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2016 Chestertown Harry Potter Festival Returns this Fri. Sept 30 – Oct 2

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Wizards and muggles and fans of all ages will return this weekend for the third consecutive Chestertown Harry Potter Festival in this colonial river town — a fun-filled event on September 30 – October 2 with free and ticketed events to benefit the Garfield Center for the Arts and the Kent County Fund through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The festival invites fans of all ages to convene and enjoy the town’s local arts and activities.

Where:  Chestertown historic district including the Garfield Center for the Arts, Fountain Park and the shops in the surrounding area. Maps with events, addresses and the Scavenger Hunt will be available at the Garfield Center for the Arts at 210 High Street.

Schedule of Events

Friday September 30

4:30-5:30pm –Book Talk:  Dr. Patrick McCauley, author of Into the Pensieve: The Philosophy and Mythology of Harry Potter at Chestertown’s “Flourish and Blotts” (The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street) from 4:30-5:30pm.

6:00-9:00pm – Festival Kick-Off Party at “Hogwarts” (the Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street): Wands, robes and your house colors are ideal attire as fans of all ages can enjoy magic, trivia, wizard rock and costumed fun. A $5 fee at the door for adults; free for children 12 and under.

Saturday October 1

9:00am-12:00pm – Kidditch for players of all ages and skills who want to play and learn the game from experienced Quidditch players at Covell Kidditch Pitch (between Cross and Queen Streets).

9:00am-3:00pm – Ollivander’s Wand Co-op–The wand chooses you! Explore numerous handcrafted wands for all sizes and experiences at Robert Ortiz Studio, 207C South Cross Street.

10:00am-5:00pm – Quidditch Tournament Day 1 – College and club teams from the region will be hosted by DC Quidditch and compete for the prized Chestertown Quidditch Cup on Saturday and Sunday in Wilmer Park, on the waterfront.

10:00am-3:00pm – Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your map at the Garfield Center for the Arts for a self-guided tour of downtown Chestertown’s shops transformed into magical-themed retailers inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book series.  Street theatre, Wandlore at Ollivander’s, Potions Class, and more will be yours to enjoy.

10:00am-4:00pm – Potter in the Park will feature free activities in central Fountain Park for muggles of all ages, including dueling, wizardy crafts, face painting, magic, wizard rock music, photo opportunities as well as themed food and vendors. Wizard crafts and licensed merchandise will be available throughout the day.

3:00-3:45pm – Costume Contest– open to those who register and draws a big crowd to the outdoor Fountain Park stage.

All Day – Magical Memorabilia Collection at the Kent County Historical Society, corner of High and Cross Street.

Ticketed events: A highlight of the weekend that require an advanced purchase online, and are Reporters and photographers may request a press pass to observe these events.

10:30am – 12:00pm and 4:00-5:30pm Kids’Hogwarts Experience at The Garfield for wizards (ages 8-13 only) Students wear the sorting hat and take lessons from wizardry professors.($35 – SOLD OUT)

10:30am-12pm and 4:00-5:30pmMadam Malkin’s High Tea, a magical event with delectable confections for Potter fans of all ages at the Occasions Boardroom, 327 Cannon Street from  A souvenir festival teacup & saucer, costume corner plus edible wands, canary creams, cauldron cakes, pasties, bludgers, and a tasty golden snitch. ($35 advance ticket – SOLD OUT)

6:30-9:30pm House Party at the Hogshead (age 21+) pub event at The Fish Whistle, 98 Cannon Street from with themed food and drinks, wizard rock dance party, trivia contest, and time to show your house colors. ($35 tickets in advance; $40 at the door)

7:30 – 10:30pm – Nearly Headless Nick’s 524th Deathday Party– Celebrate the death of Sir Nicholas, Hogwart’s most beloved ghostly character. at Garfield Center for the Arts. Dancing, Harry Potter trivia, Pin-the-Head- on-the-Nearly-Headless-Nick and more. Refreshment will be available for sale. Free snacks. ($10 tickets online and at the door).

