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Trumpeter Paul Neebe and Organist David Lang at Emmanuel February 28

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Emmanuel Church Chestertown and the National Music Festival presents a concert featuring Trumpeter Paul Neebe and Organist at Emmanuel Church 101 Cross St. Chestertown on February 28 at 4:00 p.m.

Organist David Lang

Organist David Lang

Trumpeter Paul Neebe

Trumpeter Paul Neebe

Mr. Neebe performs widely as a soloist across the Eastern United States and throughout Europe, where he has appeared with the Goethe Institute Cultural Program in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, as well as in Norway and Slovakia. He currently serves as principal trumpet of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Wintergreen Festival Orchestra and is the trumpet mentor of the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland.

Mr. Lang has gained prominence as a leading accompanist, vocal coach, and organist in the Washington D.C. area. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and George Mason Center among others. He serves as Director of the Reston Chorale, and is director of music at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Mclean, VA.  He has a Masters of Music degree from University of Louisville.

They have planned an exciting program combining the clarion tones of the trumpet with a variety of organ background music by composers such as Tartini, Damase, Hovhaness, and others.

Tickets: $20 at the door. Proceeds will finance meals for the National Music Festival players during its June 5 -18 2016 National Music Festival. 

BSO Features American Favorites in Wye Mills in March

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concludes its Eastern Shore season on Saturday, March 26 at Chesapeake College’s Todd Performing Art Center. It’s an all American program featuring works by
Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and George Gershwin. The concert begins at 8:00PM, and a pre-concert discussion led by Meg Sippy assistant to the BSO’s music director Marin Alsop with the orchestra’s assistant conductor Nicholas Hersh starts at 7:00PM.

The program features music by American composers including Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land
Suite, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring violin soloist Simone Porter. The second half of the concert features George Gershwin’s Three Preludes. The program ends with Gershwin’s Catfish Row Suite from Porgy and Bess.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 3.17.42 PMNicholas Hersh is the orchestra’s assistant conductor. The Evanston, Illinois native made his Baltimore Symphony debut when he stepped in for an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier leading the orchestra in rehearsals and two sold-out performances that met with immediate ovation and critical acclaim.

Mr. Hersh holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Indiana, Jacobs School Music where he was music director of the Bloomington Indiana Symphony. Last season Mr. Hersh conducted the BSO at Chesapeake College.

Violin soloist Simone Porter is an emerging artist. The Los Angeles Times referred to her as a “future star” who has already appeared with the New York

Simone Porter

Simone Porter

Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Symphony, and other world class orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony. She made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony. The Seattle native is an avid chamber musician, and plays on a 1745 Guadagnini on loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California.

Now in its 45th season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts at Chesapeake College are
presented by the Mid-Symphony Society and supported in part by the Maryland Arts Council, the Kent County Arts Council, the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council and the Talbot County Arts Council.

Tickets are $40 and $10 for students and are available at the door or call 410 827-5867 for reservations

Garfield Center Presents ‘Voices of Freedom’ for Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, the Garfield Center for the Arts opens its theatrical season with Voices of Freedom, an historical theatre piece based on the lives of former slaves interviewed during the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project and preserved in the WPA Slave Narrative Collection. The show will run two days only, Friday February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at 8 pm.

Tamika Hall

Tamika Hall

This theatrical interpretation is written and directed by Tamika Hall and under the musical direction of Tee Tunnell Harris, with Joyelle Johnson facilitating. The cast includes Terrelle Hall, as Bill sims, Ty Bolden as Caroline Hammond, Capri Pritty Lee as Temple Cummings, Teran Goldsborough a John Fields, Andraya Sudler as the Singing Slave Child, Anari Hall as Salve Child, and Damien Ransome as Narrator.

If ever there were a way to learn of the everyday lives, emotions, and thoughts of the American slave, the narratives are perhaps the most accurate accounts. Be transported in time through first-hand accounts, music and song.

Tickets are $15, students with ID $5, and are available on line at www.GarfieldCenter.org, or call the box office at 410 810 2060

For more information please visit www.GarfieldCenter.org or call the box office at 410 810 2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre is located at 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.

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Joe Holt & Beth McDonald for Valentine’s Day at The Mainstay

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Singer and songwriter Beth McDonald joins forces with pianist Joe Holt for an evening they call “Love Stories” at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, MD on Saturday February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $15. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Joe Holt Beth McDonald editJoe Holt is an eclectic pianist known for his inventive improvisations and Beth McDonald is known for her sweet/tart voice and stunning interpretations of her own material and jazz, popular and gospel standards.

