Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FOLK TO FUNK WITH SINGER-SONGWRITERS @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Creative Alliance

QUEENEARTH

QueenEarth, Janice B. & Brooks Long
with The Mad Dog No Good

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 mbrs
GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS
MEMBER TICKETS

 

From acoustic folk to electric funk, three talented, emerging singer-songwriters serve up their best songs. All three are backed up by a full ensemble of percussion, bass and keys. QueenEarth enchants us with acoustic folk storytelling. Eclectic soul diva Janice B. offers her smooth, harmony-filled songs. Brooks Long amps it up with his original neo-funk trio The Mad Dog No Good.

A portion of proceeds benefit Musicians of Mercy, a musicians collective that raises money for charitable giving. 


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Exhibition of Artists-in-Residence
WHEN: Friday,  March 29, 5:30-7:30 PM
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Opening Reception

In one of our favorite nights of the year, we celebrate the incredible artists who live and work at the Creative Alliance!!! For the first time ever the event will take place on 2 nights - tonight, the group exhibition Galaxy Cream, curated by Alessandra Torres opens.

Don't Forget! Resident studio tour and live music by Arbouretum and Secret Mountains is Friday, April 12, 7 PM


Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble w/special guest blues singer Stacy Brooks

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
with Stacey Brooks
WHEN:
Friday, March 29, 8 PM
TICKETS:
$20, $15 mbrs

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS
MEMBER TICKETS

Preserving his family's heritage, Louisiana native Curley Taylor revealed his gift for zydeco early on. As a teen, he hit the road with C.J. Chenier and Gina Delafose. Schooled and skilled in the charismatic rhythms of zydeco's rub board-infused dance music, former drummer Taylor leads his band on accordion and vocals. A fan of everything from traditional zydeco to sixties soul and contemporary R&B, Taylor and his band bring new energy to this vibrant dance music.


Baltimore Banjo Showcase Mike Munford, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Peter Fitzgerald w/ Special Guests!

Baltimore Banjo Showcase
with Mike Munford, Ken & Brad Kolodner
WHEN:
Saturday, March 30, 8 PM
TICKETS: $25, $20 mbrs
Advanced tix strongly suggested.

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS
MEMBER TICKETS

No other instrument is as hot as the banjo these days. Tonight, masters of the instrument gather with a full backup band for a night of top-notch bluegrass, Irish, and old-time music. Famed bluegrass banjo player Mike Munford awes with his impeccable timing, exquisite tone, and jaw-dropping technique. World-renowned hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner joins forces with his son Brad on the clawhammer banjo offering tight, musical arrangements of original and traditional Appalachian old-time music. County Meath native Peter Fitzgerald is known for his mastery of the Irish-style tenor banjo and his encyclopedic recall of songs. The showcase includes Celtic guitarist Andy Thurston, and a wealth of talented musicians and vocalists.

"Father and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes achieve. The blend of the hammered dulcimer and banjo is exceptional." —The Old Time Herald on Ken & Brad Kolodner

STRING QUARTET MAKES SHRIVER CONCERT SERIES DEBUT

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CALDER QUARTET

WHEN: Sunday, April 7, 5:30 PM; PRE-CONCERT LECTURE Mr. Michael Kannen at 4:30 PM in the Clipper Room upstairs from the Shriver hall lobby
WHERE: 105 Shriver Hall,  3400 N. Charles Street,  Baltimore
TICKETS: $39; students $19

Hailed as “outstanding” and “superb” by the New York Times, the Calder Quartet, named after the innovative American artist Alexander Calder, defies boundaries through performing a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel the true intention of the work’s creator. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works—including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès—the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform, whether it is Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, or sold-out rock shows.

For their Shriver Hall Concert Series Debut, the Calder Quartet will play a typically compelling program of works by Andrew Norman, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Beethoven.

About the sponsor
Yale Gordon first sponsored a concert by an accomplished young artist in 1978. The following year, his Yale Gordon Foundation made its initial contribution to Shriver Hall Concert Series. The Foundation eventually evolved into The Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust, which has been sponsoring annual Series concerts since 1986. The Yale Gordon Young Artist Concert features soloists or ensembles with great promise in the formative stages of their careers. Many of the artists who debuted at Shriver Hall through this concert have developed or already have international careers. The Board of Directors of the Series is deeply grateful to the Trust and its officials, Sidney Sherr and Loraine Bernstein, for their professionally delivered and warmly welcome assistance in making the Yale Gordon programs so successful over the years.

EASTER WEEKEND @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE!

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
www.andiemusiklive.com
Buy tickets online at www.instantseats.com
Or by calling 410.385.2638

 

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 8 PM
WET INK: Violin & Piano and
ON STRUCTURE
& ANDREW BERNSTEIN'S "North American Walkabout"


New York City-based Wet Ink Ensemble and On Structure present a set of adventurous new music and performance.

