Guitar congress comes to Towson

Andy Summers, formerly of the Police, among featured performers

GBC presents entrepreneurship seminar

May 31, 2004|By Tawanda W. Johnson | Tawanda W. Johnson,Special to

Guitar enthusiasts, get ready to jam!

The inaugural World Guitar Congress comes to Towson University and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore Wednesday, ending on June 9.

Sponsors say the new event will appeal to just about everyone's musical tastes -- featuring guitar styles ranging from classical to country to jazz to rock to blues to flamenco to fusion.

Among the confirmed acts for the congress are former Police guitarist Andy Summers, folk-jazz duo Tuck & Patti, R&B-fusion musician Jeff Scofield, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, Derek Trucks, Howard Alden and Sergio and Odair Assad. The acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin also is expected to participate in the event.

More than 20,000 people are expected to be a part of the festivities, which include concerts, clinics, master classes, symposiums and exhibits.

"This is different because of all the different genres of guitar," said Sedonia Martin, a Towson University spokeswoman. "There's something for everyone."

Other major sponsors include the D'Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts and Gibson Guitar Corp.

Registration is $385 for all events, $335 for students, $75 per day and $20 for a June 9 tour of Baltimore. For more information, click here.

Other events this week include:

Tuesday A delegation from South Africa will visit Sollers Point Technical High School in Baltimore County from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to observe technology instruction. The delegation of about 25 people is seeking to learn how a technical high school is organized. Sollers Point is one of five Baltimore County high schools specializing in technology.

The group is traveling under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development, Prince George's County Community College and the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information, call 410-887-4171.

The Harford County Chamber of Commerce's business development committee meets at 8 a.m. at the chamber's office in Bel Air. For more information, call 410-838-2020 or click here.

Wednesday The Greater Baltimore Committee presents "The Spirit of an Entrepreneur" at 8:15 a.m. The keynote speaker is Kevin Plank, president of Under Armour Performance Apparel. The seminar takes place at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. For more information, call 410-727-2820 or visit online.

Thursday Seven students from Baltimore City Public Schools will participate in a business plan competition sponsored by the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. The plans will be judged by a panel of local executives and entrepreneurs, with the winner receiving $1,000 in seed money to start a business.

The finalists were selected from 400 plans submitted by students from around the city. Other prizes of $500, $250 and $100 will be awarded -- each to be applied toward the students' business plans.

"Everybody wins," said Larry Rivitz, owner of Marketing Initiative LLC and board chairman of NFTE Baltimore.

The competition will be held at 1 p.m. at the offices of Catapult Learning, 1001 Fleet St. For more information, click here.

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce presents a new-member orientation breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at its offices in Rockville. Please send an e-mail to for more information.

The U.S. Department of Labor releases its weekly unemployment insurance claims report.

Friday The National Association of Women Business Owners sponsors its annual scholarship breakfast to benefit three high school entrepreneurs at the Columbia Hilton on Twin Knolls Road. Registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 301-596-8800 or send an e-mail to

Saturday In Washington, plus-size women will be able to discuss a variety of issues through "Dangerous Curves ... The Tour: Hips, Heels and Curves," a presentation that is part of a 10-city tour of designer fashions that stops at the Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 First St., S.W. The show begins at 6 p.m. For more information, call 212-561-0078 or send an e-mail to

Next week WMAR-TV will play host to the 21st annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The telethon will air from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 6.

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