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Find music

Attention lovers of fine music!

On Tuesday -- Bastille Day in France -- St. Michael's Church in Poplar Springs will sponsor the farewell concert of the Maryland '98 tour of Les Petits Chanteurs de la Vierge Noire," the Neuilly Catholic boys choir.

The 35-year-old choir, under the direction of Pierre Balbous, features organist David le Moigne.

The choir has toured the world, singing the music of Schubert, Mozart, Vivaldi and Bach as well as French folk music and American spirituals.

The group includes 40 boys and men, ages 8 to 25, who sing in French, English, German and Latin.

The 90-minute concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the church, 1125 St. Michael's Road, off Route 144 in Poplar Springs, near Mount Airy.

Admission is free.

After the performance, the choir members will stay overnight with families in the Mount Airy area.

They will leave for Paris the next day.

During the Middle Ages, children's choirs were formed in Europe to sing at religious services. After the French Revolution in the late 18th century, these choirs disappeared.

In 1907, Pope Pius X decided to revive the children's choirs to sing at Masses. In 1923, Paul Berthier founded one of the most famous French choirs, "Les Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois" -- the Children's Choir of the Wood Cross.

Inspired by this choir, Leon Petit founded the Neuilly Catholic Boychoir in 1963. Its French name, "Les Petits Chanteurs de la Vierge Noire" means "The Little Singers of the Black Virgin."

The choir is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Deliverance, a 14th century limestone carving of a black Virgin in the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Neuilly, France.

Balbous hopes that, in the words of the Rev. Maillet, director of an earlier children's choir, "Tomorrow, all the children of the world will sing the peace of God."

Information: Charles and Elsbeth Benet at 301-607-9147.

Summer Bible studies

Gethsemane Baptist Church, 14135 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, invites the community to its Adult Summer Bible Studies Program.

Classes will meet at 9: 45 a.m. Sundays this month and next.

This month's topics include "Money: The Light and Dark Side," on July 12; "Money: Models for Biblical Giving," on July 19; and "Money: How Much Is Enough?" on July 26.

Topics to be discussed in August include raising children, stress, health and the culture of divorce.

Nursery care and classes for preschoolers and young people will be provided.

The church is offering classes for children, too. Those who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join a vacation Bible school, called "StarQuest: A Galactic Good News Adventure," from 9 a.m. to noon next week.

The week will be filled with Bible-learning activities, snacks, music and crafts.

Information: 410-442-5853.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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