On Structure’s performances combine a rigorous compositional sensibility with virtuosic theatrical presentation, blurring the lines between music, theater and audio-visual installation.

Wet Ink: Violin & Piano is a project of composer/pianist Eric Wubbels and violinist Joshua Modney, devoted to bringing the Wet Ink mission and performance aesthetic to cutting-edge works for their instruments.

TICKETS: $10

WHEN: Friday, March 29, 8 & 9:30 PM
GEORGE COLLIGAN/TODD MARCUS QUARTET
featuring Warren Wolf
     George Colligan, piano
     Todd Marcus, bass clarinet
     Warren Wolf, drums
     Eric Wheeler, bass

A high energy quartet performing straight-ahead jazz standards and original compositions by pianist George Colligan and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus. Featured on the 2012 Todd Marcus album, Inheritance - a National Public Radio pick for one of the top 10 jazz albums of 2012.

TICKETS: $15/$10 full time students w/ ID

WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 8 PM
KARTER JAYMES and SAHFFI

Karter is a Grammy-nominated acoustic singer/songwriter with a long illustrious career as a drummer and songwriter with the late, great Teddy Pendergrass. Karter’s musical style can’t be defined to any one category—soul, folk, rock, fun—his songs reach all.

TICKETS: $10

Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Space 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 – Baltimore City Paper


DISCOUNT PARKING
Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik in order to receive the discounted rate.

“MUD BLUE SKY” TAKES FLIGHT @ CENTERSTAGE

MUD BLUE SKY
By Marisa Wegrzyn
Directed by Susanna Gellert

WHEN:  March 6- April 14
WHERE:
  Centerstage, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore

Spring has sprung and so has a season of new plays at CENTERSTAGE. Mud Blue Sky, our touching look into the lives of flight attendants has taken off! Both critics and audience members are raving about this hilarious new production.

Work, motherhood, missed connections and prom night form the backdrop for Marisa Wegrzyn’s tender, funny new play. In a nondescript hotel room near O’Hare Airport, three flight attendants and an unlikely fourth companion poise on the brink of looking back and moving ahead.

Approximate running time is one hour and thirty minutes, without an intermission. Mud Blue Sky contains strong language, sexually suggestive images and use of illegal substances. It is not appropriate for those under the age of 15.

City Paper interviews Mud Blue Sky Playwright Marisa Wegrzyn—City Paper

“...'Mud Blue' lands beautifully, ending fast and hard."The Washington Post

"beautifully cast...a tight, comical and eventful one-act"The Baltimore Sun

"I’ve long hoped that this Great Recession would revive a sense of gallows humor on the American stage, and Wegrzyn has obliged"City Paper

"hands down one of the most nuanced, coherent shows to come out of Baltimore this season...it’s entertaining, magnificently cast, funny and poignant; in short, all the things necessary for a great night at the theatre."MD Theatre Guide

"delightfully devilish"Baltimore Post Examiner

"a snappy, soberingly snarky show"DC Theatre Scene

"an edgy...humor that engages the mind and indulges the senses"DC Metro Theater Arts

Monday, March 25, 2013

A MONTH OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC @ THE RED ROOM IN APRIL

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EVENTS AT THE PEABODY INSITUTUE, MARCH 25-31, 2013

Events at Peabody

Jason Moran and The Bandwagon—pianist Jason Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen, and drummer Nasheet Waits—will perform as part of the Jazz at the Johns Hopkins Club series on Saturday, March 30. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Moran was a triple-crown winner in the 2010 Downbeat Critics Poll for Jazz Artist, Jazz Album, and Pianist of the Year. The group will play two sets, at 8:30 and 10:00 pm, at the Johns Hopkins Club, located on the Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. For tickets, visit showclix.com.

On Tuesday, March 26, at noon, the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center will present a talk by Kelly Barry, director of fellowships and scholarships for Peabody and JHU students, on "How to Obtain Fulbright and Other Fellowships.” The talk, in Room 206C (Conservatory Building), is free and open to the Peabody community.

The Musicology Doctor of Musical Arts Colloquium will continue on Wednesday March 27, at 5:00 pm, with a lecture by Anthony Seeger, distinguished professor of ethnomusicology, emeritus, at UCLA, “Who Owns Music and Why You Should Care." The free lecture will be held in Room 308C (Conservatory Building).

On Wednesday, March 27, at 7:30 pm, the World Premieres Flute Project will be presented by the studio of Marina Piccinini and the Conservatory Composition Department. New works by Josh Armenta, Andrew Austin, Andrew Boss, Benjamin Buchanan, Jeong-hyun Chun, B.J. Derganc, Natalie Draper, Tim Holt, Andrew Remley, Ben Rosen, Qianqian Wu, and Yiming Wu will be performed by flutists Meghan Bennett, Raul Cho, Nick Fitton, Andrew Foley, Jared Harrison, Yoon Jung Huh, Won Lee, Eric Maul, Jihyun Park, Grace Wang, Melissa Wertheimer, and C.J. Young. The free recital will take place in Peabody’s Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Area events this week

On Tuesday, March 26, at 9:30 pm, drummer Devin Gray (BM ’06, Jazz Percussion) will perform with the Out Of Your Head Collective, a community of improvising musicians. The collective performs every Tuesday at the Windup Space, 12 West North Avenue. Admission is free.

