Temple Isaiah gala to celebrate the 'Jewish Musical Odyssey'


March 03, 1998|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AN "AMERICAN Jewish Musical Odyssey" is coming soon to Columbia's Temple Isaiah.

The evening gala March 21 at the Oakland Mills Meeting House begins with hors d'oeuvres at 7: 30 p.m. and a concert at 8: 45 p.m., followed by dessert and coffee.

Clarinetist and east Columbia resident Eyal Bor, pianist Immanuela Gruenberg, guitarist (and Columbia resident) Bruce Casteel, bassist Michael Singer, and vocalist Brian Singer will perform classical, Israeli, American stage and Klezmer music.

Klezmer music is "like your jazz," Bor says.

"It has its origins in Eastern Europe" when Jewish musicians traveled from village to village to play for weddings, he says.

Bor was principal clarinetist with the Israeli Army Band. He has played with the Israel Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and guest conductor Leonard Bernstein, and in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gary Bertini.

Bor has performed in concerts "from California to Florida," he says, and coaches young clarinetists preparing for advanced training or musical competitions.

Gruenberg is a soloist, chamber musician and lecturer. She is a member of the Tel Aviv Trio.

She has performed in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's chamber music series and on Israel Broadcasting classical music radio.

A graduate of Tel Aviv University, Gruenberg served as an officer in the Israeli Army.

General admission is $18. Patrons pay $72, which includes two reserved seats at the concert.

Tickets may be ordered by mail. Check should be made payable to Temple Isaiah, and sent to Cultural Arts, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045.

The event will benefit Temple Isaiah's Cultural Arts Speaker Fund.

Information: 410-531-5133 or 301-596-9512.

Travel talk

Pat Bates of the Howard County Library invites armchair travelers to register for "Travel to China and Exotic Asia," a multimedia program with author Jeannette Belliveau.

Belliveau, author of "An Amateur's Guide to the Planet," will discuss her experiences in China, Japan, Union of Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand, Bali and other lands at 7 p.m. March 18 at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The program is part of the library's Write from Maryland series, which showcases Maryland authors.

Registration begins tomorrow.

Information: 410-313-7700.

That bright light

That burst of light you see while waiting for the traffic light to turn green at Broken Land Parkway and Stevens Forest Road is the flash of a camera -- photographing drivers "running" red lights.

Lt. Glenn Hansen of the Howard County Police Department's research and planning section says the county is the first jurisdiction in the state to issue citations, by mail, based on photographs taken at intersections.

The goal is to reduce personal injuries and fatalities; an incidental bonus is the $75 fine that guilty drivers will pay to the county.

County Executive Charles I. Ecker says, "A Howard County pilot program showed that drivers repeatedly run red lights at peak hours every five minutes."

Ecker says 60 percent of drivers admitted in a survey to running a red light at least once.

By the end of June, 15 to 20 more cameras will be in operation.

Plea from Sewell's Orchard

Sewell's Orchard resident Phyllis Goldman has issued a plea for help.

4 Her problem, which began last summer, is skunks.

They spray her pets, and seem to feel comfortable exploring and sunning themselves only a few feet from her house.

Goldman is seeking practical solutions in ridding her area of the pests.

She also would be grateful for suggestions on ways to deodorize her dog. Neighbors have stopped putting out bird feed, bread or fruit, which attracts the animals.

Goldman has paid for compounds to remove the offensive odors, and retained the services of a pest control company that has trapped several skunks at a cost of $69.95 each.

But this can be costly.

Many skunks have been killed on Oakland Mills Road, and that becomes every driver's odoriferous problem.

If you can help, call 410-381-6552.

Hear ye the good news

Phelps Luck Elementary School has good math news to report.

Teacher Jan Brudzinski's fifth-grade Gifted and Talented mathematics class placed first in last fall's 17-team Howard County competition, "The Regional Stock Market Game."

The contest was sponsored by the Maryland Council on Economic Education.

Each team was given a theoretical amount of "money" -- $100,000 -- to invest in the stock market over 10 weeks.

Alex Maione, Allison Fairley, Laura Gould and Nathan Hardin made up the Phelps Luck team, which ended with a balance of $104,727 -- the highest return in Howard County.

The students competed against high school and middle school teams.

The Regional Stock Market Game kept a statewide tally of results, as well as figures by county, and the Phelps Luck fifth-graders placed 34th in the state.

Brudzinski also has instituted a junior banking program with the school's education partner, Provident Bank.

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