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January 3, 2010
The Chancel Choir presents "A Service of Lessons & Carols" at 7 p.m. today at Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road in Pasadena. Service includes Scripture reading, brief meditations and congregational singing. An Italian dinner of lasagna and salad will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit RAI Ministries, which offers assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Call 410-255-8236 for more information. The service was originally scheduled for Dec. 20 but was canceled because of inclement weather.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
This year in particular should be a time of reflection for Perry Farrell, and yet the lead singer of Jane's Addiction can only seem to think ahead. In late August, “Nothing's Shocking” - the Los Angeles quartet's first studio album that helped lead alternative rock, with singles like “Jane Says” and “Mountain Song,” to its fruitful '90s - turned 25. Following a current touring trend, Jane's Addiction performed the record in its entirety earlier this year in Las Vegas and England.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 28, 2010
Reviewing concerts has always been second nature for Greg Szeto - even if no one read his work. In college, Szeto would see shows and habitually scribble down his thoughts on whatever was on hand, including note pads and paper napkins. But he wanted to showcase his comments, concert reviews and random remarks on music. "I wanted an outlet that was more visible and structured, so I could focus and channel those thoughts into something more interesting," he said. Two years ago, Szeto, a 27-year-old who lives downtown, found that online when he started the music blog Aural States (auralstates.
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By Mary Johnson and For The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia has always been a regional treasure for theatergoers, but the current production of "Memphis: The Musical" has a particular tie to our county with a trio of Anne Arundel Community College alumni offering stellar performances. Andre Hinds and Anwar Thomas of AACC Dance Company and Tobias Young of Opera AACC make memorable contributions to this show. Overall, this rendition of the 2010 Tony award-winning "Memphis" proves that no smash hit is too big for Toby's to produce with pizazz.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
The Cat's Eye Pub isn't the only Baltimore bar known for its lineup of local bands. With the recent passage of the live entertainment bill, chances are we'll start to see more bars, coffee shops and clubs with live music pop up in the next year or two. Until then, here are three Baltimore bars and restaurants with regular live music. Joe Squared , 133 W. North Ave., 410-545-0444, joesquared.com. This pizza bar also serves up a melting pot of live music, including traditional New Orleans swing bands, folk artists and experimental beatboxers.
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By Sam Sessa | sam.sessa@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 3, 2010
Joshua Dibb sits cross-legged in his mother's secluded home in Owings Mills, takes a moment, and marvels at how quickly his life has changed in the past month. For nearly two years, Dibb, a founding member of the indie rock band Animal Collective, has been something of a recluse. He took an indefinite break from the grind of touring and performing with the band in 2007 to focus on his personal life. He moved from New York, where the band is based, to Owings Mills, where Animal Collective once wrote and recorded.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Marianna T. Earp, a retired music appreciation teacher, died of dementia Sunday at Maryland Masonic Home in Cockeysville. The Towson resident was 82. Born Marianna T. Markowski in the Baltic section of Poland, she was the daughter of Walter and Michelina Markowski. During World War II, she, her parents and siblings were sent to forced labor camps, including one near Stuttgart, by the Nazi German occupiers, family members said. After the war, Mrs. Earp was placed in a displaced persons camp.
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April 17, 2014
To vote in November for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor of our state will likely mean MOTS (More Of The Same) from Annapolis. Mr. Brown has proven that he is incapable of true leadership, as was learned firsthand with the botched Maryland health care program. Marylanders are still patiently waiting to hear what became of state taxpayers' $125 million invested in the health care implosion. Will Lieutenant Governor Brown come forth with details about why the health program was doomed and scuttled?
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By Oren Miller and Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2012
From SKK: Guest blogger Oren Miller joins Homefront today, with an inaugural post about the kids' music in his life -- or the lack thereof: I remember those first few months: A happy couple watching TV in bed, while our infant baby was sitting on the bed with us, staring back at us without judgment from the throne of his Boppy pillow. "I could get used to that," I thought. "Kids change everything ? Well, if by everything, they all meant have more time to catch up on TV , then yes, kids do change everything!"
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
These dog days of summer, when concert halls are terribly quiet around here, are a perfect time for classical music fans to do a little homework that will pay off in the new season. Folks who have never heard, say, Leonard Bernstein's "Kaddish" Symphony, or any other off-the-beaten-path works scheduled in the months ahead can get a lot more out of those experiences with some preparation now. Let's face it: Audiences don't spend much time diligently reading their program books before a performance starts.
