MSO Brings Pianist Leon Fleisher and Soprano Brandie Sutton to Shore

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The culmination of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) season, “Reaching Ever Higher,” 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City, MD to Wye Mills, MD, will occur in April on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. On Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD and on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m., with a Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:15 p.m. at the Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, the MSO will present, “Heavenly Music: Mahler and Leon Fleisher.”  The concerts will feature Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, followed by Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, performed by Leon Fleisher. The concert will conclude with Gustav Mahler’s heavenly Symphony No. 4.

Leon Fleisher began playing the piano at the age of 4 and gave his first recital at the age of 6. After winning the Queen Elizabeth competition in Belgium in 1952, he achieved international acclaim over the next decade and made many recordings, some considered “definitive.” In the mid 1960’s, however, Fleisher was stricken with a debilitating condition of his right hand which forced him to withdraw from public performance and concentrate on conducting. In 1970 he was appointed Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and in 1973 became Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

His condition was final diagnosed as focal distonia and eventually treated with Botox, with considerable relief. He was able to return to Carnegie Hall for a historic recital in 2003. His disc, “Two Hands,” was well received and extensively praised by the critics. In 2007, he was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honors award and has continued his long association with many prestigious institutions, including the Tanglewood Music Center, Peabody Conservatory, the Curtis Institute and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada.

Hailed by The New York times for her “warm, ample voice” and “distinctive earthy coloring,” and by Opera News for her “sumptuous, mid-weight soprano,” Brandie Sutton began her professional career with a solo recital in the province of St. Maarten and many presentations of Handel’s Messiah around the United States. She later made her debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in a solo recital in Washington, DC, and her Manhattan recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall in Lincoln Center.

Sutton has toured and soloed with the internationally-acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey and with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the baton of Damien Sneed. Most recently, she was one of Aretha Franklin’s picks in her national competition to find the next opera star to sign to her label. Sutton believes that she was blessed with a gift from God. She continues to work hard to develop and perfect this gift and share it with the world.

The MSO will host two optional post-concert gourmet dinners after the April concerts. The dinner in Wye Mills, which will be served in the Atrium of the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, is being created in the college’s teaching kitchen by Easton’s chef Erin O’Shea from Mason’s – Redux 2017. The dinner in Ocean City will be served at the Clarion Hotel. The cost for both dinners is in addition to the concert ticket price and reservations are required.

​The MSO, whose mission is “to enrich life in the Mid-Atlantic region through the power of live classical music,” is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. Tickets to the concerts and post-concert dinners are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org, or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Offers Thematic Approach to Winter Concerts

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Dan Visconti

The only professional symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), is celebrating “Reaching Ever Higher,” 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City, MD to Wye Mills, MD. On Thursday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, MD, and on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., the MSO will present “A Roaring Movies Valentine” at Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD. The concerts will celebrate romance with silent movies and the music of the Roaring Twenties.

On Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Easton Church of God in Easton, MD; on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3 p.m., with a Pre-Concert Lecture at2:15 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel in Ocean View, DE; and on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 p.m., with a Pre-Concert Lecture at 2:15 p.m. at Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD, the MSO will present “In Their Twenties.” The first half of the concerts will feature Phil Munds on the French Horn performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3, in conjunction with a composition titled “Black Bend” (2005) by composer Dan Visconti, which was originally commissioned by the Cleveland Museum of Art and first presented in a version for string quartet. The piece, which takes its inspiration from an old ghost story about a train derailment and a supposedly haunted stretch of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River, features many special techniques in order for the unamplified stringed instruments to produce a raw, distorted tone more typical of electric guitars. “In Their Twenties,” will also feature George Bizet’s “Symphony No. 1” on the second half, who along with Mozart, both composed when they were in their twenties.

The MSO, whose mission is “to enrich life in the Mid-Atlantic region through the power of live classical music,” is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. Tickets to the concerts are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org, or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Holiday Season

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The only professional symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), is celebrating 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City, MD to Wye Mills, MD.

Audiences can ring in the holiday season with “Holiday Joy,” in early December celebrating the spirit of the holidays with traditional seasonal favorites. The concerts will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theater in Easton, MD; Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Mariner’s Bethel in Ocean View, DE; and Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3 p.m. at the Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD. The concerts will feature such favorites as “Sleighride,” selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” Wendel’s “Hanukah Overture,” and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” as well as familiar carols and hymns. Soloists include Leah Hawkins, Soprano; Joe Burgstaller, Trumpet; and Chaz’man Williams-Ali, Tenor.