They each tell stories of love through their music – Beth through the songs she writes and those she chooses to sing, and Joe from the piano, especially through his creative improvisations. Holt and McDonald have worked with each other many times and have recorded an album together. For this evening at The Mainstay, they will be joined by vocalist Tim Dove who will sing accompaniment and solo.

Holt says, “This will be an evening of material that weaves a tapestry that the heart understands, finding – and perhaps remembering – its own stories; because at the heart of music, and the connection it makes, is love. What better time than the weekend of Valentine’s Day to connect, remember, feel and share the musical love.”

A songwriter from the time she could climb onto a piano bench, Beth McDonald grew up in a musical family and always enjoyed singing harmony with her family members and friends. It wasn’t until she was nearly 30 years old that she was willing to try to sing by herself in front of anyone – baptized by fire, so to speak, by becoming the lead singer for the nationally acclaimed DC area New Legacy Jazz Band.

In 2006. she had the opportunity to get into a recording studio to record not just pop standards but also some of her original material. Since that time, she has recorded and produced four of her own titles and one duo collaboration with Joe Holt as her accompanist. She performs at historic theaters, cabarets, churches, and festivals, covering music from various genres, such as gospel, blues, pop standards, and some contemporary material as well as her own compositions, which fall into several of those categories.

Joe Holt is a professional pianist, best known for his imaginative improvisations, and his joy in performing. Also a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), he performs for the connections that music makes and for the shared experience with his audiences.

Holt’s studies include, most notably: Yoheved Kolinsky – classical piano, and Don Glanden – jazz piano. His performances reflect the influence of both worlds and the joy in the moment.
He performs extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. as a soloist, as well as with established vocalists and jazz groups and his own trio. Holt is a featured entertainer for American Cruise Lines at ports along the Chesapeake Bay and has appeared throughout the US in concerts and festivals. He also continues to tour, on occasion, as a soloist.

He is active in recording, having appeared on over 25 albums, 8 of which are on his own label, including his groundbreaking solo improvisation CD: “Stories Without Words”. He is also active in education, introducing “Lessons for the Thoughtful Pianist”: a comprehensive program of study, available on-line, and by mail.

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

SPARK: Opening Reception at MassoniArt, February First Friday

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SPARK is a mid-winter exhibition opening at the Carla Massoni Gallery on Friday, February 5th. It seeks to explore the artist’s process of observation, inspiration and the creation of work.

Work by Eve Stockton

Work by Eve Stockton

Visiting artist Eve Stockton lives in Alexandria, VA. She is known for her large-scale woodcut prints inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Stockton received degrees in architecture with a minor in fine arts from Princeton and Yale and worked as a registered architect. Stockton’s varying levels of abstraction simultaneously evoke landscapes and cellular activity, influenced by the natural world observed and the primordial world imagined.

Katherine Allen, like Stockton, draws our attention to the natural world. Allen has previously exhibited in the gallery and her initial works were inspired by botanicals. Her “soft paintings” combine subtle textural stitching on canvas with bold colorful abstract mark making. This new body of work influenced by current fascination with the Conowingo Dam. Allen holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2013, Allen had a one-woman exhibition at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

Photographer Anne Nielsen has long been interested in the entwined histories of art and photography. She draws on the work of the early photographers to sharpen her eye and give depth to her own photographic expression. Over the past few years she has been working on a project titled “Green Mansions” inspired by William Henry Hudson’s novel published in 1904. Using the Eastern Shore landscape, she creates photographs seeking to explore the intersection of the natural world and the world of imagination. Following this exhibition, the works shown will be exhibited at the 4th Edition of The International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin, Germany /October 2016.

The foundation for the current imagery Janet Christensen creates comes from walks on her farm in Kent County and early morning rows on the Chester River. Although familiar with multiple mediums, her current fascination with encaustic can be traced back to her early years as a glass artist. In 1984 she secured an apprenticeship with noted glass artist Narcissus Quagliata. She worked with the master for three years using her experience to pursue interior design projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Christensen is drawn to the sensuality of encaustic – the lushness of color and the exquisite textures. Mastering the technical aspects of the medium only enhances the experience for her.

