Monday, February 28, 2011

EVENTS @ McDANIEL COLLEGE THIS MONTH

Piano Recital by students of David Kreider
WHEN: 7:30 PM, March 4

WHERE: Levine Recital Hall
Information: Call 410.857.2599 or visit
http://www.mcdaniel.edu/3490.htm

Students perform piano music ranging from classical to contemporary compositions.

Thomas Pandolfi on piano
WHEN: 7:30 PM, March 25
WHERE:
McDaniel Lounge,
2 College Hill, Westminster, MD

Internationally acclaimed Thomas Pandolfi will devote the first half of his program to the music of Franz Liszt in commemoration of that pianist/composer’s 200th anniversary. The second half of the program will explore music of American composer George Gershwin. Pandolfi’s orchestral appearances feature the beloved masterpiece concerti by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt, as well as Paderewski, Rubinstein and Moszkowski. He is considered a leading interpreter of the works of George Gershwin.

Weird Romance
WHEN: 7:30 PM, March 2 – 5
WHERE:
WMC Alumni Hall. 
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors, students and the McDaniel community.
Sign language interpreting provided at the March 4 presentation.
Information: Call 410.857.2448 or visit
http://www.mcdaniel.edu/3594.htm.

An offbeat musical by the composer of Little Shop of Horrors and the Disney films Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, Weird Romance is two one-act musicals of speculative fiction.

In the first, The Girl Who Was Plugged In, the soul of a homeless bag-lady is transplanted into the body of a gorgeous female android by a company, which manufactures celebrities. In the second, Her Pilgrim Soul, a mysterious living holograph —apparently a woman long dead—appears and forever changes the life of a scientist who researches holographic imaging.

“These two charming one-act musicals were actually based on episodes of ‘The Twilight Zone and Welcome to Paradox,” says Elizabeth van den Berg, professor of Theatre Arts and the musical’s director. “Although set in the future with a sci-fi background, they are really just simple boy-meets-girl stories with a speculative fiction twist. The music is catchy—if you’re a fan of Little Shop of Horrors, you’re sure to enjoy Weird Romance.”

The all-McDaniel-student cast includes Ben Azat, Zachery Brown, Tim Connors, Simone Davis, Brady Eisenberg, Cris Garrish, Paul Griffin, Brooke Hain, Shelley Hierstetter, Nina Minadakis, Masha Paul, Ryan Powell, Samantha Stair and Sydney Thro. Beverly Mauck is musical director; Julie Herber, choreographer; Ira Domser, set and light designer; James J. Fasching, costume designer; Stephen Lariviere, special effects designer.

MUSIC @ JHU MUSEUMS THIS MARCH

Dahlia Flute Duo
WHEN: March 4 at 5:45 PM
WHERE:
HOMEWOOD MUSEUM
3400 N. Charles Street Baltimore

Peabody graduates Mary Matthews and Melissa Wertheimer perform music by Telemann, Schumann, Ingolf Dahl, Linda Dusman and Shulamit Ran.

The concert will be held in Homewood's intimate reception hall, followed by a meet-the-artists reception in the wine cellar. The concert is presented in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition Privileged Pursuits: Cultural Refinement in Early Baltimore, on view for concert guests beginning at 5 PM.

Edmar Castaneda Quartet
WHEN: March 12 at 3:00 PM
WHERE: EVERGREEN MUSEUM & LIBRARY, 4545 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

Edmar Castañeda, Colombian harp; Sholmi Cohen, soprano sax; Dave Silliman, drums; Andrea Tierra, vocals

Edmar Castañeda has embraced the folkloric traditions of his native Colombia while carrying them forward into the world of Latin jazz. Since moving to the United States in 1994, he has taken New York and the world stage by storm with the sheer force of his virtuosic command of the harp—revolutionizing the way audiences and critics alike view an instrument not commonly associated with the jazz idiom. A master at realizing beautiful complexities of time, while skillfully drawing out lush colors and a dynamic spirit, Castañeda has been characterized by the New York Times as “almost a world unto himself.”

Watch This: Edmar Castañeda on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert

Event Program: Edmar Castañeda appears with his quartet performing music from his latest album, the critically acclaimed “Entre Cuerdas.”

GOUCHER COLLEGE PRESENTS BESTSELLING NOVELIST & ESSAYIST BEVERLY LOWRY ON MARCH 1

Beverly Lowry
will be the Kratz Center for Creative Writing's Spring 2011 Writer in Residence at Goucher College. Lowry will read from her works and sign copies of her books.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, at  8PM
WHERE: Buchner Hall of Goucher's Alumnae/i House.


The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Johnny Turtle, director of operations for the Kratz Center for Creative Writing, at
Johnny.turtle@goucher.edu or 410.337.6179.

Lowry is a professor of creative writing at George Mason University and a novelist and nonfiction author whose works often delve into issues of isolation and alienation, American culture, and race relations.

Her most recent book, Harriet Tubman, Imagining a Life, a biography, was published in 2007. Her other nonfiction books include Her Dream of Dreams: The Rise and Triumph of Madam C.J. Walker (2004), a biography of the first African American woman to become a self-made millionaire, and Crossed Over (1992), a nonfiction memoir about the convicted pick-axe murderer Karla Faye Tucker on death row in Hunstville, Texas. She is also the author of several books of fiction, including The Track of Real Desires: A Novel (1994); Breaking Gentle (1988); The Perfect Sonya (1987); Daddy's Girl (1981); Emma Blue (1978); and Come Back, Lolly Ray (1977).

