Soprano Lisa Cerbone's alternative music tells of lost innocence

NEIGHBORS

March 14, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Lisa Cerbone's voice, a high sweet soprano, asks you to slow down, stay a while and listen to the poetry.

A group of us gathered at An Die Musik in Ellicott City Saturday afternoon for a mini-concert.

Ms. Cerbone's harmony is secondary to the lyrics, which explore the theme of lost innocence. It's called alternative music, the favorite of today's college students.

And her compact disc is playing well on college radio stations. Yet among Saturday's listeners were baby boomers, and her music also plays on adult alternative stations.

A Baltimore native, Ms. Cerbone has been working on her music for about seven years, since she started writing as an English major at the University of Maryland.

After graduation she began teaching middle school, first in Harford County, and later at Owen Brown Middle School in Columbia.

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Perhaps you read here last week of Jennie Lee from Centennial High School, who won the American Legion's oratorical competition for Maryland's Northern Central District.

March 6, the finals were held in Annapolis, a competition among seven regional winners. Each contestant was required to give a 10-minute prepared speech and a five-minute extemporaneous speech.

Because of a time crunch caused by this winter's weather, Jenny had to prepare for three contests in four weeks.

She gave her award-winning talk, "Rights and Duties, Flip Sides of the Same Coin," a talk that "outshone all of the others," according to Manuel Marquez, Post 156 contest coordinator.

Post 156 meets at the VFW Hall in Ellicott City. The competition was called "extraordinarily tight," yet Jenny walked away with a silver medal and $1,000 for her entry.

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Rockland United Methodist Church in Ellicott City announces an all-you-can-eat Soup Supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The good cooks of Rockland will create a variety of homemade soups, barbecue, beverages and desserts.

Tickets for adults cost $5, children 6 to 12 are $2.50, and children under 6 eat for free. All who love good company and food are welcome.

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Are you anxious to put spade to earth and get some dirt under your fingernails again? Before you do, make this the year you have your soil tested.

It's helpful to know what your garden needs, so you hit the bull's eye with needed, not wasted, nutrients.

Here is an important point: vegetable gardens, flower beds and turf each need a different mix of nutrients, so it's a good idea to get multiple tests.

Soil tests cost $5 apiece. For details, call the Howard County Extension Service at 313-2707.

You'll receive a kit with sampling instructions. Mail the sample to the University of Maryland for soil analysis and treatment recommendations.

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Burleigh Manor Middle School PTA will hold its next general meeting at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in the school.

The evening's speaker will be Jackie Brown, county human relations coordinator for the school system.

Ms. Brown will discuss gender equity in education, conflict resolution and interpersonal relations. All interested community members are welcome.

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Gov. William Donald Schaefer has issued a call for entries in the second annual Senior Citizens "Maryland You Are Beautiful" Fine Arts competition.

Designed to encourage all seniors to demonstrate their artistic ability, the contest calls for entries in four categories: painting in oil on canvas, watercolor on paper, wood carving, and a new specialty, pottery.

The competition is open to all Maryland amateur artists age 60 and over, each of whom may submit one work.

The work must have been completed within the past 12 months, and should have an information card attached to the back with the artist's name, address, phone number, the work's title and dimensions, and materials/media used.

For more information on "Maryland You Are Beautiful," call 313-7210.

An art show at Florence Bain Center in May will exhibit our county's entries. Local professional artists will select a "Best in Show."

The 24 "Best in Show" winners will be honored by Governor Schaefer July 8 at an awards ceremony and luncheon at St. John's College in Annapolis.

Each winner will receive a Maryland Getaway Weekend, donated by hotels and restaurants across the state. All entrants will be given a recognition certificate in a local ceremony.

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Tonight, the Howard County Arts Council will sponsor a gallery reception to celebrate Youth Art Month with the student artists and their teachers.

A gallery talk will be given at 6:45 p.m. Three student exhibits are in the center. Gallery I features the fourth annual Senior Show, displaying various works created by 12th-grade advanced art or senior studio students.

For Gallery II, each Howard County High School art department was invited to show a portfolio that records one student's artistic development of images and ideas.

In Gallery III, in the exhibit entitled "Art Across the Curriculum," kindergarten students through 12th-grade students have created works resulting from connections between art and other subject areas.

The Arts Center is open Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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While you're visiting the arts center, meander down the hall to the Quilting Association Gallery, where quilters from the state of Washington, including Jeanne Lay, have displayed their quilts.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 461-5733 to confirm hours.

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