Art Notes


April 23, 2004

Choral group sets its spring concert in Westminster

The Carroll County Choral Society will present its 34th annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Westminster High School.

Herb Sell will direct his final concert with the choir. The society's only director, he has presented more than 150 concerts.

Under Sell's leadership, the choir has donated more than $28,000 in concert proceeds to community charities.

Nationally known musicians have performed with the group, including composer and director Jester Hairston and jazz pianist Dick Hyman.

Beverly Wells, Lew Keyser and Gary Mauck will be accompanists for the concert, which is titled "Heavenly Sunlight" and will feature gospel tunes.

Tickets are $5 for anyone older than 10, and free for children 10 and younger.

Tickets are available at area music stores and the Carroll County Arts Council.

Information: 410-549-6827 or 410-848-9080.

Program explores history of Maryland in Civil War

The Pipe Creek Civil War Roundtable will present a free program by the Maryland Humanities Council titled "The Despot's Heel" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St.

The Maryland state song opens with the line "The despot's heel is on thy shore, Maryland!" It was inspired by events in Baltimore at the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Historian Glenn Williams will explore the events that occurred in the state during April and May 1861.

He will look at the institution of slavery, the community of free blacks, and the secession crisis that divided Marylanders in the war's early days.

Williams also will discuss the "Baltimore Riot," which resulted in the first fatalities of the war, and the subsequent military occupation of the city by Union troops.

Information: 410-876-8249.

Theater department will stage `Womyn's Rites'

The Carroll Community College theater department will present Womyn's Rites, a new musical by Clare and John McCall, on April 30 and May 1, 5 and 9 in the Scott Center.

The play chronicles human history through the eyes of the goddesses of various cultures in musical styles ranging from opera to soul to punk rock.

Womyn's Rites will be performed at 8 p.m. April 30, May 1 and 8, and at 2 p.m. May 9.

A performance will be held at 8 p.m. May 5 for students through the Creativity Community at the college.

Tickets will go on sale today at the Scott Center box office or the college business office. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for children younger than 12 and students with identification.

The college is at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-386-8000.

Art courses scheduled at community college

Carroll Community College is offering noncredit art classes this spring at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Classes include:

Basic Drawing from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays May 4 to June 8.

Charcoal Drawing from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. May 15 and 22.

Painting with Watercolor and Ink from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays May 17 to June 28.

Landscape Painting from 9 a .m. to 4 p.m. June 5 and 12.

Information: 410-386-8100.

Blues, jazz concert set at Baldwin's Station

Uptown Concerts is sponsoring weekday performances by folk musicians at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville.

Barbara Martin and Mac Walter will perform acoustic blues and jazz at 8 p.m. May 5. Martin's blues and jazz are rooted in traditional American music, while guitarist Walter plays many styles.

Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Advance tickets are recommended.

Baldwin's Station is at 7618 Main St.

Information: 410-795-1041.

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