Sunday October 2

7:30-9:30am – Pre-Tournament Pancake Breakfast at Heron Point at 501 E. Campus Ave.($10 advance ticket)

10:00am-5:00pm – Quidditch Tournament Day 2 – Fantasy-style tournament. Come play for your favorite house team in Wilmer Park!

10:00am – 5K “Queen of the Roses” Race -with Alpha Omicron Piof Washington Collegeat Wilmer Park. The Golden Snitch will be awarded to the best Harry Potter costumed participant. Runners and walkers can select their Hogwarts house (Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin) and enjoy refreshments including Weasley Wizard snacks and Butterbeer (soda) after the race. Register online http://www.trisportsevents.com or 10am on site.

For festival updates and details, accommodation recommendations, and directions visit www.chestertownhpfest.orgor the Chestertown Harry Potter Festival on Facebook.

The Chestertown Harry Potter Festival is organized by an all-volunteer committee of loyal Potter fans to celebrate the spirit of Harry Potter and promote the local community and its arts.Warner Bros. Entertainment and J.K. Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the festival in any way, and the inspired group of fans who created it hope they won’t be sent to Azkaban.

Located in the historic district in Chestertown, The Garfield Center for the Arts (www.garfieldcenter.org) is a cultural organization whose mission is to nurture, celebrate, and support arts and artists through performance and education.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation (www.mscf.org) is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports nonprofit organizations and charitable efforts that enhance the quality of life for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, Maryland. The Fund for Kent County is MSCF’s permanent source of discretionary grant funding for Kent County initiatives

Douglas Cox of Chester River Chorale to Direct Christ Church Concert Series in Easton

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Christ Church Easton opens its 2016-2017 Concert Series this Sunday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. Commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, the Frederick Chorale joined by the Shore Shakespeare Company will present Songs and Scenes of Shakespeare with song settings of Shakespeare’s words. Sunday’s concert is a reprise concert of the chorale’s highly successful spring concert.

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-4-50-10-pmOrganized in 1977, the Frederick Chorale was formed to provide an outlet for talented singers who wanted to learn and perform great choral music in the Frederick County area. The chorale is distinguished by the high caliber of its performances, including everything from choral masterworks to classic American songs, Broadway songs, rock and roll, and works by Maryland composers.

The chorale has sung for cultural events in Frederick, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Chestertown, Canada, Great Britain, and the Middle East, performed at the White House and on the Today Show, and has collaborated with orchestras, dancers, military bands and choruses, flute choirs, early instrument ensembles, children’s choirs, college choirs, storytellers, and handbell ensembles. From mucking out the newly restored Weinberg Center Theater after a flood in 1986 to singing Hospice Benefits concerts, joining with the Singing Sergeants for a post-9/11 concert, singing at area church services, and hosting gospel music workshops and concerts, the chorale has been an important contributor to Frederick, Maryland, and beyond for thirty-eight years. Under Music Director, Douglas Cox, they are happy be part of the musical, cultural, and spiritual life of Frederick and the state of Maryland.

The Shore Shakespeare Company, like the Frederick Chorale, is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Its membership includes professional, university-trained actors and amateurs with unrelated day jobs, all dedicated to presenting the works of William Shakespeare and the classical theatre repertoire.

A relatively new touring company, Shore Shakespeare performs at public venues around the Eastern Shore striving to present productions of the highest quality. Under director, Shelagh H. Grasso, they have performed Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, and the original A Little Touch of Shakespeare. Its members individually have acted, directed, written, costumed, built sets, and stage managed for productions on Broadway and in other theaters in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, and as a company, in venues across the Eastern Shore.

Sunday’s concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 3:30 p.m., and a freewill offering will be received. Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in Easton. For more information contact 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

Blues at the Garfield : Sue Foley Band on October 7th

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photo-by-alanmesser-01The multi-award winning musician and one of the “finest blues and roots artists working today”, Sue Foley, is coming to Chestertown. Foley spent her childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father’s guitar and started her professional career at age sixteen. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed record label and historic nightclub founded by blues aficionado, Clifford Antone. Foley’s first release, Young Girl Blues, found her working and sharing the stage with legendary artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, and Jimmy Rogers. She won the prestigious Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy) for her CD, Love Coming Down in 2000, holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards photo-by-alanmesser-03(seventeen) as well as three Trophees de Blues de France and garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

This is the fifth concert in the six-part “Blues at the Garfield” series, which culminates with The Nighthawks in concert on November 11th. Tickets to see the Sue Foley Band are $30 for general admission and $20 for students with ID.  They can be purchased at the Garfield Box Office, online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling 410-810-2060.

