Six-Dinner Sid," by Inga Moore* "So Many Cats!" by Beatrice S. De Regniers* "The Southernmost Cat," by John Cech* "Ten Cats Have Hats," by Jean Marzollo* "Hot Air Henry," by Mary Calhoun* "Cross Country Cat," by Mary Calhoun* "Henry the Sailor Cat," by Mary Calhoun* "Cat, You Better Come Home," by Garrison Keillor* "Cats in the Sun," by Lesley A. Ivory* "Charlie Anderson," by Barbara Abercrombie* "Eek!
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 14, 2006
What better way to start the observance of Holy Week than hearing the music of Bach in a church setting - St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. The Annapolis Chorale's Chamber Chorus, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and a quartet of guest vocalists performed on the eve of Palm Sunday, led by music director J. Ernest Green. Green opened the concert by explaining that Bach was a devoutly religious man "of intense faith" who composed for the liturgical calendar at Leipzig, Germany's St. Thomas Church, where he served as music director from 1723 until his death in 1750.
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