STRATHMORE ANNOUNCES 3 NEW PERFORMANCES NOW ON SALE

Strathmore

Three New Performances on Public Sale Now!

David<br /> Crosby and Graham NashAn Evening with David Crosby and Graham Nash
Hear two of the '60s and '70s most iconic voices and prolific songwriters, together again!  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees David Crosby and Graham Nash perform a mix of their classic hits and new songs never before heard on stage or on record.

WHEN: Monday, May 2, at 8 PM
WHERE: Music Center
ORDER NOW

Nils<br /> Lofgren and FriendsNils Lofgren and Friends: Acoustic
With more than 25 years as the guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band under his belt, Nils Lofgren has secured his place in the realm of rock royalty. Don't miss this intimate acoustic performance with a band of fellow rockers!

WHEN: Thursday, May 5 at 8 PM
WHERE: Music Center
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Ted<br /> GarberTED GARBER'S CD RELEASE PARTY
Happy Friday the 13th!  Local singer-songwriter Ted Garber flies in the face of superstition by capping off his final days as a 2010-2011 Strathmore Artist in Residence with a party and concert celebrating the release of his highly-anticipated new album, Live at Strathmore on our popular Friday Night Eclectic series.

WHEN: Friday, May 13, Show 9 PM
WHERE: Mansion
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MARCH WORKSHOPS @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Business of Art: Online Resources & Fiscal Sponsorship

Business of Art: Online Resources & Fiscal Sponsorship 

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 10-11 AM   
WHERE:
The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue

New York Foundation for the Arts has the biggest online directory in the country of resources for artists—plus a new fiscal sponsorship program. And it's not just for New Yorkers! Program Officer Eleanor Whitney walks you through it all, and takes your questions.

Advance Registration $65, $60 members.
Walk-in $75, $70 members.

 

Production. Solved!

Production. Solved.  

WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 1-5 PM
WHERE: The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue

For budding filmmakers or those who just want a better grasp on how a film set works. Basics of scheduling and budgeting, structure and protocols, and often-overlooked details. Instructor Stacie Jones Gentzler has 15 features under her belt, including Sundance pick, Margin Call (Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore) and East Fifth Bliss (Michael C. Hall, Lucy Liu).

$55, $45 members.

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

On Wednesday, Mar. 2, Edward Polochick will conduct a performance of Kodály's Missa Brevis by the Peabody Singers with faculty artist Donald Sutherland as organ soloist. Also on the program are Ligeti's Morgen und Nacht, Badings' Trois Chansons Bretonnes, and the world premiere of Master of Music candidate Micah Levy's The Eagle Soars Again. Tickets for the 7:30 pm concert, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Over 40 Peabody brass players will perform in the free Peabody Brass Bash on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at 7:30 PM, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The performance will feature brass soloists and chamber groups including the Peabody Trumpet Ensemble; Peabody Horn Stars, conducted by faculty artist Philip Munds; the Peabody Wind Ensemble trombones; and the Peabody Brass Band, under the direction of faculty artist Steven Kellner, retired principal euphonium of the United States "President's Own" Marine Band. Works by such varied composers as Kellner, Micah Levy, Freddie Mercury, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Franz Joseph Haydn will be performed.

Musicians from the Peabody and Shanghai Conservatories will perform in a joint concert on Wednesday, Mar. 2, at 7:30 PM. The Shanghai performers are bass-baritone ShenYang, pianist Wang Jue, and the Silk String Quintet, performing on traditional Chinese instruments: Qi Yao, guzheng; Chen Chenyuan, erhu; Wu Qiang, liuqin; Shu Yin, pipa; and Gui Haohao, dulcimer and percussion. They will play works by Chinese and European composers such as Huang Zi, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninov. Peabody's Trio Appassionata—violinist Lydia Chernicoff, cellist Andrea Casarrubios, and pianist Ronaldo Rolim—will perform Chen Yi's Tibetan Tunes and Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. The free concert will be held in Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive at 12th Street SW, Washington, D.C. The Chinese students will also perform a free concert on Saturday, Mar. 5, at 7:30 PM, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Master of Music candidate Amy Domingues will present a free viola da gamba recital of music by Bach, Telemann, and Marais on Wednesday, Mar. 2, at 7:00 PM, at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue (at Monument).

The Peabody Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will present a concert on Thursday, Mar. 3, at  7:30 PM, in East Hall. Selections on the program include Contemplation and Search For Peace by McCoy Tyner, My Favorite Things by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Oleo by Sonny Rollins, and Waiting Patiently by Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone). Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Faculty artist Anthony McGill, co-principal clarinet of the Met Opera Orchestra, will perform as part of the Schumann Trio on Thursday, Mar. 3, at 8:00 PM, at the Library of Congress' Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building, First Street, SE, Washington, D.C. The trio, including violist Michael Tree and pianist Anna Polonsky will perform works by Mozart, Sheng, Bruch, and Brahms. The concert is free, but advance tickets must be reserved either by calling 703.573.7328 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. More information can be found at www.loc.gov/concerts.

On Friday, Mar. 4, at 5:45 PM, the Peabody at Homewood series will present the Dahlia Flute Duo—alumnae Mary Matthews (MM ’10, Flute) and Melissa Wertheimer (MM ’10, Piccolo)—performing works by Telemann, Schumann, Dahl, Dusman, and Ran. The concert will be held at the Homewood Museum on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 4545 North Charles Street. Tickets are $15, $12 members, and can be purchased at museums.jhu.edu.

