BSO musicians are coming to classrooms

Arts Notes

December 15, 1996|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Twenty-two Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians will head for the classroom to help teach music and the arts to area students as part of an Arts Excel education partnership program in 11 Baltimore City and County schools.

Arts Excel will use music and the arts as tools to develop thinking skills in language arts, social studies, science, history and math. The program is also designed to enrich the educational environment and to help improve academic achievement, attendance and parental involvement.

The program will be introduced to students in kindergarten and grades one and nine. Grades will be added sequentially to the curriculum each year, so that by the year 2001, music education programs will be offered to students through grade 12.

Activities will include in-class demonstrations by the BSO musicians, storytelling and creative exercises. BSO youth concerts at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall will be linked to classroom activities.

Public schools participating in the program this season include Maree Garnett Farring Elementary, Belmont Elementary, Tench Tilghman Elementary, Booker T. Washington and Winston middle schools in Baltimore, and Cedarmere and Lansdowne elementary and high schools in Baltimore County. Two private schools, Gilman Lower School and Bryn Mawr School, and one parochial school, Seton Keough High School, are also part of the pilot program. The primary criterion for selection was the school's demonstrated commitment to Arts Excel's approach to learning.

Musical broadcast

For the first time, "Christmas with Choral Arts," an annual holiday program by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will be broadcast on local television.

WMAR, NewsChannel 2 will broadcast the performance, recorded at the Basilica of the Assumption, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Dec. 25.

The hourlong program by the full chorus and orchestra will feature music by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Pachelbel, and will include audience sing-alongs.

Ensemble competition

Classical instrumental chamber music ensembles that have performed together for at least six months and have presented no fewer than four recitals during that time are eligible to enter the 1997 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition.

The entry deadline is Jan. 24.

A maximum of three ensembles will be selected during a final audition in late March. Each winning ensemble will receive a $2,000 honorarium for a featured performance at the Artscape '97 "Classics in the Cool" series July 27.

Established to encourage and support emerging chamber music artists in Maryland and to build audiences for chamber music, the competition is made possible through the generosity of arts patron and philanthropist Laura Burrows-Jackson.

Center Stage auction

Center Stage is seeking new and unusual items for the 20th anniversary of its annual fund-raising event, the WBAL-Baltimore Sun Auction for Center Stage.

More than 700 items will be auctioned during a 16-hour radio broadcast Feb. 23. Last year's event raised more than $149,000, bringing the total amount collected in 19 years to $1.5 million.

Donations for the 1997 auction should have a minimum value of $50. To discuss a contribution, call auction coordinator Sydney Wilner at (410) 685-3200, Ext. 438.

Juried exhibit

The Mary Washington College Galleries in Fredericksburg, Va., are accepting entries for a juried art exhibition, "Mid-Atlantic New Painting 97," to be held next fall.

Paintings are being sought from artists in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. About $7,000 will be awarded in prizes.

The exhibition will be judged by Janet A. Kaplan, executive editor of Art Journal, published by the College Art Association.

Each artist may submit slides representing up to three works. The paintings must have been completed within the past two years and can be in any medium. Entry deadline is March 14. For more information: (540) 654-1013.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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