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Chester River Youth Choir Spring Concert: Poets Sing on May 6


On May 6th at the Garfield Center for the Arts, the Chester River Youth Choir will perform their spring concert, “Poets Sing!” The concert begins at 7pm and features musical selections incorporating the poems of
William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rosetti, 
Robert Lewis Stevenson,
 Emily Dickinson
 and Paul Dunbar.

Now in its third year, and under the leadership of director Julie Lawrence, Chester River Youth Choir is being recognized as the premier Children’s Choir in our area! To date, CRYC has sung three Holiday Concerts, this year’s Shakespeare’s Songbook with the Chester River Chorale, and has performed for the National Music Festival opening concerts and the Mahler Symphony #3. The youth choir was also featured in the 2015 production of A Christmas Carol at the GarfieldCenter for the Arts.

New this spring, the program now offers ‘Musical Mapquest 101’ (Music theory classes) to our singers and other interested community members. This is a multi- generational class sponsored by the National Music Festival. The “Poets Sing!” concert is FREE and open to music lovers of all ages. For more information contact the Garfield Center for the Arts ( / 410-810- 2060)

Andes Manta Comes to the Garfield Center on May 9


The spring installment of the Garfield’s Educational Outreach Program features the musical group Andes Manta, in a concert that is open to the public on May 9th at 10am.

Andes Manta performs the traditional music of the Andean mountains of South America, rooted in the cultural heritage of the Incas and their ancestors. The dynamic and mystical songs that they play are filled with the exquisite sounds of an ancient, yet still vital, civilization. This music continues to be widely performed in the modern Andean nations of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, and Argentina.

The four musicians who comprise Andes Manta today are brothers from Quito, Ecuador: Fernando Lopez, Luis Lopez, Bolivar Lopez, and Jorge Lopez. Andes Manta has emerged as a musical force under the direction of founders Fernando (Wilson) Lopez and Luis Lopez. The members of this group began playing at an early age using their distinct musical form to express the richness of their culture and traditions. The musicians play over 35 traditional instruments.

They have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of the Art, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Yale University, Vassar College, and hundreds of other schools and universities. Andes Manta has written and performed part of the score for the Discovery Channel Special ”Rediscovering America” and has performed Latin American music for the Silver Burdett-Ginn series on music of the world. Andes Manta has recorded with Koch International, Narada Records, and Living Music.

The concert is $5 for general admission, with special rates applying to school groups. Please contact Tess Hogans ( or 410-810-2060) for more information. The Garfield Center is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Fiddler on the Roof Coming to Church Hill Theatre


One of the world’s best-loved musicals, the memorable and uplifting Fiddler on the Roof, will open at Church Hill Theatre on June 10. CHT’s accomplished Sylvia Maloney directs this saga of love, tradition and change in the lives of Tevye and his family in the Tsarist village of Anatevka. The original 1964 Broadway production was the first musical to run more than 3000 performances, and won an extraordinary nine Tony Awards. With numerous revivals (currently running on Broadway for $120 and up), a film version nominated for eight Oscars, and translation into dozens of languages, the longevity of Fiddler is proof that Sholem Aleichem’s simple story about Jewish villagers has universal appeal. The music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein bring us unforgettable tunes such as “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and many more instantly recognizable songs.

Maloney has assembled a cast of twenty-seven local actors, singers and dancers to bring Anatevka “To Life” on the CHT stage. Choreographer Cavin Moore, pianist Judith Miller and Youth Stage Managers Morgan Armstrong and Katie Sardo with mentor Shannon Whitaker will help to organize the complex production, which features a live orchestra conducted by Music Director Matt Davis.

