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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Evening Sun Staff | December 20, 1990
What would be more appropriate for a Winter Solstice Concert than a meeting of the Prodigy and the Titan? Translated, it is a musical encounter between Alison Krauss, the 19-year-old bluegrass whiz from Illinois, and Baltimore's Helicon, an instrumental trio whose latest album is entitled "The Titan."Krauss with her band Union Station and Helicon perform at 8 tomorrow night in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.For Helicon members Chris Norman, Ken Kolodner and Robin Bullock, the fifth Winter Solstice Concert salutes their Baltimore following and celebrates the release of a new album on the Turquoise label.
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July 6, 2011
Concerts Live and local The Columbia Village Centers Courtyard Concert Series continues with Ellis Woodward playing folk rock Thu., July 7, 6 p.m., at the Dorsey's Search Village Center. The Dave Chappel Band performs blues-rock Fri., July 8, 6 p.m., at the River Hill Village Center. Gary and the Groove plays "good time rock 'n' roll" July 8, 11:30 a.m., at the Kings Contrivance Village Center. Lone Mountain will perform bluegrass July 8, 6 p.m., at the Harper's Choice Village Center.
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By Eric Siegel | December 8, 1991
The Christmas concert tradition here includes more than just the "Messiah" and "Amahl and the Night Visitors." It also &L embraces the annual Winter Solstice concert by home-based folk instrumentalists Helicon.This year's event, the sixth annual for the trio, will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. In addition to Helicon -- which includes Chris Norman on wooden flutes and penny whistle, Ken Kolodner on hammer dulcimer and fiddle and Robin Bullock on guitar, cittern and fiddle -- the concert will feature Eugene Freisen, Paul Halley and Glen Velez of the Paul Winter Consort.
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By Aaron Chester and Aaron Chester,Sun reporter | December 13, 2007
When Ken Kolodner first entered the realm of traditional world music, he had no aspirations to play in public. His only goal, he said, was to one day play with other people. Now, about 30 years later, Kolodner, 53, a Baltimore resident since birth, is viewed as one of the most influential players of the hammered dulcimer, a string instrument, in the country. Also a dulcimer teacher, fiddler and hammered mbira player, the self-taught musician has released several recordings and books and performed for nearly two decades as one-third of the Baltimore-based world folk-music trio Helicon.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,Evening Sun Staff | April 19, 1991
The Baltimore instrumental folk trio Helicon is breaking out of its winter hibernation with a recital tonight at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, concert trips this month to the Midwest and a sparkling new compact disc called "The Titan."Helicon has moved beyond its Celtic music start to add tunes from Hungary, Poland, Nova Scotia, Haiti and Bolivia for the Turquoise Records CD.This is tantalizing music with which to welcome spring, forget the blues, dance reels or dream. Not that the music is all happy; a wistful quality prevails in parts.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | December 19, 1992
Most of us know what it's like waiting for Santa -- the breathless anticipation, the hopeful anxiety, the unspoken fear that maybe he won't come at all -- because it's a typical part of most children's Christmas memories.But how many of us can say that we've experienced the same sort of seasonal suspense while waiting for Doc Watson?Helicon can. It happened a few years ago, when Watson was the guest artist for the Baltimore group's annual Winter Solstice concert at Goucher College. It seemed like it had the makings of a perfect evening of music -- ticket sales were good, a crew from National Public Radio was coming, and Helicon and Watson had already arranged to do an encore together.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
They haven't traveled together in several years, and solo careers have sent each into a separate musical orbit. But every December, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock and Chris Norman reunite as Helicon and make lovely music at their annual Winter Solstice concert. It's been 14 years since the first Solstice concert. In music years that qualifies as a bona fide tradition. This Sunday's concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall also coincides with the release of the group's first CD in seven years: "A Winter Solstice with Helicon," a compilation of songs performed at Solstice concerts past.
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By Meredith Lidard and Meredith Lidard,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2004
Baltimore-based Helicon is back with its 19th annual Winter Solstice Concert. The group no longer tours, so the annual show is a reunion of sorts. Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner and Chris Norman make up Helicon, and despite their busy solo careers, they find time to reunite and perform their December show every year. When asked what brings the group together for this one performance, Kolodner says, "People want us to do it, and it's still a lot of fun for us." Kolodner plays the hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Norman plays the tin whistle and wooden flutes, and Bullock plays guitar, citern and mandolin.
