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By David Donovan and David Donovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 1997
As advertised, the newly orchestrated version of Robert Twynham's "Te Deum" arrived Sunday evening at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen with everything but the kitchen sink.This giant multi-movement setting had marching handbell processions, antiphonal choirs, brass, organs and television monitors everywhere to keep the widely separated musicians together.At first, some mighty impressive sounds came from all corners of the cathedral.Unfortunately, the inspiration did not hold up, and only about half of Twynham's "Te Deum" took flight.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2009
The Annapolis Chorale's 2009-2010 season will feature masterworks, Broadway classics, "Noteworthy Encounters" to discover what is behind two classics and the annual Christmas concerts, plus three "Messiah" performances. This is the 37th season and the second under Live Arts Maryland, the chorale's presenting and producing arm. The county's largest performance group has grown to the 180-voice Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the 25-member Annapolis Chamber Chorus, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and a group of superb soloists that includes baritone Shouvik Mondle, soprano Fatinah Tilfah, soprano Carolene Winter and tenor Tom Magette.
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1997
On the morning after, Robert Twynham still reverberates from the excitement of hearing the first brass rehearsal of his "meditations" on the Te Deum, the medieval hymn of praise sung for a millennium in Christian churches."
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By Sarah Hoover and Sarah Hoover,special to the sun | May 4, 2007
Columbia Pro Cantare has a big anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate 30 years of music making, founder/artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson has planned a jubilant concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Rouse Theatre. The anniversary program will include Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Antonin Dvorak's Te Deum, and Karel Ruzicka's Celebration Mass. Dawson and the singers of Pro Cantare will be joined by an orchestra and by soprano Irida Herri, mezzo Judith Norton, tenor Robert McIver and baritone Trevor Scheunemann for a festive celebration.
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By STEPHEN WIGLER and STEPHEN WIGLER,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 6, 1996
The difference between a fairly good composer and a great one was brilliantly illustrated yesterday afternoon in Kraushaar Auditorium in the final Baltimore Choral Arts Society concert of the season. Music director Tom Hall programmed back to back Francesco Urio's Te Deum and Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum."It's hardly a secret that Handel ranks with Shakespeare as one of the great thieves in the history. T.Eliot was more likely to have had Shakespeare in mind when he wrote that bad boets borrow, great poets steal.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 29, 2001
Musically, the Christmas season begins in earnest Sunday at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, where the Arundel Vocal Arts Society will perform lovely choral works and traditional carols. The first half of the program will feature Anton Bruckner's masterful Te Deum and Psalm 150, followed by two more familiar works: Cesar Franck's Panis Angelicus and J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. The program's second half will offer a selection of carols. Few choristers can match the Vocal Artists in expressive singing of traditional carols, one of the true joys of the holiday season.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 14, 2000
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert last night at the Meyerhoff was a real show of strengths -- but not, unfortunately, equal strengths. With conductor Thomas Wilkins at the podium, the BSO had ample opportunity to demonstrate its power and versatility. In Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," its sound was light and crisp, with a vivacity that bordered on effervescence; in Respighi's "The Pines of Rome," it was sumptuously virtuosic. Hearing them in these works, it was easy to understand why the BSO is ranked among the nation's top orchestras.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | March 2, 1996
In the 12 years since he left the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona seems to have attained something like sainthood.So far as this listener knows, Comissiona, the BSO's music director from 1968 to 1984, did not enjoy such status during his years here. But the Romanian-born conductor's annual guest engagements with the fine orchestra he created are events -- concerts in which his music-making appears effortless, in which his performances seem wafted along on waves of love.Comissiona's concert Thursday evening -- the program was also performed yesterday -- was no exception.
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By Sarah Hoover and Sarah Hoover,special to the sun | May 4, 2007
Columbia Pro Cantare has a big anniversary this weekend, and to commemorate 30 years of music making, founder/artistic director Frances Motyca Dawson has planned a jubilant concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Rouse Theatre. The anniversary program will include Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music, Antonin Dvorak's Te Deum, and Karel Ruzicka's Celebration Mass. Dawson and the singers of Pro Cantare will be joined by an orchestra and by soprano Irida Herri, mezzo Judith Norton, tenor Robert McIver and baritone Trevor Scheunemann for a festive celebration.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | December 8, 2006
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society's Christmas Tidings program on Sunday not only showcased the singers' strengths, but primed the audience's holiday spirits. Musical director David B. Daniel conducted the 37-member chorus in Mozart's "Te Deum" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," along with a selection of Christmas carols and a variety of 19th-century and contemporary seasonal music. Written in 1769 at age 13 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the "Te Deum" was sung simply and purely by the choristers, with little emphasis on harmony, to reveal the pure homophonic text.
