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February 12, 1993

College celebrates Russian music

Chamber Music on the Hill will commemorate the centennial of the death of Peter Tchaikovsky with an evening of music by Russian composers Feb. 20 in Western Maryland College's Baker Memorial Chapel.

The 8 p.m. performance will feature instrumentalists from the college and the Baltimore-Washington area. Two members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, cellist Esther Mellon-Thompson and violinist Melissa Zaraya, will join pianist David Kreider, a senior music lecturer at the college.

They will perform the Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello in G Minor as well as a piano and violin transcription of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise."

Tchaikovsky, who died in 1893 at the age of 53, is among the world's best-known composers of orchestral music. His works include several ballets, including "Swan Lake" and "The Nutcracker," the latter composed the year before his death. He is also revered in his native Russia for his operas.

"Tchaikovsky had a profound impact on orchestral music in the 20th century, in terms of his virtuoso orchestral writing and his extensive composition for ballet," Mr. Kreider said. "He lived during the golden age of Russian chamber music."

Supported by the music department at Western Maryland and a grant from the Carroll County Arts Council, Chamber Music on the Hill is dedicated to live chamber music in an intimate setting.

Future events by the group include an evening of music from the court of Frederick the Great on April 4.

Tickets for the Russian program are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and free to children and students with student identification. Tickets may be purchased at Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music and at the door.

Information: 857-2599.

Folklore journey marks Black History Month

Carroll Community College is celebrating Black History Month with two presentations in the coming weeks.

Griot Stanley Butler will present "A Journey Through African-American Folklore" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 125 of the 1601 Washington Road campus, Westminster.

The program is offered in conjunction with Carroll County Women on the Move Inc.

Children will enjoy Mr. Butler's collection of stories. Known as the West Baltimore African Talkin' Drum, the storyteller, librarian and griot will offer variations and improvisations of African and African-American stories and songs.

Mr. Butler is a member of the Griots' Circle of Maryland and the National Association of Black Storytellers. He is available for workshops for beginning storytellers, adults and children.

On Feb. 23, CCC faculty and students will present "Voices of African Americans: Readings by Faculty and Students" at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Both programs are free and open to the public.

& Information: 876-9639.

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