Baltimore cantor saves the day for Montreal Symphony
Thom King, a Baltimore baritone who has given fine performances with Opera Vivente, the Handel Choir and Young Victorian Theatre Company, among others, will rescue the Montreal Symphony's performances of Bloch's Sacred Service later this month.
King, you may recall, did solo honors in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's presentation of that noble, infrequently programmed 20th-century work three years ago at Beth El Congregation, where he's the cantor.
Dwayne Croft, who appears regularly with the Metropolitan Opera and other major companies, was originally scheduled to sing with the Montreal Symphony, conducted by Kent Nagano, March 30 and 31. When Croft canceled, the orchestra turned to King. Sherrill Milnes, the celebrated baritone now retired from the opera stage, will serve as speaker.
"As you can imagine," King emailed me, "I’m pretty jazzed about it."