Herb Ziegler plays the milkman Tevye, the driving force of the story. Debra Ebersole, Kristi McNiece, Becca Van Aken, Grace McCreary, Maya McGrory and Lindsay McCowan portray his wife and five daughters, around whom the action revolves. Mark Wiening, Matt Folker, Robert Branning and John Beck play the daughters’ suitors. Kathy Jones is the matchmaker Yente, Caleb McNiece is the Russian constable, Bob Chauncey is the innkeeper, Michael Whitehill is the village Rabbi, and Heather Joyce-Byers and Jean Leverage play characters in Tevye’s “nightmare.” There is even a Fiddler on the roof: choreographer Cavin Moore!

Chorus members who will fill the streets of Anatevka include Will Covington, Jim Johnson, Jusden Messick, Elliott Morotti, Bryce Sullivan, Stefan Tisdale, Kylie Sommer, Kelly Ostazeski, and Alyson Farnell.
Mark your calendars—Fiddler on the Roof runs from June 10 to 26, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and on Sundays at 2 pm. Call the CHT office at 410-556-6003 or visit the website for details and reservations, which are strongly recommended for this show.

Ruth Starr Rose Comes Home: Exhibition & Programs Honoring Artist Open this Weekend


Banners will go up around the Eastern Shore this week, promoting the Ruth Starr Rose Easton project opening to the general public on Saturday, April 30 through Sunday, June 19, 2016, 11-4 every day for seven weeks. Dock Street Foundation is spearheading this effort with extraordinary support and collaboration from the Academy Art Museum, the Avalon Foundation, Frederick Douglas Honor Society, Talbot County Public Schools, Talbot Historical Society and the Talbot Spy.

A cadre of 60 volunteers have participated in orientation classes to prepare them to serve as greeters, docents and hosts. They play a key role in helping to accommodate the thirty-eight student tours, lecture series and special events scheduled during the seven weeks the program is open to the public.

Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 8.18.07 AMThis show offers a rare glimpse into African American life at the turn of the century on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Waterfowl Building in Easton has been converted into museum-like space to accommodate over forty Ruth Starr Rose images and artifacts. These have been augmented with works on loan from local private collectors. Improvements have been made to the building, including a temporary air conditioning system and refurbishing the second floor viewing area.

In an effort to help orient visitors to both the time and place when Rose was producing her Eastern Shore work, the exhibition is enhanced with photographs provided from the Talbot Historical Society, original murals and a 3-dimensional model of the garden at Hope.

Also included are a series of mini documentaries by Dave Whelan, Talbot Spy, with more information about the artist and her work.

Ruth Starr Rose-inspired activities are happening throughout the community. The Academy Art Museum will be showing Rose’s work from their collection. The Talbot Historical Society will open the Galleries at Neall House, Friday and Saturday April 30 through June 18, featuring Starr family memorabilia and Hope House artifacts, some dating back to earliest owners of the property. The Avalon will host a Talbot County student choral concert on May 12 and a student instrumental concert on May 19, both at 6 p.m.

A lecture series featuring nationally-recognized historians speaking on topics important to the artist will be held throughout the program. These include Barbara Paca, May 2, noon at the St. Michaels Library, Ruth Starr Rose (1887-1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World, Clara Small, June 8, 2 p.m. Eastern Shore Conservation Center, Compass Points: Notable African Americans from the Delmarva Peninsula, Barbara Paca and Pete Lesher, The Starr Family and Hope House, June 11, 2 p.m. Galleries at Neall House, Talbot Historical Society, and Laura Weldon, Free Black Women on the Antebellum Eastern Shore, 4 p.m. Eastern Shore Conservation Center.

This year, the theme of the Juneteenth program, Celebrating Our Heritage in Art and Stories, will recognize Ruth Starr Rose, the artist and the people and stories of the village of Copperville. In support of this program, the exhibition will be open June 18 and 19, 11-4, with docent tours will be available.

Thanks to the generosity of the supporting organizations and sponsors, the exhibition, lecture series and special events are free to the public. Visit for more details.

Actor Call for Short Attention Span Theatre


“The Garfield Center for the Arts seeks actors for “Short Attention Span Theatre” (our annual 10-minute play festival) and “Hey! Wait a Minute!” (One-minute plays)

Auditions will take place at the Garfield Center, 210 High Street in Chestertown, on the following dates:

Saturday, April 30 @ 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 3 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 5 @ 7 p.m.

