Busy musician takes on another conducting job
It's a busy season for Cathy Ferguson, who takes on new duties as musical director of the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and as conductor of the Essex Community College Chamber Players, formerly the Greater Baltimore Youth Chorale. She continues as musical director of the Canticle Singers of Baltimore and as part-time instructor in violin and viola at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., where she also conducts the student orchestra.
In addition to her musical activities, she works as a media buyer for C & C Media and Marketing in Baltimore.
An accomplished violinist, the 31-year-old Colorado native is a graduate of Colorado State University and has two master's degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, one in violin performance and one in instrumental conducting. She has served as guest conductor of the Women's Composers Orchestra of Maryland and the Fort Collins (Colo.) Symphony, among others.
A chance to perform
This year the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks office of therapeutic recreation service is again sponsoring a musical theater program for people, age 18 and up, with mild to moderate mental retardation. Non-verbal applicants are encouraged to take part.
Four shows are being planned for the months of March through May, including a musical revue and abbreviated versions of "The Sound of Music," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Mame." Starting this fall, participants will meet once a week to rehearse.
The program was begun three years ago, according to Debbie Meyer, director of creative arts for the rec department, and last year it won an honorable mention in the therapeutic category of the Dorothy McMillan Arts and Humanities Awards. The program is rooted in the belief that intellectually limited people can have fun and find fulfillment if given the chance to perform on stage. To apply call 887-5370.
Music in great spaces
Listening to good music in a fine setting enriches the experience. That's the goal of the new Great Music in Great zTC Spaces series, which will feature the Annapolis Brass Quintet performing in the Mount Vernon Place area at four different locations during the months ahead. Each concert will include a talk about the particular building by an expert in Baltimore architecture or history, and a tour of the site.
The series, sponsored by the International Brass Quintet Festival, opens next Sunday with two performances in the Engineering Society building, at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a 5 p.m. reception and tour of the 19th century brownstone. Elliott Zuckerman will provide a brief history. The program includes music of the last 400 years performed by the quintet in a solo recital.
Also scheduled this season are:
*"Byrd & Brass Christmas," with the Charlie Byrd Trio: Dec. 22, 8 p.m., Peabody Library.
*Brass and organ, with organist Donald Sutherland: March 10, 6 p.m., Old Saint Paul's Church.
*Morgan State University Chamber Choir and brass: April 14, 6 p.m., Walters Art Gallery.
Individual tickets are $15, and the series costs $50. Make checks payable to IBQF and send to Great Music, P.O. Box 65011, Baltimore, Md. 21209. Call 235-4302 for information.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown have been awarded $223,500 and $5,000, respectively, by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of a $9.7 million package of federal grants benefiting 180 orchestras across the country. The BSO's award is intended to support the orchestra's Celebrity and Favorite series during the current season, while the MSO's grant will aid its 1990-'91 subscription series. Recipients are required to match the funds according to various formulas. Under the program, the highest possible award is $290,000.
This year, for the first time, the selecting peer panel used blind judging, evaluating applicants during the first round on the basis of cassette recordings.
*Arion Gesangverein for the 1990-'91 season. Openings in all voice parts. Call Eric Townell at 377-5908 for appointment.
*Canticle Singers for the 1990-'91 season. Women singers only. For time and place call Cathy Ferguson at 547-2626 or 828-7922.
*Columbia Pro Cantare for the new season. Singers needed for all sections, especially tenors and basses. Call 465-5744 or 730-8549.
*St. Charles Chorale at Charlestown for the new season. Male and female singers needed. For time and place call Pat Kemp at 744-5023, after 5:30 p.m.