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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | February 18, 1991
IN A PERFECT BALANCE of light and sound, the silver glow of a February dusk lit the stained glass windows and gold lights warmed the inside of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen yesterday as Robert Twynham gave his first organ recital in two years in his Cathedral Concert series.For the next 70 minutes, the cathedral's music director for 30 years sat at the rear loft console and turned the organ pipes into an instrument that fascinated an audience of more than 200. With their backs to Twynham, they could concentrate on the pure sounds and disappearing outside light.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2011
Robert F. Twynham, the long-serving organist and music director at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen who created a popular Sunday musical series, died of a gastric obstruction March 23 at his Reservoir Hill home. He was 80. Though deaf in one ear and blind in one eye, he led the musical program at the cathedral for 37 years. News articles said he served under six rectors and three archbishops, two of them cardinals. He established a much-praised choral department, composed several major sacred works and a library of music for weekly worship, presented a long-running weekly concert series and oversaw sacred music-dramas.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | February 14, 1991
Robert Twynham, as music director at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, has directed an ambitious concert program that has brought 750 concerts to the church since 1967. Sunday, as a respected organist, he will let loose himself with bird songs galore in one of six selections from Bach to Hindemith.Twynham's program is Bach's Sinfonia to Cantata 29; Olivier Messiaen's "Chants d'Oiseaux" ("Song of the Birds"); Maurice Durufle's Scherzo; Hindemith's Sonata 1; Cesar Franck's Choral in A Minor and Marcel Dupre's Variations on a Noel.
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August 4, 1998
A story in Sunday's Arts & Society section misidentified the neighborhood of retiring organist-choirmaster Robert Twynham. Twynam and his wife, Eileen, live in the Reservoir Hill area ofBaltimore.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 8/04/98
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August 4, 1998
A story in Sunday's Arts & Society section misidentified the neighborhood of retiring organist-choirmaster Robert Twynham. Twynam and his wife, Eileen, live in the Reservoir Hill area ofBaltimore.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 8/04/98
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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 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 JUDITH GREEN and JUDITH GREEN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 2, 1998
A story in Sunday's Arts & Society section misidentified the neighborhood of retiring organist-choirmaster Robert Twynham. Twynam and his wife, Eileen, live in the Reservoir Hill area of Baltimore.The Sun regrets the errors.For almost 40 years, Robert Twynham has fought the good fight for church music as organist-choirmaster of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.By "church music," the 67-year-old musician doesn't mean folk Masses or contemporary Christian rock, though he has accepted elements of both into the worship service.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | April 7, 1995
On a sunny day earlier this week, in the shade provided by the cathedral where he works, Robert Twynham offered a gentle, final admonition to a luncheon companion."
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | July 23, 1995
At Towson, festival ends with 'Circus'Towson State University's 1995 Maryland Arts Festival concludes with five performances of Theatricks' "Circus Berserkus" in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives.Maryland-based Theatricks specializes in innovative family entertainment and features company co-founder Tom Dougherty, a former Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. Show times are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. July 29; and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (410)
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By JUDITH GREEN and JUDITH GREEN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 2, 1998
A story in Sunday's Arts & Society section misidentified the neighborhood of retiring organist-choirmaster Robert Twynham. Twynam and his wife, Eileen, live in the Reservoir Hill area of Baltimore.The Sun regrets the errors.For almost 40 years, Robert Twynham has fought the good fight for church music as organist-choirmaster of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.By "church music," the 67-year-old musician doesn't mean folk Masses or contemporary Christian rock, though he has accepted elements of both into the worship service.
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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 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 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 J. Wynn Rousuck | July 23, 1995
At Towson, festival ends with 'Circus'Towson State University's 1995 Maryland Arts Festival concludes with five performances of Theatricks' "Circus Berserkus" in the Studio Theatre in the Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives.Maryland-based Theatricks specializes in innovative family entertainment and features company co-founder Tom Dougherty, a former Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. Show times are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. July 29; and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (410)
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By David Donovan and David Donovan,Special to The Sun | April 11, 1995
The Choirs of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, accompanied by a superb orchestra under the direction of Robert Twynham, Sunday evening offered two exemplary performances in the cathedral's monumental setting. That said, this listener was impressed but not moved.The bulk of the program was taken by John Rutter's "Requiem." The program noted that there are numerous setting for the "Requiems" from Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Faure and Durufle. What those pieces have in common is that each is touched with genius.
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By David Donovan and David Donovan,Special to The Sun | April 11, 1995
The Choirs of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, accompanied by a superb orchestra under the direction of Robert Twynham, Sunday evening offered two exemplary performances in the cathedral's monumental setting. That said, this listener was impressed but not moved.The bulk of the program was taken by John Rutter's "Requiem." The program noted that there are numerous setting for the "Requiems" from Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz, Faure and Durufle. What those pieces have in common is that each is touched with genius.
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By Tim Warren | May 15, 1994
Art Buchwald speaks on 'Humor and Medicine'Art Buchwald has been writing humor for decades, so it came as a surprise to many of his readers to discover in his 1993 memoir, "Leaving Home," just how unhappy a life he had had. He was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes. He was hospitalized twice for severe depression. He joined the Marines at age 17 (he coaxed a street drunk to sign the necessary papers as his father), and wrote in his memoir that the Corps "was the best foster home I ever had."
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