Actors should be prepared to do cold readings from provided scripts. No experience is necessary.

Short Attention Span Theatre will run three weekends: June 24-26, July 1-3, and July 8-10. Everyone ages 15 and up is encouraged to audition. Those who are unable to attend auditions can contact the theater at 410-810-2060 to make other arrangements.

Stage crew, set builders, set painters, costumers and assistant directors are also needed. Anyone interested in helping should stop by the Garfield during auditions to leave their contact information.

For more information, contact SAST producer Mark Sullivan at, or call 410-810-2060 or visit our website

About Short Attention Span Theatre

At the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, playwrights, directors and actors who delight in the art of the 10-minute play are at it again! Short Attention Span Theatre offers an evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just long enough. The plays will feature a multitude of actors, directors and authors, as well as the world premiere of original works by local playwrights.”

Kent Chamber Music presents Cellist Ismar Gomes and pianist, Wan-Chi Su May 8


On Sunday, May 8, Kent Chamber Music presents a concert rescheduled from January 2016, introducing cellist, Ismar Gomes and pianist, Wan-Chi  Su.   The duo will perform the 20th century works of Kernis, Weigel and Janacek in the first portion of the program and then conclude with Chopin’s Sonate pour Piano et Violoncello, Op.65.

Award winning cellist, Ismar Gomes, performs across the U. S. and Europe. He has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and a growing reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming.  

Taiwanese pianist, Wan-Chi Su has enjoyed an active career as a solo and chamber musician, having performed to great acclaim at many venues in Asia, Europe and the U.S.  She is currently a Doctoral student at Peabody Conservatory and is a dynamic and sought after performer on the East Coast as a chamber musician and vocal accompanist.

The concert will be held in Hotchkiss Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, on Sunday, May 8  at 3 pm.  Tickets are $15 at the door.  After the concert, light refreshments will be served as the audience mingles with the performers.

For more information about the concert, visit our website at or call 410-810-1834. This concert series is brought to you in part by the generous financial support of the Kent County Arts Council and the Hedgelawn Foundation.

Reefer Madness and Cabaret at Third Annual Jason Rubin Film Fest on April 30


On April 30, the Friends of Miller Library and the WAC Dramalumni will host the 3rd Annual Jason Rubin American Musical Theatre Film Festival featuring Cabaret and Reefer Madness. The festival honors Rubin, a scholar of American musical theater and retired drama professor of 27 years, and celebrates the library’s Jason Rubin Musical Theater Collection. Before each showing, Rubin will give his remarks on the films.

Reefer Madness will begin at 3:30 p.m., and Cabaret at 7:00 p.m., in Tawes Theatre of the College’s Gibson Center for the Arts. There will be a reception in the lobby between screenings. Admission is free and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Cabaret is a 1972 American musical film directed by Bob Fosse starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, and Joel Grey. It centers on a German cabaret called the Kit Kat Club as the characters strive for sexual expression and freedom even as the Nazi Party rises to power in the background. With eight Oscars, it holds the record for a film not honored as Best Picture.

Reefer Madness is a 2005 movie musical that parodies a 1936 film of the same name. The original Reefer Madness is an anti-marijuana propaganda film that has become a cult classic for its melodramatic portrayal of the “drug-crazed abandon” caused by the “demon weed.” The 2005 musical version, starring Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, and Alan Cumming, is an over-the-top musical parody involving a seductive reefer den, cannibalistic frat boys, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Jason Rubin, who lives in Baltimore, began his teaching career at Washington College in the spring of 1986. A professional set designer since 1970, he has designed sets for Theater of the First Amendment in Fairfax, Va., Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pa., and The Folger in Washington, D.C. He is a former artistic director of Children’s Theater Association in Baltimore and belongs to Actors’ Equity Association and the Theater Library Association. For 10 years he was a juror for the George Freedley Award. He has also taught at George Mason University and Loyola College in Baltimore. 

