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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, a church soloist and homemaker, died of a stroke April 1 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. She was 95. Born Dixie Beatrice Jones in Chapanoke, N.C., she was the daughter of Luther and Ella Jones. She was raised by an aunt in Perquimans County, N.C., after the death of her mother. "She was known for her beauty, fashion sense, intellect and her singing voice," said a daughter, Joan L. Powell of Pikesville. She married James Isaac Lightfoot in 1936 and moved to Baltimore.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Dixie Beatrice Lightfoot, a church soloist and homemaker, died of a stroke April 1 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. She was 95. Born Dixie Beatrice Jones in Chapanoke, N.C., she was the daughter of Luther and Ella Jones. She was raised by an aunt in Perquimans County, N.C., after the death of her mother. "She was known for her beauty, fashion sense, intellect and her singing voice," said a daughter, Joan L. Powell of Pikesville. She married James Isaac Lightfoot in 1936 and moved to Baltimore.
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January 14, 2006
Grier C. Taylor, a poet and retired vocal soloist, died of a heart attack Jan. 1 at her Homeland residence. She was 58. Born in Baltimore and raised in Homeland, she was a 1966 graduate of Bryn Mawr School. She earned her bachelor's degree in music and voice in 1970 from what is now Towson University. During her 30-year career as a soloist, Miss Taylor performed locally and in Europe. She won honorable mention in the American Opera Society's voice contest in Washington, and received a scholarship to the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y., where she trained with Frances Yeend, a Metropolitan Opera star.
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By Mike Giuliano | March 31, 2014
If there's strength in numbers, the New York Chamber Soloists are in great shape. This 13-member ensemble of strings, winds, piano and harpsichord is large by chamber music standards, so it promises to assert itself on stage for a Candlelight Concert Society program on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre. On the scene for over five decades, the New York Chamber Soloists have performed for Candlelight before. The group's upcoming "American Classics" program features modern American composers.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 4, 1997
The usual no-shows must have showed because Meyerhoff Hall was nearly filled last night for the first Baltimore Symphony concert of the new year. What was almost as remarkable was that both halves of the program received standing ovations. And there were an unusually large number of young and black faces mixed among the customarily white ones with graying hair.The reason?The presence of Bobby McFerrin, the great pop-jazz vocalist and one-man vocal ensemble, as both guest conductor and guest soloist.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 16, 1995
Conductor Christopher Seaman's program for this past weekend's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts was meant to feature BSO players as soloists. Seaman chose four interesting works, three of which contrasted soloistic groups against the ensemble in the manner of a concerto grosso.Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 opened the program in a performance that featured Seaman conducting from the harpsichord, Conncertmaster Herbert Greenberg as violin soloist and Emily Controulis and Mark Sparks as flute soloists.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 20, 2005
The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra closed its season with a night of dealer's choice. The program on Wednesday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium offered standard Mozart, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky works that were all selected by a committee of orchestra members. The players also chose the soloist - from within their own ranks. The ensemble did not put its best foot forward at the start. Stravinsky's intricate neoclassical gem, Dumbarton Oaks, sounded underrehearsed, underpowered and underappreciated.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | May 22, 1994
That Lynn Harrell, this week's Baltimore Symphony Orchestra soloist, has not performed with the orchestra since 1979 is startling. Harrell, the second busiest and second most famous cellist in the world, has not feuded with the orchestra or its music director, David Zinman.It's simply that BSO audiences get to hear basically only two cello soloists in subscription concerts: Yo-Yo Ma, who is the Hertz to Harrell's Avis and who visits the BSO every other season, and Mihaly Virizlay, who is the orchestra's principal cellist and who appears as a soloist every year.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 11, 2003
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which started the new year last weekend with a pops program, eased back into the classical groove on Thursday night with venerable, pleasantly roasted chestnuts by Dvorak and Strauss. An unexpected ingredient was added. Dvorak's Cello Concerto, one of the noblest utterances of its kind, was to have been played by a touted Russian soloist, but a hand ailment prevented his appearance very late in the game. The orchestra turned to one of its own for rescue, principal cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn, who is in his first BSO season.
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,Contributing writer | February 14, 1992
Saturday evening's Annapolis Symphony concert -- the third of this season -- provided the orchestra an opportunity to employ concertmaster Brynn Albanese as a soloist for the first time in her ASO tenure.And an auspicious debut it was. In Vaughan Williams' beautiful mini-tone poem, "The Lark Ascending," and in the "Winter" concerto from Vivaldi's ubiquitous "The Four Seasons," Albanese was the whole package.Her technical gifts are prodigious; there doesn't seem to be muchshe can't do with the fiddle.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
The Philadelphia Orchestra has had its share of troubles over the years, including an embarrassing brush with bankruptcy, but things sure sound like they are looking up, way up, these days. Financial matters now seem more stable, and the hiring of a young dynamo from Montreal, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, as music director (this is his inaugural season) has sent a decidedly positive jolt into the organization. That electricity could be easily felt Wednesday night when the Philadelphians visited the Kennedy Center for a concert presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society . I'm still feeling a little tingly from the exposure.
