December 28, 2011
COLLEGE PARK - Who would have imagined that this - an early-season game against an America East foe during a sleepy holiday-season week - could turn into an event? But the fans at Maryland's 83-72 victory over Albany clearly felt they were seeing something special as 7-footer Alex Len made his regular-season debut by hitting his first five shots - four of them dunks - en route to a 14-point, eight-rebound performance. Even with Len on the floor, Maryland (8-3) lost an early 13-point lead and had to hold on at the end. But, at worst, the game marked the fans' introduction to an intriguing - if raw - big man. Len, who has been practicing with the team and was a surprise starter Wednesday night, missed the first 10 games of the season as a penalty for having previously signed with a club overseas.
May 27, 2011
The Pasadena Theatre Company returns to the Chesapeake Arts Center Studio 194 Theatre to present Ken Ludwig's 1989 Tony Award-winning comedy "Lend Me a Tenor," which opens on Saturday, June 4, for a three-weekend run. This return to Chesapeake Arts Center might be termed a kind of homecoming. During its 32-year history, the Pasadena Theatre Company has performed at several county venues, recently most often at AACC's Pascal Center and Humanities Recital Hall. At a recent rehearsal, PTC President Sharon Steele said, "We are pleased to be back … with our current show and we know 'Lend Me a Tenor' will be a great fit here, where we also hope to do lots of shows.
May 26, 2011
St. Andrew's Church will hold its monthly Community Feast tonight, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. This month's menu will be Italian. Proceeds from this dinner will go toward the Alabama tornado relief effort. The meal is donated by Smokin' Hot Catering, and takes place at the church, located at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood, between the post office and Union Chapel Road. The whole community is welcome to come, so take the night off from cooking! Dine-in or carry-out is available.
May 7, 2011
Placido Domingo, as usual, is in full multitask mode as he wraps up his 15-year tenure as general director of Washington National Opera. The famed Spanish tenor has seven more performances to sing as Oreste in the company's first-ever production of Gluck's "Iphigenie en Tauride," which opened last Friday. He'll also switch gears to conduct five performances of Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," which opens this Friday. At 70, Domingo could be pursuing an enviable, pampered life of leisure, but that's a thoroughly alien concept to him. Besides, he gives every indication of thriving on packed schedules like the one he has this month in Washington.
April 29, 2011
Martin Willen, a retired jewelry salesman who made news during World War II when he sang Jewish liturgical music in a captured castle owned by the Nazi propaganda chief, died of heart disease April 22 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. He was 96 and lived in Pikesville. Born in Baltimore and raised on Washington and Eden streets, he was the eldest child of Russian immigrants. He attended City College and won a scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory. A tenor, he studied with teacher Frank Bibb.
February 7, 2010
T he Anne Arundel Community Concert Association brought the Canadian Tenors, performers with wide appeal, to its first concert of 2010. Those who attended the Jan. 6 concert at Severna Park High School expecting a Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras-like tenor group might initially have been disappointed to hear this quartet, whose repertoire was more popular than operatic. But they were probably won over by the group's program of current international hits. The Canadian Tenors are Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira, Clifton Murray and Victor Micallef.