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Columbia Pro Cantare
2014-2015 CPC 38th Anniversary Season
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Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
October 25, 2014, 8 PM; Lecture 7:00 PM; Post-Concert Reception
The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake  5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, MD 21044
The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus, Jennifer Holbrook, soprano; Leah Serr, mezzo;
John Noh, tenor; Steven Eddy, baritone; Alison Gatwood, piano; Erik Apland. piano; Donald Fries, Harmonium

The mass was written in 1863, originally scored for two pianos and harmonium, full chorus and four soloists, was described by the composer as "the last of my péchés de vieillesse" (sins of old age). The witty composer, who produced little for public hearing during his long retirement at Passy, prefaced his mass—characterized, apocryphally by Napoleon III, as neither little nor solemn, nor particularly liturgical—with the words: "Good God—behold completed this poor little Mass—is it indeed sacred music [la musique sacrée] that I have just written, or merely some damned music [la sacré musique]? You know well, I was born for comic opera. Little science, a little heart, that is all. So may you be blessed, and grant me Paradise!" Its first performance was at the dedication (14 March 1864) of the private chapel in the hôtel of Louise, comtesse de Pillet-Will, to whom Rossini dedicated this refined and elegant piece. 

Tickets:  Advance:  Adults $23; Seniors/Students $20; $2 more At Door; Group Rates Available 

Handel: Messiah
December 7, 2014 7:30 PM; Lecture 6:30 PM; Post-Concert Reception
The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake,5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, MD 21044

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus, Festival Orchestra, Amy Van Roekel, soprano; MaryAnn McCormick, mezzo; Charles Reid, tenor; Lester Lynch, baritone; Henry Lowe, positiv organ

Tickets:  Advance:  Adults $23; Seniors/Students $20; $2 more At Door; Group Rates Available 

A Christmas Noël with the CPC Chamber Singers,
December 14, 2014 – 3 PM
Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia 21045

The CPC Chamber Singers, chosen from the Columbia Pro Cantare chorus especially for their vocal blend and ability to perform smaller works, present seasonal music from four centuries – some old, some new, mostly a cappella in an acoustically rich sanctuary of wood and glass.

Tickets: Advance: Adults $15; Seniors/Students $13; $2 more At Door; Children under 15 $10

Music of Women Composers
March 21, 2015 featuring Amy Beach:
Grand Mass in E-flat Major 8 PM and a Musicale with music of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn & Ruth C. Seeger, 7PM; Lecture 7:30PM; and a Post-Concert Reception
The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, MD 21044 

The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus, Howard County Concert Orchestra, Four Soloists

Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (September 5, 1867 – December 27, 1944) was an American composer and pianist. Beach made her professional debut in Boston in 1883 as a pianist.  She was the first successful American female composer of large-scale art music, and was also known as one of the leading composers of the New England School.Most of her compositions and performances were under the name Mrs. H.H.A. Beach. She used the text of the Mass because it provided a framework for a young composer to hone her skills in the creation of a large work. The Handel and Haydn Society premiered her Mass in Boston in 1892.

Tickets:  Advance:  Adults $23; Seniors/Students $20; $2 more At Door; Group Rates Available

Great American Songbook – Music of Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, & other favorites
May 2, 2015 8 PM; Lecture 7 PM; Post-Concert Reception
The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake, 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia, MD 21044
The Columbia Pro Cantare chorus, Lexington Brass Quintet, Alison Gatwood, piano, children’s chorus

Selected music from the most important and influential American popular songs of the 20th century ‒ principally from Broadway theater, musical theater, and Hollywood film ‒  written from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Tickets:  Advance: Adults $23; Seniors/Students $20; $2 more At Door; Group Rates Available

Tickets & Information:

410-799-9321 or 301-854-0107


Season brochures detailing the concert schedule and ticket prices may be obtained after September 1 by calling 301-854-0107 or 410-799-9321 or at any time by visiting here for a downloadable order form.

Why not become a subscriber?  A subscription purchaser receives a 20% discount off individual concert ticket prices and receives tickets to 4 full chorus concerts and CPC Chamber Singers' inspiring "A Christmas Noël" on the afternoon of December 14 at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia.  For information call 301-854-0107 or go to the tickets page.