Apr 07, 2019

In its 54th season in 2019-20, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will chart thrilling sonic voyages, taking a musical journey through America, England, Hungary, Italy, and Vienna during their four-concert subscription series, and travel to England for a 10-day tour in January 2020. Music Director Anthony Blake Clark stated “This prestigious invitation to perform with England’s City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is a high honor and amazing opportunity. It allows Baltimore Choral Arts to share great American choral culture as well as take part in England’s profound choral tradition, culminating in performances with one of Europe’s top orchestras.”


This Choral Arts on Tour theme also extends to the new concert home of Shriver Hall Auditorium. The building has undergone stunning and much-anticipated renovations. This auditorium now provides new comfortable seating, upgraded lighting systems, acoustic improvements, modernized HVAC systems, new restrooms, flooring and ceiling renovations, and beautifully re-finished public spaces.


The season begins in November with a tour of American music, curated by Music Director Anthony Blake Clark. An American Suite: From Billings to Bernstein features great American choral classics, from the 18th century music of William Billings to the music of Copland and Bernstein, and a world premiere of Anthony Blake Clark’s newest arrangement, Higher Ground.


In December, holiday choral favorites in the historic and inspiring setting of The Baltimore Basilica continue a 36-year tradition with Christmas with Choral Arts. This year, Baltimore Choral Arts will explore the Christmas spirit with the sumptuous sounds of voices and orchestra, broadcasted by WMAR-TV and aired on WYPR and WBJC. Choral Arts and ever-lovable Pepito the Clown bring even more holiday cheer with a Baltimore reimagining of Charles Dicken’s classic novella A Christmas Carol with our concert Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge at the Gilman School.


January 10-20, 2020, Baltimore Choral Arts is touring England, highlighted by a prestigious invitation to sing Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary celebration. This gala will be led by conducting superstar and CBSO Music Director Mirga GraĹžinyt?-Tyla. The Baltimore Choral Arts Chorus will also perform at venues in London and Oxford.


Baltimore Choral Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) will collaborate in their second, multi-sensory concert in March with Monteverdi Vespers. The Monteverdi 1610 Vespers’ ambitious take on the Vespers’liturgy will be illuminated by MICA’s graduate students’ artwork and the musical partnerships with the Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, and Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, elevating this historically-informed performance with modern context.


The season closes with Mozart Requiem in May, showcasing Hornist Philip Munds in Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, and Tenor Steven Soph in Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The concert ends with Mozart’s emotionally invocative Requiem, one of the iconic works in the orchestral and choral repertoire.


The Baltimore Choral Arts Society is one of Maryland's premier cultural institutions. The Symphonic Chorus, Chorus, and Chamber Singers perform throughout the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Washington, D.C., New York, and in Europe. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society provides a number of thoughtful and impactful music education programs that serve youth in and around Baltimore. These programs include CoroLAB, a new partnership with Overlea High School’s choral music program; Vocal Fellows, an expanded professional development program for early-career singers; Student Composer Project, a competition for high-school and college composers; and our 36th annual Christmas for Kids. Through these four primary educational programs, Choral Arts serves the very young to early-career adult musicians.

Music Director Anthony Blake Clark enjoys a reputation as one of the freshest young voices in classical music. Mr. Clark is also Director of Choral Activities in The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art and Design, where he conducts the University Singers and vocal chamber ensembles, as well as mentoring student conductors. He has prepared choruses for esteemed maestros Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Simon Halsey, CBE, and Gijs Leenaars for concerts with internationally renowned ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, and Rundfunk Chor Berlin. At New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, he was recently one of several conductors for David Lang’s 1,000-voice the public domain, working under his mentor Simon Halsey; he returned as chorusmaster for the 2018 premiere of John Luther Adams’ In the Name of the Earth.

Full four-concert subscriptions are available now with an Early Bird discount. PICK2 or More subscription option and single tickets are available Friday, June 7th. For more information, please visit or call the box office at 410-523-7070 ext 301.



Baltimore Choral Arts Society 2019-20 Subscription Season | Choral Arts on Tour!


An American Suite: From Billings to Bernstein

Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 3 pm

Shriver Hall Auditorium


Henry Balfour Gardiner                      Evening Hymn

Zoltán Kodály                                        Laudes Organi

American Suite

                                William Billings                     Invocation

                                arr. Alice Parker                   Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal

                                Susan LaBarr                         Grace Before Sleep

                                ?riks Ešenvalds                     Stars

                                David Conte                          The Composer

                                Anthony Blake Clark            Higher Ground (world premiere)

                                Bono, arr. Bob Chilcott        MLK

                                Aaron Copland                     Stomp Your Foot

                                                                                Zion’s Walls

                                Leonard Bernstein               “Make our Garden Grow” from Candide



Christmas with Choral Arts

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

The Baltimore Basilica, 409 Cathedral Street


Leo Wanenchak, organ

The Baltimore Choral Arts Orchestra


Christmas for Kids: The Baltimore Scrooge

Sunday, December 15, 2018 at 3 pm

Gilman School, Alumni Auditorium


Z Smith, Pepito the Clown


Monteverdi Vespers

Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3 pm

Shriver Hall Auditorium


Baltimore Baroque Band, Peabody’s Baroque Orchestra, Dr. John Moran and Risa Browder, co-directors

Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, Mark Cudek, director

Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, Michael Holmes, director

Maryland Institute College of Art, James Rouvelle, project director


Claudio Monteverdi                            Vespro della Beata Vergine


Mozart Requiem

Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pm

Shriver Hall Auditorium


Steven Soph, tenor

Philip Munds, horn

The Baltimore Choral Arts Orchestra


Wolfgang A. Mozart             Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K. (412 +514)/386b

Benjamin Britten                  Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31

Mozart                                   Requiem in D minor, K. 626



Notice: Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Inc. has leased or rented facilities from the Johns Hopkins University. However, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Inc. and any programs operated by Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Inc. are not related to or affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University in any way. Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Inc. is an entirely separate legal entity with no connection to the Johns Hopkins University aside from the temporary use of facilities for the specified program.

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