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Here's a link to a photo of Frances accepting an award from the Peabody Institute for "Outstanding Contributions to Music in Maryland (2013)"!   Frances Dawson.

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CPC'S annual performance of George Frideric Handel's oratorio MESSIAH is scheduled for Sunday, December 7, 2014 in the Jim Rouse Theatre at 7:30 PM, with a free pre-concert lecture at  6:30 p.m.  This will be the 30th scheduled presentation of this masterpiece, an annual event that Columbia audiences have come to welcome. Returning will be our favorite soloists: Amy Van Roekel, soprano; MaryAnn McCormick, mezzo; Charles Reid, tenor; and Lester Lynch, baritone, accompanied by the Festival Orchestra. The Columbia Bank sponsors this performance, and we are happy to commend them for their many contributions to our community. (Just a note about the possibility of a weather cancellation: when Howard County Government declares a weather-related emergency, all county buildings are closed for the duration, including the Jim Rouse Theatre. In such an event, because of the contracts soloists and orchestra have with other presenters and venues, CPC is not able to reschedule the performance.  However, as we did in 2013, we will exchange Messiah tickets for other concert tickets in the 2014-2015 CPC season.) 

The Opening Concert, October 25th

CPC's 38th season began with the Petite Messe Solennelle of Gioachino Rossini, in the original arrangement for full chorus, four soloists, two pianos, and a harmonium. (No partridge in a Pear Tree.) The soloists, all new to this audience, were Jennifer Holbrook, soprano; Leah Serr, mezzo soprano; John Noh, tenor; and Steven Eddy, baritone.  All were greatly appreciated and received a standing ovation from the audience as did Laura Lee Fischer, Assistant Conductor of CPC, who, in a surprise debut, brilliantly directed this performance. Frances Dawson, founder and Artistic Director of CPC, was present in the unexpected role of audience member, while she recovers from a broken knee. Alison Gatwood and Erik Apland were the pianists and Donald Fries the harmoniumist. (Is that a word?) See Here for some visual highlights of the performance.

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2014-2015 Season

Rossini:Petite Messe Solonelle
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8 PM
Free pre-concert lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD

Handel Messiah:
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD

Free pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.

A Christmas Noël with the CPC Chamber Singers:
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church, Columbia, MD

New Year's Eve Soirée
Join us for our ever popular New Year's Eve Soiree - an evening of music, food and fun and cash bar with Jared Denhard and Friends, in a Private Home in the Dunloggin area of Ellicott City

Women Composers
featuring Amy Beach's Grand Mass

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM 
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD,

Great American Songbook Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8 PM
Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia, MD


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