Ken Schiano shares a similar history with Eve Stockton as both began their careers in the field of architecture. He received his degree from The Cooper Union and taught at the college level for many years as an Assistant Professor. He continues to accept special architectural projects but since the late eighties has worked as a full-time artist. He is fluent in all mediums and his style would be classified as abstract in that he seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects. His work explores form, color and perspective but his goal is to transcend the seductive physicality of paint and surface to create a deeper emotional experience. Schiano was also honored with an exhibition at the Academy Art Museum in 2015.

Zemma Mastin White lives in Washington, Connecticut and New York City. She received her degree in fine art from the University of Maryland. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and exhibition venues. The continuous voice in her work is derived from a mixture of layering line, color and forms, to create patterns and texture. After years of exploring multiple mediums, she now devotes herself to making one-of-a-kind prints. Each printmaking technique offers its own unique attribute. Combining several of these techniques – monotype, collograph, solarplate etching and chine colle – enables endless possibilities in printmaking. The deliberate layering of abstract data and organic material yield a joyful richness unique to her work.

Larry Schroth is highly regarded for his masterful curatorial work with MASSONIART for over twenty years. Trained as an artist, he devoted his career to the field of education only returning to “making art” since his retirement and relocation to Chestertown. His work is in numerous corporate collections and has been exhibited internationally through the Art in Embassies Program with the State Department. For Schroth, the act of painting is a form of meditation. Influences include the gestural quality and surface pentimento found in both ancient and contemporary wall graffiti and the forms and compositional elements found in Oriental and Arabic calligraphy.

SPARK opens on Friday, February 5, with a reception that is part of the town-wide February First Friday celebration. The gallery will be hosting the repletion from 5-8 pm. On Saturday, February 6, at 12 Noon there will be a reception for the ARTISTS TALK. This provides an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and engage in a dialogue about their work. For additional information please contact the gallery at 410-778-7330. SPARK will remain on exhibit through early March.

Spark Winter Exhibition at Massoni Gallery Starts Friday

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SPARK is a mid-winter exhibition opening at the Carla Massoni Gallery on Friday, February 5th. It seeks to explore the artist’s process of observation, inspiration and the creation of work.

Clouds Zumscape

Clouds Zumscape by Eve Stockton

Visiting artist Eve Stockton lives in Alexandria, VA. She is known for her large- scale woodcut prints inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Stockton received degrees in architecture with a minor in fine arts from Princeton and Yale and worked as a registered architect. Stockton’s varying levels of abstraction simultaneously evoke landscapes and cellular activity, influenced by the natural world observed and the primordial world imagined.

Downstream

Downstream by Katherine Allen

Katherine Allen, like Stockton, draws our attention to the natural world. Allen has previously exhibited in the gallery and her initial works were inspired by botanicals. Her “soft paintings” combine subtle textural stitching on canvas with bold colorful abstract mark making. This new body of work influenced by current fascination with the Conowingo Dam. Allen holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2013, Allen had a one- woman exhibition at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD.

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Lost in Lotus Anne Nielsen

Photographer Anne Nielsen has long been interested in the entwined histories of art and photography. She draws on the work of the early photographers to sharpen her eye and give depth to her own photographic expression. Over the past few years she has been working on a project titled “Green Mansions”inspired by William Henry Hudson’s novel published in 1904. Using the Eastern Shore landscape, she creates photographs seeking to explore the intersection of the natural world and the world of imagination. Following this exhibition, the works shown will be exhibited at the 4th Edition of The International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin, Germany /October 2016.

The foundation for the current imagery Janet Christensen creates comes from walks on her farm in Kent County and early morning rows on the Chester River. Although familiar with multiple mediums, her current fascination with encaustic can be traced back to her early years as a glass artist. In 1984 she secured an apprenticeship with noted glass artist Narcissus Quagliata. She worked with the master for three years using her experience to pursue interior design projects in the San Francisco Bay area. Christensen is drawn to the sensuality of encaustic – the lushness of color and the exquisite textures. Mastering the technical aspects of the medium only enhances the experience for her.

Ken Schiano shares a similar history with Eve Stockton as both began their careers in the field of architecture. He r

Morning and Mist Series II by Janet Christensen

Morning and Mist Series II by Janet Christensen

eceived his degree from The Cooper Union and taught at the college level for many years as an Assistant Professor. He continues to accept special architectural projects but since the late eighties has worked as a full-time artist. He is fluent in all mediums and his style would be classified as abstract in that he seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects. His work explores form, color and perspective but his goal is to transcend the seductive physicality of paint and surface to create a deeper emotional experience. Schiano was also honored with an exhibition at the Academy Art Museum in 2015.

