CAB Opens 28th Season with Heavenly Mozart

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CAB Opens 28th Season with Heavenly Mozart

Baltimore, MD – “What better way to celebrate this country’s first Catholic Cathedral than with some of the best celebratory music ever written,” asserted Concert Artists of Baltimore Artistic Director Edward Polochick, about the opening concert of CAB’s 28th season. Concert Artists of Baltimore joins the Archdiocese of Baltimore for its 225th Anniversary Celebration with an all-Mozart program. Featured works are the Overture to The Marriage of FigaroExsultate Jubilate with soprano Ah Young Hong, and the Grand Mass in C Minor “The Great”. The concert is Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 409 Cathedral Street.

Renowned for her artistic versatility, soprano Ah Young Hong has interpreted a vast array of repertoire, ranging from the music of Bach and Monteverdi to the art songs of Poulenc and Zemlinsky to the works of some of the 21st century’s most prominent composers. In the 2013-2014 season, Ms. Hong stunned audiences in the world premiere of Michael Hersch’s monodrama, On the Threshold of Winter, at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Fishman Space with the NUNC Ensemble led by artistic director Miranda Cuckson and conductor Tito Muñoz. The New York Times praised Ms. Hong’s “courageous, soul-baring performance” and lauded her role as the opera’s “lone, blazing star.” The New Criterion added, “Hong delivered a tour de force … [she] performed intelligently, bravely, and searingly.”

In high demand as a concert soloist, Ms. Hong has performed with Wiener KammerOrchester, Miami Symphony Orchestra, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Tempesta di Mare, and Folger Consort, amongst others. She has shared the stage with such artists as John Shirley-Quirk, William Sharp, John Aler, François Loup, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Heide Grant Murphy, William Burden, and Mark Doss.

Ms. Hong is currently a member of the Voice Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore was established as the first Catholic diocese in the United States on November 6, 1789. At one time, the Diocese of Baltimore was the spiritual home of the entire nation’s Catholic population. Today, more than 150 parishes and 70 Catholic schools call the Archdiocese of Baltimore home. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the first Catholic cathedral constructed after the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. St. John Paul II visited the Basilica during his 1995 visit, as did Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Tickets for “Heavenly Mozart” are available at cabmusic.org or by calling (410) 625-3525. Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for students. The concert is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Mr. Robert Mazaika, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert R. Counselman and RCM&D Foundation.

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