WEDNESDAY, Patuxent Valley Middle School held its annual winter concert at Hammond High School.
First, the strings performed under the able direction of Howard ,, Adams.
The ambitious program featured works by Tchaikovsky and Bach, ending with a rousing medley of Irish jigs.
Among the performers were Eden Koeppel, Rachael Smith, Rachael Bassett, Josh Sperling, Yee-ning Soong, Nicole Stanton, Timothy Kvedar, Ben Mauk, Amanda Weston, Joshua Cameron, Jana Monk, Elizabeth Klaczynski, Kristin Servary and Brent Dorman.
Patrick E. McSwain, dressed in formal tie and tails, followed the Concert Band onto the stage. He graciously thanked the performers and the Patuxent Valley staff for their continued support.
Although the band was composed mostly of sixth-graders -- and others new to band, and sometimes even to their instruments -- McSwain said he likes to challenge his students musically.
A terrific program followed, featuring 12 flutes, nine clarinets, six trumpets, a half-dozen percussionists (having entirely too much fun for a classical music recital) and an assortment of other instruments playing music that involved complex tempo changes.
Next came the school's chorus, under the direction of Jane Miller.
Before sitting down at the piano, Miller noted that the chorus is an after-school activity; chorus members volunteered their TV and roller-skating time to the performance.
The chorus featured the voices of Tricia Barry, Mandy Cordier, Courtney Norwood, Mary Prezzi, Teresa Traini, Eric Franklin, Sarah Fixsen, Rosie Lewis, Shaina Christopher, Cindy Gage, Liz Obermaier, Kevin Rose, Kyle Weber, Rashida Bridgeman, Jaimie Kemper, Jen Hubbs, Sarah Colliflower, Courtney Myers, Ashley Park, Danielle Spero, Deanna Capps, Tina Caton and Justin Whitehead.
They sang in a variety of musical styles, from gospel to popular to blues.
Next on the program, the 45-member Wind Ensemble tackled seasonal favorites that included the march from "The Nutcracker" and the "Slav March" by Tchaikovsky.
It's always a little dangerous to play a well-known tune because mistakes show easily. But the ensemble fulfilled everyone's highest expectations.
The concert concluded with a performance by the school's Jazz Band, featuring the talents of Corey Mitchell, Michal Kusnetz, Sarah Reichert, Jose Perez, Eric Radhe, Heather Martone, Joe Wasserkrug, Shannon Burton, Jaimie Kemper, Aubrey Hanks, Lauren Treiber, Destiny Coslett, Kelly Morrison, Heather Steele and Casey Vollmerhausen.
Bethel Christian Academy's elementary school students recently put on a play about the commercialization of Christmas. The play featured eight holiday carols.
Among the singers were Emily Harvey, Yanita Boayue, Zachary Smith, Stephan Wecker and Lauren McNair in solo roles.
Principal roles were sung by Katherine Hofmann, Erika Wright and Ali Isberg.
They were ably assisted by Margo Jones, Monica Wilkins, Lucy Rushing, Rebecca Larson and Dominic Mezzanotte.
The Nativity tableau featured Lindsey Grimes as Mary, Mark Hewitt as Joseph, Zachary Smith and Daniel Kauffman as shepherds, and Amanda Brenneman, Ruth Hemler and Stephanie Agbu as angels.
The Magi were played by Chris Knox, Patrick Agbu and Ryan Spikes.
New year at the library
The Savage librarians are planning "You and Me Babe," a four-week program for 1-year-olds and their parents.
The program begins at 10: 30 a.m. Jan. 9 and continues on the following three Friday mornings.
Registration begins Jan. 2. Hurry, because spaces fill up fast.
Call the librarians at 410-880-5978 for details.
Classes at Montpelier
The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center is offering its winter schedule of classes for adults.
Included are fresco painting -- the technique Michelangelo used in the Sistine Chapel -- cartooning, ceramics, glass fusing, stained glass window-making, drawing, painting, rug-hooking, leather as an art medium, photography and painting.
Most classes begin the week of Jan. 20. Registration closes Jan. 12. Early registration is suggested. For details or directions, call 301- 953-1993.
Pub Date: 12/19/97