Master of Music candidate Kerry Holahan will sing Francois Couperin's Leçons des Tenébres de la Mecredi Saint with soprano Allison Clendaniel (BM '12, Voice) and Zane Baker, viola da gamba, (MM '05, Cello, MM '09, Baroque Cello) on Wednesday, March 27, at 7:00 pm, at Mount Calvary Church, 816 N. Eutaw St.. For more information, visit mountcalvary.com.

Drummer Warren Wolf, a Preparatory alumnus, will perform jazz standards and original compositions by pianist George Colligan and bass clarinetist Todd Marcus as part of the George Colligan/Todd Marcus Quartet on Friday, March 29, at An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. Sets begin at 8:00 and 9:30 pm. For tickets, call 410-385-2638.

Free noon recitals

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall is presented by the Early Music Department. The Baltimore Baroque Band, directed by John Moran and Risa Browder, will perform Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 4; the Baroque Ensemble, coached by Gwyn Roberts, will perform Georg Philipp Telemann's Quatuor VI in E minor, TWV 43:e4; and the Peabody Consort, directed by Mark Cudek, will perform anonymous Sephardic Romances.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 45 recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts

  • Tempest Trio—violinist Ilya Kaler; cellist Amit Peled, a faculty artist; and pianist Alon Goldstein—will perform as part the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert on Tuesday, April 2, 8:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Tim Murphy will direct a performance by the Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble on Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm, in East Hall.
  • Remembering Carol Bartlett, a celebration of the life and legacy of the longtime Peabody Dance artistic director, who died last December, will take place on Sunday, April 7, 7:30 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

Friday, March 22, 2013

CELEBRATE SPRING WITH “AN APPLACHIAN SPRING FESTIVAL” @ BALTIMORE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

An all-new week of events centered on Appalachian Spring and featuring the collaborative work of BSA students across all disciplines.

WHERE: Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
For more details please see the attached pdf!

Opening of BSA Student Display
Featuring a series of paintings by BSA visual artists inspired by the music for Appalachian Spring, as well as other cross-disciplinary student projects  based on research about the 1940's and the artists.

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 4 PM
WHERE: BSA Lobbies
ADMISSION: Free

Artistic Vision Meets History
Join BSA students & faculty to discuss how historical theatre is created.

WHEN: Monday, April 8, 5 PM
WHERE: Straus Recital Hall
ADMISSION: Free

Music Concert: Copland's Friends
Student musicians play works by Aaron Copland and friends.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10, 7 PM
WHERE: Straus Recital Hall

Ballet for Martha Book Talk
With illustrator Brian Floca

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 5 PM
WHERE: Recital Hall
ADMISSION: Free

Appalachian Spring Premiere
BSA dancers, musicians and actors are featured in this first-ever production by a high school. Sets built to Noguchi's original specifications by BSA stage designers. An original monologue developed by BSA students and faculty will introduce the ballet and set the stage of the story.

WHEN: Friday, April 12, 7 PM
WHERE:
Schaefer Ballroom
TICKETS: $15 & 10

Festival Family Day
Children's activities and scavenger hunt followed by the performance.
All participants will receive a coloring book. Copies of Ballet for Martha will be on sale.

WHEN: Saturday, April 13

  • 9:45 pre-show & 11:00 AM show
  • 1:45 pre-show & 3 PM show

TICKETS: $15 & 10/$35 Family

THIS WEEKEND ONLY @ SCT: ADAPTATION OF NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING WRITER—SEATING IS LIMITED

KADDISH
A stage adaptation of Kaddish for an Unborn Child the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Hungarian writer Imre Kertész.
Directed by Barbara Lanciers
Produced by: Philip Arnoult -
Center for International Theatre Development

Starring: Jake Goodman

WHEN: THIS WEEKEND ONLY
Friday March 22nd at 7:30 pm
Saturday March 23rd at 7:30 pm
WHERE: Single Carrot Theatre, 727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $10 (FREE for Members)  
LIMITED SEATING

Kaddish, culling its name from the Jewish prayer of mourning, is a stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning, Hungarian writer Imre Kertesz's novel, Kaddish for an Unborn Child.

 Kaddish is an exploration of ritual, loss and unrelenting inner conflict in which the beleaguered central character mourns the absence of the child he never fathered during his failed marriage; his mantra being a refusal to bring a child into a world where horrors like the Holocaust can occur.  As he attempts to reach the final Amen of the Kaddish, he weaves a brutally honest, deeply personal, stream of consciousness web of the unseen casualties of war, political corruption, Jewish identity, and the humor of living.  Kaddish is the first ever staging of this magnificent novel, an eloquent meditation on human vulnerability and strength told through the eyes of a survivor of Hitler's "Final Solution."

