The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded 80 grants totaling $151,187 to arts organizations that present music and theater touring companies in Maryland, several nearby states, the Washington and the Virgin Islands. The grants subsidize projects that help reach rural and culturally diverse audiences.
In Maryland, organizations and institutions receiving $12,502 in funds are Baltimore Theatre Project Inc., Candlelight Concert Society, Concert Society at Maryland (University of Maryland, College Park), Frostburg State University, Maryland Theatre Association, Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival and the Tidewater Performing Arts Society.
Mid-Atlantic also awarded $4,000 in jazz programming grants to BAUhouse Inc., to the Publick Playhouse of the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission and to the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.
Chris Norman hits No. 13
Baltimorean Chris Norman's first solo recording "Chris Norman: Man With the Wooden Flute" reached No. 13 on Billboard's chart of Top Crossover Albums last week. Founder of the traditional music group Helicon and a member of the Baltimore Consort music ensemble, Mr. Norman will appear at the An die Musik store in Towson at 2 p.m. Saturday. This is the first album by Dorian Recordings, a 5-year-old independent label, to hit the charts.
The Municipal Concert Band, conducted by George Gaylor, begins its season of free outdoor summer concerts at 8 p.m. July 1 on the grounds of Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave. The two-hour program features musical comedy, popular music and light classics. The band will also play:
July 2, Patterson Park; July 3, Good Samaritan Hospital Grounds, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.; July 6, Burdick Park; July 7, Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.; July 8, Fitzgerald Park; July 9, Carroll Park; July 10, St. Matthew's Church grounds, Norman and Mayfield avenues; July 13, Wyman Park; July 14, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen grounds, N. Charles St.; July 15, Bethlehem Lutheran Church grounds, 4815 Hamilton Ave.; July 16, Herring Run Park.