Renowned tenor to sing at high school Sunday

Neighbors

June 24, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORTHWEST Carroll is full of best-kept secrets: a glimpse of the Catoctins from a back porch rocking chair, Civil War artifacts unearthed in the back yard, and folks whose talent and accomplishment -- from woodworking to photography and sculpting -- are known throughout the country. We've probably bumped into these folks at the library or supermarket, never realizing their prominence.

One of these best-kept secrets, Dan Brewer, Taneytown resident and renowned tenor, will perform a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Francis Scott Key High School auditorium.

Brewer has performed at Carnegie Hall, with the New York Metropolitan Opera, and at the White House during the Bush administration, when he was guest soloist at the annual Christmas at the White House celebration. He's entertained in a Bob Hope televised special, recorded a movie soundtrack for "A Time to Remember" with Donald O'Connor, and sung in operas including "La Boheme" to "Faust." He has earned accolades from music critics and conductors.

Brewer, who began his career in the mid-1970s in a Las Vegas review, says his favorite music to perform is sacred songs, and the concert Sunday will feature traditional favorites such as "Just as I Am," "Blessed Assurance" and "Amazing Grace." He will also sing works from "The Phantom of the Opera."

Brewer owns a production company, Brewer's Best, and is writing, arranging and promoting "He Remembered Me," an album of sacred songs.

The concert Sunday benefits Key High School's instrumental music boosters and the Gateway School. Tickets are $6, free to children younger than 6, and can be purchased at the door, and at Coffey Music, Stu's Music and the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster.

Don't let the construction at Key deter you from going to this event: Boosters parent Nancy Rogers said it will be easy to find your way to the door. Information: Rogers at 410-751-3669.

Artrain needs volunteers

The Smithsonian Institution has discovered a best-kept secret in Taneytown. The town recently got word that it won a competition -- over the likes of Gettysburg and Baltimore -- to serve as host of Artrain, five train cars filled with an "Artistry in Space" exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian and the Daimler-Chrysler Corp. The exhibit features art from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum collection, including works by Norman Rockwell, Peter Max, Andy Warhol and Jamie Wyeth. Taneytown is the second stop on this whistle-stop, East Coast tour of famous art, and the only stop in Maryland. The event will take place daily, August 5-8, along the train tracks in the center of town.

Taneytown planners and volunteers are making this one of the northwest part of the county's biggest events of the year. In addition to the five train cars (including caboose) filled with art, two 40-foot tents will be pitched to accommodate a children's area for games and educational activities, a Daimler-Chrysler automobile, and high-end crafters. Taneytown welcomes artisans to show, demonstrate and sell their crafts -- at no charge.

The excitement about this event is almost palpable in town. There's a full-force effort to spruce up the cityscape, hang flags, put out flowerpots, and engage volunteers as greeters and ambassadors for the town. To volunteer as an artist or other participant, call Nancy McCormick at the town office: 410-756-6431.

Kids' activities

It's nearly the Fourth of July, the height of summer, so you might want to take advantage of the traditional swim lessons and day camps for the kids before it's too late.

Lifeguards and swim instructors at the Taneytown Community Swimming Pool will offer Red Cross certified swim lessons from July 12-22 at the pool at Memorial Park. Cost is $30 for pool members and $35 for nonmembers. Information: 410-751-1100.

By the end of July, when daily trips to the pool and bike rides around the neighborhood have lost their luster, consider enrolling the kids in Taneytown's summer camp program, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-30 at Taneytown Memorial Park. Time-honored arts and crafts, sports and swimming will keep the kids busy and happy all week. Cost for the event, open to children ages 5 to 10, is $40. Information: 410-756-6431.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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