Guest Artist Steve Wilson, saxophone, will join the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, led by Michael Formanek, on Friday, Mar. 4, at 7:30 PM, in East Hall. A reception for Peabody subscribers will be held immediately following the performance. Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Faculty artist Donald Sutherland, organ, will be joined by the C Street Brass, soprano Jennifer Edwards, percussionist Robert Novak, and Sutherland's faculty colleague Phyllis Bryn-Julson in a recital on Sunday, Mar. 6, at 4:00 PM.  Bryn-Julson will narrate A Sweet for Mother Goose by George Akerley, the winner of the Holtkamp-American Guild of Organists Award in 2004. Also on the program are works by Adler, Rorem, Peck, Liszt, and Conte, including a new work for organ and brass quintet. Tickets for the concert, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Also on Sunday, Mar. 6, at 6:00 PM, the Peabody Quartet will perform on the What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow series, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. The group—faculty artist Maria Lambros, viola, with students Kathryn Kilan, Lauren Rausch, violins; and Ismar Gomes (BM ’09, Cello)—will present Mozart's Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik." This concert will take place at the Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at WPAS.org or by phone at 202.785.9727.

BIG IS STILL MAKING IT UP…AT THE STRAND THEATRE

BIG's Spring Season Starts Friday!

BIG Goes Back2Back at the Strand! Featuring BIG's Newest Troupe!

After spending February performing at Centerstage with members of Second City, and running down to D.C. to play with WIT, BIG returns to one of its home theaters, The Strand on N. Charles, for two nights of shows.

On Friday, March 4, you will see the debut of BIG's newest troupe. A troupe so new, even they don't know what they are called yet. They will be joined by MacCloskey & Myers, a brilliant Pennsylvania duo (as well as husband & wife) that have performed improvised & scripted work from D.C. to NYC. BIG standouts, POP 6 & Gus, will close out the set.

On Saturday, March 5, BIG members Jason Braswell & Alex Dodge premiere their new two man project, Regret. Joining them will be BIG mainstage troupes, Gus, Plan B & Lekker who will use their comic alchemy to turn your regrets to laughter.

WHEN: Friday & Saturday, 8:00 PM
WHERE:
The Strand | 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD

  • Parking: On the street (allow extra time to find a spot!)
  • Reservations Recommended
  • Friday Set: New Troupe, MacCloskey&Myers, Pop 6, Gus
  • Saturday Set: Regret, Gus, Plan B, Lekker

TICKETS: $10 general, $8 Students/Military/First Responders

FILMS @ THE PRATT: FREE!

A Face in the Crowd
A Face in the Crowd
Saturday, March 12, 2 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

In 2008, A Face in the Crowd was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Despicable MeDespicable Me
Saturday, March 26, 2 PM
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

Voices by Steve Carell, Jason Siegel, Kristin Wiig.

MEET THE AUTHOR IN MARCH @ THE PRATT LIBRARY

Writers LIVE!

Daniel SharfsteinDaniel Sharfstein: The Invisible Line
The Invisible Line: Three American Families
and the Journey from Black to White
The Invisible Line reveals how individuals and families changed their racial identities.
Wednesday, March 9, 7 PM
Central Library Poe Room

 

Charlene Osborne
My Year as Baltimore's Best HonBaltimore's Best Hon book

Baltimorean and Dundalk resident Charlene Osborne documents her life leading up to and through her year as Baltimore's Best Hon.
Wednesday, March 16, 6 PM
Southeast Anchor Library

 

Devon A. BlackwoodBeyond the Lingo book
Beyond the Lingo: Working Through Recovery Concepts

Beyond the Lingo
provides practical and realistic solutions to overcome the barriers and traps of dependency.
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 PM
Central Library, Poe Room

See a complete Writers LIVE schedule

FREE FAMILY SUNDAYS @ THE BMA

imageFREE FAMILY SUNDAYS
WHEN: 2–5 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Drive 3 miles north of the Inner Harbor
No registration required; drop in anytime.

Every Sunday enjoy FREE activities designed just for families. All materials are provided.
Recommended for ages 6–14.

 

MARCH
FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY
How do we use cameras to capture a moment or tell a story? Train your eyes to see composition, point of view, and character. Explore how pictures
tell stories.

  • March 6: “Through the Viewfinder” Photo Lab (This program is supported by the Ethel B. Novey Fund of the BMA’s Print, Drawing & Photograph Society.)
  • March 13: Collage a Pop-up Photo
  • March 20: Illustrate Charm City Photo Scenes
  • March 27: Family Tour — Every Picture Tells a Story

APRIL
BACK TO BASICS
Paint. Sculpt. Draw. This month, experiment with clay, draw from a live costumed model in the galleries, and get outside to paint what’s in bloom!

  • April 3: Sculpt Chinese Guardian Lions
  • April 10: Drawing in the Galleries
  • April 17: Paint Impressionist Landscapes Outdoors*
  • April 24: Family Tour — Back to Basics
    *The workshop will be indoors in case of inclement weather.

AFRICAN FILMS @ THE BMA THIS WEEKEND

African Film Festival Traveling Series
WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 1 PM & Sunday, March 6, 1 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art,
Art Museum Drive at 31st Street, three miles north of the Inner Harbor.
TICKETS: Single Day Pass
FREE for Members at the door
$10 non-Members
$5 Students with I.D.
To purchase tickets, visit the BMA Box Office, call 800-919-6272, or go to artbma.org. Service charges apply for phone and online orders.

imageSee Africa’s best when the Museum hosts two days of critically acclaimed shorts and feature releases by African directors. All films have English subtitles.

