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Abingdon church to hold choral concert

Cantori Choral Ensemble will present “A Red, Red Rose,” a choral concert celebrating the rose, the symbol of love, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh  There is no admission charge for the concert, but donations will be received in support of Cantori.

Cantori is a 16-voice auditioned mixed choral ensemble headquartered in Williamsburg. Its singers come from Gloucester, York and James City counties. Many of those in the ensemble are professional musicians. Under the direction of its founder, Agnes French, the ensemble has been praised for its purity of tone, blend, musicianship, and a cappella singing.

The program will consist of verses by such well-known poets, such as Christina Rossetti, Robert Burns, and Lord Byron, set to beautiful music by some of the leading classical choral composers of our time. About half the selections on the program will be sung a cappella, while others will be accompanied by Rebecca Davy on piano and Mei-Li Beane o...

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