WC’s Spring 2018 Concert Series Begins February 2, Offers Four Performances


Washington College’s Spring 2018 Concert Series begins on February 2 and will include genres from chamber music to spirituals.

Each performance will be in Hotchkiss Recital Hall and begin at 7:30 p.m., except for the free concert on February 2, which will be held at noon. Tickets for all other performances are $20 (adults), $15 (non-WC College students/seniors over age 65/WC faculty and staff), and $12 (1782 Member). WC students and youth 18 and under are free.

Trio Simpatico

On February 2, The Concert Series welcomes Trio Simpatico, which performs eclectic chamber music with an orchestral bent. Simpatico’s unusual instrumentation of clarinet, horn, and piano borrows from orchestral timbres. Audiences have remarked, that the trio “sounds like a whole orchestra.”

Simpatico’s members are Phyllis Crossen-Richardson (clarinet), Heidi Brown (French Horn), and Matthew Bachman (piano). All three are active performers and teachers in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area and have collaborated on many projects for the past six years.

Lori Kesner, Dan Shomper, Woobin Park

On February 8, The Concert Series presents The Evolution of Negro Spirituals, a performance by lyric-dramatic baritone, Thomas Beard, accompanied by Julia Morris-Myers and dancer Leandria Gilliam. Beard is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2003 he became the first African-American male singer to be chosen by tenor Placido Domingo to be a part of Washington National Opera’s Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, working directly under the maestro’s tutelage. Beard has performed for U.S. senators, governors, and ambassadors in concerts at embassies and concert halls across the country. He was also invited to perform as special guest soloist by former First Lady Laura Bush at an invitation-only event at the White House.

There will be a reception after the concert.

On February 15, Washington College presents Lori Kesner (flute), Dan Shomper (cello), and Woobin Park (piano), performing works by George Crumb, Carl Maria von Weber, Bohuslav Martinu, and Astor Piazzolla. All three performers currently teach at Washington College.

An award-winning musician and scholar, Kesner enjoys a distinguished and active career as both a performing flutist and world music lecturer. As an experienced and actively sought orchestral flutist, she performs regularly with the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and Mid-Atlantic Symphony in Maryland. Shomper is a performer and teacher in the Washington DC/Baltimore/Annapolis area. The Baltimore Sun praised his virtuoso playing, masterful performance, and lyrical expression. Noted for her commanding stage presence and elegant musicianship, Park has appeared throughout the United States and South Korea with various types of solo and chamber recitals as well as collaboration with renowned orchestras.

On March 29, The Concert Series presents John Thomas (saxophone) and Teodora Adzharova (piano), performing a mixture of classical chamber works and jazz standards. John Thomas spans the chasm between the concert and jazz saxophone worlds. He is currently a lecturer in music at Washington College, teaching applied clarinet and saxophone as well as leading the Woodwind and Jazz ensembles at the college. Teodora Adzharova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and began piano study at age 7.  By the time she graduated from high school, she had won national and international competitions in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic. She is currently the Peabody Accompanying Coordinator, and teaches piano at the Conservatory.

Individual tickets for these events can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite on the Concert Series website (http://washcoll.edu/concert), or with cash or check at the door.  Inquiries and ticket holds can be sent to Debbie Reed at 410-778-7839 or concertseries@washcoll.edu.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Exhibit on the Ongoing Impact of Islamic Art at WC’s Kohl Gallery


In its first show of 2018, Washington College’s Kohl Gallery is presenting “Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration,” an exhibition revisiting the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today. The show runs from Jan. 25 through March 6, and an opening reception, free and open to the public, will be Jan. 25 starting at 5 p.m.

“Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration” is a group exhibition of American and Middle Eastern artists who consider two-dimensional geometry in art, showing hybrid connections between Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and the Middle East. Geometric ornamentation and diverse ethnic patterns from the Islamic world are incorporated into works of art.

The six artists first met during the 2013 Tasmeem Conference in Doha, Qatar: Tamin Sahebzada, Mohammed Saleh Amin, Reni Gower, Hanane Korchi, Sahebzada, Jorge Benitez, and Julia Townsend. The exhibition examines an extended cross-cultural integration of the arts into life.