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February 6, 2013
One week after placing second place overall at the Mid-Atlantic Dance Team Championships at Towson University, which included first-place soloists Paige Quill (senior division) and Ashlea Boseck (junior division), second place soloist Monica Nolan (senior division) and third place soloist Nicole Eppig (senior division), the C. Milton Wright Dance Team took it up notch by winning the Maryland State Championships at the Baltimore Convention Center on Feb. 2.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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June 2, 2011
Some musicians develop firm ideas about how to play a particular piece and stick to them no matter what. Others keep their options wide open. Emanuel Ax is one of the latter, which helps explain why this Polish-born pianist has been a major force in the classical music world for 35 years. Ax, who performs Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra this weekend, is celebrated for the freshness of his music-making, as well as a brilliant technique. "I learned this concerto when I was 21," said Ax, who turns 62 next week.
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By Mary Johnson and Special to The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2009
J udging by Pascal Center for Performing Arts' increasing audience, the secret must be out about Anne Arundel Community College's many entertainment bargains. A range of professional-caliber entertainment was presented at bargain prices in recent weeks. 'Total Recall' On Dec. 4 and 5, the AACC Dance Company offered "Total Recall," which showcased the choreography of company members and director Lynda Fitzgerald - who established the company 20 years ago and serves as its coordinator and director.
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By TIm Smith and TIm Smith , tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 8, 2009
In a city where tradition still counts for a lot, it's worth taking an extra look at the Handel Choir of Baltimore. This weekend marks its 75th annual performance of "Messiah," the most famous oratorio by the ensemble's namesake. In 1935, there probably wasn't a great deal of competition at holiday time for the choir. "This year, there is a landslide of 'Messiahs,' " says Melinda O'Neal, the choir's artistic director and conductor. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra alone is responsible for three versions - last week's annual complete performance of the work, a gospel version this weekend, and a mix of the two for a community singalong on Wednesday.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | April 3, 1997
LONDON -- Evelyn Glennie can beat out a musical groove on old cooking pans.She can transform oil drums, exhaust pipes and car wheels into fine musical instruments. And she can play "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" and "Born to Be Wild," without sounding like an embarrassed opera diva singing rock and roll.At 31, the Scottish-born Glennie is the world's dominant percussion soloist. And yet there's one fact that Glennie would prefer go unnoticed.She is profoundly deaf.Glennie's rise to international stardom is now classical music legend.
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February 16, 2003
The Army Ordnance Center is sponsoring the 30th annual Wilbert Davis Gospel Night at 4 p.m. Feb. 23 to celebrate Black History Month at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Admission is free and open to the public at the APG Post Theater. The theme for this year's observance is "The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections." The program features soloist Robert M. Thomas Jr. from Philadelphia; the Refuge Temple Combined Choir from Aberdeen; the Gospel Tabernacle Deliverance Choir from Aberdeen; soloist Lou Anne Maddox from Gunpowder; Sisters Singing with Anointed Voices from Aberdeen; soloist LaShawna Wright from Oxon Hill; the Mount Zion Male Chorus from Havre de Grace; the Aberdeen Proving Ground Gospel Service; and the Aberdeen Middle School/High School Gospel Choir.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | May 15, 2009
The Soloist *** ( 3 STARS) Jamie Foxx steals the show as a former Juilliard student whose tenuous mental state relegates him to the mean streets that house L.A.'s homeless. Robert Downey Jr. is the L.A. Times columnist who first exploits, then grudgingly befriends, him. The movie suffers by trying to illuminate, perhaps, too many of society's ills. But hey, at least it tries. Opening next Friday Dance Flick: (Paramount Pictures) The creators of the Scary Movie franchise return to spoof song-and-dance movies like High School Musical.
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May 4, 2009
Weekend Gross Rank Title (Studio) gross* Weeks total* 1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) $87 1 $87 2 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (New Line) $15.3 1 $15.3 3 Obsessed (Screen Gems) $12.2 2 $47 4 17 Again (Warner Brothers) $6.4 3 $48.5 5 Monsters vs. Aliens (Paramount) $5.8 6 $182.4 6 The Soloist (Paramount) $5.6 2 $18.1 7 Earth (Buena Vista) $4.18 2 $21.8 8 Fighting (Rogue) $4.17 2 $17.5 9 Hannah Montana: The Movie (Buena Vista) $4.1 4 $70.9 10 State of Play (Universal) $3.7 3 $30.9 * in millions
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