The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

Clap Your Hands and Sing Out Loud

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Come to the Gospel Extravaganza II and join the choir in learning, singing, and playing this African-American musical art form under the expert tutelage of Dr. Robert L. Jefferson at a free two-day workshop and concert at Mt. Olive AME Church in Butlertown near Worton on Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th.

dr-robert-l-jeffersonFor the second year in a row in Kent County, the Gospel Extravaganza provides a chance for diverse communities on the Upper Shore to meet and sing together for the joy of it. Everybody’s invited. The men can sing “Don’t You Let Nobody Turn You ‘Round” while the women can counter with “That’s Enough.” All can harmonize together on such Gospel standards as “Perfect Praise,” “Peace in the Valley,” and “So Glad to Be Here.”

The event culminates in a free public concert sung and played by the workshop participants at 6 p.m. Saturday.

People of all ages and talents are welcome to participate, including singers of all voice types, pianists of intermediate to advanced skill level, and any other musicians who wish to lend their talent. Or just come and listen from the pews. We can almost guarantee you’ll soon be joining in.

As a bonus, there will be a 9 a.m. Saturday class by Dr. Jefferson on the historical background of gospel music. It also is free and open to the public.

The Gospel Extravaganza is sponsored by the Chester River Chorale and Mt. Olive AME Church with support from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s Artistic Insight and Margaret Herring Funds and the Kent County Arts Council. All events are at Mt. Olive AME Church which is at 24840 Lambs Meadow Road (Rte. 298) less than a mile west of Kent County High School in Worton.

Musicians and singers who want to participate are encouraged to pre-register by email to wegotgospel@yahoo.com or mtoliveamec.worton@yahoo.com (using a subject line such as “Gospel Workshop Mt. Olive AME”), or by calling 302-463-7154 and simply leaving your name and contact information. Those who want to sing in the concert should wear or bring “black and white” concert garb on Saturday.

Rooted in work songs and spirituals, traditional Gospel music uses call and response lyrics able to be quickly learned by ear. Some songs are slow and intense, but many invite hand-clapping, foot-stomping, and full-throated singing with close harmonies. All are part of the musical experience for the performers and audience alike.

You do not have to know how to read music. The melodies will be learned by ear. The lyrics will be written out, and you will pick them up as the song goes on.

Pianists and other instrument players will also learn the program by ear without printed music. Instrumental musicians should come to Mt. Olive AME Church on Friday at 6:00 p.m. to register, meet with Dr. Jefferson, listen to the programmed repertoire, and determine what music they wish to play. Singers should come at 7:00 p.m. Friday to register and stay for an introductory rehearsal which will end at 9 p.m. Candidates for solo parts will audition after the choir rehearsal. Sandwiches will be available for participants.

Registration reopens Saturday at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast available. After Dr. Jefferson’s lecture, the choir will rehearse from 10 a.m. to noon, and then break for a sandwich and fruit lunch available at the church. Rehearsals for singers and instrumentalists will continue in the afternoon until 4 p.m. when a full dinner—from baked chicken breast to peach cobbler— will be available at the church. The food service will be supported by free-will donations.

“We are excited and looking forward to welcoming all of Kent County and surrounding counties to come and learn to play and sing with us, and learn the history of gospel music” said Rev. Isaac D. Wilson, pastor of Mt. Olive AME Church, the event’s host.

“We are thrilled to partner again with Mt. Olive AME Church in bringing Dr. Robert Jefferson back to Kent County,” said Doug Cox, artistic director of the Chester River Chorale. “Last year’s Gospel Extravaganza was a wonderful high point in our season that brought the community together over a common love of Gospel music.”

