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Comstock Memorial Concert at Museum

Comstock Memorial Concert at Museum

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present the Museum Consort in a performance From the George W. Comstock Library - A Memorial Concert on Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 2:30pm A reception, hosted by members of the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society, will be held following the performance. Dr. George W. Comstock, who passed away on July 15, 2007, was a physician and professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a distinguished epidemiologist who conducted seminal research on tuberculosis, and was regarded by his peers as the world's foremost expert on the disease. His colleagues saw him as "a model to generations of epidemiologists as a researcher and teacher and above all as a caring person who worked tirelessly to make the world healthier." He was quoted as saying, "Most of us aren't going to win any big victories, but we can win little ones every day, and they mount up. One of Dr. Comstock's passions was music and he was part of symphony orchestras at different times of his life as a woodwind player. "Early music" was frequently heard in his household as he taught the whole family to play recorders and as he learned to play many Baroque and Renaissance era woodwind instruments. He was the co-founder of the Elizabeth Towne Consort in 1965 and performed with the Washington County Museum Consort from 1979 to 2004.
As a tribute, members of the Museum Consort, Kathy Barr, Jeffrey Clise, Brenda Slick, David Styer and Naomi Styer, will dedicate this performance to Dr. Comstock's memory by playing some of his favorite compositions. He left all of us a great legacy - his joy and enthusiasm for music! The special guest for this concert is Ms. Barbara Comstock-King, Comstock's granddaughter. The concert will include The Earl of Salisbury's Pavana & Galliardo by William Byrd, Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen by Heinrich Issac, and Peasant Cantata: Wir gehn nun wo der Tudelsack by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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