Har­ford Choral So­ci­ety reach­ing ‘across the sea’

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - By ERIKA QUESENBERY STURGILL

eque­sen­bery@ches­pub.com

— The Har­ford Choral So­ci­ety is cel­e­brat­ing more than 50 years of choral mu­sic with an up­com­ing spring con­cert en­ti­tled “Hands Across the Sea.”

The con­cert will be held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, lo­cated at 1200 Churchville Road, at 3 p.m. Sun­day.

The Har­ford Choral So­ci­ety was es­tab­lished as a trained cho­rus of singers to share clas­si­cal mu­sic with

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the Har­ford com­mu­nity, pre­sent­ing choral con­certs and sup­port­ing mu­sic education in schools. There are some 40 voices drawn from Har­ford, Ce­cil and Bal­ti­more coun­ties, who are part of the Har­ford Choral So­ci­ety, which was founded in 1954 by Joseph Vic­tor Lader­oute, an oper­atic tenor and mu­sic in­struc­tor at Peabody Con­ser­va­tory. The so­ci­ety’s first hol­i­day per­for­mance was Han­del’s “Mes­siah” in De­cem­ber 1955 at the Lyric Opera House along with the BSO.

The so­ci­ety now presents two ma­jor con­certs each sea­son. “Hands Across the Sea” will be a jour­ney of ex­plo­ration. It is a cross-pol­li­na­tion be­tween the United States and the Bri­tish Isles. Laugh along at the lyrics of “Alice in Won­der­land” writ­ten by Lewis Car­roll and set to mu­sic by Irv­ing Fine. Lis­ten to an ar­range­ment of the Ir­ish clas­sic “Danny Boy” set to mu­sic by Percy Grainer, an Aus­tralian Amer­i­can.

The Hands across the Sea con­cert will also in­clude: Sir Edward El­gar’s “Land of Hope and Glory”; Ran­dall Thomp­son’s “Fros­tiana” se­lec­tions; Vaughan Wil­liams’ “To­ward the Un­known Re­gion”; and Percy Grainger’s “I’m Sev­en­teen Come Sun­day,” “Ir­ish Tune from County Derry” and “Scotch Strath­spey & Reel.”

There will also be a silent auc­tion held the evening of the con­cert, so ar­rive early to place your bids.

Tick­ets are $25 for adults, $20 for se­niors and $10 for stu­dents, while those 12 and un­der are ad­mit­ted free. For tick­ets, visit www. har­ford­choral­so­ci­ety.org or call 410-734-7974.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HAR­FORD CHORAL SO­CI­ETY

Mem­bers of the Har­ford Choral So­ci­ety re­hearse for a con­cert. The so­ci­ety’s next show is this Sun­day at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bel Air.

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