New cassette by Partners in Song features county backup singers EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

January 26, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Talent and tenacity have achieved recognition for Iris Hirsch and Diane Perry, who perform as Partners In Song. Their newest cassette tape, "Rainbow Zoo" will be introduced at a free children's concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Florence Bain Senior Center on Beaverkill Road in Harper's Choice.

A group of nine talented county girls and boys, ages 7 to 11, are featured on the tape. Ten of the 12 folk songs on the cassette were written by Ms. Hirsch, who has composed other songs for the Baltimore Childrens' Zoo and the Children's Cancer Foundation.

A member of the Washington Songwriters' Association, her songs received honorable mentions in the 1990 Mid-Atlantic Songwriters Contest. For the past 10 years the duo has been performing in the Baltimore/Washington corridor and they have been featured on local radio and television programs.

Both women have been singing a good part of their lives. Columbia's Village Voices brought them together, where it was suggested they work as a team for a production number.

In real life Ms. Hirsch teaches English in Prince George's County and Ms. Perry is a Howard County geriatric administrator. At home, Ms. Perry's two children are built-in testing boards for new songs. Both women are east Columbia residents.

The public is invited to the Rainbow Zoo party and advised to bring their singing voices and clapping hands. "Richard the Recycling Rhinoceros," a magical bubble gum flight and all of the colorful animals in the "Rainbow Zoo" will entertain the audience.

Rachael and Shayna Freedman, Michelle Everett, Rosalind and Levi Young, Alex Perry, April Turner, Abigail Arnold-Ochs and Kristen Jarvis, the backup voices on the cassette, plan to be there for the sing-along with everyone.

Partners In Song's first cassette "Peanut Butter & Other Ingredients for Music" has been distributed in libraries and is sold in toy, music and bookstores across the country. Both will be available at the party. "Peanut Butter" is $8; "Rainbow" is $10 or $15 for both. Information: 301-596-2017.

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Doris Ligon, executive director of the Maryland Museum of African Art, has announced that Dr. Kwaku Ofori-Ansa, associate professor of art at Howard University, will be the guest speaker at the Museum's Teachers Workshop, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The program, coordinated with Gwin Jones of Cocoran Gallery in Washington, will highlight the gallery's exhibit "Africa Explored: 20th Century African Art," which opens Feb. 13 and features 100 mixed media artworks.

Teachers attending the workshop will view a film; participate in hands-on art; and receive a reference packet, including slides, to be used in their schools. Artist, Clement Femi Trimnell, will present a demonstration of his work.

Ms. Ligon, an Oakland Mills resident, said that while the workshop is of particular interest to art and social studies teachers, everyone is invited. Class size is limited; the registration fee of $15, made payable to MMAA, will be accepted on a first-received basis at MMAA, P.O. Box 1105, Columbia MD 21044. Information: 730-7130-7105, (301) 596-0051 or fax 730-1823.

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Tomorrow, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a self-defense awareness seminar for girls 13 and older will be held at the Columbia Association's Teen Center in Oakland Mills Village Center. They will be taught how to avoid, or defuse, dangerous situations by Brook Slunt and Ali Hassan, karate instructor. Class fee is $5 for Columbia residents; $7 for non-residents. Information: 992-3726.

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Stevens Forest Elementary School presented December's Good Citizenship Awards to students at an assembly this month. Citizens of the Month are Jenny Keddell, Amanda Mezei,Ursula Stamp, Moni Gbadebo, Becky Sidor, Jason Abramowitz, Casey Gunn, Gena Chuppetta, Michael Ricks, Meggie Tortolero, Kristen Zwobot, Elizabeth Gray, Crispin Allen, Marcus West, Stephanie Amponsah and Michael Burgoon.

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