10 local artists to vie for Rising Star Award

April 21, 2003|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF

Ten artists with ties to Howard County will go head to head for the new $5,000 Rising Star Award at the Celebration of the Arts in Howard County next week.

The competition is an addition to the Howard County Arts Council's annual fund-raiser, to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia.

"We wanted to do something different than we've done in the past," said Anne Barney, an Arts Council board member. "It's really in keeping with our mission of promoting the arts in Howard County."

Candidates must age 18 to 35, have lived, worked or studied in Howard County for at least two years and must plan to use the prize to further their artistic careers.

Twenty-six people auditioned and 10 finalists will perform at the event. The 700 expected guests will choose the winner of the prize, sponsored by the Mulitz-Gudelsky family.

Even though the audience will be comparing different genres, Barney said, "It's really an idea of who moved you the most."

The finalists are:

Michelle E. Beyerle, a ballet dancer and teacher who wants to use the award for education and travel to competitions.

A.K. Brink, a musical actress with several local companies, including Rep Stage and Toby's Dinner Theater.

Debra Buonaccorsi, a singer and voice teacher.

Jennifer Crooks, who participated in the theater and dance departments at Allegheny College and wants to continue her training.

Alicia Janelle Graf, who has danced with the Ballet Royale Academy in Columbia and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

Elena Heifetz, a singer who plans to pursue graduate study in opera at the University of Maryland.

Benjie Porecki, a trumpet player and pianist who has recorded three solo albums and plans to record another.

James Lewis Shipp, a master's student in jazz performance who teaches, composes and performs in New York.

Adria Tennor, an actress and stand-up comedian from Los Angeles.

Edie Yeager, director of the Howard County Children's Chorus, a music teacher at Hollifield Station Elementary and a classical vocal performer.

In addition to the competition, there will be classical and jazz music, modern and hip-hop dance, barbershop singing, traditional Chinese dance and other entertainment throughout the theater.

A silent auction of work by Howard County artists will be featured. Food will be provided by more than 24 Howard County restaurants.

Tickets are $50 and $75. Information: 410-313-2787.

Elkridge library plans Civil War Night on April 29

The Elkridge library branch, 5440 Washington Blvd., will present Civil War Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 in the library's meeting room.

The program will introduce print and Internet resources for the Civil War to parents and children in grade five and above. Living historian Andy Stritch will answer questions about Civil War soldiers and their equipment.

Registration is not required. Information: 410-313-5088.


Graduates: Airman 1st Class Derek D. Revella, son of David and Nancy Revella of Ellicott City, has graduated from basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He is a 1999 graduate of Centennial High School.


Aidan DeWolfe Endres: To Timothy and Germaine Endres of Ellicott City on March 7.

Kiersten Emily: To Bob and Anne-Marie Reid of Ellicott City on March 28.

Paige Kathleen: To Michel and Lisa Ditter of Elkridge on April 1.

Around town

Spring Fair: The Mount Hebron Nursery School Parents' Group will hold its Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City. Pony rides, a moon bounce, train maze, face painting, crafts, games, prizes and a Mother's Day Secret Shop are planned. Spring plants, food and baked goods will be for sale. Admission is free. Tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the fair. 410-531-0951.

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