The performance is 55 minutes long.

Craving more info? Check out our interview with Director Barbara Lanciers!

HI-HATS, HI-HEELS HELP THE ARTS @ EUBIE BLAKE CULTURAL CENTER THIS SATURDAY

Dancing for a Cause: A Night of Hi-Hats, Heels & Helping the Arts

WHEN:  Saturday, March 23,
8:00 PM - 12:00 AM

WHERE: Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore, Maryland
TICKETS: $ 35

Jubilee Arts invites you to its second annual dance fundraiser—Dancing for a Cause. It's a night you won't forget, showcasing the beautiful dances birthed in the streets of Harlem and adapted throughout our nation. These dances are taught at Jubilee Arts as a way to preserve and revive the legacy of arts in the African-American community and specifically in the venues that once resided on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore.

There will be two floors of amazing dancing—one showcasing the styles of Chicago Step, Hand Dance and Line Dance while a second floor will be a nonstop party for those who like to freely move to the rhythms of contemporary and old school R&B, Hip Hop and House music. The event will also include a light buffet, silent auction items, door prizes and performances by special guests.

All proceeds of the event will benefit Jubilee Arts, a community arts program offering affordable, quality arts and culture opportunities to people of all ages in the under-served communities of west Baltimore. Jubilee Arts partners with Baltimore Clayworks and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as well as local artists to provide classes in a variety of visual and performing arts, showcase art exhibits, host forums, facilitate public community art projects and events.

CRITICS PRONOUNCE “GOD OF CARNAGE” AT EVERYMAN THEATRE A HIT!

I have seen a Broadway production of this play and one performed by a community theater. It’s a devastatingly funny and mordant comedy. The critics are unanimous: Do not miss it!

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Praise for God of Carnage:

"Bitingly funny! God of Carnage delivers stinging laughs at Everyman Theatre!" —Baltimore Sun

"This is a roller coaster evening of theater not to be missed!" —MD Theatre Guide

"Highly recommended!...an impolite and completely hilarious treatise on class warfare and over-involved modern parents that is played to the high-strung hilt in Everyman's production, directed with juicy bite by Eleanor Holdridge." — DC Theatre Scene

"An uproarious night of comic catastrophe!...one hysterical train-wreck blazing a trail of mayhem and madness straight to the end." —DC Metro Theater Arts

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God of Carnage tickets on sale now

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

FILM HONORS FIRST INTEGRATED ALL-WOMEN’S ORCHESTRA

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

WHEN: Sunday, March 31st 3 PM
WHERE:
Eubie Blake Center, 847 N. Howard Street, Baltimore
ADMISSION: $5 donation

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm was the first integrated all women's band in the United States. During the 1940s the band featured some of the best female musicians of the day. During feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s in America, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm regained a significant amount of popularity, particularly with feminist writers and musicologists who have made it their goal to change the discourse on the history of jazz to equally include both men and women musicians.

THE POWER OF A BOOK FROM GRAMMERLY.COM

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Monday, March 18, 2013

LOCAL ACTRESS/WRITER BRINGS HERstory TO EUBIE BLAKE CENTER

"MAKE HERstory" A Work in Progress

Written and performed by Alisa L. Brock
Directed by David Mitchell

WHEN: March 30, 2013 at 7 PM
WHERE: Eubie Blake Center, 847  N. Howard Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $20

Purchase tickets at MAKEHERstory.brownpapertickets.com
For more info: AWorkInProgress2012@gmail.com or 347.850.0262

BILLY HART QUARTET CELEBRATES LATEST CD RELEASE @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! THIS THURSDAY

A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N Charles Street
Baltimore MD  21201
www.andiemusiklive.com
Buy tickets online at www.instantseats.com
Or by calling 410.385.2638

BILLY HART QUARTET

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, 8 & 9:30 PM
TICKETS: $20 general admission; $10 fulltime students with ID; $15 seniors

Since 2003, The Billy Hart Quartet has been playing to packed houses, mostly in New York at the Village Vanguard, the Jazz Standard, Fat Cat, Dizzy's, and Birdland.

This Thursday, 70 year-old Hart brings his quartet to our stage in celebration of the release of their "All Our Reasons" CD.
     Mark Turner, tenor saxophone

     Ben Street, double bass
     Ethan Iverson, piano
     Billy Hart, drums

Early on Hart performed in Washington, D.C. with soul artists such as Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and then later with Buck Hill and Shirley Horn, and was a sideman with the Montgomery Brothers (1961), Jimmy Smith (1964–1966), and Wes Montgomery (1966–1968). Following Montgomery’s death in 1968, Hart moved to New York, where he recorded with McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul, and played with Eddie Harris, Pharoah Sanders, and Marian McPartland.

