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Pro Musica Rara opens 40th season with plucky Italian program
Pro Musica Rara opens 40th season with plucky Italian program

As cellist Allen Whear pointed out during his typically droll welcome to the audience Sunday afternoon at Towson University's Center for the Arts, there are two big 40th anniversary seasons this year: "Saturday Night Live" and Pro Musica Rara. The latter's milestone, as Whear also noted, is all the more remarkable considering that the early music movement -- playing period instruments, attempting to follow historic performance practices -- had barely reached this country when Pro Musica Rara was founded. There are good reasons to celebrate the organization's vanguard status, its survival and, especially, the level of technical quality and artistic flair that have...

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