This program is co-sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University's Center for Africana Studies and the BMA's Joshua Johnson Council.

 

SATURDAY

  • Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator
  • Beyond The Ocean
  • One Small Step
  • Dr. Cruel
  • Pumzi

SUNDAY

  • Guew Bi - Sabar Dances Of Senegal
  • Shirley Adams
  • A History Of Independence
  • Kirikou And The Wild Beast

(Above: Still from Guew Bi - Sabar Dances Of Senegal)

REFINE YOUR WRITING @ THE BMA

WRITING WORKSHOP: Text Message/Poetry + Fiction
WHEN: Saturdays, March 19–April 16 2–3:30 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art,
Art Museum Drive at 31st Street, three miles north of the Inner Harbor.
COST:
$75 Members, $100 non-Members
To register, call 443.573.1832 or e-mail programs@artbma.org.

Led by Baltimore writer Justin Sirois, this class will encourage experimentation, invite failure and help writers of all stages refine their poetry and fiction. Activities are inspired by Seeing Now, pop culture, video games, commercials, comedy and film.

Sirois’ latest novel, Falcons on the Floor, was co-written with Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy. Sirois has been featured on NPR and the Marc Steiner show.

SPRINGTIME @ MICA: NOTED ARTISTS, DESIGNERS & AUTHORS APPEAR

Once again, MICA has some interesting events planned for the first 2 weeks in March:

imageOLAF BREUNING
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 7 PM

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Often called a prankster or a joker, Swiss-born, New York-based absurdist artist Olaf Breuning mixes film, sculpture, photography, music and more to take on everything from popular culture to stereotypes. His antics fetch thousands of dollars at auction and his work is in collections around the globe.

ALYSHA NAPLES
WHEN: Monday, March 7, Noon
WHERE:
Brown Center: Room 320, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Alysha Naples is a visiting scholar at Hewlett-Packard Labs, where she continues to explore the overlap between print and screen. Previously, she was the design director at Blurb, where she made many books while designing the application and website. She has worked with Method, AKQA and Samsung Design America, and received the prestigious D&AD Silver award for Interactive Art Direction for her work with Nike.

MONDAY ARTIST AT NOON LECTURE SERIES: IRENE HARDWICKE OLIVIERI
WHEN: Monday, March 7, Noon
WHERE:
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Artist Irene Hardwicke Olivieri uses the “mysterious workshop of nature” as the main influence in her paintings. Her imagery of female figures and animals has roots in Renaissance painting, folk art and surrealism, and is pulled from her travels and studies throughout South and Central America as a teenager. While attending graduate school at New York University, she worked as a gardener and lecturer at the Cloisters, the medieval enclave of the Metropolitan Museum, where she found much inspiration.

COMMUNITY ARTS CONVENING AND RESEARCH PROJECT
WHEN: Sunday, March 13–Tuesday, March 15
WHERE:
Campuswide,
Registration fee: $180
The Community Arts Convening and Research Project offers a public forum for discussions centered around the idea that community-grounded arts and culture enhance the well-being, development, empowerment and voice of
under-resourced communities.

Funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the project provides a platform for college and university faculty, students and community-based practitioners, scholars, leaders and youth to meet and generate new ideas, share resources, reflect on new curriculum and pedagogy, define and solve problems, develop action plans and cultivate new partnerships. For more information on the convening and research, visit www.mica.edu/convening.

Friday, February 25, 2011

An African American Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition and Related Public Programs

Transcending Integration

Baltimore Clayworks' 30th Anniversary Crown Jewel: Transcending Integration

Since launching the celebration of its 30th anniversary in March 2010, Baltimore Clayworks has presented a plethora of exhibitions and events, all leading up to the commemoration's culminating exhibition and related programming, Transcending Integration. The exhibition, conceived and curated by Lydia Thompson, a highly respected ceramic sculptor and Department Head, Department of Art, Mississippi State University, will open with a public reception Saturday, March 5, 6-8 PM at 5707 Smith Avenue. Baltimore Clayworks will also present an ambitious schedule of related programming during the exhibition's run, March 5-April 16, 2011, which will offer panel discussions, community forums and hands-on clay sessions in various communities throughout Baltimore. These events and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

The crown jewel of Baltimore Clayworks' 30th anniversary celebration, Transcending Integration will feature new art created by 11 emerging and established African American ceramic artists, based on the curator's challenge to them to, interpret the concept of what it means to have one's sense of self be ‘integrated' as the internal basis of the theme. The artists, selected largely as a result of their unique approaches to clay, are as follow:

  • Sharif Bey: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Syd Carpenter: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • Justin Coleman: Independent Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MaPo Kinnord: Xavier University, New Orleans, LA
  • David MacDonald: Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Nnenna Okore: North Park University, Chicago, IL
  • Winnie Owens-Hart: Howard University, Washington, DC
  • Io Palmer: Independent Artist, Pullman, WA
  • Twins Kyle and Kelly Phelps: University of Dayton, Dayton, OH and Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • Keith Wallace Smith: Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, GA

To further dialogue and facilitate exploration of the exhibition's theme, the committee is presenting the exhibition's first forum, Social Equity, Art and Sustainability, a panel moderated by National Medical Association Executive Director Kweisi Mfume, a former U.S. congressman, past president & CEO of the NAACP and noted human rights activist. Mfume will be joined by exhibition curator Lydia Thompson, highly respected Kansas State University art history professor and art critic Glen R. Brown, Ph.D., and an expert on the African Diaspora and former Director of Johns Hopkins University's Center for Africana Studies Ben Vinson, III, Ph.D. The panel will be held 2 PM, Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Central Library of Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

MORE FREE FILMS @ TOWSON UNIV. FOR FILM BUFFS

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS 8TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL—
DISTRICT 9
WHERE: Lecture Hall Room 238
WHEN: Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 PM
Admission is free.