On Feb. 1, Benjamin Tilghman, assistant professor of art and art history, will give a talk in the gallery delving into the exhibition. The talk runs from 4:30 and is free and open to the public.

Partial funding is provided by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the VCU Printing and Printmaking Department.

Kohl Gallery at Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts is open Wednesday to Friday, 1-6p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11-4p.m.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

“Scale – A Matter of Perspective” Exhibit at Massoni Art


Mother Earth by Greg Mort

Everyone is invited for the exhibition of SCALE – A Matter of Perspective at Massoni Art, from January 19 to March 4, 2018. The Chestertown First Friday Receptions are February 2, 5-8pm and March 2, 5-8pm.

The exhibit features gallery artists: Heidi Fowler, Blake Conroy, Ken Schiano, Marcy Dunn Ramsey, Alessandra Manzotti, Grace Mitchell, Greg Mort, Jon Mort, Anne Nielsen, Shelley Robzen, Eve Stockton, Vicco von Voss, Zemma Mastin White, Leigh Wen and special guest artists.

Little did we know when selecting SCALE as the title for our January exhibition that we would be following in the footsteps of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture. Our points of departure vary but the theme resonates for both.

Harvard’s exhibition examines the concept of scale and its power to transform perceptions of the world and our place in it.

“Scale has long captivated the human imagination, as evidenced in classics such as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and in today’s popular movies and television shows. Featuring a wide selection of microscopes and telescopes from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and an array o fmodels, miniatures, and cultural and scientific artifacts from collections across the University, the exhibition will challenge visitors to make connections to the world in surprising new ways.” HMSC

The gallery title was initially inspired by a simple contemplation of how artists convey meaning in the scale they choose to create a work of art. Will it be large or small, or somewhere in between? How is this related to the way we measure the importance of things, i.e., on a scale of one to ten or by concepts such as greater or lesser?

The work of many of the artists we are showcasing reflects significant environmental concerns, concerns shared by many other disciplines worldwide. The scale of the problems we contemplate is enormous, but artists are bound by physical realities to a relatively small physical scale. Can something very small still convey a “greater” meaning? This is perhaps the artist’s challenge.

Harvard chose to highlight the tools and artifacts created by man to understand scale and thereby challenge their audience to make connections to the world in new ways. Artists bring their individual skills and creativity to provide a response to this question. Transforming perceptions of the world and our place in it serves as a catalyst and a vast canvas for the voice of the artist.

To see the world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower; Hold infinity in the palm of your hand And eternity in an hour.

“To See a World….” (Fragments from “Auguries of Innocence”) William Blake

Call for Artists – Color Blind: The Art of Black and White


For centuries, artists have worked in black and white, choosing to express their ideas in line and tone. The absence of applied color challenges the artist and viewer alike to discover the power and beauty of an image reduced to its essential black and white values.

The RiverArts February exhibit in the Main Gallery is Color Blind:  The Art of Black and White.  Curators Melinda Carl and Patricia Gilkison invite artists to submit original works in black and white – and shades in between – that explore the use of line and tone in the absence of color. Works in all media are welcome, including traditional and abstract drawings, on paper or canvas, sculptural, or three-dimensional pieces.

Two Women by Kevin Harris

Artists may submit up to two pieces to the show.

Drop-off for the show is Sunday, January 28, 2-4 p.m. and Monday, January 29, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pickup for work after the show will be Sunday, February 25, 2-4 and Monday, February 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The show opens First Friday, February 2, 2017 with a reception from 5-8 p.m.

For more information and to register visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click Exhibits, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.

The RiverArts office, Gift Shop and Galleries are located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

Movie Night at The Garfield Center


The Garfield Center for the Arts pays homage to its cinematic roots this Friday with a FREE screening of the film, His Girl Friday at 7pm. This will be the second in a series of films to be shown at the theatre in 2018.

Since the September installation of the Garfield’s new projector screen, the theatre hopes to fill part of the void left by the closing of the Chester 5 Theatres. The new screen, which largely fills the space underneath the Garfield’s proscenium arch, enables the theatre to transform (for an evening) back into the New Lyceum Theatre, showing films just as it did in the late 1920s.

