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Museum of Fine Arts hosts concert

Concert planned at museum in memory of Dr. George Comstock

Concert planned at museum in memory of Dr. George Comstock

January 15, 2008

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, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m.

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."

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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.

For more information on the museum, please phone (301) 739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org

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