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Melinda O'Neal featured as an "Achiever" in the Baltimore Sun

Handel Choir's Artistic Director, Melinda O'Neal, was featured as a Baltimore Sun "Achiever" in an article titled "Singing the Praises of 3 Music Leaders."   As the Sun states, thanks to O'Neal's leadership, the Handel Choir is "one of the freshest" Baltimore choral groups, with its smaller size and new focus on baroque and classical style works. O'Neal's "enthusiasm for adding musicians using period instruments to choral performances has been an appealing dimension of the choir's work." The choir's performances under O'Neal's direction have "won praise from local critics," and the choir's board has committed itself to an ambitious fundraising effort to expand its reach and resources."
Baltimore Sun, December 18, 2005.
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"Hallelujah, the season of 'Messiah' is upon us"

In an article in the Baltimore Sun, Music Critic Tim Smith notes that the Handel Choir will continue the "valuable practice begun last year by new artistic director Melinda O'Neal - the use of a period instrument orchestra, which can reveal all sorts of wonderful textures in the score." He also noted that "Accomplished baroque players from around the region and elsewhere are coming in for the performance."
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, December 13, 2005.
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Handel Choir to Sing at Monument Lighting on December 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The Handel Choir will sing at The 34th Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. The festivities at Mt. Vernon Place include multiple performances, food vendors, strolling entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.

Handel Choir to sing at Red Mass

A small ensemble from the Handel Choir will sing at the Red Mass on October 5, 2005 at the Loyola College Chapel. The Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society of Maryland. This year's recipient of the Man For All Seasons Award is Fr. Timothy Brown, S.J.

The tradition of the Red Mass goes back many centuries in Rome, Paris and London. From time immemorial, this beautiful ceremony has officially opened the judicial year. In the United States, the tradition was inaugurated in 1928 in New York City where the Guild of Catholic Lawyers met with judges and members of law faculties for the Votive Mass in old Saint Andrew's Church in the shadow of the towering State and Federal Courts. Since then, the Red Mass has been celebrated annually in St. Andrew's Church and in many cities in the United States, attended by justices of the highest courts in the land and by men and women of all religious faiths.

Baltimore Office of Promotion & the ArtsBaltimore County Commission on Arts and SciencesHandel Choir of Baltimore is a GuideStar Exchange Member (click here for more info)All programs of the Handel Choir of Baltimore are made possible by support from the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.