6 to be honored by arts group

Awards: Cultural Arts Foundation recognizes local men and women for their contributions.

September 08, 2002|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the third year, the Cultural Arts Foundation will honor six Anne Arundel County residents with Annie awards for their contributions to the arts, with a reception Thursday evening at Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts in Brooklyn Park.

The Annie awards are given in the categories of lifetime achievement, education, arts patronage, and literary, visual, and performing arts.

This year's honorees are:

Lifetime Achievement - Douglas Allanbrook, an 81-year-old Annapolis resident who is a composer, harpsichordist and teacher.

He has written seven symphonies; several large choral works, including a Mass; and two operas - Nightmare Abbey and Ethan Frome - recently performed by a collaboration of students from Harvard/Radcliffe University, Boston University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Both the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony have performed his music. Several of his compositions are available on CD.

A member of St. John's College faculty since 1952, Allanbrook is a tutor emeritus at the college. He also continues to perform the harpsichord and is working on a novel and his sixth string quartet.

Arts Patron - Bob Nichols of Linthicum Heights, president of the board of directors at the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts.

Retired after a 30-year career teaching art and drama in Anne Arundel County schools, Nichols has served on the Anne Arundel County Commission on Culture and the Arts and has helped to establish the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum.

A founding member of the Chesapeake arts center, Nichols recently became president of the board of directors and continues to serve on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art and Baltimore Clayworks.

Literary Arts - James Luceno of Annapolis, a prolific science fiction writer and best-selling author of Star Wars books.

Luceno is the author of many novels, screenplays and television scripts. His 20 Robotech science fiction novels inspired a Nintendo game that will be re-released next month.

Visual Arts - Bonnie Roth Anderson of Severna Park, a landscape and portrait painter for more than 30 years.

A faculty member at Maryland Hall, Anderson is a founding member of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

Performing Arts - J. Ernest Green of Severna Park, music director of the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the Falls Church Chamber Orchestra, and recent guest conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra at Carter Barron Amphitheatre.

In November, Green conducted the Annapolis Chorale in a prelude concert at Carnegie Hall.

Educator - Pamela Chaconas, of Annapolis, served for 10 years as education director for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. She instituted programs such as Adopt-A-School, which takes musicians and soloists into county schools, and Music Van, which takes Annapolis Symphony musicians to fourth-grade classrooms where pupils can have hands-on experience with orchestral instruments.

Chaconas created an instrument drive to supply needy children with instruments, a free preconcert lecture series and was the guiding force for the orchestra's Painted Violins fund-raiser.

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