Arts Notes

ARTS NOTES

November 27, 2005

Jazz Ensemble to offer concert

The Carroll County Jazz Ensemble will present its fourth annual Big Band Merry Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

The concert will showcase the talents of Brad Collins, Tom Whitman, Gil Rathel, Jeff Boone, David Motter, Charles Berry, Herb Sell and director Glenn Patterson.

Featured singers will include the Little Swinger Singers from the Carroll County Children's Chorus, Carroll Singers Octet and soloists Ann Barcroft and Jennifer Gambino.

Santa Claus will visit.

General admission main floor seats are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Balcony seats are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Sponsorships with a donation of $100 or more will receive seating in the center reserved section. Proceeds benefit the new Carroll Hospice inpatient facility.

Tickets are available through Friday from Stu's Music Shop, Coffey Music, the Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster Union Bank, Diane's Hallmark, Hess Music and the Candy Striper Gift Shop at Carroll Hospital Center.

The snow date is Dec. 7.

Information: 410-871-6200.

Children sought for Handchimes group

Debbie Henning of the Westminster Ringers will hold two open houses for a new program, Handchimes, for home-schooled children ages 7 to 15.

Parents and their children can learn about the group and instrument, which is similar to handbells, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at Coffey Music, 31 E. Main St., Westminster.

The Handchime Ensemble will rehearse at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays or Thursdays, from Jan. 4 to May 24. At least eight children are needed for an ensemble.

Deadline to register for the open house is Saturday, and for the ensemble, Dec. 21.

Information: 410-848-2473.

McDaniel graduate to hold art sale

Jessica Watson, a 2005 McDaniel College graduate, will hold a holiday exhibit and sale of her abstract "escapist" art Saturday at 10 Ridge Road.

The event, "Curvism," begins at 3:30 p.m., and the "Off the Wall" sale starts at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

Original art, gift baskets and crafts will be available. Watson's brightly colored works include abstract paintings featuring a beach series, beverages series and emotions series.

Information: jwatson@artistic escape.com.

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