Free concerts fill air with music


June 17, 1996|By Lyn Backe | Lyn Backe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I WAS TALKING with a friend recently about the choices we make as children that we regret as adults. We both had the chance to master a musical instrument, and we blew it. Her instrument was the flute, while mine were violin and piano. But we both put our musical careers aside.

In our conversation, my friend remembered her early exposure to music, when her grandmother took her to free outdoor band concerts. Now she can return the favor and take her grandmother to free concerts all summer long.

Various segments of the Naval Academy Band will perform at the City Dock in Annapolis at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning July 9. The Wind Ensemble opens the Summer Serenade 1996 that night. The band has planned a children's program, a big band concert and a contemporary rock performance later in the summer.

Another Naval Academy concert series, at "Rip" Miller Turf Field, starts at 8 p.m. July 11 and runs through Aug. 11 on Thursdays. Guest artists include the Original Crabtown Stompers dixieland band, the Air Force's Silver Wings, a country music ensemble, and the Singing Sergeants.

Polka and waltz

Closer to home for my South County friend will be Mike Surratt and the Continentals, offering a free concert of polka and waltz selections at West River Center near Shady Side at 7: 30 p.m. June 29. The concert is sponsored by Chesapeake Cultural Arts.

Information: 867-0888 or 224-8825.

Colonial music

Another kind of music is to be enjoyed Friday at London Town House and Gardens, when Annapolitans David and Ginger Hildebrand present music heard in Maryland's Colonial taverns: ballads, theater songs and energetic dance tunes. The Hildebrands, who dress in 18th-century costume and play authentic and reproduction instruments, will perform in the garden overlooking the South River, or in the London Town Foundation's enclosed pavilion, in bad weather.

The site opens at 6 p.m. for light food and beverages and strolls along the river. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Reservations: 222-1919.

Pub Date: 6/17/96

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