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Free Lunchtime Concert: Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Monday 13 January 2020

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Programme

Balfour Gardiner – Evening Hymn
Kodály – Laudes Organi
Traditional, arr. Alice Parker – Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal
Susan La Barr – Grace Before Sleep
Ēriks Ešenvalds – Stars
Anthony Blake Clark – Higher Ground
Copland – Zion’s Walls
Bernstein – Make Our Garden Grow from Candide

Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Performers

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, now in its 54th season, is one of Maryland’s premiere cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Chorus and Chamber Singers perform regionally in self-produced concerts and alongside respected orchestras. This is Choral Arts’ first international tour in 13 years and includes a prestigious performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for its 100th anniversary.

Choral Arts serves youth in and around Baltimore through several thoughtful and impactful music education programmes. These programmes include CoroLAB, a collaborative training programme with high-school choirs; Vocal Fellows, an expanded professional development programme for early-career singers; Student Composer Project, a competition for high-school and college composers; and the annual Christmas for Kids concert.

Music Director Anthony Blake Clark enjoys a reputation as one of the freshest young voices in classical music. Mr Clark is also Director of Choral Activities in The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art and Design, where he conducts the University Singers and vocal chamber ensembles. He has prepared choruses for esteemed maestri Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Simon Halsey CBE and Marin Alsop for concerts with internationally renowned ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and Rundfunk Chor Berlin. He is a frequent guest conductor for professional choirs, community choirs, and high-school festivals.

Associate Conductor Leo Wanenchak is an accomplished conductor, pianist, organist, vocalist, educator, composer, and clinician. He has been with Choral Arts since 2000 and has prepared the Chorus for appearances with the Baltimore Symphony under conductors Marin Alsop, Jack Everly, John Storgårds, and Yuri Temirkanov. Mr Wanenchak is the Director of the ‘Larks’, a women’s vocal ensemble and community service project of the Junior League of Baltimore. Leo has appeared throughout the United States and abroad in France, Greece, The Netherlands and Romania.

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