Cox called Dr. Jefferson “a master teacher and performer who inspires others to dig deep, find their voice, and let it out with unbridled passion.” He stressed that no formal training or extensive preparation is required, “just the desire for community fellowship through music.”

Nritya, Expressive Indian Dance Captivates at The Garfield Center

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Garfield Center for the Arts hosted Nritya: The Rhythms of India, performed by two classically trained Indian dancers.

Lakshmi Swaminathan and Lavanya Thamire shared the culture of Indian dance, while interpreting the various dance’s gestures for contemporary and universal appreciation. Nritya, an Indian dance word, means expressive dance.

The two artists, performing as part of Garfield’s Educational Outreach program, easily communicated with the theater-full audience. As the show concluded, students from the audience were on stage, sharing the artists’ passion, and practicing several Indian dance maneuvers.

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National Music Festival Absorbs Kent Chamber Music, Renames the 6-Concert Series “Resonance”

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The National Music Festival at Washington College has absorbed the Kent Chamber Music concert series, transforming NMF and Chestertown into a year-round classical music venue.  The new chamber series will be called “Resonance.”

“Resonance was the name of a chamber group that my brother, Philip, and I founded in New York City in the mid-1970s and I always loved the name of the group,” said NMF Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg.  “Resonance implies energy that continues to resonate, to reverberate long after its source has ceased, and Philip suggested that we called this new project ‘Resonance.’”

Maestro Rosenberg says he has booked ensembles for the six-concert 2016-2017 series, from October to April, and noted that several of the chamber musicians have performed in Chestertown as National Music Festival mentors and apprentices.  As soon as he announced that NMF was launching a chamber series, he said, he had more groups to choose from than he had dates to offer.

“Groups from Maryland, Europe and all over sent us proposals for 2017, 2018 and beyond,” Rosenberg said.  “There seems to be a decent buzz in the music biz about what is going on here musically.”

Rosenberg says he was delighted—but not surprised—when the response to the Resonance announcement was so strong.  Musicians, he said, love playing in small groups.

“There is a wealth of great music to be found in chamber music,” he said.  “If you ask any instrumentalist what kind of concert music they prefer to perform—aside from brass players and percussionists—their answer is almost always ‘chamber music.’”

Even composers who write for symphony orchestras write far more works for small groups, Rosenberg explained.  After all, he said, it is easier for composers to get small groups to play their music than an orchestra of 50 to 120 players.

Rosenberg poked fun at himself and his fellow conductors as he explained the allure of small group playing.“It is one thing to play orchestral music under the direction of some egomaniacal stick waver and another to play music that is intimate and where each player gets to shine.  It is the difference between being married to your spouse and surviving his or her extended family gatherings.”

The debut series, Rosenberg said, includes “a first rate string quartet from Maryland, an award-winning piano trio from Italy, a Renaissance music group from the Carolinas, a dynamic wind quintet, a sensational saxophone ensemble, and a sixteen-piece string orchestra from George Mason University.”

The Renaissance music group includes NMF trombone mentor Michael Kris; the saxophone ensemble includes NMF Youth Programming Director Michael Sawzin (who has just moved to Chestertown); and the wind quintet includes Festival alumnus Ceylon Mitchell.

Kris will play an early trombone called a “sackbut” when he performs with Ensemble Collina at Sacred Heart Church on January 15.  He said he likes to introduce audiences to Renaissance programs, offering music most have never heard.

“Audience members should listen for the blend of trombone and violin,” Kris said.  “One would never think of a modern violin and trombone performing as equals in terms of technique and volume,but with these older style instruments, the blend is perfect.”

Ceylon Mitchell, a two-time National Music Festival flute apprentice, will return to Chestertown in February with Potomac Winds.  He likens a chamber group’s dynamics to a democracy, explaining that each musician has opportunities for self-expression and the responsibility of contribution and compromise.

“Great chamber music,” he said, “is the ultimate balance between the individual and the collective, the soloist and the ensemble.  Audience members should observe our continuous conversation in sound from piece to piece.”

Though each chamber group submitted its own draft programs, the final decision on what the ensembles will play belongs to Rosenberg.

