Concert to feature works written by local composer


October 10, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COMPOSER Ed Pond of Westminster will present a selection of five original ensemble pieces in Kaleidoscope 2001, a public concert Oct. 21 that will feature local classical musicians.

Pond, 47, is a Westminster native who graduated from Berkeley School of Music in Boston and earned his doctorate after studying in Paris. He is pastoral associate of liturgy and music at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Eldersburg.

His style involves fusing classical with jazz. He has written solo, ensemble and symphonic pieces. All will be represented in the concert, and he will play several new piano solos.

Pond will perform the piano versions of his two symphonies Gatsby and Kaleidoscope. Spurred by public acclaim for his piano version of Kaleidoscope, he scored it for symphony orchestra. Recently, he composed Gatsby, illustrating themes from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Both symphonies were recently selected by Leonard Slatkin for the permanent performance collection of the National Symphony Orchestra, which performs at Kennedy Center in Washington.

"The sparkling texture of the music is tempered by a thread of tragedy," Pond's manager, Emily Jorrs, said of the Gatsby symphony.

Jorrs has developed a musical publishing company, Arrache Gold Star, for Pond's music, which has been sent to symphony orchestras internationally.

Seven musicians who teach or maintain studios in Carroll County will play compositions by Pond, and will round out the concert with music of their selection.

Pond will play one of his newest piano compositions, Gabriel's Lullaby, accompanied by Elaine Bryant, harpist; David Duree, clarinetist; and Margaret Ward, viola; with flutists Linda Kirkpatrick and Karen Rogers.

Another highlight will be Garth Baxter, classical guitarist, and Kirkpatrick, who will play Baxter's arrangement for flute and guitar. Rogers will play flute, accompanied by pianist Joann Benson.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at North Carroll High School. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, and are available at Hess Music, Manchester; Coffey Music on Main Street in Westminster; Stu's Music on Route 140; and Trend Setters Hair Salon in Westminster Shopping Center.

Information: Emily Jorrs, 410-857-6374.

Car Show in Hampstead

The 13th annual Car Show will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company, 1341 Main St.

Registration will be taken by telephone. To exhibit a car, leave a name and phone number for a return call.

Information: 410-374-2424.

Marching bands return

The annual marching band exhibition in the North Carroll High School stadium will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

Carroll County public school marching bands and marching bands from the Middle Atlantic region will perform.

The event is presented by North Carroll Instrumental Music Boosters, a parent group that supports the marching band program. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for children and senior citizens; and free for children younger than age 6.

Refreshments and souvenirs will be sold.

Christmas at the church

For 20 years, the United Methodist Women of St. John's United Methodist Church in Hampstead have started the Christmas season with an extravaganza in the social hall.

Christmas at the Church will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Spaces are available for craft vendors.

Platters featuring turkey salad or roast beef will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Quick foods, such as barbecue, hot dogs and homemade desserts, will be available.

Crafts, a silent auction, baked goods and mixes for soup, tea, dip and cookies will be for sale. The church is at Main and Gill in Hampstead.

Information and registration: Miriam Sinnott, 410-239-7925, or the church office, 410-239-8088.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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