Entertainment touches all the bases, from sports to song

October 26, 2003|By Amanda Angel | Amanda Angel,SUN STAFF

One of Harford's most popular attractions is Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, home to the IronBirds, the Orioles' minor league affiliate in the New York-Penn League.

Tickets for games have sold out before the season openers since last year - the IronBirds' first season. Fans who want season tickets have to join a waiting list, but single tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.

Sports fans can go to the stadium to see the future of the Orioles organization or to get a glimpse of the Oriole great, Cal Ripken Jr.

Information: 410-297-9292.

Cultural events

The need to drive to Washington or Baltimore for the arts is lessened by local programs that supply and import troupes, musical ensembles and thespian groups for concerts and shows.

The new Amoss Center at Harford Community College is a 903-seat auditorium that schedules performances by local and national theater groups. A calendar of events is posted on the college's Web site, www.harford. cc.md.us/cultural/eventcalen dar.asp or information is available by calling 410-836-4000.

Here is a sampling of performances at the Amoss Center this season.

The Harford Dance Theater will perform Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker from Dec. 12 to 14. The company features local youth dancing five full-length performances.

Professional groups traveling to the center include the Capitol Steps on Nov. 8; the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of H.M.S. Pinafore on Jan. 30; and Bobby McFerrin conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on Feb. 19.

The smaller Chesapeake Theater, also on the community college campus, is a venue for children's theater and the Phoenix Festival Theater, offering musicals, comedies and dramas. 410-836-4000.

Bay County Gentlemen continue the tradition of barbershop quartets. It meets at 7:30 p.m. every Monday at South Hampton Middle School in Bel Air. 410-734-7604.

The Upper Chesapeake Chorus specializes in four-part barbershop quartet harmonies with female voices.

It is a division of Sweet Adelines and has been singing and participating in choral competitions since 1975.

The chorus, which has more than 50 members, also has four quartets, each of which gives separate performances. 410-569-2104.

Each year, the Harford Choral Society has two major performances in the county and will continue the tradition under its new director, Herbert Dimmock III.

Dimmock joins the society, which is in its 49th year, after directing the Handel Choir of Baltimore for 25 years.

This year, the 80 members of the chorus will sing Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies for its Dec. 7 holiday concert at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, Forest Hill.

In the spring, the chorus will perform a more traditional concert of Bach's Easter Oratorio and Cantata 140 at Fallston United Methodist Church.

A smaller group within the society also will perform short holiday concerts.

Information about concerts and the society is at www.har fordchoralsociety.org.

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, made up of 80 local musicians, performs four concerts through the winter and spring and two outdoor "pop" concerts in the summer.

The orchestra's season begins Nov. 1 at Havre de Grace High School with a program of Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Modest Moussorgsky called "Slavic Melodies."

The rest of the programs will be at the John Carroll School in Bel Air, starting Dec. 6 with the holiday concert.

On March 21, the orchestra will perform Wagner and Beethoven's Eroica Symphony to the theme of Heroic Melodies. The subscription season ends May 8 with a Brahms piece and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.

Information: 410-838-6465 or www.ssorchestra.org.

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