January 8, 2004
Her sound was inviting, passion-soaked, beautifully soulful. But where did it fit exactly? It was 1978 and disco was king, ruling the R&B charts, where Angela Bofill, an ebony-eyed, full-lipped Latina from the West Bronx, found an immediate home. Alongside beat-driven albums by Instant Funk, Donna Summer, Chic and Sister Sledge, Bofill's debut, Angie, stood out on the listings for its eclecticism: a classy, intelligent mix of African chants, smooth jazz and uptown soul. Angel of the Night, her sophomore effort, appeared nine months after Angie and was a bigger smash, featuring the Quiet Storm, self-penned classic "I Try."
February 2, 2003
Hazel Penniman Luther, 113, the oldest woman in Florida, died Friday at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where she was taken after developing a cold and high temperature. Born Dec. 11, 1889, Mrs. Luther was the world's ninth-oldest living person, according to the Gerontology Research Group. At her 113th birthday party, she was asked if she wanted to live forever. "I think I already have," she replied. Mrs. Luther attended Juilliard School of Music, then known as the Institute of Musical Art, and earned two diplomas in singing.
April 22, 2001
Edith W. Stieber, 92, Towson Library founder Edith W. Stieber, a founder of the Towson Library, artist and longtime community volunteer, died Tuesday of emphysema at Stella Maris in Towson. She was 92. Born Edith Wilson in Lansdowne, Pa., she grew up in Towson and graduated from the Maryland Institute. College of Art in the early 1930s. In 1935, she married Frederick W. Stieber, a well-known Baltimore athlete and owner of Stieber's Store, a gourmet grocery in Towson. He died in 1992.
May 26, 2000
Gideon W. Waldrop, 80, a composer and administrator who served for 24 years as dean of the Juilliard School of Music, died May 12 in New York. During the 1950s, he was the editor of the Review of Recorded Music and the Musical Courier. He also served as a music consultant to the Ford Foundation. He became the assistant to the president at Juilliard in 1960 and was appointed dean the next year. In 1969, the school moved from its old building in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan to its new $30 million building at Lincoln Center.
July 15, 2003
Leslie Dragan, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate, has been awarded the Stewart W. Myers Memorial Scholarship from Stu's Music in Westminster. She participated in the Maryland All-State Orchestra all four years of high school. She was principal viola in her junior and senior years and All-Eastern principal violist. In her junior year, she joined the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra and won the concerto competition. As a senior, she joined the Peabody Preparatory Orchestra. Dragan is attending an intensive music program at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute.
July 24, 2008
Metaphor The lowdown: The jazz quartet Metaphor released its debut album, Temporary Suspension, which features a mixture of contemporary jazz and chamber music, as well as African, Afro-Cuban, rock and hip-hop, this month. The group gives two performances tomorrow at An die Musik. If you go: The concerts are at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. An die Musik is at 409 N. Charles St. $5-$10. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andie musiklive.com. Art exhibit The lowdown: The Caryn Martin: Atmospheric Abstractions exhibit runs at the Creative Alliance Wednesday through Aug. 16. Martin's works consist of several quasi-monochrome and almost abstract landscapes.