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January 3, 2010
The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is offering group guitar lessons and music appreciation classes for the winter/spring semester. Beginning and intermediate lessons are available for teens and adults as well as classical music appreciation classes for adults. All classes will be taught by Morgan Fiddler. The Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is at 801 Chase St. in Annapolis. To register or for more information, call 410-263-5544 or go to marylandhall.org.
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June 30, 2014
Sometimes fate plays a hand that is so unmistakably evident that ignoring the sign seems completely ludicrous. For chief musician Rory Cherry, it was when he got his first bass guitar. The 37-year-old plays the electric bass for the U.S. Naval Academy band Electric Brigade, which will perform at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater for the Fourth of July Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday. He began playing music in the summer of 1989, and started learning to read music by playing trombone in middle school.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | May 20, 2014
I was invited to join the classical guitar ensemble at the local community college. Maybe "invited" isn't exactly the right word. Two other adult classical guitar students with whom I'd performed in the past, coaxed, sweet-talked, and flattered me into joining The director tried to allay my misgivings by assuring me that the material wasn't beyond my abilities (HA! I thought.), and he promised that I'd have fun. My own instructor — apparently in on the plot—encouraged me to join.
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By Cathy Drinkwater Better | May 20, 2014
I was invited to join the classical guitar ensemble at the local community college. Maybe "invited" isn't exactly the right word. Two other adult classical guitar students with whom I'd performed in the past, coaxed, sweet-talked, and flattered me into joining The director tried to allay my misgivings by assuring me that the material wasn't beyond my abilities (HA! I thought.), and he promised that I'd have fun. My own instructor — apparently in on the plot—encouraged me to join.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case | April 11, 2011
Philadelphia's most promising singer-songwriter in years comes armed with measured guitar licks and a head of hair that would make your girlfriend envious. Kurt Vile and the Violators play the Ottobar tonight, and it's a show worth your Monday night. Vile is touring in support of his well-received fourth LP, Smoke Ring For My Halo . His previous disc, 2009's Childish Prodigy , worked a tongue-in-cheek title but also hinted at the his talents; Smoke Ring makes good on that potential.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | September 18, 1998
Perhaps because it is cradled in the arms and held against the heart, the guitar invites expectations about intimacy and tenderness that other instruments do not. It was perhaps the failure of such expectations to be satisfied that led to disappointment with Steven Stucky's "Concerto Mediterraneo for Guitar and Orchestra." The work -- which was commissioned by family and friends of the late guitarist Sophocles Papas -- received its world premiere last night in Meyerhoff Hall in a performance by soloist Manuel Barrueco, the Baltimore Symphony and conductor Gunther Herbig.
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By Tim Smith | February 14, 2002
Two of the most mellow and sensual instruments in classical music are the guitar and the cello. Both will be featured this weekend in a concert presented by the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society and again next month presented by the Music in the Great Hall series. Paul Moeller, an elegant player who studied at Peabody Conservatory with Manuel Barrueco, has earned several competition awards in recent years and is carving out a promising solo career. He shares the stage with his talented wife, cellist Kerena Moeller, who has her own solid solo credentials.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Four Maryland employees made about $255,000 in improper purchases - including guitars, plane tickets and toy soldiers - with state credit cards intended for business spending, a state audit of the program found. The audit concluded that agencies could prevent workers from abusing the 17-year-old, $260 million credit card program by using more comprehensive data to better monitor the purchases. Rather than viewing only where purchases were made, like a bank statement, state officials should regularly monitor data that shows exactly what was bought, said Thomas Barnickel, the legislative auditor.
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By Mike Giuliano | January 9, 2014
The Columbia Orchestra gets to do a lot of big pieces during the season, but it also has a free chamber music concert series that puts the focus on smaller pieces. Its next chamber concert is on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m., at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. Orchestral performers really appreciate such opportunities to explore the chamber music repertory. The upcoming concert features the Columbia Orchestra Piano Trio, composed of music director Jason Love on cello, concertmaster Brenda Anna on violin and Nancy Smith on piano.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2014
The number of concertos for guitar and orchestra is not long; the list of those heard regularly in concert halls is shorter still. This week, a Baltimore-rooted guitar concerto will enter the repertoire and, given the considerable assets behind it, should have a good chance of becoming one of the more successful works of its kind. Jonathan Leshnoff, a rising figure in the contemporary music world and a Towson University faculty member, is the composer. He has written the concerto for and dedicated it to prominent classical guitarist and longtime Peabody Conservatory faculty member Manuel Barrueco, who will be the soloist for the premiere, backed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director Marin Alsop.
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By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel have the uncanny ability to write songs with heavy themes and danceable grooves. "We've always liked stuff that can feel kind of fun and carefree from a production standpoint, but lyrically not have to be totally innocuous, like New Order, Depeche Mode or even LCD Soundsystem," said Millhiser over the phone last Thursday. "On the last record, the song 'Jam for Jerry' was about a really good friend of ours who passed away," he said. "The only way we could've tackled that song lyrically was with something that wasn't so melancholy, brooding or on the nose with the subject matter.
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By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
“We're not going to play any Lou Reed tonight out of respect to the man,” said Kurt Vile on the evening of the legendary rocker's death. “Wouldn't want to sully his life work.”  Though Vile was being facetious, the Philly rocker's Sunday night set at the Ottobar channeled the late Reed in more ways than he'd care to admit, offering a diverse, if not strange concert on the whole. VBA was the first band to take the stage. The three piece, which features Vile's singer/drummer Vince Nudo, plays a scrappy breed of garage rock - heavily distorted guitar, howling vocals, the whole nine yards.
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By Anthony Landi, The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Judging from her anecdotes of life on the road with the likes of Prince and Jeff Beck, bassist Rhonda Smith has earned the confidence with which she took the stage Friday before a group of fellow musicians and music fans. "I had probably 200 songs I had to learn in a lot less time than I wanted to, off a boom box in a hotel," she recalled of touring with Prince, before launching into a rendition of "Mountains. " Smith was among the artists chosen to perform and talk at Experience PRS, an annual gathering staged at the Paul Reed Smith Guitars factory in Stevensville.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
— Until recently, Paul Reed Smith Guitars sold only American-made instruments for more than $2,000 and Korean-made guitars retailing for about $700. To fill the gap — and with something U.S.-made, no less — the Eastern Shore company needed a design that could go from wood to instrument in dramatically less time. Guitars in its core, high-end line take about 20 hours to manufacture. Finding efficiencies is tricky enough when you mass-produce widgets. Imagine the challenge for a company whose niche is high-quality guitars — instruments that have to look and sound good enough to tempt buyers away from the better-known Fender and Gibson brands.
FEATURES
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2013
It is Friday night, and the regulars are starting to arrive at Steve and Linda Migliore's house in Abingdon. Paul Abbott, the bass player, brings a bottle of pickle-flavored vodka. It is dreadful stuff, but there isn't another bottle like it in the Migliores' well-stocked - and exotic - bar, and that's the point. There is a friendly competition to see who can contribute the strangest booze. "I saw it on the shelf, and I knew that had to be the one," said his wife, Jennifer Abbott, who will take the microphone and sing vocals soon.
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