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By Hilary Hahn and Special to The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
When we talk about music, we tend to place our experiences into one of two categories: making the music and listening to it. Delineating the two seems practical and obvious. In reality, though, there are a lot of opportunities for overlap, and it doesn't matter how you get into the music as long as you connect with it. Here are some approaches to try. Immerse I love performing. The sounds coming at me are dynamic, colorful and multi-layered. The energy from the musicians around me and from the audience is a swirl of excitement.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
In an age when no cinematic product seems safe from being targeted for a theatrical make-over, and when so few of these movies-turned-musicals end up having much substance to offer, "Once" impresses all the more. This modest-scaled work, now getting its Baltimore debut at the Hippodrome, manages to preserve the essence of the hit indie film from 2007 written and directed by John Carney, while creating some unusual and genuine magic of its own. The screen version of "Once" introduced two engaging characters identified, in Everyman fashion, as Guy, a frustrated street musician in Dublin; and Girl, a Czech immigrant who happens upon him and finds herself riveted by his songs.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Big-bucks movies -- "Sister Act," "Ghost," "Flashdance," "Dirty Dancing," to name a few -- get turned into stage musicals with some frequency. Indie films form a smaller screen-to-boards subset. Of these, "Once," based on the minuscule-budget, shot-in-17-days Irish film written and directed by John Carney, may be the most distinctive. With its eight Tony Awards in 2012, including best music, "Once" continues to win fans and strong reviews on the road. The national touring production, which arrives Tuesday to open the Hippodrome Theatre 's Broadway Across America season, launched a year ago and will keep traveling at least through next summer.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
There are few pieces of music as absorbing, confusing, unnerving and transporting as Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time. " Each time I encounter the work -- the latest occasion came Sunday night at the season-opening concert for the Music in the Great Hall series at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church -- I find myself awed all over again. Everything about the Quartet is exceptional, starting with its premiere at Stalag VIIIA, a prisoner of war in Germany, in January 1941.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Paul Manna got his start booking wedding bands for $50 a week plus 15 percent to 20 percent commission. It was a way into music, which he knew he wanted, but it wasn't quite right. "My heart wasn't in booking wedding bands," said Manna, who, at 47, still remembers vividly the thrill of his first concert when he was 15 — Ted Nugent at the Civic Center in Baltimore. Since he started 24-7 Entertainment in 1997, he's been working to provide that excitement for audiences, booking about 100 shows a year in the Baltimore area.
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By Linda Burkins and For The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Tired of traipsing from one big-box store to another? A visit to family-owned Washington Street Books and Music in Havre de Grace might be the change you need. More than a seller of unique books, Washington Street offers antiques, jewelry, sculptures, religious and new age items, and authentic movie and music memorabilia. Recent collectibles for sale include costumes worn in the hit film “The Hunger Games” and a guitar autographed by Katy Perry. The personable owner, John Klisavage, points out a life-size model of Anakin Skywalker.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2010
For bassist Victor Wooten, music is a language, just like English. Music should be taught the same way as any other language, and performing it should feel as natural as speaking, he said. It's a philosophy that, in the past three decades, has helped Wooten become regarded as a top bassist. Wooten's work, whether with bluegrass/jazz group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones or on a solo tour, is bringing the electric bass into the limelight and dispelling the stigma of the bass as a secondary instrument.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | January 22, 2010
Robert Weine's 1920 "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," screening with live musical accompaniment Saturday at the Creative Alliance, might be one of the strangest films ever made. It's definitely one of the most influential. A masterpiece of German expressionism, made years before most people had any idea what that was, "Caligari" tells the tale of a shady carnival barker and his somnambulist attraction. Caligari (Werner Krauss, looking every inch the mad scientist) offers up his sleepwalker, Cesare (Conrad Veidt, who 22 years later would play Major Strasser in "Casablanca")
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Musicians will sing and strum and play the harmonica Thursday night in Annapolis night to raise funds - and awareness - for Lyme disease. Headlining the Ticked Off Music Fest will be Les Stroud, a TV survivalist and musician from Canada. He'll be joined by two musicians who survived Lyme disease and a lawyer-singer-songwriter from Annapolis. "My hope is to bring awareness to Anne Arundel County about the dangers of tick-borne diseases," said Karen Owen, a fitness instructor and mother from the Broadneck community who is organizing the concert.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
The idyllic scene Amanda Schmidt envisions on a recent Monday afternoon sounds less like a music festival and more like a serene, anything-goes camping trip with hundreds of open-minded friends, both new and old. She sees attendees playing basketball and taking dips in the pool, while others watch a stand-up comedian before heading to the woods to observe art installations. She pictures viewers enthralled by a theater performance in a barn, as many others watch Baltimore musicians like Dan Deacon, Matmos and other acts perform on multiple stages.
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