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Azimuth String Quartet

The series will open October 9 with the Azimuth String Quartet at St. Paul’s Parish. Two of the members, violinist Nicholas Currie and cellist Adam Gonzalez, have performed in Kent County before (and even at St. Paul’s) as former members of the Mariner String Quartet.

For November’s Resonance offering, the National Music Festival is co-sponsoring an appearance by Italy’s David Trio with the Department of Music at Washington College.

With the addition of the Resonance series, the National Music Festival will now offer three series pass options:  a Resonance Pass (for the six-concert series from October to April) is $100; a Festival Pass (for all ticketed Festival concerts during the first two weeks of June) is $225 now and $250 after January 1, 2017; and an Annual Pass is $300 (for both Festival and Resonance concerts).

Information about concert programs, dates and venues is on the NMF website:  www.nationalmusic.us.  Single concert tickets ($20 each) and Passes may be purchased on-line or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 284, Chestertown, MD 21620.  Any remaining single tickets will be available at the door.

Academy Art Museum Honors Retiring and New Trustees

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This month, the Academy Art Museum welcomed new Trustees Peter A. Gallagher of Easton, Kentavius K. Jones of Easton, Carol Minarick of Easton, Rima Parkhurst of Easton, and Hanna L. Woicke of St. Michaels, while honoring retiring Trustees Joyce Doehler of Easton, Kathleen Linehan of Royal Oak, Robert Lonergan of Easton, and Timothy Wyman of Easton. The Museum also honored Kay Perkins of St. Michaels as an Emeritus Trustee and Donald Saff of Royal Oak as an Honorary Trustee.

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Photo: From left to right are new Trustees Hanna L. Woicke, Rima Parkhurst, Kentavius K. Jones, Emeritus Trustee Kay Perkins, Peter A. Gallagher, and Carol Minarick. Absent from the photo is Donald Saff, new Honorary Trustee at the Academy Art Museum.

Peter Gallagher of Easton is currently President of Gallagher & Associates. Gallagher served as President and CEO of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, an organization that seeks to mobilize people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of the nation’s youth. Prior to joining America’s Promise, Gallagher was a business executive and civic leader with such companies as Source One Financial Services, Inc., AT&T Universal Credit Card, and AT&T Universal Card Services. He has served on the Board of DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, the Emergency Board of Trustees overseeing the District of Columbia Public School System, and Capitol Hill Hospital. He has also completed executive programs in management, marketing and finance at the Wharton School, the Harvard Business School, Duke University, the University of Delaware, and the Aspen Institute.

Kentavius Jones of Easton is currently a professional musician. Last year he was one of the organizers of the highly successful Vinyl Hour at the Academy Art Museum. He has previously worked with Rise Up Coffee Roasters as the Head of Wholesale and Caroline County Public Schools as an instructional assistant. He completed a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. He has been a coach for Talbot County Youth Lacrosse and a member of the Washington College Service Council, as well as has served as an Ameri-Corp volunteer.

Carol Minarick of Easton is a painter whose work has been shown in more than 30 exhibitions around the country. In addition to Beowulf and A Series That Is Not A Series, her recent show at the Academy Art Museum, Minarick has had solo exhibitions at Bertha Urdang in New York and Galerie Deux Têtes in Toronto. Fusing historical and contemporary concerns, Minarick frequently collaborates with other artists on ephemeral projects like a recent installation in her studio supporting the relief of Syrian refugees. She was previously an editor and science writer for the National Society for Medical Research and an editor for publications at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, both in Washington, DC. Minarick is a Life Fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She has served as a commissioner of Easton’s Historic District Commission and on the board of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

Rima Parkhurst served for 20 years as a curatorial assistant and a gallery attendant at the Academy Art Museum and served on its Board from 2001 to 2007. In her professional career, she worked for the American Civil Liberties Union – National Capital Area, the Democratic National Committee, the Kennedy Center, and Amtrak. She was also founder of Parkhurst-Spence political consulting and software firm and worked as an administrator of Bayh Connaughton law firm. Parkhurst was a docent for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art. She has served on the boards of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Chesapeake Chamber Music, the Talbot County Arts Council, and Talbot Hospice Foundation.