Dramalumni and Friends brings together Washington College drama alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students for thought-provoking discussion, dynamic events, and meaningful networking. 



Dick Durham at The Mainstay May 7


The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham will perform solo and with a duo, trio and quartet at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday May 7 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Dick Durham is a brilliant jazz pianist who is also a wonderful arranger and composer. A Mainstay favorite, he returns to play first as a solo and then with a duo, trio and quartet along with Blake Cramer on vibes and a rhythm section composed of Bob Offerman on bass and Bill McHenry on drums.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 9.39.40 AMDurham is a strong believer in melody, harmony, and rhythm as essential components of jazz. He engages the piano using both hands quietly, joyously and even raucously. John Wilson in the New York Times once proclaimed that he has “A style approaching that of a quartet.”

Among his early influences were Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Teddy Wilson and Monte Alexander but his style is uniquely his own. He has performed in concert with Count Basie, Stanley Turentine and Grover Washington.

His compositions have earned him two separate Maryland Governor’s Citations for excellence in the performing arts in 2003 and 2005. Ballads from his original musicals (adaptations of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ and ‘Celluloid’) reflect on the joy and pathos of life. In May 2010 his musical “Celluloid” with Earl Lewin was produced in New York City at the 45th St. Theater.

Durham lives in Church Hill, MD and holds a BA in English and an M.A. in music.

Blake Cramer on vibes is Senior Chief Musician of the US Naval Academy Band Annapolis. He has played with the Dick Durham Trio on many occasions and is an exquisite melodic interpreter of the American song form. About Cramer, Durham says, “I have performed with people like Grover Washington, Ernie Watts and Stanley Turrentine, but have NEVER found a more innovative nor beautifully melodic musician than Blake Cramer.”

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region. It is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Wine, beer, sodas and snacks are available at the bar.

The Mainstay is supported by ticket sales, fundraising including donations from friends and audience members and an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

For information and reservations call the Mainstay at 410-639-9133. More information is also available at the Mainstay’s website

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
May 14 Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
May 19 Debo Band
May 21 Cassie and Maggie MacDonald
May 28 Viktorija Gečytė with Go Trio
June 4 Chuck Redd Quartet

Chesapeake Music Announces Eleanor Shriver Magee as Director of Development


Chesapeake Music of Easton, MD has announced the appointment of Eleanor K. Shriver Magee of Easton as its new Director of Development. Magee, who operates ESM Good Works, LLC of Easton, MD, consults with individuals, small and large businesses, non-profits, and community-based organizations in areas such as administration, governance, fundraising, grant writing, business development, cause marketing, outreach, social media and event planning. Her previous positions have included serving as Executive Director of the Talbot Historical Society in Easton, Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity Choptank in Easton and Director of Alumni & Parent Relations for Washington College in Chestertown.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 9.34.02 AMMagee holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, a M.Ed. in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Goucher College, and an A.B.D. in Education from Wilmington University in Delaware. She also holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, IN (IUPUI) Lilly School of Philanthropy’s and is also a Standards of Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant.

Magee is a member of the Class of 2015 of Shore Leadership and serves on the Maryland Historical Society Board of Trustees, Alumni Association of Goucher College Board of Directors, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in MD, the Wye River Upper School Board of Trustees, the Rotary Club of Easton, Radcliffe Creek School Parent Volunteer and Strategic Planning Committee, the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, and is a volunteer at the Waterfowl Festival, Inc. She was awarded Garrison Forest School’s Distinguished Alumna in 2014 and inducted into the US Lacrosse Baltimore Chapter Hall of Fame in 2016.

Don Buxton, Executive Director of Chesapeake Music, comments, “We are so lucky to have found such a qualified candidate for this position. Eleanor’s expertise will help Chesapeake Music achieve our goals and move to the next level of presenting outstanding musical events for the benefit of our region.”