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CONTACT: Sarah Snyder
November 19, 2012 – College Park, MD – The School of Music ushers in the holidays with Music in Mind: The Festive Baroque on Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m. The University of Maryland Chamber Singers and Festive Baroque Orchestra join with faculty members for a performance of Bach’s Magnificat, also known as the Song of Mary or Canticle of Mary.
The program will also include two other works featuring faculty members as soloists. James Stern, violin, and Mark Hill, oboe, perform Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor, and Baroque music specialist Kenneth Slowik will perform Telemann’s Overture in D Major for viola da gamba and strings while simultaneously leading the Festive Baroque Orchestra. C. Paul Heins serves as the Chorus Master.
About Bach’s Magnificat
Bach first composed a version of the Magnificat for Christmas in 1723, and reworked it ten years later for the Feast of the Visitation. The work’s Latin text is the canticle of Mary, mother of Jesus, as told in the Gospel of Luke. The most popular and best-known of all the Gospel canticles, the Magnificat was originally composed in the key of E-flat major and transposed into the brighter key of D major in the reworked version.
About Music in Mind
The Festive Baroque is part of the School of Music’s Music in Mind series, which aims to celebrate the role of music in our culture and our lives, explore sources of inspiration and points of intersection in musical traditions, and present music in a context that encourages reflection and discovery. Music in Mind also continues a long-standing tradition of supporting the School of Music undergraduate scholarship fund through concert revenue.
Director of the School of Music Robert Gibson notes, “The Music in Mind concert series has become a signature event for the School of Music, representing the very best of our faculty, students, alumni and guest artists in a context that invites our audience to join us in experiencing the power of music to change the way we see our world.”
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more about the Clarice Smith Center's donor support.