Pictured are soloists for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Toast to the New Year” concerts: Sharin Apostolou, Soprano and Ryan McPherson, Tenor.

The orchestra’s “Toast to the New Year” will celebrate the New Year with revelry and music on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The concerts will be held on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Christ Church in Easton, MD; Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD. The concerts will feature such compositions as Fledermaus Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake – Second Movement, 2nd; a duet from “West Side Story,”  “Nocturne from a Midsummer Night’s Dream,” along with an “Auld Lang Syne” sing-along. Soloists include Sharin Apostolou, Soprano and Ryan McPherson, Tenor.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

Tickets to the MSO concerts are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Celebrates 20th Anniversary Season

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The only symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), is celebrating 20 years of bringing enchantment to audiences from Ocean City, MD to Wye Mills, MD. This year, in celebration of its 20th year, the MSO will also host a special performance at the French Embassy in Washington, DC and at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. In addition, the orchestra will perform across the Eastern Shore at the Historic Avalon Theatre, Christ Church and Church of God, all in Easton, MD; the Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD; the Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View, DE; and the Ocean City Performing Arts Center within the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD.

Maestro Julien Benichou

According to Maestro Julien Benichou, “The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is on the move and we are proud of the program we have developed for our 20th Anniversary, ‘Reaching Ever Higher!’ season. Our fall program kicks off with ‘East and West of the Rhine’ concerts in late September and early October, featuring the music of Ernest Chausson, Camille Saint-Saéns, Maurice Ravel, and Johannes Brahms.”

Highlights throughout the year include an “Autumn Legends” concert in early November showcasing the works of Vivaldi, Haydn, and Alwyn. Audiences can ring in the holiday season with “Holiday Joy,” in early December celebrating the spirit of the holidays with traditional seasonal favorites. The orchestra’s “Toast to the New Year” will celebrate the New Year with revelry and music on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For the first year, the MSO will present a February concert, “A Roaring Movies Valentine,” featuring music from the Roaring Twenties and silent pictures. In March, the orchestra will premiere a commission from composer Camila Agosto, a highly inspiring and creative young artist whose music blends acoustic and multimedia elements, in “In Their Twenties,” along with the music of Mozart and Bizet composed when they were also in their twenties. The season finale in April, “Heavenly Music: Mahler, Janice Chandler, and Leon Fleisher,” is a concert not to be missed, including a culminating performance featuring pianist Leon Fleisher.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Jeffrey Parker, President of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, comments, “Few communities our size can boast, or sustain, such a cultural undertaking, and although very challenging, we have managed throughout the years with the continuous support of our dedicated and growing audience.”

The MSO’s mission is “to enrich life in the Mid-Atlantic region through the power of live classical music.”  The orchestra performed its first concert, under the direction of founder and Music Director Donald Buxton, at the Ocean City Convention Center on November 21, 1997.  Maestro Buxton conducted the orchestra until June 2005.  Under his tutelage, the MSO established itself as the provider of quality symphonic music throughout the multistate peninsula.  In September 2005, Maestro Julien Benichou assumed the role of MSO Music Director. Benichou, a native of France, has been thrilling audiences with his innovative programming, graceful and expressive style of conducting, and spontaneous communications from the podium.  As a testament to the caliber of the orchestra today, in June 2008, the MSO was invited to perform a pops concert sponsored by the Freeman Foundations.  Since then, the MSO has opened the Freeman Stage’s performance season every year in June and performed the closing concert of the Freeman Stage season on Labor Day weekend. 

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

Season subscriptions for the 2017 – 2018 season of the MSO are now available online at midatlanticsymphony.org, or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.

Arnaud Sussmann to Play the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the MSO’s Season Finale

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April 28th at 7:30 PM, in the concert hall of Easton Church of God, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra under Julien Benichou will present compositions by three romantic composers. The Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor which, “towers on the summit in the instrument’s literature,” with those of Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. From its beautiful first note, through the adagio–considered Sibelius’ most moving passage–to the finale, ending in syncopated brilliance, it has added depth to the tradition. Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” a beguiling, exotic musical tableau whose tunes appear in the Broadway musical “Kismet” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” commemorating the Lutheranism to which his family had converted to escape growing anti-semitism are also on the program.

Arnaud Sussmann, violin soloist

Arnaud Sussmann, violin soloist

The audience will be privileged to hear Arnaud Sussmann, a distinguished violinist, who “is creating the buzz of a star on the ascent” according to critic Rob Hubbard, in this highly personal concerto by Sibelius. His tone has been described as a “rare combination of sweet and smooth…a thing of awe-inspiring beauty with spellbinding phrasing” and compared to that of Heifetz.

Winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant he is a thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world. He has appeared with orchestras in Israel, Germany, France, and all over the U.S. This 2015-2016 season he is playing at least seven concertos from the violin repertoire with different orchestras including the Sibelius with our own MSO.

Born in Strasbourg, France and now based in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and Juilliard with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr.Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. His recordings include albums on Deutsche Grammophon’s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Chamber with which he tours.

SEASON FINALE, “Romantic Legends” Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7:30 PM Easton Church of God concert hall, 1009 N. Washington St. Easton. Tickets $38 for adults, free for 18 and under with reservations. 1-888-846-8600 or online www.midatlanticsymphony.org or at Crackerjacks toy store, 7 S. Washington St. for check or cash.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit organization, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Van Strum Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross/Blue Shield, Choptank Electric Trust, Delmarva Power, as well as other generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations.

Inspirational French Flutist, Jean Ferrandis solos in the MSO’s Spring Concert, “Mozart Fantasy”

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Having thrilled audiences with a Holiday Joy and New Year’s Eve concert, Julien Benichou and the MSO return in their annual Spring Concert at Easton Church of God, March 17, 7:30 PM.

Jean Ferrandis

Jean Ferrandis

Jean Ferrandis, will play Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major and the Fauré Fantasie. He is an inspirational teacher and performer with superb musicianship according to the NYFC newsletter. He was the winner of the prix from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon in 1985 and won principal flute position with the Orchestre de Prix in Paris. There to give a master class, Leonard Bernstein was so impressed by the beauty of Jean’s playing an adagio by Mozart that he said, “It is Pan himself” and composed a cadenza for him, becoming his mentor.

What followed is an illustrious international career as a performer in concertos, chamber music and recitals in major music halls and festivals.

He is on the faculties of the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and California State University at Fullerton, and gives master classes world-wide in Europe, Asia, Australia. His outstanding premiere performance of Yuko Uebayashi’s Au Dela du Temps at the National Flute Association convention in Pittsburgh brought the house down.

No one who hears him play remains untouched: an invisible technique, clear and accurate, his music making is natural. As a conductor, he leads the St. Petersburg Camarata and the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra in Vilnius, Lithuania with which he recorded the flute concertos of C.P.E. Bach. He has also recorded CDs of Mozart’s Concertos for flute as well as the music of D’Indy, Hindemith and winner Yuko Uebayashi.

Lucy McKnight

Lucy McKnight

Lucy McKnight, a prize winner in the Chesapeake Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition will join the orchestra playing Massenet’s “Meditation” from “Thais.” Lucy is 16 years old and has played the bass since age 8. She joined the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) in January of 2010. She is currently the Principal Bassist of the CYSO Symphony Ensemble and the Severna Park High School String Orchestra. Her hobbies are SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, and fishing on the Chesapeake Bay with her family.

The program also includes Poulenc Deux marches et un interméde and the first of Mozart’s last three symphonies, Symphony No. 39.

SPRING CONCERT, “Mozart Fantasy” Thursday, March 17, 7:30 PM Easton Church of God concert hall, 1009 N. Washington St. Easton. Tickets $38 for adults, free for 18 and under with reservations. 1-888-846-8600 or online at www.midatlanticsymphony.org or at Crackerjacks toy store, 7 S. Washington St. (only check or cash accepted).

Soprano, Janice Chandler-Eteme Solos in MSO’s Season Finale, A French Celebration

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Music Director of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Julien Benichou, a native of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France has chosen a program of music entitled, “A French Celebration.” From the peasant songs of the Auvergne, to the modern era of Debussy, it concludes with the electrifying symphony of Cesar Franck who made Paris his home. This concert and a special dinner afterwards begins the celebration of Julien’s 10th year with the MSO.

Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” Claude Debussy’s most famous work is considered to be a turning point––the beginning of modern music, and provided the basis for a Ballet choreographed for Nijinsky for Ballet Russe.

Janice Chandler-Eteme, Soprano soloist with MSO

Janice Chandler-Eteme, Soprano soloist with MSO

The songs Janice Chandler Eteme will sing includes the spell-binding song of a shepherdess, “Bailero” and “Trois bourrées” from a collection of peasant songs arranged by Joseph Marie Canteloube. They were sung in the early language of the region, Occitane. What is most impressive about the “Chants D’Auvergne” is the luxurious beauty of the melodies and the composer’s stunningly evocative orchestrations.