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June 23, 1998
In a story in Sunday's Arts & Society section about Louie's Bookstore Cafe, the name of a music group was misstated. The correct name is Helicon.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 6/23/98
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 16, 1997
FRIENDSHIP SQUARES Square Dance Club is sponsoring an American Lung Association of Maryland benefit dance from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at North County High School, 10 E. First Ave.The dance program will include square, round and country line dancing. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.Admission is $4 a person for square dancers, and a donation will be requested from nondancers. Donald and Linda Hampshire are co-chairs for the event.The Friendship Squares have been dancing together for 25 years.
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By ANNA EISENBERG | December 15, 2005
Folk trio Helicon, featuring Ken Kolodner, Chris Norman and Robin Bullock, returns to Maryland for its 20th anniversary Winter Solstice Concert. The group, which originated in Baltimore, will perform a variety of holiday music selections from countries all over the world. Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson, will host shows at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $25 at the door and $22 in advance and can be ordered by calling 410-243-7254 or visiting kenkolodner.
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By Meredith Lidard and Meredith Lidard,SUN STAFF | December 16, 2004
Baltimore-based Helicon is back with its 19th annual Winter Solstice Concert. The group no longer tours, so the annual show is a reunion of sorts. Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner and Chris Norman make up Helicon, and despite their busy solo careers, they find time to reunite and perform their December show every year. When asked what brings the group together for this one performance, Kolodner says, "People want us to do it, and it's still a lot of fun for us." Kolodner plays the hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Norman plays the tin whistle and wooden flutes, and Bullock plays guitar, citern and mandolin.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2003
If the members of Helicon ever tried to sneak through a holiday season without performing their annual Winter Solstice Concert, they'd never hear the end of it. Fans of the Baltimore trio, known for its magical renditions of folk melodies from around the world, still mourn the group's dissolution in the mid-1990s. "There was certainly a lot of disappointment out there," says Ken Kolodner, who plays the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. That's why, in part, Kolodner, 49, and fellow group members Chris Norman and Robin Bullock, both 39, reunite every December for the concert, now in its 18th year.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1999
They haven't traveled together in several years, and solo careers have sent each into a separate musical orbit. But every December, Ken Kolodner, Robin Bullock and Chris Norman reunite as Helicon and make lovely music at their annual Winter Solstice concert. It's been 14 years since the first Solstice concert. In music years that qualifies as a bona fide tradition. This Sunday's concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall also coincides with the release of the group's first CD in seven years: "A Winter Solstice with Helicon," a compilation of songs performed at Solstice concerts past.
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By Karin Remesch | December 17, 1998
Jewish Food & Life ExpoExhibitors from around the world display Judaica, art, gifts, crafts, jewelry and services Sunday at the 8th annual Mid-Atlantic Jewish Food & Life Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Food, live music, entertainment, free samples and hands-on demonstrations are included. Other highlights include unlimited free rides for children, tasting booths offering new kosher products, free phone calls to anywhere in the world, free arts and crafts projects, a surf machine, shofar making, challah braiding and Judaic paper cutting.
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June 23, 1998
In a story in Sunday's Arts & Society section about Louie's Bookstore Cafe, the name of a music group was misstated. The correct name is Helicon.The Sun regrets the errors.Pub Date: 6/23/98
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By Karin Remesch | December 17, 1998
Jewish Food & Life ExpoExhibitors from around the world display Judaica, art, gifts, crafts, jewelry and services Sunday at the 8th annual Mid-Atlantic Jewish Food & Life Expo at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Food, live music, entertainment, free samples and hands-on demonstrations are included. Other highlights include unlimited free rides for children, tasting booths offering new kosher products, free phone calls to anywhere in the world, free arts and crafts projects, a surf machine, shofar making, challah braiding and Judaic paper cutting.
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 16, 1997
FRIENDSHIP SQUARES Square Dance Club is sponsoring an American Lung Association of Maryland benefit dance from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 23 at North County High School, 10 E. First Ave.The dance program will include square, round and country line dancing. There will be refreshments, door prizes, a raffle and a 50/50 drawing.Admission is $4 a person for square dancers, and a donation will be requested from nondancers. Donald and Linda Hampshire are co-chairs for the event.The Friendship Squares have been dancing together for 25 years.
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By Mike Giuliano and Mike Giuliano,Special to The Sun | December 9, 1994
Although Helicon is Baltimore-based, this folk instrumental trio doesn't perform locally more than once or twice a year."We treat Baltimore as another city on the tour, but we live there," explains Ken Kolodner from a tour stop in Barron, Wis. "People come up to me in the Giant and ask why we don't play Baltimore more often."Well, because there's been plenty of work out on the road, thanks to the national following gained via previous appearances, the group's four CDs, and public radio exposure.
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