Russian pianist to open concert series for the Performing Arts Association


November 14, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RUSSIAN CONCERT pianist and emigre Vladimir Svoysky will take the stage Sunday afternoon at North County High School to open the subscription concert series of the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

Svoysky was born in Leningrad and earned degrees in piano, organ and conducting from the Leningrad Conservatories. He has conducted major Russian symphony orchestras and opera companies and has given piano and organ recitals throughout the country and on Russian television.

He founded the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra and was musical director and conductor for three years before moving to the United States in 1979.

In 1982, he won first prize in the Great River Festival of Arts National Conducting Competition. Svoysky obtained master of music degrees in piano and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory, where he is a doctoral candidate in conducting. He also is music director of Baltimore County's Sudbrook Arts Center, where he has taught piano for six years.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the high school, 10 E. 1st Ave. Tickets are available only on a subscription basis, at $23 for the five-program series. Information and tickets: Jo Barker, 410-859-3308.

Train talk at AARP

Baltimore is where railroading was born in this country in 1828. Paul Bridge, a volunteer docent at the B&O Railroad Museum at 901 W. Pratt St. -- site of the railroad's old roundhouse and Mount Clare shops -- will talk about the railroad's history and the museum at Wednesday's meeting of Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of American Association of Retired Persons.

The meeting at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road, begins with a social hour at noon. The program begins at 12: 45 p.m., followed by a business meeting that will include election of officers for the coming year. Dues will be collected.

Information: Paul Bagley, publicity chairman, 410-255-2601.

Scout honors conferred

When a youngster joins Boy Scout Troop 550, he has the opportunity to advance within its ranks -- from Scout, learning what the program is all about, to Tenderfoot and becoming familiar with carrying the flag and other ceremonial duties.

Hiking and outdoor activities are stressed in Second Class, and learning independent outdoor survival is emphasized in First Class. By the time a Scout reaches the level of Star and Life ranks, he is required to assume leadership roles in the troop.

To earn Eagle, the highest rank in Scouting, he must not only assume additional leadership roles but demonstrate leadership capabilities by organizing and completing a project in the community. At each level, the Scout earns merit badges.

Twice a year, Troop 550 conducts a Court of Honor to recognize the advancements and merit badges earned -- most recently Nov. 4 at Linthicum Elementary School.

Presented with certificates of rank and merit badges by Troop Advancement Chairman William MacLeod were:

Sam Branham, Star rank and six merit badges; Jason Carter, First Class and Star, and four merit badges; Travis Elseroad, First Class and Star, six merit badges; Michael Heath, Scout and Tenderfoot, and three merit badges; John Henkel, four merit badges; Chris LaWall, Life rank and six merit badges; Bill McKercher, one merit badge; Ben Miller, Scout and Tenderfoot and four merit badges; Devin O'Brien, Second Class and two merit badges; Ronnie Schweiger, Tenderfoot and four merit badges; Dan Severn, six merit badges; Matthew Smith, Tenderfoot and three merit badges.

Information: Scoutmaster Butch LaWall, 410-636-6154.

Student leadership workshop

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, in cooperation with the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation, is sponsoring a one-day Community Leader Workshop on Saturday for high school sophomores.

The workshop, "Strengthening a Community with Volunteers," will be held at noon at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road. The club's first workshop, held last year, was attended by 40 sophomores.

Principals from about a dozen public, independent and Catholic schools were invited to designate high school sophomores with leadership potential to attend the seminar, but Carole Applegate, who heads the CLEW program in Maryland, said responses from the schools have been slow in coming.

Newth Morris, president of Dixie Printing and Publishing, will be the motivational speaker. Geoff Goldsmith and Andrew Davidsburg, high school students who are disc jockeys, will be part of an entrepreneur panel. Michael Czarnowsky of the American Society for Training and Development, who has been a Hugh O'Brian (HOBY) volunteer since 1994, will present a leadership and decision-making exercise.

Maryland Del. Mary Ann Love will speak, and panels on volunteerism and leadership are planned.

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