Mid-Shore Arts: Lend Me a Tenor… from Goldsboro


The Tred Avon Players have lined up a blockbuster collection of comedies for their 2017 season, and starting this weekend, this humor campaign continues with the opening of Lend Me a Tenor at the Oxford Community Center.

The recipient of Tony awards and overcoming critical praise, the play takes place in 1934 in a hotel suite in Cleveland as the local opera company prepares for its season premier with the world famous tenor Tito Merelli appearing. But as TAP’s cast and crew tell it in their interview with the Spy, things don’t always work out the way one plans it, and the characters desperately seek out a last minute replacement

The Spy sat down with producer Leigh Marquess, director Zack Schlag, and actors Nick Grande from Cambridge and young Jared Koenig from Goldsboro, to talk about the plot, the laughs, and Jared’s character Max comes out of nowhere to save the show.

Evening performances of “Lend Me a Tenor” are scheduled for Thursday (“Thrifty Thursday,” featuring two-for-one tickets), April 27; Friday, April 28; and Saturday, April 29, all starting at 7:30 p.m. A Sunday matinee on April 30 begins at 2 p.m. The following weekend, evening shows are set for Thursday through Saturday, May 4-6, at 7:30 p.m., with the run wrapping on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. The Tred Avon Players are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Christian Academy Students Participate in “Kids in the Gallery”


Christian Academy grades 3/4 repurposing books in KidSPOT during their Kids in the Gallery tour.

Students from Colleen Payne’s 3-4 combination class at Chestertown Christian Academy enjoyed a tour of “The Art of Stewardship” exhibit at the RiverArts Gallery on Thursday, April 20.They walked around the gallery, viewing, and stopping to discuss the artwork with docent Elizabeth Healy.

The tour, which is part of the RiverArts “Kids in the Gallery” program, was followed by an art activity which repurposed old books to create paper sculptures in the KidSPOT studio next door

“Kids in the Gallery” promotes visual literacy as well as art appreciation and an opportunity to create a work of art inspired by the exhibit of the month.The program is geared toward teachers and students in grades 1 -5.Elizabeth Healy, a retired elementary educator and trained gallery docent is the program director.

For more information about scheduling a visit, please call RiverArts director Andy Goddard at 410 778 6300 or email andygoddard@chestertownriverarts.org. www.chestertownriverarts.org

Chestertown RiverArts is located at 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD  21620 – (in the breezeway).  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM, and open on First Fridays until 8 PM.

D’Amore Duo at the Garfield Center May 6


The D’Amore Duo – classical guitarist William Feasley and oboist Emily Tsai — are bringing their unique sound of classical guitar and oboe to the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown on Saturday, May 6 at 7 PM.

Feasley founded the D’Amore Duo in 1991 to explore chamber music for oboe and guitar.  This exploration expanded to jazz and other musical genres and to attracting works written for the Duo by renowned American and international composers. The varied program for this concert features works by Astor Piazzola, Napolean Coste, Chick Corea, Peter Madlem, Richard Greene, and Marcelo Ferraris. Included are three works written especially for the Duo by Ferraris, an Argentinian guitarist and composer; Greene, a classical violinist turned bluegrass fiddler; and celebrated American composer Madlem.

D’Amore Duo has toured internationally and domestically to enthusiastic reviews at venues such as St. Martin in the Fields in London; the Yale Centre for British Art; the National Cathedral and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand; the Spanish Institute in New York; and live on ABC International Radio in Sydney, Australia. They have released three critically-claimed recordings.

This musical evening begins at 7 PM. Tickets, $15 each, are available online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling the box office at (410) 810-2060.The Garfield Center is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown, Maryland on the beautiful Eastern Shore.

About William Feasley. William Feasley, who resides in Maryland, was the first guitarist to be awarded the Peabody Conservatory’s Artist Diploma. He has since been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a gold medal in the 1987 Pan Hellenic Guitar Competition in Athens and a 1996 Governor’s Citation for Outstanding Achievements in the Arts in Maryland. Feasley has performed worldwide and was selected to play for Andrés Segovia – “the father of modern classical guitar” — at the Master’s historic last class at the University of Southern California in 1986. Feasley’s recent tours took him to Australia, New Zealand, and more than a dozen countries in Europe and South America. Feasley is on the faculty of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland.

About Emily Tsai. Emily Tsai received her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music from the University of Maryland. Emily was a top finisher in Concerto Competitions at Eastman and at the University of Maryland. She has participated in many Festivals including those in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Florida.Emily currently resides in Washington, D.C. where she ls an active freelance musician and on the faculty of the Holton-Arms School.

This concert was programmed by Kent County resident and life-long classical and jazz music lover Muphen R. Whitney.