Janice is one of the world’s foremost lyric sopranos who appears as soloist under leading conductors here and abroad. She is a graduate of Oakwood College and Indiana University where she received a Master of Music degree. Her repertoire embraces a number of composers from Mozart and Mahler to Gershwin, Ellington, Gorecki and Barber.

The program concludes with César Franck’s Symphony in D minor of 1888 symphony. In mid-life Franck devoted himself to teaching and influenced an entire generation of French composers. His students persuaded him to write this–his only symphony, in the last decade of his life.

The concert venue is Easton Church of God 1009 N. Washington Street, Easton, Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 PM

Tickets are $38 for adults, and admission is free for age 18 and under. They are available at Crackerjacks Toy Store for check or cash, at the door or by calling 1-888-846-8600 or 410-289-3440 and online at www.midatlanticsymphony.org

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Van Strum Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, M&T Bank, Choptank Electric, and other generous donations from individuals, organizations and corporations.

Lukasz Szyrner to Perform at Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

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Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 PM at The MSO continues its concert series, “A Glorious Journey,” at the Easton Church of God 1009 N. Washington St. Maestro Julien Benichou has selected a delightful repertoire and chosen to present the MSO principal cellist in a romantic work to celebrate the start of spring.

Julien Benichou has been thrilling audiences with his innovative programming, graceful and expressive style of conducting, and his spontaneous pre-concert communications here for 10 years. He has attracted growing crowds of music lovers committed to the unique sound of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated orchestra members and soloists radiate the joy of playing under his inspired leadership, none more than Lukasz Szyrner, principal cellist and soloist, described as “an outstanding instrumentalist with brilliant technique and vivid talent” by Stephen Kates, professor at Peabody Conservatory. Born in Poznan, musical capital of Poland, he started playing with the Philharmonic at age 10 and made his solo debut at 14. He studied in Germany and in the U.S. at Peabody and the New England Conservatory.

The concert begins with The Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave,” an early tone poem by Mendelssohn evoking the stunning beauty of the cave and the sea. It is followed by Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor, the ultimate expression of melancholy ending in rousing victory, featuring the engaging talent of principal cellist Lukasz Szyrner, a favorite with MSO audiences. To conclude the concert, the audience will be treated to a majestic masterpiece, Haydn’s last Symphony No. 104 in D Major. The “London Symphony” fully expresses his humor and is the summation of Haydn’s mature symphonic style.

This concert also features a performance by Patrick Lill, the winner of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra’s annual Concerto Competition, which was held in Annapolis, MD, 2015. Patrick, a high school junior and clarinetist, received first place winning the opportunity to perform with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. The CYSO also plays under the direction of Maestro Benichou. Patrick will perform the second movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622.

Concert venue: Easton Church of God, 1009 S. Washington St. 7:30PM, Thursday, March 19, 2015 Tickets: $38 for adults and free to 18 and under with reservations to ensure seating. Tickets available Crackerjacks Toy Store, in Easton, or by calling 1-888-846-8600 or on the MSO website at www.midatlanticsymphony.org. Performances on March 21 at 7:30PM in Ocean View, DE and March 22, at 3:00PM at Ocean Pines, MD.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, a non-profit organization, is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, the Sussex County Council, the Arts Council of Calvert County, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, the Van Strum Foundation, the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, M&T Bank, PNC Bank, Choptank Electric, as well as other generous donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations.

Mid-Shore Symphony Society Announces BSO’s 2014-15 Eastern Shore Season

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The Mid-Shore Symphony Society, now in its 44th consecutive year of presenting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) to Eastern Shore audiences, announces the orchestra’s 2014-2015 season at Chesapeake College.

symph1The season begins on Friday, October 17 with a BSO premier of an over looked Swedish composer Elfrida Andree’s composition “Concert Overture,” Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D Major featuring BSO principal flutist Emily Skala, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major “Polish.”

On Saturday, January 24 audience favorite Jonathan Carney is the soloist in the Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with Stravinsky’s Concerto in E- flat “Dumbarton Oaks” and Mozart Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” rounding out the evening.

From tragic to comedic, romantic to whimsical the BSO teams up with the Washington National Opera presenting opera’s greatest hits featuring artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program for the Saturday, April 25th concert. It promises to be a wonderful evening featuring the music of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and more.symph2

Tickets for the series are now available. All performances begin at 8PM at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Arts Center with a preconcert lecture starting at 7PM. For subscription and program information call 410 827 5867 or visit ww.BaltimoreSymphonyontheShore.com.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts at Chesapeake College are supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Kent County Arts Council.