Director Neill Blomkamp teams with producer Peter Jackson for this tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa. It's been 28 years since the aliens made first contact, but there was never any attack from the skies, nor any profound technological revelation capable of advancing our society. Instead, the aliens were treated as refugees.

The African Themed Film Festival is meant to bring attention to many of the socioeconomic and political situations that affect various parts of the continent The goal is to showcase both the tranquility and tragedy that affects many of the continent’s population through the power of narrative cinema and documentary while providing context for this media through a variety of experts on the cultures and issues of Africa.

BRIDGES TO THE WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL—
HOW MUCH DOES THE TROJAN HORSE WEIGH?

WHERE: Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium
WHEN: Friday, March 4, 7 PM
Admission is free.

Regretting that she didn't meet her beloved husband until later in life, a wistful forty-something is miraculously transported back to her youth to experience life in the Popular Republic of Poland in this poignant fantasy comedy from cult director Julisz Machulski (Kiler, Seksmisja).  Films from Vietnam, Mexico, Poland, Iraq, and India will be presented in five venues across Maryland: Annapolis, Cumberland, Salisbury, St. Mary’s City, and Towson University. Each film has been chosen by the embassy and will be introduced by a professional. A post-screening discussion will follow. For more information see “Events” at www.towson.edu/emf.

SATURDAY NIGHT ANIME SERIES—PAPRIKA
WHERE: Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium
WHEN: Saturday, March 5, 7:30 PM
Admission is free.

Based on a novel by the noted Japanese science fiction writer Yasutaka Tsutui, the brilliant and unsettling feature Paprika continues director Satoshi Kon's exploration of the disturbingly permeable boundaries between dreams and reality. The film was chosen by the Towson University Anime Club and will be introduced by a guest. A post-screening discussion will follow. For more information visit www.towson.edu/emf.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS 8TH ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL—
MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN
WHERE: Lecture Hall Room 238
WHEN: Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 PM
Admission is free.

An intimate and moving feature-length documentary, charting one family's extraordinary courage in the face of a relentless campaign of state-sanctioned terror. The African Themed Film Festival’s goal is to showcase both the tranquility and tragedy that affects many of the continent’s population through the power of narrative cinema and documentary while providing context for this media through a variety of experts on the cultures and issues of Africa.

 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

TRIBUTE TO BALTIMORE’S BILLIE HOLIDAY @ GERMANO’S

Critically Acclaimed Jazz Singer Stephanie Nakasian Performs

Billie Remembered: A Tribute to Lady Day

WHERE: Cabaret at Germano's, Baltimore, Maryland
WHEN: February 25, Show: 7:30 PM
TICKETS:
$15
Reservations: 410.752.4515 
www.germanostrattoria.com

Stephanie NakasianOn February 25th at Germano’s Trattoria you  won’t want to miss this very special evening as internationally recognized jazz singer Stephanie Nakasian pays tribute to Baltimore native Billie Holiday with a live performance featuring songs from Stephanie’s critically-acclaimed 2010 CD, Billie Remembered (Inner City  Records).

Stephanie is accompanied by renowned Bebop Jazz pianist Hod O’Brien, Victor Dvoskin on bass and Dominic Smith on drums.

Receiving critical acclaim for her recent CD release of Billie Remembered: The Classic Songs of Billie Holiday, Stephanie was highly praised by Francis Davis in “The Village Voice” and was featured  on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross.

Stephanie Nakasian is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of  Jazz as one of the world’s leading jazz singers. She first came to international attention in the mid-80s when she sang and toured with  the vocal jazz master Jon Hendricks and Company – her “vocal jazz  apprenticeship.” Since then, she has toured and recorded as a leader  and with her partner and internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Hod  O’Brien.
http://www.stephanienakasian.com 
http://www.hodobrien.com

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

COURTROOM DRAMA BLENDING RACE AND ROMANCE NEXT AT CENTERSTAGE

Next up at Centerstage is a dramatic adaptation of a fine novel, Snow Falling on Cedars. Because many high school students read the book in English class, this would be a good show to take them to see.

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS
Adapted by Kevin McKeon from the novel by David Guterson
Directed by David Schweizer

WHEN: March 9–April 3, 2011
WHERE:
The Pearlstone Theatre, Centerstage,
700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15–$55
For performance dates and times and to purchase tickets click HERE.

Against the backdrop of an America torn by World War II, cultures and communities clash when a Japanese American islander is accused of murder. This hauntingly lyrical saga—adapted from David Guterson’s acclaimed story of mystery, love, and identity—deftly shifts from courtroom to strawberry fields to bloody battlefront, digging for hard truths buried in a forgotten history.

Older middle schoolers and up will be captivated by this emotional, sophisticated story that blends issues of race and romance into a courtroom drama.

Book Club

Calling All Local Book Clubs!

Join CENTERSTAGE for a special afternoon of theater and literary discussion of David Guterson's acclaimed novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, and the new stage adaptation by Kevin McKeon.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2 PM, Matinee Performance
Post-show afternoon tea and discussion of both the book and the play
lead by CENTERSTAGE Dramaturg Gavin Witt
WHERE:
CENTERSTAGE, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland
TICKETS:
$20 and include a ticket to the performance and afternoon tea. Please respond by calling the box office at 410.332.0033 and use the promo code 11SNTEA to get the discounted price. Limited availability, so reserve your tickets today!

