Pops concert one of many events slated for February ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

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February 15, 1993|By LYN BACKE

When I was getting reacquainted with the man who is now my husband after not seeing him for 25 years, I confessed that when I am most adamant about something, I'm almost invariably wrong. So it goes with my long-held dictum that nothing ever happens in February -- nothing fun, anyway.

Proving me wrong this time is the Annapolis Chorale, with a pops concert Feb. 27 at 8 p.m., at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Sharing the spotlight with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, the chorale will perform excerpts from "Phantom of the Opera" and "Les Miserables," and songs by Cole Porter and Rogers and Hammerstein.

Two local jazz musicians, Stef Scaggiari and Sue Matthews, are featured in the program. Mr. Scaggiari is a favorite at Maryland Inn's King of France Tavern, where he initiated the Monday night Jazz Jam. Ms. Matthews will sing a Duke Ellington medley that Mr. Scaggiari arranged for her. Annapolis composer John Starr added his talents to several other of the evening's musical arrangements.

Tickets are $12 and $15. To order, call 263-1906.

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Also on the list of out-of-the-ordinary activities for February is the fourth history lecture tomorrow evening at 8 in Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's College.

Gregory R. Weidman, curator of furniture at the Maryland Historical Society, will discuss "Classical Maryland Furniture, 1815-1845." Her talk is free and open to the public.

Ms. Weidman is a frequent lecturer before museum, historical society and academic groups. She has held her position since 1978. Previously, she was curator for Historic Annapolis.

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This winter and spring, four chamber groups of the Naval Academy Band will perform at Anne Arundel County public library branches. The first is the Woodwind Quintet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Edgewater library. The concert is free.

The Woodwind Quintet also will perform in Linthicum in March and Odenton in May. The other Naval Academy Band groups are the Brass Quintet, Navy Basses and Barnacle Bones, a trombone quartet.

For scheduling information, call library headquarters at 222-7371.

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I have a younger sister and a daughter who were born at what is generally considered the beginning and end of the baby boom generation. I find it intriguing to look for similarities and differences between them, because social demographers lump them together.

When my sister was born, there were no microwave ovens, compact disc players, video cassettes, personal computers, fax machines or caller ID.

My daughter takes them for granted. She also wonders where the time has gone, and how to set priorities when so much opportunity is knocking. She's not alone in feeling the stress of today's technological age. To speak to her and others like her, Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis begins a seven-week study program called "Survival Skills for Changing Times" Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Led by Pastor C. Phillip Bush, Sunday sermons during this period will address living on less, off-loading stress, dealing with the unexpected, learning through pain and relating empathetically, among other topics. Visitors are welcome at the church, 1740 Forest Drive. For more information, call 263-6680.

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As a child growing up on Long Island, one of the best treats of the year was going to New York City to see the Easter Show at Radio City Music Hall. I think my mother and grandmother enjoyed it as much as we girls did.

The for-all-ages experience can be yours on April 7 when the YWCA bus departs from Parole at 7 a.m. It will bring you back about 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Radio City trip are $76 for seniors, $81 for those below 55. The price includes transportation and the Music Hall ticket. Lunch is on your own. YWCA membership is required.

To reserve your space, call 647-1500.

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And finally, an invitation again to call me at 263-2421 with news of your group, your project, your cause. Prove me wrong again, that nothing interesting happens in February . . . or March!

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