CAB Dedicates Baroque Masterworks Concert to Mark D. Pacione

CAB Dedicates Baroque Masterworks Concert to Mark D. Pacione

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2015
PRESS CONTACT: Tonya Robles, 410-625-3525 or

Baltimore, MD: Concert Artists of Baltimore announces the dedication of the second concert in its Maestro Series, “Baroque Masterworks”, to the late Mark D. Pacione. Mark was a music lover and was highly supportive of St. Pius X Catholic Church. He died suddenly of a stroke on December 29, 2014. The program features Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Artistic Director Edward Polochick will conduct from the harpsichord and Concertmaster José Miguel Cueto will be the featured soloist.

From the December 31, 2014, obituary in The Baltimore Sun (excerpted):

Mark David Pacione, a past director of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Baltimore who helped plan the 1995 visit of Pope John Paul II to the city…

“It was Mark’s persistent optimism, friendly nature and unwavering goodness that most will remember about him. Mark’s death is a tremendous loss for our entire family of faith,” said Archbishop William Lori.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville, he was the son of Primo Pacione, a steelworker, and Mary Louise Cellitto, a Sears department store worker. He attended St. Anthony of Padua School and was a 1972 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at what is now Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree from the Catholic University of America.

Mr. Pacione initially worked in youth ministry at St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air. In the mid-1980s, he joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore at its headquarters on Cathedral Street.

“Mark was a family man, a minister of the Gospel, a friend, a mentor to many,” said Ruth Puls, a longtime friend and Catholic Center colleague.

After leaving his youth post, he became associate director of planning and research for Catholic schools and parishes. He served the archdiocese for 29 years.

“Mark was so admired by his colleagues, friends and family because his joy was genuinely rooted in his faith and it radiated from him; when you were with Mark, you experienced that joy,” said Tim Janiszewski, a fellow youth minister who lives in Ellicott City.

Mr. Pacione also volunteered in youth ministry at Saint Pius X parish in Rodgers Forge, where his wife, Carol Wagner Pacione, is the pastoral life director. He worked with the parish’s confirmation program, among other activities.

Performance Details

Performance Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 7:00pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. Visit the website,, or call 410-625-3525.

Performance Location: St. Pius X Church, 6428 York Road, Baltimore, MD, 21212.

This concert is sponsored by the Adalman-Goodwin Foundation.

Concert Artists of Baltimore is funded in part by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

This program is also made possible in part through the sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council, and the Commission on the Arts and Sciences.

Concert Artists of Baltimore

Founded by Edward Polochick and now in its 28th season, Concert Artists of Baltimore (CAB) consists of a professional chamber orchestra and professional chamber chorus. The full ensembles are featured in The Maestro Series, with performances this season at the Basilica of the Assumption, St. Pius X Church, and the Gordon Center for Performing Arts. CAB also offers chamber music, The Mansion Series, with performances at The Engineers Club at the Garrett- Jacobs Mansion. This series showcases smaller forces, such as a quartet or small vocal group, and often features unique repertoire.

The orchestra and chorus are frequently hired for performances throughout the region by other organizations, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Baltimore, Moscow Ballet, The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Temple Oheb Shalom, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, McDaniel College, St. Louis Church, The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Visionary Arts Museum, Elizabethtown College, and Catholic Charities. When larger forces are needed, such as when the singers of Concert Artists perform Messiah with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra each year, the chorus expands to the Concert Artists Symphonic Chorale. This season features a collaboration with Baltimore Rock Opera Society at 2640 Space.

Concert Artists’ philosophy is simple: To make all kinds of music accessible and engaging to everyone by presenting diverse programs of classical music plus special concerts featuring pops, operetta, and lighter favorites.



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