The 1940 film stars Cary Grant as Walter Burns, Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson and features Ralph Bellamy as Bruce Baldwin. Scoring 98% on the trusted online review site Rotten Tomatoes, His Girl Friday has become a sort of cult classic. The film has been named as a favorite by many, including director Quentin Tarantino and actress Anna Kendrick, and has been selected for preservation in the United States Film Registry.

For more information about this screening of His Girl Friday, the Movie Night at the Garfield series, or any other upcoming theatre events, please visit garfieldcenter.org, or call the box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

U. S. Naval Academy Organist to Perform at Christ Church Easton


This Sunday, January 21, at 4 pm Monte Maxwell, principal organist for the United States Naval Academy, will present a concert on the four-manual console of Christ Church in Easton. Mr. Maxwell holds degrees from Texas Christian University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music where he studied with John Weaver. While at Curtis, Mr. Maxwell was an Associate Organist at the John Wanamaker Store playing the famed six-manual organ, the largest playing organ in the world. Later, he received an Artist Diploma, Curtis’ highest degree. At the Naval Academy, Mr. Maxwell commands the five-manual, 268-rank organ in the main chapel, which has recently undergone substantial enhancement under his direction and design. His annual All Saints’ Day Organ Concert has become a staple of the Naval Academy and greater Annapolis cultural community. The standing-room-only event drew some 3,000 people into the Naval Academy Chapel in 1998, breaking all records in attendance for any event throughout the Chapel’s history.

Sunday’s concert will be comprised of a host of works composed by Richard Wagner, J. S. Bach, Charles-Marie Widor, John Phillip Sousa, Anton Dvôrak and others.  Also known for his improvisational prowess, Maxwell will conclude the performance with an improvisation on submitted themes.  The concert is part of the Christ Church Concert Series and is underwritten in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils.  Doors open at 3:30 pm, and the public is invited.  A freewill offering will be received.  Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in Easton.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

The Chester River Chorale 20th Season Begins


The Chester River Chorale invites all who love to sing to join us for our spring season as we begin rehearsals in Heron Point’s Wesley Hall at 6 p.m. Monday January 15 for our mid-April spring concert.

We welcome all adult voices to join with our ninety-plus members—ranging in age from 18 to over 80—for our 20th consecutive season as the Upper Shore’s premier chorus. No audition is required. Dues are $50 with students free. The dues help pay for the music we provide.

Artistic Director Doug Cox has put together another spring program that promises to be great fun to sing. It is called “Leaves of Bluegrass,” and is centered around a cantata-length Te Deum backed by The High and Wides bluegrass string band.

Rehearsals will be every Monday evening at Heron Point.

A bonus for Chorale members is a chance to sing the Mozart Requiem with the National Music Festival orchestra in June.

Chorale members are amateur singers drawn mainly from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Kent County Arts Council and by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

The CRC’s mission is to provide opportunity, education, and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information, visit www.chesterriverchorale.org or call 410–928-5566.

OCC Announces January Events


Larry Paz

The Oxford Community Center announces two special public classes scheduled for January of 2018 as well as various save-the-dates.

Oxford’s local favorite personality, Larry Paz shares his love for cooking monthly. The first “Cooking with Larry” is January 25th, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Oxford Community Center. The cooking class is interactive and educational.  The January menu is Paella.  Participants in the class sit down to a wonderful lunch celebrating new skills and new friends.  Refreshments are included as well as all cooking supplies for $30 class fee. Register online at oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5904.

“Break Glass Instructional Mosaic Class with Jennifer Wagner” comes to the OCC January 31st from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Jen has developed a following of students as she brings such enthusiasm and creativity to every class. Each participant leaves with a finished piece of original artwork after the three hour class.  Wine and nibbles are provided. $65 class fee, all art supplies included. Register online at www.oxfordcc.org or call 410-226-5905.