CELEBRATING A HALF CENTURY OF THE PEACE CORPS

I can’t believe that the Peace Corps came into being a half century ago! My brother went to the Ivory Coast to teach English as a Second Language there!

Photo of Event or Program ItemBringing the World Home
Stories from 50 Years of the Peace Corps

WHEN: Tuesday, March 1, 6 PM doors open, 7 PM show.
WHERE:
The Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $13, $8 members, students

Since 1961, when President Kennedy launched the Peace Corps, 200,000 volunteers have lived and served in 140 countries—and returned home transformed. Want to know how to catch a cow in Kyrgyzstan? What it’s like to live in Gabon’s primeval forest? Stories span from Albania to Zimbabwe, with stops in Tunisia, Moldova, Guatemala, Vanuatu and more, from founding stories told by friends of Sargent Shriver to fresh-from-the-field reports of today’s volunteers. Plus refreshments, music, photo and artifact displays, an open-mic storytelling booth, and a 50th Birthday cake! Sponsored by Christy Bergland.

General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!

FUN MAKING ART FOR KIDS & FAMILIES ON SATURDAYS

Kerplunk!
WHEN: Saturdays, February 26-March 26, Noon-3 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
COST: FREE

Photo of Event or Program ItemDrop-in to The Patterson for family art-making fun. Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour their galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibits.

Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring cool materials to make a collage, drawing or sculpture. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required!

2011 MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL @ GILMAN & ROLAND PARK COUNTRY SCHOOL

I was introduced to the theater by going to the middle and high school plays. It was inexpensive, and I loved watching other kids up onstage. Nowadays, the school plays are splashier, more polished and often more sophisticated. But they are still a great way to get kids interested in the theater. This one has a timely topic:

Gilman and Roland Park Country School

present this year's Middle School Musical

Honk!

WHEN: February 25 and 26 at 7:30 PM and February 27 at 2:30 PM
WHERE:
All shows will be in the RPCS Sinex Theater.
TICKETS are now available. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

The Middle School Presents HONK!Honk! is the story of Ugly, whose odd, gawky looks incite prejudice from his family and neighbors.

Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny but also finds love and acceptance in all forms.

AFRICAN DANCE CLASSES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS

Some people take ballet, others take tap dancing lessons. What about learning African dance? Dunno where to go? To the Eubie Blake Center, of course!

African Dance Class

POETRY FRIDAYS @ EUBIE BLAKE CENTER: LAST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH!

BeFree

CABARET @ CENTERSTAGE THIS WEEKEND ONLY

Charlotte Cohn

Monday, February 21, 2011

MICA LECTURES: FEBRUARY 28

MONDAY ARTIST AT NOON LECTURE SERIES: EDGAR JERINS
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, Noon

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
imageCharcoal artist Edgar Jerins, who is known for his large-scale, realist portraits of people in domestic settings, recently hung a solo exhibition at the European Union House in Latvia and is scheduled to have solo shows in Nebraska and Delaware this year. Using dramatic lighting and imagery of violence, his work looks at family ties that appear frail or dysfunctional, plagued by disinterest, hostility and despair. Jerins has won many awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and is on faculty at the New York Academy of Art.

imageJONATHAN BARNBROOK, GRAPHIC DESIGNER
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 2 PM
WHERE:
Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Jonathan Barnbrook, one of Britain’s best-known graphic designers, is known for his collaborations with English conceptual artist Damien Hirst, his work for musician and cultural icon David Bowie, and his original font designs. The team of designers at Barnbrook’s studio produce innovative books, corporate identities, CD covers, websites and magazines for clients ranging from international museums to charitable organizations. The studio has won many awards in the area of motion graphics, produced for clients such as the BBC and advertising powerhouse Grey Advertising, in addition to self-initiated productions.

PRACTICING AS A PROFESSIONAL
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 28, 4 PM
WHERE:
Main Building: Room 110, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave.
The Photography Department, teaming with the MICA Alumni Association, brings back to campus B.F.A. graduates Madeline Gray ’07, Adam Golfer ’08 and Rafael Soldi ’09 to share their experiences of “life after college.” Their photography has taken them to such diverse places as Ecuador, Myanmar, Germany and even graduate school. This discussion will demystify the process of writing grant applications, dealing with galleries, getting access to resources and other issues. A reception will follow the panel discussion.

MICA STUDENTS’ INTERPRETATIONS OF WALTERS EXHIBIT

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Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) students in the interdisciplinary sculpture course Relics, Reliquaries and Enshrined Materials create responses to historical reliquaries, culminating in two final exhibitions of student work.

  • Relics and Reliquaries: Reconsidered
    WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 26–Sunday, May 22
    WHERE:
    The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore
    www.thewalters.org
  • Enshrined Materials
    WHEN: Friday, Feb. 25–Friday, April 1
    WHERE:
    The Current Space Gallery, 421 N. Howard St., Baltimore
    www.currentspace.com

Employing a variety of media and techniques—from papermaking to brewing beer—the artists convey how themes central to reliquary traditions still reverberate today. The work is inspired by and explores themes put forth in Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, on display at the Walters Art Museum from Sunday, Feb. 13–Sunday, May 15.

