Arts Notes

ARTS NOTES

March 19, 2006

Lecture to interpret Mexican artwork

McDaniel College alumnus David Carrasco, a professor of the study of Latin America at Harvard Divinity School, will interpret a Mexican national treasure in the annual Ridington Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday at WMC Alumni Hall.

His lecture, "Labyrinth, City and Eagle's Nest: Ritual Ordeals in a Mexican Codex," will describe the pictorial Mapa de Cuauhtinchan #2, that tells how the people of Cuauhtinchan went through a series of ritual ordeals to find their homeland.

Carrasco has a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Chicago. He is editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures.

The Mexican government awarded Carrasco the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, its highest honor for a foreign national.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Bluegrass band to perform Saturday

The bluegrass band Iron Ridge will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

The group will play traditional favorites and songs from its four CDs, which will be for sale.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 and older and children 12 or younger.

Information: 410-828-7272.

Blue Moon Big Band to play concert

The McDaniel College Music Department jazz faculty will present Blue Moon Big Band at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

The 19-piece swing orchestra specializes in the music of the American swing era. Rob Leonard will direct the band in jazz and big band selections from such legends as Sammy Nestico, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie.

Proceeds fund the William J. Byrd Scholarship at McDaniel College, awarded yearly to students who want to minor in jazz studies. Tickets are $10, $5 for senior adults and students with identification.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Madrigal Feast set for April 1

The McDaniel College Music Department will hold its second annual Madrigal Feast at 6 p.m. April 1 in McDaniel Lounge.

The Madrigal Singers are the college's premier vocal ensemble. This year's singers include Adrienne Dulaj, Kristen Ion, Laurel Kenney, Alex Meyer-Stokes, Kaelynn Miller, Aria Montgomery, Timmy Neeson, Jennifer Newgent and Brent Pertusio.

The Madrigals perform unaccompanied vocal music in the theme of Renaissance Madrigals and world music.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple, and include a dinner buffet.

Information: 410-857-2599.

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