Hanna Woicke of St. Michaels has had a career in education, health and the arts. Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Woicke attended university in Germany and studied linguistics at the American University of Beruit. After teaching immigrant children English in England, she served as a board member of the NGO “Rio Health Collective,” establishing preschools in the slums of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She completed a master’s degree in non-profit management at New York City School of Social Research and worked for the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts. She was a founding member of the Friends of the Singapore Symphony, president of the MM Educational Fund, and a hotline counselor for Rape Crisis Centers in New Jersey and Washington, DC. Woicke currently is a CASA volunteer and a board member of Chesapeake Music.

Carolyn Williams, Chair of the Academy Art Museum Board of Trustees, comments, “We are proud to welcome these new trustees to the Academy Art Museum’s Board of Trustees. Each brings unique talents and perspectives and will help lead us onward and upward into the future. We also thank those trustees retiring from the Board for their generous contributions of time and talent in getting us to this exciting juncture where we excel as a first class arts organization, providing arts education for all ages and bringing the work of world class artists such as Rauschenberg, Rubens, Rothko, and Turrell to the Eastern Shore.”

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Photo: Pictured left to right are Carolyn Williams, current Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Academy Art Museum with retiring members of the Board of Trustees Tim Wyman, Kathleen Linehan and Robert Lonergan. Absent from the photo is retiring Trustee Joyce Doehler.

The Museum recently honored retiring Trustees Joyce Doehler (2006 – 2016), Robert Lonergan (2010 -2016), Kathleen Linehan (2013 – 2016) and Timothy Wyman (2013 – 2016). The Museum also honored Kay Perkins (2008-2011/2011-2015), previous Chair of the Board, as an Emeritus Trustee and Donald Saff, Artistic Director of ROCI, Director of Saff Tech Arts and former Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, as an Honorary Trustee.

Rogerio Souza & Edinho Gerber with Brazil Project at The Mainstay, October 1

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Guitarists Rogerio Souza and Edinho Gerber will be featured as Brazil Project performs at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Saturday October 1 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 http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

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Rogerio Souza and Edinho Ggerber

When they perform as Duo Violão Brasil, guitarists Rogério Souza and Edinho Gerber explore and expand on the musical possibilities of putting two guitars (violões) together. Drawing repertoire from composers such as Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, and Tom Jobim, they effortlessly navigate through many styles of 20th century Brazilian popular while showcasing original works and inventive arrangements.

On this fall tour Souza and Gerber renew a collaboration with virtuoso bassist, music educator and compatriot Leonardo Lucini who has settled in the Washington, D.C. area, and clarinetist, saxophonist and American ethnomusicologist Andrew Connell, PhD who teaches and performs from his base at James Madison University in Virginia.

Together they will play their unique arrangements of well-known jazz and Brazilian compositions in a variety of styles such as Bossa Nova, Samba, Choro and Baiao as well as their own original compositions.

A master of six and seven string guitars, Rogerio Souza is one of Brazil’s foremost musical ambassadors, best known for showcasing traditional Brazilian music, especially samba and choro. He is a pioneer in the style known as “choro novo” – innovative interpretations of traditional Brazilian instrumental music that remain true to the roots. He is a founding member of choro ensemble Nó em Pingo D’Agua and released six recordings with the group.

Souza has worked with greats such as Baden Powell, Paulinho da Viola, Sivuca, Ney Matogrosso, Altamiro Carrilho, João Bosco and Paulo Moura. He performs widely throughout Latin America, Europe, the U.S. and Asia. He has performed and led master classes and clinics on guitar and Brazilian music styles at Yale, Temple and James Madison Universities in the U.S.

As the son of a Brazilian mother and American father, guitarist and composer Edinho Gerber developed a rich musical vocabulary. He enlists the genres of choro, jazz, samba, and blues, as he searches for new points of intersection within his dual cultural identity. A staple in the Chicago music scene for many years, he performed with U.S. based Brazilian groups such as Som Brasil, Renato Anesi Trio and A Cor do Brasil and he led samba-jazz group Zona Sul. He has performed widely in the U.S., Russia and Japan. Gerber is preparing for the release of a debut solo album and is involved in an inventive cross-cultural collaboration with Ben Lamar.

