READFIELD — The Maryland State Boychoir, under the direction of Stephen Holmes and Joseph Shortall, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Readfield United Methodist Church, 1577 Main St. The performance will showcase the Concert Choir and encompass a wide range of music including sacred masterworks, contemporary, gospel and folksongs. This concert is free and open to the public, according to a news release from the choir.

Now in its 29th concert season, The Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as its Official Goodwill Ambassadors. The Boychoir performs more than 80 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, Bermuda and Canada. 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 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

Recent Boychoir musical programs have included performances at the American Choral Directors Association’s national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Puccini’s Tosca at the Modell Lyric Opera House, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Bach Concert Series, Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish at both The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s 3rd Symphony with the National Orchestral Institute at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD; performances of Howard Shore’s Fellowship of the Rings Symphony with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Earle Simpson’s A Crown of Stars with the Cantate Chamber Singers. Its annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols sells out three performances each December. Other memorable performances include a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Sixteenth Annual Baltimore Boychoir Festival directed by Henry Leck, and singing for the Opening Ceremony at the PGA Presidents Cup with Presidents George H. W. Bush and William Clinton in attendance. The Boychoir has also collaborated with renowned international ensembles, including Bonifantes from the Czech Republic and the Drakensberg Boy’s Choir of South Africa.

The Maryland State Boychoir is dedicated to providing talented boys, regardless of race, religion, or socio-economic background, with a holistic and diverse musical education in the tradition of the great European choir schools.

For more information, call 410-554-8644.


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