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Washington National Opera Chorus to give AGMA Relief Benefit

In a strong gesture of solidarity with colleagues struggling in the recession, including choristers out of work from the now-defunct Baltimore Opera Company, the excellent Washington National Opera Chorus will perform American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)

this weekend. WNO chorus master Steven Gathman will conduct the program, which includes scenes from "Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly," "Flying Dutchman," "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Daughter of the Regiment" (tenor Timothy Augustin will tackle the famous aria with the nine high Cs). Barber's "Agnus Dei," folks songs, spirituals and more will also be performed.

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"Many artists in the area are suffering as performance schedules are cut or entirely eliminated, most notably those performing with the Baltimore Opera Company. To address this current crisis and help our friends in need, we took action and organized the AGMA Relief Benefit Concert," Gathman says in a press release. "...These musicians are a source of great pride for the region, and are deserving of our help in these trying times."

The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Ann Catholic Church at Tenley Circle in Washington. Admission is free; donations will be accepted for the cause.

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