Reliquaries: Embodying the Sacred, an art history course taught by MICA faculty member Barbara Baxter, gave students a historical overview of reliquaries and other sacred objects from several religious and cultural traditions. In this 400-level seminar class, students conducted research and wrote essays on different aspects of reliquary traditions. They became familiar with sacred objects from European, African and Asian religious traditions, as well as with contemporary interpretations of reliquary concepts by artists such as Robert Smithson and Robert Gober. In turn, students created artworks in Relics, Reliquaries and Enshrined Materials, an interdisciplinary sculpture class taught by Jann Rosen-Queralt. “Each student’s approach is unique,” Rosen-Queralt said. “Some are traditional, using contemporary materials, and others deconstruct ideas and reassess reliquaries reflecting personal experience.”

The 11 emerging MICA artists mined forms and concepts associated with historical relics and reliquaries to explore ideas about religion and the sacred, as well as culture and personal identity. For many students, these courses also created an opportunity to explore a fascinating paradox of medieval reliquaries—that their ornate exteriors often housed ordinary remains.

Image caption (from left): Nick Clifford Simko, Sometimes I wish it were me instead of you (detail), photograph, 2010; Kyle Dunn, Proposal, drawing, 2010; Jacob Whayne Dillow, Proposal for St. Christopher, gouache and graphite, 2010; Nick Clifford Simko, To become the many gems of heaven: rise, photograph, 2010.

THEATER EDUCATION @ EVERYMAN THEATRE THIS SPRING & SUMMER FOR ACTORS OF ALL AGES

See It. Believe It.

Experience a wide range of classes! One is sure to be perfect for you.

Experience It!
Looking for a way to spend summer break?  Everyman is pleased to announce its Summer Camp schedule for 2011. 

Middle School Theatre Camp

Campers will explore acting, movement, theatre games, improvisation, vocal exercises and rehearsal techniques culminating in a final performance for friends and family. Led by professional artists and educators, the middle school summer camp promises to teach students new or more advanced theater skills in a fun, friendly environment.  

WHEN: Mondays thru Fridays, June 27 - July 15, 10 AM - 3 PM
WHERE: 1727 N. Charles St., Baltimore
TUITION:  $525.00 
Click here to register!

High School Theatre Intensive

For the enthusiastic high school students who has the theater bug!  Learn and hone your acting skills through vocal exercises, movement, stage combat, scene study, monologue coaching and, of course, performance! Experience this rigorous exploration that will challenge and reward your talent and feed your passion for performing.  

WHENMondays thru Fridays, July 18 - August 5, 10 AM - 3 PM
TUITION:  $575.00  Click here to register!

Also, just added to the Spring line-up of classes:

Advanced Scene Study with Vincent Lancisi

This class will focus on text analysis, deepening the exploration of a character and finding strong objectives through rigorous scene study work. Actors will work with Everyman's Artistic Director and Founder, Vincent Lancisi, to find scenes that challenge and inspire them and then work on developing them in class. For experienced actors only.

WHEN:Tuesdays, March 22 - April 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
TUITION
:  $225.00 
Click here to register!

For more information on other classes that will be offered this spring, visit Everyman Theatre's website

BRUSH UP YOUR ACTING SKILLS & GET GIGS WITH THIS CLASS

Acting One-On-One: From the Runway to the Big Screen

Are you looking to break into acting? Or maybe you’re looking to brush up some of your acting skills? The BANY Agency is proud to announce that they are breaking into television and commercials in 2011. Remember: to be a model you must be an actor, and to be an actor you must be a model. They go hand-in-hand in this industry!

WHEN: March 19, 12 Noon - 3:00 PM. Sharp!
WHERE: L&M Modeling & Talent Agency, Hilton Plaza, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Suite 207, Pikesville (Please do not contact this agency for any reason, whether signed or not with BANY.)
COST: $100

The class will cover:

  • Imaging for Acting
  • Developing Your Character
  • Improvisation
  • Cold Reads
  • On-Camera Acting I

All actors will be acting out in cold read commercial scripts and will be on camera.

BANY is also proud to announce that Melissa Needy, CEO/Founder of L&M Modeling & Talent Agency, will conduct this "Acting One on One" at her studio in Pikesville, Maryland.

Ms. Needy has been working in this industry since 1997 and has been teaching acting to many children and adults in the last few years. You can see some of the actors trained by her in commercials and television shows such as:

  • 2010- MSNBC: CONVICTIONS
  • 2010- MSNBS: I MARRIED THE DC SNIPER
  • 2010-HERSHEY PARK COMMERCIAL
  • 2010-2011- PBS- SPROUT
  • 2010-NICK- THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND
  • 2010- DARCARS COMMERCIAL
  • 2010- POLO COMMERCIAL
  • 2010- CRAYOLA PARTY SHOOT
  • 2010- 2011- AS THE WORLD TURNS
  • 2010-MCLEAN RETIREMENT COMMERCIAL
  • 2010-2011- TOYS ‘R US
  • 2010-2011- QVC

BANY is very excited to have Melissa help them expand into the acting market. This is a great opportunity for to take the next step and get your resume up to par with the bigger markets out there.

Space is limited!

They will only accept 15 students to take advantage of this opportunity. Absolutely no refunds since spaces are limited!

All questions or comments can be directed to BANY at model@thebanyagency.com [mailto:model@thebanyagency.com].