Chester River Chorale Rehearsing More Than Song


Members of the Chester River Chorale have been belting out show stoppers or crooning love songs in the spring for almost two decades, but can the singers dance too? You can find out when “Hooray for Hollywood!” is presented at Washington College’s Decker Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th.

A few of the 90-plus Chorale members in the show have been taking dance lessons from Greg Minahan, who has brought his Broadway chops to lead the singers through their paces in moves choreographed by the Chorale’s own dance professional, alto Karen Lynn Smith, who directed the dance program at Washington College before retirement.

Minahan, who was a guest artist last spring in the Chorale’s “Shakespeare’s Songbook,” will serve as the song-and-dance master of ceremonies, soloing with an umbrella in “Singin’ in the Rain,” and leading the Chorale’s Hooray for Hollywood dancers in ballroom turns for “Cheek to Cheek” and some Snoopy-inspired boogying in “Better When I’m Dancin’.”

A bonus will be an interlude of movie themes by Maryland jazz and classical guitarist Tom Lagana.

The show marks the second year in a row that the Washington College Music Department has sponsored the Chorale’s spring show and helped put it on at the college’s Gibson Center for the Arts. Ken Schweitzer, chair of the Music Department, will serve as a percussionist as well as host.

The musical program, put together by Artistic Director Doug Cox and accompanied by the Chorale’s Sam Marshall, raises the curtain with Richard Roger’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from 1945’s State Fair) and concludes with the stirring rhythms of Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” (from 1989’s Working Girl).

Cox said he loves the music he chose “not for its tie to the Silver Screen, but rather for the memories I have whenever I hear it,” adding that the songs “are part of my personal life soundtrack.”

Tickets are $15—with students and children free—and will be available at the door in the Gibson Center for the Arts and are available in advance from the Chorale’s website, www.chesterriverchorale.org.

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by Yerkes Construction Co., the Hedgelawn Foundation, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Kent County Arts Council and 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. our performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. We can only succeed with the help of you, our audience. For more information visit www.chesterriverchorale.org; check out the Chorale on Facebook, or call 410–928–5566.

Ken Cowan Organ Concert at Emmanuel Church May 5


Ken Cowan will make his 22nd consecutive appearance at Emmanuel Church on May 5th, 7:30 p.m.  This remarkably talented organist has played every year to enthusiastic followers since Emmanuel’s Harrison organ was installed.  Besides displaying a huge variety of organ compositions at his recitals, all of the music is memorized.

Recent feature performances have included appearances at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa California, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Spivey Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as concerts in Germany and Korea. In addition, Mr. Cowan has been a featured artist in recent years at the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists held in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, has performed at many regional conventions of the AGO, and has been featured at several conventions of the Organ Historical Society and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Ken received the Master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music, studying organ with Thomas Murray. Prior to attending Yale, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with John Weaver. His major teacher during high school years was James Bingham, Organist/Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in Buffalo, NY, which is not far from his hometown Thorold, Ontario, Canada.

In 2012 Mr. Cowan joined the keyboard faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as Associate Professor and head of the organ program.

String Ensemble to Perform for National Music Festival’s Resonance Finale


Violinist Elizabeth Adams serves as a Mentor for the National Music Festival and is the leader of the Kassia Music Collective.

The ten musicians of the Kassia Music Collective & Friends will fill Chestertown’s Emmanuel Church with string music when they perform at 7:30pm on Saturday, April 22 to close the first season of Resonance, the National Music Festival’s chamber music series. Tickets are $20 and are available on the Festival’s website, www.nationalmusic.us, or at the door.

Before the concert, join us for Fabulous Finger Food, Wonderful Wine and Decadent Desserts! Dine in elegance at the famous Widehall home (101 N. Water Street) from 5pm to 7pm. Hear about the upcoming National Music Festival season from Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg, and about the story of Widehall from its owners. Then make the leisurely walk to the concert at Emmanuel Church. The proceeds will go support the Feed the Festival program of the NMF Hospitality Committee and will help serve apprentices and mentors during the Festival. Tickets are $50 and are available online at http://nationalmusic.us/get-involved/special-events/.

The Kassia Music Collective is a newly formed chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the D.C. area. By focusing on the work of living composers, they play pieces that infuse classical music with different genres and styles, thereby shaping the direction of the western classical tradi­tion. They believe that contemporary music can entice listeners as it challenges them, can excite without abandoning the forms of music from the past, and can evolve without sacrificing beauty.

Their program includes a work by the group’s composer and pianist, Samuel Post, as well as Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Concerto for Two Violins in d, and a string symphony by Mendelssohn.

