Concert associations focusing on next season

Dancers, singers, musicians to perform

April 08, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two regional concert associations in the county bring a variety of performing arts to their neighborhoods for the price of a single ticket to one concert anywhere else.

With the last concert of its season scheduled for next week, the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association has turned its sights on the 1999-2000 season and has started selling subscriptions for what will be its 49th season. For the fourth season, the Severna Park-based group and the South County Concert Association are offering joint subscriptions. Subscribers to one series will be admitted to the concerts of the others free, for a total of 10 concerts.

AACCA and South County offer individual adult subscriptions for $35 and student subscriptions for $10. This season, AACCA is offering family memberships of $45 for a one-parent family with school-age children and $80 for a two-parent family with children.

South County has had an identical family subscription plan for the past few years.

With the exception of the first concert, which will be held at Glen Burnie High School, all of the Anne Arundel Association's concerts will be at Severna Park High School, 60 Robinson Road in Severna Park. The South County concerts are at Southern Senior High School on Route 2 in Harwood.

The Anne Arundel season begins Oct. 28 with Taylor 2, a group of six dancers famed for their unique choreography, humor and athleticism. The season continues in November at Severna Park High School with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller saluting Mexican trumpet legend Rafael Mendez. Burgstaller will work with local students for two days before having a student band join him on stage in the concert program honoring Mendez, who was famous for his lightning-quick technique.

In early December, two sisters born in Korea -- violinist Yoon Kwon and pianist Min Kwon -- will present a virtuoso program of classical music. In February, versatile baritone Douglas Webster will offer selections from the classic and Broadway repertoire. Webster made his debut to critical praise as the Celebrant in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" and has been heard as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" on Broadway.

The season concludes in early April with the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra under the direction of Rick Benjamin. The group performs waltzes, popular songs and marches -- all with the syncopated rhythms of ragtime.

The South County Concert Association will open its 24th season on Oct. 7 with the Joe Trio, a violin, cello and piano that play everything from Mozart to Mancini. The Side Street Strutters, a New Orleans-style jazz group, appears Nov. 11 with a program that goes to the roots of jazz on to the swing of the big band era. Pianist Thomas Pandolfi, who has been praised for his interpretation of the music of George Gershwin, performs Dec. 10.

Jan. 28, the Brothers Four, the folk-singing quartet from the 1960s that recorded "Try to Remember" and "Green Fields," will be heard. The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats appear Feb. 15, and the season ends May 6 with Roslyn Kind, the younger sister of Barbra Streisand, in a program of song.

To order Anne Arundel Community Concert Association subscriptions call 410-647-9116 or 410-647-6873. To order South County subscriptions call 410-867-1584 or 410-867-2029.

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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