Music is Magic concert planned Nov. 16 at school in Bel Air

Conservatory performance scheduled for John Carroll

November 02, 2003|By Amanda Angel | Amanda Angel,SUN STAFF

After a successful fall concert in its first year of operation, the Maryland Conservatory of Music will perform its first Music Is Magic 2003 concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at John Carroll School in Bel Air.

Duke Thompson, conservatory director and founder, who grew up in Harford County, said he wanted to bring world-class musicians to the Harford community through the Music is Magic concerts for an accessible price.

The concert will reunite Thompson with Ricardo Perez, who is known for his Brazilian tangos and improvisation skills. The two met at Arizona State University and worked together in Canada, where they also performed together as Dr. Duke and the Brazilian.

Thompson will be master of ceremonies for the evening. He will also perform a Gershwin piece - his specialty. Perez will play Brazilian music, as well as conduct a master class Nov. 15. Thompson said he is teaching County Executive James M. Harkins a piano piece.

Harkins will also reannounce the inception of Harford County's O'Henry Awards, to be given each spring to those who have excelled in the visual arts, literary arts, theater, dance and music.

The posters for the concert boast of a surprise guest who may steal the show, but Thompson would not offer any clues about the guest's identity.

"It wouldn't be a surprise then," he said.

The concert centers on a 9-foot Yamaha concert piano that the school purchased with the help of a grant. All the pieces will be played at the piano.

"The concert is designed around the piano," Thompson said. "Yamaha makes beautiful pianos, and this one is in mint condition."

Proceeds from the concert will go to student scholarship funds.

"We're going to bring in world-class music, have fun with Jim Harkins and thank the Dresher Foundation and our other donors," Thompson said.

Tickets: $15; $10 for senior citizens; and $5 for those ages 18 and younger.

Information:, or 410-399-9900.

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