As the program also features Phanos Dymiotis’ Suite for Strings, the National Music Festival has designated this event as the 9th Annual Phanos Project Concert. While The Phanos Project began, informally, before the formation of the National Music Festival, it is now a part of the National Music Festival organization. Dymiotis was a violinist and composer from Cyprus, who lived and performed in Maryland until his death at age 41 in a collision with a drunk driver. He performed frequently in Kent County and on the Eastern Shore. The Phanos Project was formed to keep his music playing.

The Kassia Music Collective & Friends concert is the finale of the National Music Festival’s fall-to-spring monthly Resonance chamber music series. Resonance was formerly Kent Chamber Music. For individual tickets as well as annual NMF and Resonance passes, go to: http://nationalmusic.us/events-and-tickets/tickets/

Garfield Center Open Auditions


Mike Cades and Kayla Klugman in the 2016 SAST festival.

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 on the following dates:

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7pm
Thursday, May 4 @ 7pm
Sunday, May 7 @ 11am

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

Short Attention Span Theatre will run three weekends: June 23-25, June 30-July 2, and July 7-9.

Everyone 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 sast@garfieldcenter.org, or call 410-810-2060 or visit our website www.GarfieldCenter.org.

About Short Attention Span Theatre (SAST)
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.

Aspen Institute Hosts Peabody Conservatory Honors Ensemble Concert


Trio ex Animo members from L to R, Ethan Sandman, cello; Helen Wong, violin; and Timothy Jones, piano.

The Aspen Institute will host a concert on Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 PM at the Inn at River House on the Institute’s Wye River campus off Carmichael Road in Queenstown. The concert will feature Trio ex Animo, comprised of Helen Wong (Violin), Ethan Sandman (Cello), and Timothy Jones (Piano). The three musicians are currently pursuing studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and were named an “Honors Ensemble” for 2016-2017 via audition. The concert program will include Anton Arensky, Piano Trio in d-minor, Op. 32 and Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97. A reception will follow.

“We are excited to bring these three outstanding young musicians to the Aspen Institute’s Wye River campus,” said Judy Price, Aspen Wye Campus Manager. “These concerts are an important part of the Wye Fellows annual programming, complementing monthly dialogues with world thought leaders and opportunities to attend the Institute’s events in Washington, DC. We are pleased to host this event for friends of the Institute’s Wye campus and members of the public.”

Helen Wong began studying the violin at age six, has won several competitions in upstate New York, and has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, she was a member of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra and toured across the United States and China under the batons of Maestro David Robertson and Maestro Charles Dutoit, respectively.

Ethan Sandman is a cellist from Southern California. He was a recipient of the Young Artists Foundation’s David Weiss scholarship and was named the Grand Prizewinner in the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s Scholarship Audition. Ethan was a frequent guest on the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art’s radio broadcast classical music series, Sundays Live. He has also been featured on Israeli Public Radio as part of a live broadcast at the Tel-Aviv Opera House, and was awarded a scholarship to participate in Kronberg Academy’s biennial cello mastercourse, Cello Without Borders, in Germany.

Pianist Timothy Jones has taken prizes and participated in a variety of competitions. He was a prizewinner in the 2012 Austrian International Piano Festival Competition. While on tour in Austria, he participated in a benefit concert playing Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 in D-flat major, raising enough money for a young girl to receive a complex medical procedure. Timothy has performed and participated in many festivals, including Meadowmount School of Music, Southeastern Piano Festival and Summit Music Festival.

The talented members of this ensemble have appeared at numerous concert venues around the world, some of which include Stadthalle Kronberg, Carnegie, and Shenzen as well as the Hong Kong and Tel Aviv Cultural Centers.

The concert is sponsored by the Aspen Wye Fellows and the Friends of Wye, support groups of the Institute and its Wye River campus.

The event is free with a limited number of seats available to the general public. Seats may be reserved by calling Mary Ann Dodd at 410-820-5433. To learn more about the Aspen Wye Fellows Program, which features monthly discussions with diplomats, influential policymakers and world thought leaders, contact Judy Price at judy.price@aspeninstitute.org or by calling 410-820-5432.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.  

Academy Art Museum Announces May 2017 Events


Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV, 2013, Fabric, embroidery, paint, Collection of the artist.


Exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. Curator-Led Tours will be held on Tuesday, May, 2, 2017 at 12 noon.


Through July 9, 2017

The exhibition FABRICation is making its way around the country, coming to the Academy Art Museum by way of Art Museum of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, FABRICation features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication. Funding for FABRICation was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department (ESWA.org).

Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford

Through July 9, 2017

Steven Ford layers colors via simply carved linocut blocks and collagraph plates. The linocut blocks are often re-inked and reprinted with the paper shifted to create layering and cross hatched patterns. The collagraph plates print “real” textures from items such as popsicle sticks and lathe from old plaster walls. Ford works quickly, rolling ink onto the blocks and cranking them through an etching press. At times the thin, strong Asian papers are folded like an accordion bellows and printed, then flattened and printed some more. Steven Ford is represented by Dolan/Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia.

Steven Ford, Untitled (N0619A) 2013, Linocut & collagraph with chine colle Image/sheet: 29 1/2 x 59 3/4 inch, Collection of the artist.

Luminous Forms: Marble and Bronze Sculpture by Shelley Robzen

Through July 16, 2017

Shelley Robzen’s sculpture is amazing in its purity and its celebration of beauty and craftsmanship. Robzen has a sophisticated sense of form, volume and line. Her sculptures are sensual and sensitive. They are pared down to an essential simplicity. Her sculpture is included in private collections in the United States, Italy, France, England, Canada, Norway, Hong Kong, Israel and Japan. Robzen is represented by Carla Massoni Gallery. The Academy Art Museum is presenting her marble and bronze sculpture in her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S.

Todd Forsgren: Birdwatcher and Ecologist

Through May 30, 2017

Todd R. Forsgren uses photography to examine themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history. To do so, Forsgren uses a range of photographic approaches, from documentary strategies to experimental techniques. His work has been shown at numerous venues and has been featured in National Geographic, Nature, and TIME’s Lightbox, to name a few.

Shelley Robzen, Volo #6, 2012, Carrara White Marble.


Annual Spring Event – The Art of Color
May 6, 2017
Guests will sip cocktails under the spring sky, while enjoying the smooth sounds of The Eric Byrd Trio. Dinner will be held at the Museum, where attendees will be surrounded by the vibrancy and boldness of the exhibitions on view, Steven Ford: Prints and FABRICation. This event celebrates the Museum’s mission to promote the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore. To purchase tickets, call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

Art After Dark: Pottery Date Night
Friday, May 19, 6–9 p.m.
$100/couple (includes wine, beer and light snacks)
Need date night plans? Ceramics instructor, Paul Aspell will walk you through how to center and shape your clay on the potter’s wheel. Students will select the glaze colors to finish their pieces. Dress in comfortable clothes. You may get a little dirty!

July 31-August 5, 2017
The Museum will travel to Maine from and visit the state’s leading museums, including the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum of Art (where former AAM Director Christopher Brownawell serves as Executive Director), the Colby College Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, and more. Led by Director Benjamin Simons and Senior Curator Anke van Wagenberg, participants will enjoy private visits to some of the leading private collections in the region, take in Winslow Homer’s studio at Prouts Neck, and explore the region’s other cultural offerings and fine dining. For further details, or if you are interested in participating, please contact Damika Baker, Director of Development, at dbaker@academyartmuseum.org.

Todd R. Forsgren, Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus), 2012 Collection of the Artist.



Paint Along with Diane and Sheryl
Mentors: Diane DuBois Mullaly and Sheryl Southwick
3 days: May 30, 31, June 1 Tuesday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 Museum members, $114 non-members
Diane and Sheryl invite all their students and friends to paint along (in any medium) with them during this unique mentored outdoor painting experience. Each day the group meets at a different fabulous private property, where everyone picks a spot and starts painting. Diane and Sheryl will make rounds to each painter’s easel throughout the morning to make suggestions and give advice. www.dianeduboismullaly.com and sherylsouthwick.com

From Viewer to Doer
Monday, May 15, 6–8 p.m. or Thursday, May 18, 2–4 p.m. (Choose one)
Cost: $10
Transform yourself from “viewer” to “doer” by taking part in a special spring workshop. The “From Viewer to Doer” approach consists of an informal tour/chat about the exhibition(s) on view and the opportunity to work on a related art project. No art experience or “talent” necessary! Workshops to complement the Museum’s spring exhibitions, FABRICation: Fiber Art and Parts and Labor: A Survey Exhibition of Print and Collage Works by Steven Ford. Contact Constance Del Nero at cdelnero@academyartmuseum.org for additional information or sign up online.



Travel the World at the Academy Art Museum
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Children 6+ and their parents work together on an art project and enjoy tasty snacks typical of that country. Our next stop will be Ghana. We will be inspired by the work of El Anatsui, who works with recycled materials to create stunning wall-hangings.


Participants work on an abstract bird project after viewing Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein’s Avian Inspirations exhibition.

Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesh (410) 829-0335
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during holidays or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments a person can make for themselves or their child. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Voice Lessons
Instructor: Erika Knepp (443) 254-0157
Exploring techniques, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.


Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance

Amanda Showell (302)-377-3088. www.dancingontheshore.com.

For additional information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.