Family festivities for New Year's Eve

UP FRONT

December 25, 1997

The Facts

What: First Night Annapolis, a New Year's Eve celebration of the arts featuring nearly 300 performances

When: Early performances for children begin at 3 p.m.; general performances begin at 6 p.m. and continue through midnight; fireworks are at midnight at the waterfront dock

Where: Throughout Annapolis

Tickets: $14 for an admission button that provides entry to all performances. Program guide books are $2. Both may be purchased at most Giant Food Stores and all First National Bank branches, participating Zany Brainy and Starbucks stores, and Kaufmans at the Market House in Annapolis. Children under 2 are admitted free; children under 6 are admitted free to an afternoon performance.

Parking is free at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard.

Call: (410) 280-0700

FIRST NIGHT ANNAPOLIS ACTS

After Eight

The group presents vocal variety music from doo-wop to spirituals to barbershop to Day-O.

Andy Wilkinson

Wilkinson is a cowboy poet from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.

The Annapolis Baroque Ensemble

Donna and Kerry Willingham are a musical duo and a marital duo as well. They perform Baroque chamber music that includes Handel, Bach and Vivaldi played on authentic Baroque instruments.

Beatrice Long

Pianist Beatrice Long will perform programs by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and others.

Blake Cramer

Cramer plays jazz on a vibraphone.

Bruce Molsky

Molsky presents traditional mountain songs on banjo, fiddle and guitar.

Buddy Wachter

Wachter has shown the versatility of the four-string banjo all over the world playing Mozart, Chopin and Liszt along with Broadway show tunes, modern jazz, bluegrass and the old Dixieland standards. Accompanied by Rob White on the tuba.

Byron Jones and Sally Martin

Soprano Martin and baritone Jones present the lighter side of opera.

Carl Rosetti

Rosetti plays a chromatic harmonica, a more difficult instrument, and one capable of much more subtlety and variation, than the normal blues harp. It's been said he can make his harmonica sound like a violin.

C.A.S.Y.M.

For 14 years the Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement, C.A.S.Y.M., has provided an alternative to "the street life" for teens and young adults in Brooklyn and the Bronx. These professionally trained musicians range in age from 12 to 22 and must maintain a high grade average in school in order to perform with the orchestra. C.A.S.Y.M. sings, dances and pounds out reggae, soda, calypso, gospel and jazz on the steel drums.

Claire Porter

Claire Porter presents a show that is part dance, part improv, part theater, part mime, part exaggeration, all laughs, all unique.

David Seebach

After an unprecedented number of requests, this popular illusionist brings his "Wonders of Magic" back for another New Year's Eve of mystery, comedy and spectacular stage effects. There's a rabbit with rising ambitions that hops to the music of Khachaturian. There are feats of levitation, conjuration and

legerdemain.

Dixie Power Trio

Four guys make up the band called the Dixie Power Trio and they produce one big gumbo of swamp, soul and spit valves. Their name says Dixie, but their eclectic sound says jazz, Cajun/zydeco and rock and roll.

Dramtreeo

Dramtreeo presents sea songs, rich American/English/Scottish/Irish folk songs, and even a couple of rousing gospel numbers in four-part harmony.

Footworks

Since "Riverdance" lit the fuse, percussive dance has exploded in popularity. Footworks joined that show in London with a performance that brought the house down. But dance that taps, beats and thumps goes deeper and wider than Irish step-dancing. There are Scottish, English, African, African-American hambone and Southern Appalachian clogging versions. Footworks does them all.

Gamelan Mitra Kusuma

Under the sponsorship of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Gamelan Mitra Kusuma performs traditional gamelan music and pieces in the contemporary gamelan gong kebyar. The music is hypnotic, with a variety of drums, gongs and other metallophone instruments that make up a glittering orchestra, or gamelan.

Glenn Wilson and the Jazzmaniacs

Baritone saxophonist Glenn Wilson is joined by pianist Steve Kessler, bassist Jimmy Masters and drummer Tony Martucci for four sets of straight-ahead jazz.

Greg Greenway

Singer-songwriter-acoustic guitarist Greg Greenway has attracted attention because he sings with energy, involvement and heart as he spins edgy tales of modern social ills and injustice.

Bob Heck

Emmy-winning performer Bob Heck, The Vid Tech, presents storytime, a game show and lots of audience participation. Fun for all ages and a rare opportunity for his fans to meet him before he has to get back into his TV set as host of MPT's Children's Channel.

Ice Theatre of New York

Ice Theatre of New York is back with familiar-yet-new ice dance by a cast of international medalists. Ice Theatre of New York will recognize the 100th anniversary of Gershwin's birth with Lar Lubovitch's "Strike Up the Band," and there will be a sultry tribute to Billie Holiday.

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