The Tred Avon Players present Almost Maine by John Cariani, directed by Fiona Foster. A fun hearted look at relationships in a small winter town as residents fall in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.February 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30pm; February 18 and 25 at 2:00pm or start the weekend early with Thrifty Thursday February 15th at 7:30pm. For tickets and more information, visit www.tredavonplayers.org

As part of the Frederick Douglass 200th celebration the OCC and John Wesley Preservation Society will host a three event series. The first starting February 7th at 6:00 pm being a panel discussion entitled “Black History of Talbot County”. This moderated panel, composed of African-Americans who have lived in Talbot County most of their lives, will entertain questions regarding education, employment, and the role of the Black Church in Talbot County. The questions will be stimulating and the discussion lively. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.Coffee/tea will be provided. Save the date for the next one on March 26th welcoming speaker Dr. Clara Small, who has written and lectured extensively on African- American History and will discuss African-American participation in the Civil War Between the States.  Talbot County was the source of many United States Colored Troops who fought bravely in the war. The series finale is April 29th at 4:00pm featuring a Concert with Music performed by various local church choirs.  Free for all three events.

Jennifer Wagner

OCC celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 17, at 6:00 pm with an Irish dinner featuring corn beef and cabbage and fresh soda bread prepared by a team of OCC chefs and a concert by Oxford’s Free ‘n Eazy Band. $25 per person.  Cash bar. Limited seating. Reservations required by March 10th.

Fine Arts @ Oxford returns in its 34th year May 18-20, at OCC. Juried exhibitors will be on hand to display and sell their works. The weekend includes demonstrations and a raffle; lunch will be available, including homemade strawberry shortcake. Don’t miss the Preview Gala on Friday the 18th!  Selected Exhibiting Artists will be announced mid-February.

Health and Wellness programs have sprung for the New Year!  Don’t miss a chance to learn Tai Chi from certified instructor Nathan Spivey whose approach is whole body wellness. His classes are offered Tue/Thurs 8am and Tuesday evenings at 5:45pm. $10/each. OCC’s Steady and Strong lead by YMCA instructor Janet Pfeiffer continues Tues/Thurs mornings at 10:30 am. $8 each. Drop-ins welcome for all classes, but registration and pre-payment is recommended. Bulk pricing available.

OCC’s Community Café continues on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9-11 am. And Tuesday Night Jam sessions 6:30pm on Tuesdays.  Our open Art Studio also continues on Tuesdays from 9 am-1 pm. Bring your art project and work among other community artists. Drop-ins welcome at all events and are offered free to the public.

For more information, registration and payments please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, or email oxfordcc@verizon.net, or visit our oxfordcc.org.  Sign up for OCC’s weekly e-newsletter for additional announcements and updates or like OCC’s Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.

Indulge in Your Creative Side at RiverArts


RiverArts is offering a full schedule of workshops and classes this winter- from jewelry to watercolor, pastels to photography, pottery wheel to handbuilding. Programs are available for all skill levels, from novice to those advanced artists interested in learning a new technique.

Want to promote your work? Join instructor Raven Bishop for a one-day workshop on designing a simple yet effective website to showcase your work or business, Saturday, January 21. Videos are currently a hot promotional tool on social media. On January 17, film and video producer Adele Schmidt will show you how to create seamless, smooth cuts with her workshop, Video Editing Techniques.

Chinese Painting, Wisteria, Xidan Zhang

For those interested in developing photography skills, the RiverArts Photo Club meets at 7 pm, every fourth Thursday.  It’s a great way to meet like- minded members of the community, and progress as an artist.

In Chinese Painting and Calligraphy II, January 24, instructor Xidan Zhang will demonstrate use of color ink in painting more complicated images. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as those who took her previous class.

Steve Bleinberger, award winning watercolor artist and popular teacher will divulge tips and tricks in Warm Up to Cool Caribbean Watercolors, Saturday, February 3.

Create unique earrings with jeweler Melissa Kay-Steves in her one-day workshop, Charming Silver Clay Earrings, Saturday, February 10. A perfect gift for you or a loved one, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Taken a pottery wheel course and want to try something new? Master potter Rick Bisgyer will share strategies and process in his 8-week Intermediate Porcelain on the Wheel, beginning January 18.

Life Drawing sessions are held every Monday evening 5 to 8 pm as well as every fourth Monday afternoon from 2 – 5 pm. It is an opportunity to practice your drawing skills with a live model. Cost is $15 in advance, or $20 drop in.  All are welcome.

For more information and to register visit www.chestertownriverarts.org and click Education, or call RiverArts at 410 778 6300.Classes are held at the ArtsAlive! Education Center, 200 High Street, or at the Clay Studio, 204 High Street.

The RiverArts office, Gift Shop and Galleries are located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Winter hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.