He was a member of Herbie Hancock's sextet (1969–1973), and played with McCoy Tyner (1973–1974), Stan Getz (1974–1977), and Quest (1980s), in addition to extensive freelance playing (including recording with Miles Davis on 1972's On the Corner).

At age 70, Billy Hart works steadily and teaches widely. Since the early 1990s Hart spends considerable time at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and is adjunct faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and Western Michigan University. He also conducts private lessons through The New School and New York University. Hart often contributes to the Stokes Forest Music Camp and the Dworp Summer Jazz Clinic in Belgium.


Baltimore’s Best Jazz Venue 2005 – Baltimore Magazine
Baltimore’s Best Jazz Space 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011 – Baltimore City Paper

HALF OFF TIX FOR “THE KING & I” FOR 3 DAYS ONLY

This is one of our favorite Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals. Full of pageantry, it’s perfect for the entire family. Act now and save a lot of money:

3 Day Sale! 50% OFF

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Mark Waldrop

WHEN: November 14 – December 29, 2013
WHERE:
Olney Theatre Center, Olney, MD

Be whisked away to a faraway land with this timeless family musical! The King and I follows Anna, a British school teacher hired by the King of Siam to help modernize his country. Their relationship, while full of conflict is marked by a love neither can admit. This Tony Award-winner for Best Musical features some of musical theatre’s loveliest and well-known music including “Shall We Dance?,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” and “Getting To Know You.” The King and I replaces the previously announced Once Upon A Mattress.

(Recommended for ages 5 and up)

ACT NOW - SALE ENDS WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT!
Enter the code KING50 online here to receive 50% The King and I tickets or call the Olney Theatre Center Box Office at 301.924.3400 and mention promo code KING50.*

 


*This offer expires at 12:01 AM on Thursday, 3/21/2013. Valid for select performances of THE KING AND I. Excludes Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances. Subject to availability. Not to be combined with other offers. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. All sales final.

MUSIC DOINGS THIS WEEK @ PEABODY INSTITUTE

Events at Peabody

The spring concert of the Peabody Preparatory Young People's String Program (YPSP), coordinated by Janet Melnicoff-Brown, will be held on Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 pm, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. YPSP, pictured here performing at Flower Mart 2012, is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland's approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy. The concert is free and open to the pubic.

During Spring Break, Peabody Conservatory students are participating in an intensive one-week course called Creative Leadership Immersion taught by Dan Trahey (BM '00, Tuba; BM '00, Music Education) and Jill Collier. Key collaborators include London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's ORCHKids program, and Baltimore's City Neighbors High School. The week will culminate with performances on Friday, March 22, at 1:00 pm, at Shriver Hall and on Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 pm, at City Neighbors High School, 5609 Sefton Avenue. The Saturday performance is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 pm, The Figaro Project will present an encore performance of musical theatre excerpts, Mr. Figaro Goes to Broadway, featuring singers Kimberly Christie (MM '12, Voice), Andrew Spady (MM '12, Voice), Caitlin Vincent (MM '10, Voice), and Nathan Wyatt (MM '10, Voice), and pianist Ta-Wei Tsai (MM '11, Piano). The performance will take place at Germano's Trattoria, 300 South High Street. For reservations, call 410.752.4515.

Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Eric Zuber (BM '05, AD '09, Piano), a Preparatory and Conservatory alumnus who is a finalist in this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor with Concert Artists of Baltimore on Saturday, March 23, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Also on the program for the 8:00 pm concert, conducted by faculty member Edward Polochick, is Beethoven's Mass in C major. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.cabalto.org.

Also on Saturday, March 23, at 8:00 pm, Cameron Blake (MM '07, Violin) will perform with The Manly Deeds at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, to celebrate the release of his CD, Without the Sound of Violence. Blake composed the songs on the CD, on which he sings and plays guitar and piano. To purchase tickets, visit instantseats.com.

On Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 pm, cellist Amit Peled, a faculty artist, will perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms with pianist Alon Goldstein (GPD '95, MM '96, Piano) in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit wpas.org.

On Sunday, March 24, at 3:00 pm, the Woodbridge Flute Choir, with Tara Nadel (BM '04, Flute), will give a free Concerto Scholarship Concert at Gregory Theater of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. To purchase tickets, visit hyltoncenter.org.

Student recitals

This week is Conservatory's Spring Break and no student recitals are scheduled. Recitals will resume next week.