Leonardo Lucini is a seven-string bassist, composer, and educator from Rio de Janeiro. He has performed with acclaimed international musicians such as pianists Alex Brown, Benito Gonzalez, and Federico Peña, and saxophonists Alex Han, Leo Gandelman and Raul Mascarenha. In the U.S. he leads Brazilian jazz band Origem. In Brazil, he has performed with well-known groups such as Nó em Pingo D’Agua and with saxophonist Paulo Moura. He has also led numerous university workshops in the United States.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Andrew Connell performs in ensembles ranging from jazz to classical chamber music to Brazilian chorinho. He has appeared at the Monterey, Montreux–Detroit, and San Francisco jazz festivals, and the Spoleto Festival USA and has performed with a long list of players in both jazz and Latin genres.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.

Chesapeake Film Festival, Coming Soon to Easton

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Opening October 27th at Easton’s historic Avalon Theater, the 9th annual Chesapeake Film Festival brings a wide-ranging variety of distinctive documentary, narrative, comedy and short films to the Chesapeake region. Q&As with filmmakers explore their creative processes. Expert panels add to the film experience with context and interpretation of a film’s purpose. Films will appeal to audiences who desire to deepen their experience of new cinema thinking on the film industry. Over four days, 39 films will be shown at the Avalon Theater, Easton Premier Cinema, and the Academy of Art Museum.

Schedule of events:

Thursday, October 27, 2016

THE AVALON THEATER, Opening Night Gala 5:30 p.m.

A cinematic treat with a special screening of three sailing films, two directed by world class sailor Gary Jobson, the pre-eminent ambassador for sailing in the U.S. Jobson leads a Q & A after the films. The third maritime film will be a film directed by Alexis Andrews.

The Magic & Mystery of Sable Island; Ted Turner’s Greatest Race: 1979 Fastnet; Vanishing Sail, The Story of a Caribbean Tradition (directed by Alexis Andrews)

Friday, October 28, 2016

THE AVALON THEATER

• ARREO, directed by Tato Moreno, 4:00 PM
• John Avildsen: King of the Underdogs, 6:00 PM, Q & A with John Avildsen and Derek Wayne Johnson, 8:00 PM

SPECIAL EVENT, 7:00 PM – Chesapeake Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to Oscar-winning director John Avildsen. VIP Cocktail Party follows at the Tidewater Inn.

• Awakenings, directed by Bargav Saikia, 8:45 p.m.
• Awakening, directed by Rolf Lindblom, 9 p.m.
• Night, Night, directed by Justin Doecher, 9:15 p.m.
• Runoff, directed by Kimberly Levin, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29, 2016,

THE AVALON THEATRE

• The Angel Within, 10:00 a.m.; Q & A at 11:15 a.m. with director Robert Thayer, Kessler
• City of Trees, 11:45 a.m.; Q & A at 1:00 p.m. with director Brandon Kramer and producer Lance Kramer and cast members of the film.
• Hungry, directed by Jillie and Thomas Simon, 1:20 p.m.
• Lean On Me, directed by John Avildsen, 1:45 p.m.; Q & A with John Avildsen, 3:45 p.m.
• Priceless, directed by Peter Callahan, 4:15 p.m.; Q & A with Peter Callahan, Stacey Brumbaugh and cast at 4:45 p.m.
• Zoo (Volkerschau), directed by Monda Webb, 5:00 p.m.; Q & A with Monda Webb at 5:45 p.m.
• The Ride, directed by Callie Cagwin, 5:00 p.m.; Q & A at 5:45 p.m. with Callie Cagwin
• Tick Tock Clock, directed by Gail Reaben, 5:00 p.m.; Q & A at 5:45 p.m. with Gail Reaben
• Thornbird, directed by Jonathan Stutzman, 5:00 p.m.; Q & A at 5:45 p.m. with Jonathan Stutzman
• TRI, directed by Jai Jamison, 6:30 p.m.; Q & A at 8:15 p.m. with Jai Jamison, Ted Adams, Kimberly Skyrme, Dave McGillivray, Gerry Boyle and Peter Paris.
• The Runaway, directed by Nick DeRuve, 8:45 p.m.