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By MARY JOHNSON and MARY JOHNSON,Special to The Sun | December 8, 2006
The Arundel Vocal Arts Society's Christmas Tidings program on Sunday not only showcased the singers' strengths, but primed the audience's holiday spirits. Musical director David B. Daniel conducted the 37-member chorus in Mozart's "Te Deum" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," along with a selection of Christmas carols and a variety of 19th-century and contemporary seasonal music. Written in 1769 at age 13 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the "Te Deum" was sung simply and purely by the choristers, with little emphasis on harmony, to reveal the pure homophonic text.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 16, 2005
The Annapolis Chorale is a prodigious musical force not only in size but in talent and versatility. With its membership approaching 350, it is Anne Arundel County's largest performing arts entity. Music Director J. Ernest Green estimates the full chorus now totals "almost 200 members, the youth chorus is at 120 and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra has 30 core members." On Monday, Green took some time to talk about the chorale before rushing off to conduct that evening's National Symphony Orchestra concert at the request of NSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 28, 2004
Folks tirelessly trying to market classical music these days will settle on almost any hook to lure customers, from martini bars in lobbies and cutesy program titles to that reliable, when-all-else-fails measure, the deeply discounted ticket price. I'm just old-fashioned enough to prefer come-ons that actually have something substantive to do with the music itself, and I'm a sucker for promotions that involve historic pegs - the anniversary of a composer's birth or death, or of a composition's first performance, for example.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 6, 2001
Glenette Schumacher knows her audience so well that she can design her Arundel Vocal Arts Society concerts to please everyone. At Sunday's Holiday Celebration Concert, Schumacher, music and artistic director for AVAS, included works ranging from Anton Bruckner's "Te Deum" and his "Psalm 150," Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and Franck's "Panis Angelicus" with an audience sing-along of familiar carols. This wide-ranging program reflected the broad tastes of the audience, and it primed their holiday spirits.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 29, 2001
Musically, the Christmas season begins in earnest Sunday at St. Martin's Lutheran Church, where the Arundel Vocal Arts Society will perform lovely choral works and traditional carols. The first half of the program will feature Anton Bruckner's masterful Te Deum and Psalm 150, followed by two more familiar works: Cesar Franck's Panis Angelicus and J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. The program's second half will offer a selection of carols. Few choristers can match the Vocal Artists in expressive singing of traditional carols, one of the true joys of the holiday season.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | April 14, 2000
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert last night at the Meyerhoff was a real show of strengths -- but not, unfortunately, equal strengths. With conductor Thomas Wilkins at the podium, the BSO had ample opportunity to demonstrate its power and versatility. In Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks," its sound was light and crisp, with a vivacity that bordered on effervescence; in Respighi's "The Pines of Rome," it was sumptuously virtuosic. Hearing them in these works, it was easy to understand why the BSO is ranked among the nation's top orchestras.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,Special to The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2009
The Annapolis Chorale's 2009-2010 season will feature masterworks, Broadway classics, "Noteworthy Encounters" to discover what is behind two classics and the annual Christmas concerts, plus three "Messiah" performances. This is the 37th season and the second under Live Arts Maryland, the chorale's presenting and producing arm. The county's largest performance group has grown to the 180-voice Annapolis Chorale, the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the 25-member Annapolis Chamber Chorus, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and a group of superb soloists that includes baritone Shouvik Mondle, soprano Fatinah Tilfah, soprano Carolene Winter and tenor Tom Magette.
NEWS
By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 16, 2005
The Annapolis Chorale is a prodigious musical force not only in size but in talent and versatility. With its membership approaching 350, it is Anne Arundel County's largest performing arts entity. Music Director J. Ernest Green estimates the full chorus now totals "almost 200 members, the youth chorus is at 120 and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra has 30 core members." On Monday, Green took some time to talk about the chorale before rushing off to conduct that evening's National Symphony Orchestra concert at the request of NSO Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch.
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By David Donovan and David Donovan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 15, 1997
As advertised, the newly orchestrated version of Robert Twynham's "Te Deum" arrived Sunday evening at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen with everything but the kitchen sink.This giant multi-movement setting had marching handbell processions, antiphonal choirs, brass, organs and television monitors everywhere to keep the widely separated musicians together.At first, some mighty impressive sounds came from all corners of the cathedral.Unfortunately, the inspiration did not hold up, and only about half of Twynham's "Te Deum" took flight.
FEATURES
By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1997
On the morning after, Robert Twynham still reverberates from the excitement of hearing the first brass rehearsal of his "meditations" on the Te Deum, the medieval hymn of praise sung for a millennium in Christian churches."
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