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September 27, 1994
Gloria Sturgis StokesMusician, teacherGloria Sturgis Stokes, a retired teacher and music department head in the Baltimore public school system, died Friday at Bon Secours Hospital of complications from diabetes. She was 71.Mrs. Stokes, who played piano, violin and other instruments, started as a music education teacher in 1949 and retired in 1982 as head of the music department at the old Clifton Park Junior High School, where she had taught for about 10 years.The former Gloria Sturgis was born in West Point, Va., and reared in Baltimore, where she graduated from Dunbar High School.
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May 28, 1996
Jacob Druckman,a conductor, composer and teacher who won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in music, died of lung cancer Friday at the Yale Health Service in New Haven, Conn. He was 67.The composer spent most of his career teaching at universities, including Juilliard, Brooklyn College and the Yale School of Music. He was appointed chairman of the composition department at Yale in 1976, where he remained a professor of music until his death.Mr. Druckman's first large-scale orchestral work, "Windows," was premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1972, and won that year's Pulitzer Prize in music.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 5, 1998
The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum continues its concert series at 3 p.m. Sunday with the Washington Brass playing music that spans 300 years.Selections range from a canzone by Giovanni Gabrieli, who lived from 1557 to 1612, to compositions by jazz pianist Fats Waller.Formed in 1991, the chamber ensemble appeared recently at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Epcot Center in Florida, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University and the National Cathedral.The group relies on Navy musicians.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | October 24, 1991
CLASSICAL music fans weary of the works of long-dead composers will have little reason to complain when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra invites nine living American composers here and plays their music over a 12-day period.The American Composers' Showcase, which will include public talks, is divided into three segments: The Discovery Series, featuring computer music; a Celebrity Series premiere by Christopher Rouse; and the Live, Gifted and Black series, featuring the works of black composers.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | January 16, 2008
A school guidance counselor recently asked Alvin Roda, owner of the Laurel School of Music, whether he could lend a child a string instrument. The girl wanted to learn to play in the school orchestra, but her mother could not afford an instrument, the guidance counselor said. Roda provided a violin for the child. "She loved the violin, and she loved getting music lessons," said Roda, 44, of Laurel. "The guidance counselor told me that she sleeps with her violin." The child's response inspired Roda to start a program to help children get musical instruments.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | January 8, 2004
Her sound was inviting, passion-soaked, beautifully soulful. But where did it fit exactly? It was 1978 and disco was king, ruling the R&B charts, where Angela Bofill, an ebony-eyed, full-lipped Latina from the West Bronx, found an immediate home. Alongside beat-driven albums by Instant Funk, Donna Summer, Chic and Sister Sledge, Bofill's debut, Angie, stood out on the listings for its eclecticism: a classy, intelligent mix of African chants, smooth jazz and uptown soul. Angel of the Night, her sophomore effort, appeared nine months after Angie and was a bigger smash, featuring the Quiet Storm, self-penned classic "I Try."
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By Holly Selby and Holly Selby,Sun Staff Writer | May 12, 1995
Robert Sirota, chairman of the music department at New York University, is to become director of the Peabody Institute, Baltimore's nationally renowned music conservatory.A composer, conductor and educator, Dr. Sirota promised yesterday to honor the 137-year-old school's traditions while embracing the changes in society and technology that will arrive with the 21st century."I don't think people need to fear that change will somehow diminish the great things that already exist," Dr. Sirota said.
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By Stephanie Choy and Stephanie Choy,SUN STAFF | January 30, 2003
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the second concert of its 2002-2003 chamber music series, "Wolfie and the Gang," performed by the Kegelstatt Trio, on Feb. 8. The trio consists of pianist Elizabeth Azcona-Hartmark, clarinetist Tom Benjamin and violinist Rebecca Henry. Guest cellist is Dan Levitov. The four are colleagues at Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Azcona-Hartmark began playing piano at age 4. She received degrees from Eastman School of Music, Royal Schools of Music and Trinity College of Music in London.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2001
Services were held yesterday for Reginald E. Clem, whose tenor voice graced many productions of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Mr. Clem, a longtime Towson resident, took his own life Wednesday. He was 49. In recent years, family members said, he had been treated for depression. For almost 30 years, Mr. Clem was a familiar figure on the Baltimore music scene. He also sang with the Lovely Lane United Methodist Church Choir and the Handel Choir.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | December 3, 1990
Twentieth century music is filled with works for narrator. Why this should be the case is not exactly a mystery. Ours has been a century of ironic detachment -- how else to distance ourselves from some of its horrors? -- and few things create irony like the contrast between spoken words and music.Saturday night in Friedberg Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in the Baltimore Symphony "Discovery Series," conductor David Zinman, members of the orchestra and two narrators performed two of these works: Sir William Walton's "Facade" and Igor Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale."
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