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Next Performance

On Saturday, October 25 at 8 PM, CPC opens the 2014 - 2015 season - it's 38th - with a concert at the Jim Rouse Theatre, preceded by a free lecture at 7:00 PM. The program consists of Gioachino Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, one of the last works by this renowned operatic composer who, though he had not been actively composing for many years, called it "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age). Scored for full chorus, four soloists, two pianos, and harmonium, it is a beautiful piece that, along with the other "sins of old age", deserves to be heard more often. (A subsequent scoring for full orchestra was made after the  publication of this version, but the initial composition, which will be performed at this concert amply rewards its listeners.) The young Rossini, shown on the left  in the earlier period, created most of his best known operas well before taking up composition again and writing the  few, but masterful, pieces of his old age.

The May 3rd Concert

Our 37th season concluded on May 3rd with Music of the British Isles, a concert of songs and instrumental pieces selected from English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish sources, with traditional and composed sources. Jared Denhard and the Lexington Brass, augmented by violinist Dana Goode, pianist Alison Gatwood, and percussive dancer Joe Duffey provided the instrumental support, managing some twelve different instruments (counting the two trumpets of the LBQ as one and the two feet of Joe Duffey as another) while the Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, the CPC Chamber Singers, Sharon Stewart, soprano, and James Farlow, tenor offered the vocal portions. It was an eclectic performance of music gleaned from several centuries of a rich musical history, enthusiastically received by the audience in the Jim Rouse Theatre.

Here are some visual highlights of the performance: British Isles Photos


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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

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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June 21, 2014