Upcoming concerts

  • Tempest Trio—violinist Ilya Kaler, cellist Amit Peled, and pianist Alon Goldstein—will perform as part of the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series on Tuesday, April 2, 8:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Tim Murphy will direct a performance by the Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble on Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm, in East Hall.
  • The life and legacy of Peabody Dance Artistic Director Carol Bartlett, who died last December, will be celebrated at a free event, Remembering Carol Bartlett, on Sunday, April 7, 7:30 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Tickets must be reserved in advance by -emailing boxoffice@peabody.jhu.edu. Please note that the Choreography Showcase scheduled for April 6-7 has been canceled.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

1-WOMAN TOUR DE FORCE TURNS SHAKESPEARE ON HIS HEAD @ THE STRAND

You Probably Think This Play Is About You
Written by Maija DiGiorgio, Adam Greenbaum and Tony Martinelli
Directed by Rain Pryor

Choreographed by Heather McConnell

WHEN: March 21- April 6*
WHERE:
Strand Theater Company, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore

TICKETS:
$20 adult; senior (over 65 with ID) $15, Student (with current ID) $10*
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A one-woman tour de force that turns Shakespeare on his head. A hilarious and meaningful exploration of love and life, artifice and theatrics, through the eyes of modernized Shakespearean characters. Closely related to Shakespeare’s As You Like It, like Rosalind, Maija dons a variety of “masks” in her effort to trick the man of her dreams into falling in love with her. Five separate characters, each trapped in their own play, take the stage, and through comedy, tragedy, and music dramatize the different aspects of Maija’s epiphanous journey. It is only after becoming emotionally spent, that Maija finds the strength to dismiss the roles and expose her true intention in writing the play.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, March 21, 8 PM - Final Dress
Friday, March 22, 8 PM - Opening Night (includes Pre-Show Reception starting at 7 PM, and Post-Show Q&A )
Saturday, March 23, 8 PM
Thursday, March 28, 8 PM
Friday, March 29, 8 PM
Saturday, March 30, 8 PM
Thursday, April 4, 8 PM
Friday, April 5, 8 PM
Saturday, April 6, 8 PM


TICKET PRICES:
Final Dress - $5
Opening Night - $25
Adult - $20
Senior (Over 65, with ID) - $15
Student (with current ID) - $10

This production is a mid-season replacement of the originally planned Broke Wide Open by Rock Wilk, which encountered scheduling and royalty conflicts.

MD. HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HONOR THE STATE’S FIRST SETTLERS

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Ark and DoveMaryland Day at the MD Historical Society
Plus a sneak peek at "Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy" Exhibit

WHEN: Thursday, March 21, at 6 PM
WHERE:
  Maryland Historical Society France Hall, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore
ADMISSION:  $25.00 for MdHS members and $35.00 for non-members. Call 410.685.3750 Ext. 377 or visit www.mdhs.org/events to register.
For more information, contact Marketing Director Laura Rodini at 410-685-3750 Ext. 322 or
lrodini@mdhs.org.

"After a long and difficult Atlantic winter crossing, the ships Ark and Dove sailed up the Potomac River in March of 1634," says President Burt Kummerow, "Almost four centuries and twenty generations of dramatic history have followed those humble beginnings." (Above, left: Ark and Dove, John Moll, MdHS, M1955.44.1)

The Maryland Historical Society will honor Maryland's brave and hopeful first settlers. The event, entitled "Maryland at the Beginning" will feature a presentation from Dr. Henry Miller, Director of Research at Historic St. Mary's City. A great storyteller, Dr. Miller will bring the tale of Maryland's first century to life.

In addition, in celebration of Women's History month, the Maryland Historical Players are hosting a Tribute to Maryland's Civil War Heroines on Saturday, March 9. Actors portraying Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton will lead an interactive audience discussion in the Maryland Historical Society Galleries at 2pm.No advance reservations are necessary.

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Speaking of famous Maryland women, the Maryland Historical Society is referring to 2013 as the 'Year of Betsy,' as it presents a major new exhibition about the life, the love and the fashion of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte.  (Left: "Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte," Firmin Massot, 1823, MdHS, XX.5.69)

Known as Betsy to her friends, she was regarded as the most beautiful woman of the 1812 era - and set the gossipmongers atwitter with her revealing dresses. Betsy married Napoleon's brother, moved to France, faced family heartbreak and eventual betrayal from her husband Jerome Bonaparte and returned to Baltimore, where she became one of the city's wealthiest landowners. Betsy truly was the Notorious Belle of Baltimore, and she is regarded today as one of the country's most fascinating early celebrities.

The Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy exhibition will feature hundreds of objects - including Betsy's scandalous fashions - on display beginning on June 9th 2013.

For a sneak peek into Betsy's life, and the fascinating behind-the-scenes-details of the exhibition process, Chief Curator Alexandra Deutsch has started a blog entitled "Woman of Two Worlds." You can access it by visiting this link: www.mdhs.org/betsy-bonaparte

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled Maryland Historical Magazine.    