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Bounce by Zemma Mastin White

Zemma Mastin White lives in Washington, Connecticut and New York City. She received her degree in fine art from the University of Maryland. Her work has been exhibited in numerous museums and exhibition venues. The continuous voice in her work is derived from a mixture of layering line, color and forms, to create patterns and texture. After years of exploring multiple mediums, she now devotes herself to making one-of-a-kind prints. Each printmaking technique offers its own unique attribute. Combining several of these techniques – monotype, collograph, solarplate etching and chine colle – enables endless possibilities in printmaking. The deliberate layering of abstract data and organic material yield a joyful richness unique to her work.

Larry Schroth is highly regarded for his masterful curatorial work with MASSONIART for over twenty years. Trained as an artist, he devoted his career to the field of education only returning to “making art” since his retirement and relocation to Chestertown. His work is in numerous corporate collections and has been exhibited internationally through the Art in Embassies Program with theState Department. For Schroth, the act of painting is a form of meditation. Influences include the gestural quality and surface pentimento found in both ancient and contemporary wall graffiti and the forms and compositional elements found in Oriental and Arabic calligraphy.

 

Delmarva Review: Cold By Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll

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Cold
By Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll

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Late March, I pull on my skates,
venture onto the river’s ice;
slicks pool its face
but I skate the breadth,
titter at a man on shore
who kneels by a rowboat
sanding its hull—
suddenly my foot
breaks through, bitter water
sluices my boot, at once
I’m up to my waist,
hanging on to the hole, trying
to climb out, chest-deep,
I scream at the man on shore,
he only glances up, crouches deeper
against his boat, rubs the sandpaper
back and forth— I’m going to drown, there’s
no help coming from the man on shore—yet somehow
I haul myself out, crawl up the bank,
weep with anger and love.

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Wendy Elizabeth Ingersoll’s book Grace Only Follows won the 2010 National Federation of Press Women Contest and was a finalist for Drake University’s 2012 Emerging Writer Prize. In addition to The Delmarva Review, her poems have appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Passager, Caesura, Controlled Burn, Broadkill Review, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is a retired piano teacher and lives in Newark, Delaware.

Ms. Ingersoll poem, “Cold,” was selected for the 2015 edition (Vol. 7) of The Delmarva Review. The new edition contains the original literary work of 35 authors, selected from more than a thousand submissions. For more information about The Delmarva Review, including submissions, see the website: www.delmarvareview.com.

Pianist Mark Valenti Performs on Feb. 8 in WC Concert Series

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Pianist Mark Valenti will perform at Washington College on Monday, February 8, as part of the 2015-2016 Premier Artist Lineup of the Washington College Concert Series. The concert begins at 7:30pm in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, and is open to the public.

Valenti, who earned his master of music from Northwestern University and has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, last performed at Washington College in March 2011. Currently living in Chicago, he has performed around the country and the world, including France, Hungary, and Belgium. He plans to perform a variety of classical pieces that will serve as “an excellent overview of the evolution of piano styles” ranging from classicalism and romanticism to impressionism and modernism.

“I believe a performance should be first and foremost fresh, spontaneous and alive,” Valenti says. “I do not believe in a planned, prepared, ‘definitive’ interpretation. Like playing a Ouija board, my preference is to let the music lead me wherever it wants to go.”

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $15 for non-WC students, adults over the age of 65, and WC faculty and staff. Washington College students and children 18 and under may attend for free.

The Washington College Concert Series is now in its 63rd year and has attracted internationally recognized musicians to help promote the College and the Eastern Shore as an exciting location for the support and celebration of all types of music. For more information on the 2015-2016 Premier Artist Lineup or the Washington College Concert Series visit http://concertseries.washcoll.edu. For more information on Mark Valenti, his performances and his teaching, visit http://www.markvalenti.com/

Adkins Arboretum Paintbrush Party is Feb. 19

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Uncork your inner artist and support Adkins Arboretum! Join the Arboretum’s inaugural Paintbrush Party Friend and FUNdraiser on Fri., Feb. 19 and delight in creating your very own masterpiece.

Participants will create a painting of cherry blossoms to take home at the end of the evening, all while enjoying good company and step-by-step instruction from artist Sarah Lyle. No experience is necessary, and all supplies are included. Light refreshments will be served, but participants are encouraged to bring libations and a light snack to share.

The Paintbrush Party will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased by Feb. 9 at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.