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Maryland Boychoir to perform in Gladstone

July 20, 2012
Daily Press

GLADSTONE - The Maryland State Boychoir, under the direction of Stephen Holmes and Joseph Shortall, will present a concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Grace Church, 528 28th Street, Gladstone. The concert will feature the Tour Choir in a performance of a variety of music, including sacred masterworks, contemporary, gospel, spirituals, and folksongs.

The choir is singing as part of a two-week tour.

Now in its 25th concert season, the Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as its "Official Goodwill Ambassadors." The Boychoir performs over 60 times each year throughout Maryland and surrounding states, and on national and international tours that have taken them to 30 different states in the U.S., Ireland, Wales, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Canada, and Bermuda.

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The Maryland State Boychoir will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at Grace Church in Gladstone. The choir will also perform at Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The choristers have sung at many distinguished venues, including the White House, the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., St. Patrick's Cathedral and Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City, and the Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. The choir participated, via video feed, in the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, with Presidents Shimon Peres and George W. Bush in attendance.

Recent Boychoir musical programs have included performances of Howard Shore's "Fellowship of the Rings Symphony" with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Its annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has sold out three performances for the past 11 years. Other memorable performances include a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Thirteenth Annual Baltimore Boychoir Festival directed by Dr. Paul Rardin, and singing for the Opening Ceremony at the PGA Presidents Cup. The Boychoir has also collaborated with renowned international ensembles, including the Bonifantes Boychoir from the Czech Republic and the Drakensberg Boy's Choir of South Africa.

The Maryland Sate Boychoir is dedicate to providing talent boys, regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic background, with a holistic and diverse musical education in the tradition of the great European background and great European choir schools. Boys in the choir are given opportunities to perform professionally, and a chance to grow socially.

For additional information, call 428-1331.



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