FILM NETWORKING NIGHT WITH GUEST @ CREATIVE ALLIANCE

Creative Alliance

Meet Rafael Alvarez, Writer for The Wire
WHEN: Monday,  March 18, 7:30  PM
WHERE:
  Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION: $5, free for members
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS

Have you written a compelling script but need a competent cinematographer to put pictures where the words are? Are you a passionate director seeking an experienced boom operator for your latest film? Perhaps simply one of a thousand Baltimore dreamers who have been carrying around the story of a lifetime long enough to put it to paper. The Baltimore film community is brimming with gifted actors, screenwriters and filmmakers. Come and network with other professionals who work in all aspects of film production, including set design and post-production.

Alvarez, staff writer for The Wire, and producer/writer on Damian Lewis' Life and the Paul Haggis NBC drama The Black Donnellys, will share his experiences in the film industry. Rafael will join us after a junket to Los Angeles, where he marketed his latest pilot, GREEKTOWN (set in his neighborhood on the edge of Highlandtown) and "The 13th Step," a feature film written with his actor daughter Amelia (Baltimore School for the Arts, Class of 1999).

Monday, March 11, 2013

GRAMMATICALLY SPEAKING…YOU’RE OKAY…

As an old high school English teacher (Catonsville Senior High School 1964-68, among other jobs), I just could not resist a little grammar lecture:

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MARCH OFFERINGS @ EUBIE BLAKE CULTURAL CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in Jazz: Panel Discussion & Jam Session

WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, at 7 PM
WHERE:
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

Hosted by international recording artist Maysa and featuring panelists Camay Murphy, Gabrielle Goodman, Navasha Daya, Gail Marten, Corinthia Cromwell and Rhonda Robinson.

This event is presented in partnership with WEAA - 88.9 FM: The Voice of the Community


ZUMBA FITNESS AND ALL THAT JAZZ

Presented by Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center and COLOR ME FIT Dance Fitness, LLC

WHEN: Saturday Mornings 10:45 AM – 12 noon
INSTRUCTOR: KELLI BIGELOW
WHERE: Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., Baltimore
TUITION:
$8 per person
Ages 13+

Ask about taking a complimentary Zumba Class! 443.226.1340 or E-MAIL 


LET'S VOGUE WITH THE LEGENDARY MARQUIS "REVLON" CLANTON

WHEN: Sundays from 3 PM – 5PM
TUITION:
$8 per class

You want to learn that hot art form of Vogue-style dance? Come to this Voguing class and workshop. It's fun and high-energy, you will get a workout! ALL ARE WELCOME, NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.

SPOTLIGHTERS TO HOLD AUDITIONS FOR ALBEE PLAY

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AUDITION NOTICE:

PictureA DELICATE BALANCE
by Edward Albee
directed by Fuzz Roark

WHEN: Tue & Wed,  Mar 19 & 20, at 7 PM
WHERE
: Spotlighters Theare,  817 Saint Paul Street,  Baltimore, MD  2120
QUESTIONSFuzz@spotlighters.org

PERFORMANCE DATES:  May 24 - June 30, Fri & Sat – 8 PM, Sun – 2 PM

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:
Final schedule once casting is completed. Tentative Schedule:

  • Mon - Thur, 7 PM- 10 PM Apr 2 - May 2
  • Mon - Thur, 7 PM- 11 PM May 6 - May 23 (Tech Weeks)

AUDITION INFO:

  • Prepare an under 2 min dramatic monologue for all roles.
  • Actors auditioning for Claire should also prepare an under 2 min comedic monologue.
  • Be prepared to read sides and maybe asked to remain to read with other actors.
  • NO appointments needed, first come, first read.
  • Non-Union / Non-Paid

Agnes and Tobias live a relatively peaceful upper class life. Their fragile peace is disrupted when two old friends arrive unexpectedly due to some unexplained terror. All hell breaks loose when the 36-year-old daughter of Agnes and Tobias, Julia, arrives. Her fourth marriage has just failed. The delicate balance between sanity and madness is lost for all.

