Arts group unveils season's offerings

Performances: The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum will present "Die Fledermaus" during the opening week celebration at the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

Arundel Live

April 20, 2000|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum has announced that it will take part in the opening week celebration of the new Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in January.

As part of its regular series, PAAL will stage Johann Strauss' operetta "Die Fledermaus" on Jan. 20. Taking the new center's stage will be Maestro J. Ernest Green and the Annapolis Chorale performing as the operetta chorus along with a concert orchestra and eight talented singers in principal roles.

Brochures announcing PAAL's complete 2000-2001 season with subscription renewal forms will be mailed out by next week, said Jo Barker, PAAL president.

The mailing will allow concertgoers to sign up for the new season when they attend this season's final concert at North County High School, and take advantage of a $5 discount that extends through May 31.

The 1999-2000 season will end May 6 with a performance by the Anne Arundel County-based percussive dance group Footworks, which features musical director Mark Schatz playing banjo and bass, Jon Glick on fiddle, Sheridan Minnick on guitar and Eileen Carson's vocals.

A well-established group of dancers in the American clogging tradition, Footworks has traveled the world performing American folk dances, often performing with Riverdance.

More than 700 subscribers

PAAL, for the past 18 years the only regional concert association in North County, has brought a variety of live entertainment to its ever-increasing subscriber audience, now numbering more than 700.

PAAL's 19th season promises to be one of its most exciting. The 2000-2001 season begins Sept. 30 with the Mac Frampton Trio of piano, bass and percussion.

Frampton's piano style combines classical virtuoso technique with jazz and rock elements, and he can be heard on at least a dozen recordings. Frampton has performed with several symphony orchestras and with stars such as Bill Cosby, Roberta Flack, Victor Borge and Roberta Peters.

On Nov. 19, for the first time in its 18-year history, PAAL will present a fully staged musical comedy when a talented cast from Chesapeake Music Hall brings Dan Goggin's hilarious 1984 comedy "Nunsense" to PAAL's audience. The original cast that received critical praise at the music hall will be reunited for this performance.

On Feb. 18, PAAL will feature pianist Beatrice Long. Long has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and was soloist at such music festivals as the Ravina Festival in Chicago and in Fontainebleau, France.

A graduate of Curtis Institute and Peabody Conservatory, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, Long is the winner of the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition and the World Competition of Cincinnati.

Jazz harpist

On March 31, renowned jazz harpist Harvi Griffin will bring his one-of-a-kind 24-karat gold and ebony harp, with talent to match, to North County. Griffin plucks the gold and red strings of his harp and sings in a pleasant baritone.

The 2000-2001 season will conclude May 5 with a free concert by the Navy Band of Washington that will be open to the public.

All shows, except for the appearance at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, will be at North County High School in Ferndale.

For subscription prices and additional information, call Barker at 410-859-3308, Eloise Vaughan at 410-859-8047 or Don Reusch at 410-859-1269.

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