The Maryland State Boychoir, under the direction of Stephen Holmes and Joseph Shortall, will present a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 203 N. Bedford St., Georgetown. The performance will showcase the Concert Choir and encompass a wide range of choral selections. The concert program will include classical and contemporary choral works (sacred and secular), spirituals, gospel and show tunes. The concert is free and open to the public.
Now in its 27th concert season, The Maryland State Boychoir serves the State of Maryland as 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 members to 30 states and to 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. The choir has participated, via video feed, in the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, with President Shimon Peres and President George W. Bush in attendance.
Boychoir musical programs have included a performance (invitational) at the American Choral Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conference, 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 Orchestra Institute at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park Md., and more. Its annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has sold out three performances for the past 20 years. Other memorable performances include a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King with the Washington Choral Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Fourteenth Annual Baltimore Boychoir Festival directed by Craig Denison, 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 socioeconomic background, with a holistic and diverse musical education in the tradition of the great European choir schools.
For more information about the concert, call 302-856-6842.