Arundel High musicians to hold jazzy fund-raiser


January 23, 2001|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ARUNDEL HIGH School's student musicians will present their third annual "Rose Room" celebration Saturday in a program beginning at 7 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Crofton. Patterned after popular Viennese affairs, the evening will feature food, music and dancing.

Arundel's jazz and orchestra groups will perform swing, big band and jazz tunes. Refreshments will include an assortment of pastries, hot soups, coffee, tea and sodas.

Tickets are $10 a person or $15 a couple and may be ordered by calling Mike Talbert at 410-672-3126. Talbert noted that this event has sold out in the past, so reservations are suggested.

"Rose Room" proceeds will support the activities of Arundel's musical programs. And those young musicians are busy.

During the fall, the marching band competed in several events, including the regional Chapters marching band tournament in Fenton, Del., where it placed fifth.

The jazz band recently completed an audition tape for a high school jazz competition in New York City. Next month, the students will raise money through a play-a-thon, filling Arundel's halls with music all night long.

In March, the school's music department will sponsor its annual regional jazz festival. Jazz bands from the area will take part in the daylong event, ending with a concert in the evening featuring the winning high school and middle school groups, the U.S. Army Jazz Band, Arundel's jazz band and a popular local jazz group featuring Arundel's music director, Phillip Butts.

The musicians will end their year with a spring trip to Atlanta to take part in a major musical competition.

Choir going to Italy

When the Crofton Ecumenical Choir was invited to participate in this spring's International Choir Days Music Festival in Verona, Italy, members jumped at the chance. Several had taken part in an earlier excursion to a festival in Vienna, Austria, and they are looking forward to renewing friendships and experiencing great music in the northern Italian setting.

Penny Courtney, who sings with the choir, says this is a truly ecumenical group, with singers representing the Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian faiths.

Under the direction of Suzann Barthold, director of music at Crofton's Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, the group will join choirs from Europe and the United States in the competition to be held in Verona's Teatro Nuovo.

Most of the musical selections will be in Latin. But each group is also required to perform one song written by a composer from its native country. The Crofton group has chosen "Zion's Walls" by American composer Aaron Copland.

In addition to the competition, the choir looks forward to singing in a local church and touring Verona, Venice and the wine region around Lake Gardo.

On Feb. 3, the choir will hold a fund-raising auction to help pay for the trip. Many local businesses and supporters of the arts have donated items, including a necklace, 11 months of computer help, dinners, tanning time, an evening of music with a chanteuse, a weekend in Ocean City, a boat trip to St. Michaels, a golfing twosome and handcrafted offerings from the choir members.

The auction preview will begin at 6:30 p.m., with bidding to begin at 7 p.m.

Information about the auction or the choir: Penny Courtney at 410-969-9156 or Karen Kasner at 410-721-2313.

Catholic School open house

The School of the Incarnation, an interparish Catholic elementary school sponsored by several churches, will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at its temporary location at Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic Church, 1070 S. Cecil Ave. in Millersville.

Its principal, teachers and staff will be available to meet with parents of pupils, parents of prospective pupils and others interested in Catholic education.

Sponsoring churches of the interparish school are St. Joseph in Odenton, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Edgewater, Holy Family in Davidsonville, Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville and Waugh Chapel Mission Community in Gambrills.

Registration packets for September classes will be available Sunday through Feb. 2 at the parish offices of the participating churches. Fifty pupils will be accepted into the school's kindergarten program, and a limited number of places may be available for the first-grade class. Kindergarten pupils must be age 5 before Dec. 31.

Completed applications must be returned to the school by Feb. 8. Decision letters will be mailed March 1.

While classes are under way at the temporary location, site work on the school's permanent facility on Waugh Chapel Road has begun. Plans call for construction to begin in April, with completion in summer 2002.

Information: 410-729-7820.

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