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County provides fertile ground for the arts

March 20, 2005

The May 7 concert, called JazzMaster, will feature the choral music of Dave Brubeck. It will be begin at 8 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre. The Oct. 29 concert, a succession of glorias, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., also at the Jim Rouse Theatre.

The cost is $23 for general admission, and $20 for seniors and students. The cost is $16 each for a group of 10 people or more. Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Information: 410-381-5773, 410-730-8206, or www.sundaysatthree.org.

Sundays at Three originated in 1996 as an offshoot of the defunct chamber group Music in Common to perpetuate the vision of the chamber group's founder, cellist Daniel Malkin, that local talent should be appreciated.

Music in Common had been performing in Columbia when the Rev. Jim Shields, then pastor of Christ Episcopal Church, offered Malkin use of the sanctuary.

The Columbia church had been designed to present music and small dramas when it was built in 1993.

Sundays at Three presented its first concert in 1996 with violinist Hilary Hahn. The church seats 250 in the sanctuary.

Eight concerts are presented each year, from September through May. Concerts are held at 3 p.m. Sundays.

The organization pays the church a nominal fee for the facility and piano.

Before each piece, the musicians talk about the music they will play. After the show, they mingle with the audience over refreshments.

On April 24, the All-BSO String Ensemble will explore folk traditions in the string quartet with Ellen Pendleton Troyer on violin, Ivan Stefanovic on violin, Christian Colberg on viola and Dariusz Skoracewski on cello.

The May 26 concert, "Sweet Sixteen," will feature music composed by Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn when they were 16. Musicians will be Ronald Mutchnik, Clay Purdy, Lisa Vaupel and Celeste BlasM-i on violins; Julius Wirth and Jackie Capecci on violas; and Kerena Moeller and Kiersten Walsh playing cello.

Tickets are $15, and $10 for students. Students younger than 18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Candlelight Concert Society 8726 Town and Country Blvd., Suite 102, Ellicott City. Information: 410-480-9950, or www.candlelightconcerts.org.

Candlelight Concert Society offers a mix of programs for classical music enthusiasts, as well as a Performing Arts Series for Children.

The society presents a series of nine chamber music concerts by professional, world-class ensembles. In 1978, Candlelight Concerts added a recital series. Its music season, from October through May, includes nine chamber music concerts.

The organization expanded its activities in 1997 and implemented a Community Outreach Concert Program of "mini-concerts" brought to Howard County schools, hospitals, nursing facilities and assisted-living residences.

Visiting artists also perform.

On April 9, the society will present the Onyx Brass Quintet. On April 30, the American Chamber Players will perform.

Concert tickets are $29, $26 for seniors, and $12 for full-time students 24 and younger. Tickets for the Performing Arts Series for Children are $9 per performance. Shows in the children's series are held at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Smith Theatre on the Howard Community College Campus and are about 50 minutes. They are not recommended for children younger than 4. The Columbia Orchestra P.O. Box 2323, Columbia 21045. Information: 410-381-2004, or www.columbiaorchestra.org.

The Columbia Orchestra is a volunteer community group formed in 1977 by about 20 string players as the Columbia Chamber Orchestra. It performed the first year without a music director. In its second year, the group enlisted Yong Ku Ahn, a Peabody Conservatory violin professor who lived in Columbia, to direct. He led the ensemble for 10 years, until his retirement in 1988.

After Ahn retired, the board decided to expand to a full-size orchestra with wind and brass players. The orchestra hired a part-time director and invited wind and brass players to join.

A symphonic pops concert at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the Jim Rouse Theatre will feature music from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and some of the Beatles' greatest hits. A concert at 7:30 p.m. June 4 will feature the Columbia Orchestra's second 2005 American Composer Competition winner.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $5 for full-time students. Columbia Concert Band Information: Roger Lark, president: 410-465-7862, or www.columbiaband.org.

Founded in 1983, the 85-member nonprofit community Columbia Concert Band includes engineers, professors, students, homemakers and former military band musicians.

In 1989, the band expanded and formed the Columbia Jazz Band. The two groups perform nearly 25 concerts a year. Concerts are free, and most are performed in Howard County.

Both bands perform annual formal concerts in the winter and spring, plus a string of smaller shows. Band members range in age from high school students to seniors in their 80s.

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