Harford Choral Society reaching ‘across the sea’
— 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
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.
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.