EASTON PREMIER CINEMA

• Crashing the Party, directed by David Sigal, 12:00 Noon; Q & A at 1:30 p.m. with Al From
• Sharks of War: Truth, Tales, & Terror, directed by Robert Cantrell, 1:45 p.m.
• In the Name of the Moon: A Sailor Moon Documentary, directed by Anthony Jacoway and Tiffany Lewis 2:45 p.m.
• Breaking Through the Clouds, directed by Heather Taylor, 4:00 p.m.; Q & A with Heather Taylor at 5:50 p.m.
• Nighthawks on the Blue Highway, directed by Michael Streissguth, 6:15 p.m.
• Need Change, directed by Rob Waters, 7:45 p.m.

TALBOT COUNTY LIBRARY

SPECIAL EVENT – Karate Workshop, Saturday, October 29, Talbot County Free Library, 9:00 a.m.; Q & A with actor Chris Dyer, 12:15 p.m.

• Karate Kid, directed by John Avildsen, 9:45 a.m.

SPECIAL EVENT – Karate Demonstration for John Avildsen, 12:00 Noon

• Cardboard Dreams, Saturday, directed by Andrew Harmon 12:45 p.m.
• Black Captains of the Chesapeake, directed by Professor Stephen Barry, 1:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

THE AVALON THEATRE

• Tale of the Tongs, directed by Judith Dwan Hallet, 12:00 Noon; Q & A with Judith Dwan Hallet, Stanley Hallet, Sandy Cannon-Brown, Tom Horton and Dave Harp 2:15 p.m.
• Beautiful Swimmers Revisited, directed by Sandy Cannon-Brown with producers Tom Horton and Dave harp, 1:15 p.m.; Q & A with Judith Dwan Hallet, Stanley Hallet, Sandy Cannon-Brown, Tom Horton and Dave Harp 2:15 p.m.
• For Whom the Bell Tolls – Recording of an Opera in Progress: Act I Scene 3, directed by Brian Wilbur Grundstrom, 2:45 p.m.; Q & A with Brian Wilbur Grundstrom and Rachel Franklin, 4:15 p.m.
• Moosehead’s Wicked Good Plan directed by Sarah Katz, 2:45 p.m.; Q & A at 4:15 p.m.; Q & A at 4:15 p.m.
• The Bonobo Connection Sunday, directed by Irene A. Magafan, 2:45 p.m.; Q & A at 4:15 p.m.
• Captain Blood, directed by Michael Curtiz, 6:30p.m., To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Olivia de Havilland and Halloween, anyone wearing a pirate’s costume will be admitted FREE.

SPECIAL EVENT – The Chesapeake Film Festival Award Ceremony to Honor the Filmmakers, The Avalon Theatre, 5:15 p.m.

The First Annual Chesapeake Film Festival Awards Ceremony honors the filmmakers of the 2016 Chesapeake Film Festival. In attendance will be members of the CFF board of directors, judges, and industry guests. The Festival will recognize exceptional talent in the categories of: best feature film, best short film, best student film, best actor & actress, among others.

THE ACADEMY OF ART

• The Chalkboard Chronicles, co-directed by Tom Judd and Jeff Wolfe, Noon; Q & A following the film at 12:45pm

EASTON PREMIER CINEMA

• Wind Carry My Tears, directed by Jiao Wang, Noon
• Cowlick, directed by Lindsey Sitz, 12:30 p.m.
• Extra School, directed by Cary Anderson, 12:45 p.m.
• Double Ply with Nowhere, directed by Judy Rifka, sound by Frank Rathbone, 1:00 p.m.
• Letters from Alcatraz, Directed by Madeleine Rozwat, 1:30p.m.

The Chesapeake Film Festival is funded in part by a grants from the Maryland Firm Office and the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

www.ChesapeakeFilmFestival.com for full program, All Access Passes, individual tickets