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Remember the FiftiesPeabody Chamber Opera will present Remember the Fifties—a double-bill of Lee Hoiby's This Is the Rill Speaking and Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti—at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, on Thursday, Feb. 24; Friday, Feb. 25; and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 PM ; and on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3:00 PM. Eight student singers will perform: David Diehl, Joseph Harrell, Katelyn Jackman, Sonya Knussen, Marie Marquis, Stephanie Miller, Jorge Ramirez-Sanchez, and Peter Tomaszewski. The stage director is Jennifer Blades and the conductors, both in Peabody's graduate conducting program, are Lee Mills (Rill) and Blair Skinner (Tahiti). Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, visit www.missiontix.com or call Theatre Project at 410.752.8558. The audience is invited to meet the performers at a free reception sponsored by the Friends of Peabody after the Sunday, Feb. 27, performance.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, faculty artist Marina Piccinini will perform Ibert's Flute Concerto with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hajime Teri Murai. Also on the program are selections from Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel and Hymn to the Sun by composition faculty member Kevin Puts. Tickets for the 8:00 PM concert in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for this concert on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 PM. Students (from any college or university) who wish to obtain free tickets, while they last, must appear in person with ID at the Student Rush booth adjacent to the Peabody Box Office.

Percussionist Svetoslav Stoyanov (BM ’03, GPD ’05) will give a free recital on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Also performing will be faculty artist Marina Piccinini, flute; Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03), piano; and Conservatory students Kei Maeda, Terry Sweeney, and Georgi Videnov, percussion. Stoyanov will receive the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Outstanding Recent Graduate award at the recital.

Cellist Alicia Ward (BM ’08), a Strathmore Artist in Residence, will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 PM in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md. For tickets, visit www.strathmore.org.

Pianists Sungpil Kim, Sheng-Yuan Kuan, and Sejoon Park; and soprano Erica Hamby, all Conservatory students, will perform works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, Scarlatti, Schumann, and Liszt in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 6:00 PM. The free concert is part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project.

Friday, February 18, 2011

LANGUAGE & LISTENING TARGET OF LaBUTE PLAY @ FPCT

Table Manners - Promo Posterreasons to be pretty
By Neil LaBute
Directed by Fuzz Roark
Stage managed by Michael Spellman

Opens Friday for a limited, 3 week engagement!

WHEN: February 18 - March 6, Thur, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Sun at 2 PM
WHERE:
Fells Point Corner Theatre 251 South Ann Street, Baltimore, in the newly remodeled 2nd Floor Sokal Stage
TICKETS: $12 Tickets Opening Weekend! Thursday Nights Only $10; Friday & Saturdays: $17; Sunday Matinees: $15
Order your tickets at www.fpct.org

reasons to be pretty begins with what is probably the most intense, expletive-driven, flesh-searing argument in the fiery LaBute canon, delivered by a very, very angry young woman to her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend.  But after this first burst of shouting, Mr. LaBute lowers the volume and asks us to listen carefully to the way people speak in the early 21st century and to acknowledge the reflexive, culturally conditioned cruelty in much of what we say. Greg, the play’s hero and the recipient of the initial verbal attack, begins listening with a new set of ears, not only to what everyone else says, but also to what he says.  A man who always brings a book with him to work by Poe, Hawthorne or Washington Irving, Greg applies a close reader’s interest to the less fluent speech of his friends and begins to realize just how fraught everyday communication is.

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CAST (L-R): Torberg Tonnessen, Holly Gibbs, Meagan Sawyer, Bradly Widener

$5 Parking Available. CLICK HERE for more info.

MUSIC @ McDANIEL ROCKS THE HOUSE!

MUSIC
Information: Call 410.857.2599 or visit
http://www.mcdaniel.edu/3490.htm
McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster

Jazz Master Class
featuring saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist Harold Mabern
Feb. 26, 2:30 – 4 PM in Levine Hall Band Room

Click for High Res Photo Quality PictureTenor saxophonist Eric Alexander boasts a warm, finely burnished tone and a robust melodic and harmonic imagination. In 2004, Eric Alexander signed an exclusive contract with the New York-based independent jazz label, HighNote Records, where he has amassed a considerable discography of critically acclaimed recordings. Using New York City as his home base, he can regularly be seen in the clubs there, including ongoing appearances at Smoke.

Harold Mabern is a hard bop pianist who has worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet (1961-1962), Donald Byrd, Miles Davis (1963), J.J. Johnson (1963-1965), Lee Morgan (1965), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966-1967) and Sarah Vaughan.  A longtime faculty member at William Paterson College, Mabern is a frequent instructor at Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Monday Night Music presents
Fight Night:
Bo Eckard vs. Lynn Fleming in a Bass Smackdown!
Feb. 28, 7 PM in McDaniel Lounge
The program, which also features faculty members Rachel Andrews and Jon Seligman, will feature duets, solo pieces and group numbers.

Bass guitarist Bo Eckard holds a B.A. degree in music theory from Loyola College and has been a private music instructor since 1981. He is director of Jazz studies at McDaniel, and directs the jazz ensemble at McDaniel, where he also founded and directs the electric bass ensemble. He has received two WAMA’s (Washington Area Music Awards) for best Pop/Rock Artist in 1992-1993 while a member of “The Essentials.”

Lynn Fleming is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and, following her graduation, was a freelance musician in New York, performing in various orchestral, ballet and operatic venues. She has also participated in such prestigious festivals as the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy, Tanglewood and the Contemporary Music Festival in South America. For the past decade, she has performed with the Symphony Orchestra of Maracaibo in Venezuela and, upon her return to the United States, taught in the Juilliard MAP program. Now a resident of the Washington, D.C., area, she has a private studio, plays in several area orchestras and teaches at McDaniel, Hood and Montgomery colleges.