Many of you know that Columbia, Maryland is turning 50 this year, and lots of festivities are planned. Early in the celebrations is a concert May 14 by Columbia Pro Cantare and the Howard County Concert Orchestra. The concert will feature spirituals and the music of Aaron Copland, both of which speak to the unique character and identity of Columbia.
But there's more to this story.
You may not know that in 1997, when Columbia opened the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, Pro Cantare and the James Rouse Foundation commissioned Tom Benjamin, UUCC's Minister of Music, to compose a piece for the occasion. His work, called I Build a House, is a four-movement cantata for baritone, chorus, and chamber orchestra, with biblical texts -- as well as UU text by the Rev. Eileen Karpeles.
Tom's cantata will be reprised this May as a centerpiece of the anniversary concert, with its original baritone soloist, Lester Lynch (who will also serve as soloist in the spirituals).
Tom has been involved as a composer with Pro Cantare over the years, and many members of UUCC have sung with Pro Cantare.
So please consider helping to celebrate this signal moment in the history of Columbia, and the part UUCC has played in it, by attending this gala concert. More information, including ticket information, is available at http://www.procantare.org.