Recording artists and lecturers David and Ginger Hildebrand will bring their unique form of musical entertainment home when they present a free "Evening of Colonial Music" at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road.
While performing together as singers and instrumentalists since 1980, the Severna Park residents have been researching Colonial music of the Annapolis region.
"Most of the music heard in Colonial Maryland was imported from London and Edinburgh," says David Hildebrand.
"The instruments werebrought here across the Atlantic," adds Ginger.
Their concerts highlight the differences between Colonial and contemporary music, along with how the instruments and the music played in early Annapolis varied according to class and gender.
Committed to both education and entertainment, the couple encourages its audience to ask questions.There will be time for this during a reception following the performance at Our Shepherd.
Well known throughout the eastern United States as authorities on Colonial music, the Hildebrands have appeared under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, and the Maryland Historical Society, as well as colleges, universities and other historical organizations.
David, who grew up in Maryland, just completed work on his Ph.D. in musicology at Catholic University in Washington. He received his master's degree from George Washington University in 1987 and his bachelor's from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).
A member of the Sonneck Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society, he has published articles and reviews in the Sonneck Society Bulletin, William & Mary Quarterly and Maryland Historical magazine.
Ginger HouptHildebrand, a New Jersey native, received her Master of Music in guitar performance from Peabody Conservatory and earned her bachelor's in music from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude).
She teaches classical guitar at Hood College and Anne Arundel Community College. In addition to performing with her husband, she is a sologuitarist and accompanist on guitar and lute.
The couple has three recordings, including "Out on a Limb" on album and cassette, and "Over the Hills and Far Away, Being a Collection of Music from 18th-Century Annapolis" on CD and cassette.
Their latest recording, released this fall, is entitled "Music of the Charles Carroll Family (1785-1832)."
Their music has been used for movies, stage and TV.
At home, the Hildebrand ensemble includes 3-year-old Paul and infant Laura.
For more information on the concert, call 647-4649 or 647-1658.
The Severna Park YMCA will conduct its third annual "Van" Vandenberg YMCA Swim-a-thon, "The 36-Hour Swim to Spain" this weekend.The event, which includes a sleep-over for those over the age of 6, will be held for 36 continuous hours from 7 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Spanish theme is borrowed from the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
Participants may swim laps or take part in theirregular aquatic exercise programs. Money may be pledged or donated. Funds raised will help support all county YMCAs.
For further information, call 647-3800.
Comedian Bertice Berry will kick off atwo-week celebration of women at Anne Arundel Community College, "Women in the '90s: Discovering New Worlds," with a noon performance and7 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, March 3.
The evening lecture is entitled, "Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em: Gender Differences Between Men and Women that Affect Our Relationships."
Both appearances, sponsored by the Student Association, are free and open to the public.
A former college instructor who earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Kent State University, Berry was voted 1991 College and University Comedian of the Year.
She has appeared on CNN's "World Today"and Showtime's "Comedy Club Network."
For information about the college celebration of women, call 541-2218.
Second call for 1982 graduates of Severna Park High School.
Carol Prendergast Kin reports that response has been tremendous to the class' 10th reunion scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 10 at Martin's West on Security Boulevard.
However, she reminds everyone that saying you'll attend isonly the first step. Money for the dinner-dance has to be in by March 13.
Tickets will not be available at the door.
For details, call 544-2434 or 369-0468.
You can celebrate the wearin' of the green and at the same time donate some green to a worthy cause.
The first annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance to benefit Hospice ofthe Chesapeake (formerly Arundel Hospice) is scheduled for 6 to 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Michael's Eighth Avenue, in Glen Burnie.
The traditional St. Patrick's buffet, served from 7 to 10 p.m., will feature corned beef and cabbage and all the Irish spuds you can eat.
The fun will include music by WISE, line dancing, a big wheel, door prizes, cash bar and an Irish sing-a-long.
Tickets are $25 per person.
For further information, call 647-1445.