Character Breakdown

  • Agnes:  (female, 50's) She is woman in her fifties, well off, and married to Tobias. She is also the mother of Julia and the sister of Claire. Agnes believes herself to be the fulcrum of the family, keeping everyone in balance. She often maintains this balance, or order, by not confronting issues, not taking a stand, and not processing emotions. She tries to keep the peace by not dealing with anything that might upset it.
  • Tobias (male, 50's) Tobias is Agnes’s husband and the father of Julia. He is a well-to-do, retired businessman. Although he is tolerant of people around him, he, like his wife, tends to avoid emotional topics. His tolerance toward his sister-in-law Claire is shown in his nonjudgmental attitude toward her drinking. Although he encourages her to return to Alcoholics Anonymous at one point in the play, he does not berate her for drinking. In some ways, he even encourages it or at least does not discourage it. There are a few subtle insinuations that Claire and Tobias might have at one time had an affair, but this is initially only alluded to by script directions that have Claire open her arms to Tobias in a “casual invitation.” Later in the play, Agnes asks Tobias (when he cannot sleep) if he went to Claire.
  • Claire:  (female:  40's) Claire is Agnes’s younger sister. She claims that she is not an alcoholic but rather a willful drinker. Of all the characters in the play, whether it is due to the alcohol or not, Claire has the loosest tongue. She speaks her mind and is the least affected by social politeness.  Claire lives with Agnes and Tobias and appears to have no means of support except for them. Her main role in life seems to be to annoy and embarrass her sister. She is everything that Agnes dislikes.
  • Edna (female, 50's) Edna is Harry’s wife. It is not clear if she is really Agnes’s friend or if she and Agnes know one another only because their husbands are friends. Edna arrives one day at the door of Agnes and Tobias’s home. She takes it for granted that they will let her and Harry stay there for however long it takes them to get over their unnamed fear.
  • Harry (male, 50's) Harry is Edna’s husband and Tobias’s best friend. At one point in the past, Harry and Tobias, coincidently, had an extramarital affair with the same young woman. Besides both having been businessmen and meeting at the same club, it is unclear what else Harry and Tobias have in common except that they have known one another for a long time and neither sleeps with his wife. Harry is something of a reflection of Tobias, but he is even more reserved.
  • Julia (female, mid 30's) Julia is the thirty-six-year-old daughter of Agnes and Tobias. Three times divorced, she has just recently left her fourth husband and has returned home. Her father calls her a whiner, and her mother has little time for her. Her parents welcome her, although they make it clear that they wish she would establish an independent life of her own.  Julia is the catalyst of the play.

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY INSTITUTE

Events at Peabody

The Peabody Opera Theatre will present Lakmé, a work by Léo Delibes set in British India, this Wednesday through Saturday, March 13-16, at 7:30 pm in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. First performed in Paris in 1883, Lakmé is best known for its Act I Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) and Act 2 Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes). Directing the production is Andrew Chown, with Hajime Teri Murai conducting the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800.

Events at Peabody, March 11-17, 2013

The Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center will present author, critic, and composer Greg Sandow, who will give a talk, "The Future of Classical Music," on Tuesday, March 12, at noon, in Room 206C (Conservatory Building). The talk is free and open to the Peabody community.

Area events this week

Faculty member Ernest Liotti will speak about "Beethoven, The Humanist" as part of the Concert Artists of Baltimore's Lyceum Series on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:00 pm. The series takes place at various historic homes in Mount Vernon. For more information, visit cabalto.org or call 410-625-3525.

Organist Felix Hell (AD '07, MM '08, Organ), a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, will perform Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3, "Organ,' with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, March 14, at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 16, at 7:00 pm; and Sunday, March 17, at 3:00 pm at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. On Friday, March 15, at 8:15 pm, Hell will perform the work at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Also on the program for the Thursday and Sunday concerts are Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. For tickets, visit bsomusic.org.

Soprano Jessica Lennick (MM '10, Voice) will be featured in the Philadelphia premiere by Concert Operetta Theater of Apple Blossoms by Fritz Kreisler and Viktor Jacobi. The performances will take place on Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, at 4:00 pm, at the Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. For more information, visit concertoperetta.com.

The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society will present international competition winners Rafael Aguirre and Petrit Ceku (GPD '11, Guitar) in a joint concert on Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 pm, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. To purchase tickets, visit bcgs.org.

Music in the Great Hall will present two Yale Gordon Competition winners—Artist Diploma candidate Dmitry Volkov, cello, this year's winner, and Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Yury Shadrin, piano, last year's winner—on Sunday, March 17, at 2:00 pm. The duo will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Fauré, and Debussy at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. To purchase tickets, visit migh.org.

Tempesta di Mare, founded by faculty artists Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, will perform Handel's Messiah on the 270th Anniversary of its London premiere with Choral Arts Philadelphia on Sunday, March 17, at 4:00 pm. Featured soloists will include faculty artists Ah Young Hong and William Sharp. A pre-concert recital at 3:00 pm by sopranos Sara MacKimmie (MM '11, Voice) and Nola Richardson (MM '11, Voice), with Stone on theorbo, will focus on Messiah's Italian Precursors. Both performances will take place at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. For tickets, visit tempestadimare.org.

Free noon recitals

Harpists Laura Stokes and Jordan Thomas will be featured at this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Stokes will perform Nino Rota's Concerto for Harp with pianist Zoe Coppola, then a solo piece, Marcel Tournier's Jazz-Band. Thomas will join her to perform John Thomas' Carmen Fantasy, then he will perform Alberto Ginastera's Concerto for Harp with pianist Sheng Yuan Kuan.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 17 recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts

  • The Preparatory Young People's String Program will hold its Spring Concert on Sunday, March 24, 2:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Tempest Trio—violinist Ilya Kaler, cellist Amit Peled, and pianist Alon Goldstein—will give a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert with violist Li-Kuo Chang on Tuesday, April 2, 8:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Tim Murphy will direct a performance by the Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble on Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm, in East Hall.