Arts group to present local voice in concert


January 13, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE PERFORMING Arts Association of Linthicum will present soprano Jocelyn Taylor and her repertoire of spirituals, opera and Broadway musicals in an afternoon recital Jan. 20 at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park.

Taylor is a native Baltimorean who nurtured her love of music while singing with the choir at Western High School. She began her musical studies at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore and then continued at the University of Maryland, where she earned degrees in modern language and performing arts.

Taylor was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for further studies in voice. She is a winner of the National Leontyne Price Vocal Competition, the Baltimore Music Club competition, and was a finalist in the Be a Star with the BSO contest with Marvin Hamlisch. She made her Carnegie Hall debut with a recital in 1994.

Her recital at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts begins at 3 p.m. This is the 20th season in which the association is offering concerts.

Tickets are sold by subscription. The cost is $34 for the season. The concerts remaining are Maryland Sings - a performance by high school and college singers at 3 p.m. March 17 - and a tribute to Count Basie arranged and presented by John Tegler at 8 p.m. April 27.

Concertgoers are reminded of the snow policy: If the artist can get to the concert hall the concert will be held. Cancellations will be announced on WBAL and WBJC.

Grants from the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Arts Council help fund the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

Information: Jo Barker, 410- 859-3308, or Eloise Vaughan, 410-859-8047.

Intro to the Internet

Do you feel helpless around computers or do you know a little but want to learn more? The Linthicum branch of the county public library will offer beginner and intermediate classes in March.

The beginner's class - scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 12 and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 13 - is designed for people with little or no computer experience. Each class will familiarize participants with the Anne Arundel County Public Library's online catalog and teach the basics of using a mouse, finding a book or magazine article and placing a request. An introduction to the Internet also will be part of the class.

The intermediate class is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 14 and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 16. This class is meant for people who are comfortable using a computer mouse and who know how to navigate with a Web browser.

Participants will learn about the library's electronic databases and library-reviewed "e-commended" Web sites. Other topics include search engines and accessing Web resources from a home or office.

The classes are free, but registration is required. Registration begins Feb. 26. Bring your library card and personal identification number to class.

The Linthicum library branch is at 400 Shipley Road. Information: 410-222-6265.

Democratic club officers

The District 32 Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 8 p.m. State Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. will swear in officers and directors for 2002.

New officers are: Thomas Dixon, president; Evelyn "Pete" Kellner, vice president; Steven Wyatt, secretary; Victor Sulin, treasurer; and Jim Thomas, sergeant at arms. Members of the board of directors are: Kathy Sauble, immediate past president; Tyras "Bunk" Athey; Earl Barnes; Len Beidle; Walter Dow; George Mills; John Riggin and Edward Shipley.

Guests are welcome. Membership dues are $10 a year. The club meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Thomas Dixon, 410-672-2837, or Pete Kellner, 410-672-6850.

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