Lenox- and Baltimore-based choirs honoring MLK, Elijah Cummings at Sunday concert in Lenox

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LENOX — Cantilena Chamber Choir will offer a special tribute to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings during its annual Martin Luther King Concert Sunday afternoon at 3 at Trinity Church, 88 Walker St.

Cummings — who represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District, which encompasses over half the city of Baltimore, in addition to major portions of Baltimore and Howard counties — died in October at age 68.

The Baltimore-based Urban Choral Society will be the featured guest in a combined choir performance with Cantilena of Robert Ray's Choral Mass, and the choral music of composer Adolphus Hailstork. Members of the Baltimore choir, several of whom were well-acquainted with the life and work of Rep. Cummings, will give a special tribute through personal testimonies.

In addition, for the third year, the winners of The Berkshire Eagle-sponsored Martin Luther King student essay contest will be present to read their entries.

Ray's Gospel Mass premiered in 1978 at the University of Illinois. The Mass is Dr. Ray's interpretation of 2,000 years of liturgical tradition with the more contemporary music of the African-American Church.

Professor of composition at Old Dominion University, Hailstork has had numerous works premiered by the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago's leading choral ensemble VocalEssence.

The Urban Choral Arts Society is a combined choir of youth and adults, under the direction of Ronald McFadden and is based at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. The society is dedicated to improving the achievement and esteem of Baltimore area youth through music and cultural arts.

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Now in its 16th season, The Cantilena Chamber Choir, under the direction of its founder, Andrea Goodman, comprises 24 highly trained singers. Its honors include a multi-year Cultural Portfolio grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its annual Martin Luther King program and two Choral Arts New England Alfred Nash Patterson awards for innovative programming.

Admission is by a suggested donation at the door.

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Admission is by a suggested donation of $25 per person. Trinity Church is at 88 Walker Street in Lenox. More information: www.cantilenachoir.org. Phone: 518-791-0185 or email satbchoir@yahoo.com.

Andrea Goodman

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