We all know Justin Tucker can sing with the best of them, and now he’s got an award to show for it.
Davon Fleming has gone from soulfully belting his way to TV stardom to working for the city, though this isn’t any odd job.
It was more than just a solid showing for Davon Fleming, the Park Heights native who nearly made it into the finals of NBC’s “The Voice” this season.
A 25-year-old Park Heights gospel singer was an instant standout on last night’s episode of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice,” belting out a pristine, soulful rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones.”
With the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s longtime musical director set to retire at the end of June, the organization has picked a prodigious replacement with experience leading vocal ensembles across the United States and Europe.
The society today announced Anthony Blake Clark will become its musical director on July 1. Clark recently served as assistant chorus master for the Berlin Philharmonic’s performance of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex,” and also conducted the London Classical Soloists and various other groups overseas.
“I am overjoyed to be the next Music Director of Baltimore Choral Arts and I cannot wait to start this important work with this excellent chorus,” Clark said in a statement.
Presently, he holds director positions with four ensembles in the D.C. area, southern Maryland and Richmond. He’s also set to conduct Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” for the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia this June, and will occupy a residency in August in Worcestershire, England, conducting and coaching beginning conductors, singers and composers.
Clark is the third-ever music director for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. He’ll replace Maestro Tom Hall, who’s led the society for 35 years now and added more than 200 works to its catalog in the process. During his tenure, Hall was also president of Chorus America, served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and was director of choral activities for Goucher College for 31 years, among other accomplishments.
Hall’s final performance is tomorrow night — a sold-out concert featuring Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Aaron Copland’s Walls of Zion and Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night, among other works. It’s set for 8 p.m. at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson.
“I am looking forward to continuing the legacy that Maestro Tom Hall has established,” said Clark in his statement, adding that he’s “honored to take on the sobering charge to continue building the reputation that Baltimore Choral Arts enjoys.”
One free concert with carols this weekend offers a chance to sing along.
On Halloween Eve, a morbidly fun singing tradition returns to Baltimore, courtesy of the Dan Meyer Choir.
Shower singers and karaoke stars take note: The Peabody Institute, Baltimore’s world-class music conservatory, is spearheading a brand-new community chorus, and they want you to take part.
As you might expect given Peabody’s reputation for excellence, this isn’t one of those who-cares-if-you-can-carry-a-tune choruses. As the chorus’ website notes, “The chorus is for adults with an appreciation of classical music and a desire to strive for artistic excellence. Although a plus, the ability to read music is not required as long as you can learn by ear.”
The United States’s national anthem is a notoriously difficult challenge for singers. And when it goes wrong, it goes really wrong. But when someone really skilled hits those soaring notes? It’s beautiful! And so we extend our congratulations to the singers whose solo (yike!) a capella (double yike!) renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner” won the Star-Spangled Sing-Off.