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June 19, 2009

Sing along with Mozart at Cathedral Choral Society's performance of his Requiem

Ordinarily, one of the worst things that can happen at a classical concert is when someone in the audience starts singing or humming along to the music. But that's the desired outcome on Sunday, when the excellent Cathedral Choral Society performs Mozart's Requiem in the exquisite vastness of Washington National Cathedral.

The audience is invited to chime in for all the choral passages as J. Reilly Lewis conducts the stirring, noble score that Mozart did not live to complete. The solos will be sung by soprano Laura Lewis, mezzo Barbara Hollinshead, tenor Robert Petillo and bass James Shaffran. The $10 admission fee includes rental of a score for this sing-along-with-Mozart event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Posted by Tim Smith at 8:58 AM | | Comments (1)


No one should have to hear me sing but I appreciate the thought!

Aw, go on. Give it a whirl. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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