Early Music Ensemble to Perform Irish Music

On Sunday, March 18 at 4 pm, the early music ensemble Trio Galilei will present a concert of music at Christ Church Easton.  Part of the Christ Church Concert Series, this accomplished trio is making its second appearance on the series.  Specializing in music of the British Isles, the group will perform a mostly Irish program in a nod to St. Patrick, a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland.

Trio Galilei began at the Mologne House at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Silver Spring where the ensemble performed every Friday that they were not out on tour since November of 2008. After six months of giving away Ensemble Galilei recordings at Mologne House, Carolyn Surrick, the group’s founder, decided that they needed to record the music that they were playing for the wounded warriors and their families. She called her friends in the industry and everyone agreed to donate their time—the recording engineer, to the studio, the mastering engineer, the photographer, the graphic artist, and the compact disc manufacturer.  That effort resulted in the creation of Above and Beyond, and since its release in 2009, four thousand compact discs have been given away to wounded warriors, their families, and the medical practitioners at Walter Reed. When the recordings are sold to the public, the money goes to manufacturing more CDs and then if there is money left over, the group donates it to The Special Operations Warrior Foundation. This year, at the urging of their audience at Walter Reed, Trio Galilei recorded a new CD, titled Home. Again, all of the aspects of the recording were donated by members of the recording industry, including Bias Studios in Springfield VA, Oasis Disc Manufacturing, local designer Marilyn Drea and photographer Burgess Blevins.

The group was also honored this year when they received the William Donald Schaefer People Helping Award for their ongoing work at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. The ensemble can still be found every Friday afternoon, from 11:30 to 1:00, playing music for wounded warriors and their families at the Warrior Café. However, it would be easier to hear them while they are in town, and their Irish concert is one you won’t want to miss!

The Christ Church Concert Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with funds provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.  This Sunday’s concert is free and open to the public.  Christ Church is located at 111 South Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  A freewill offering will be received.

Easton High School Warrior Chorale to Perform Spring Concert

The Easton High School Warrior Chorale, under the direction of Andrea Stewart Davis and accompanied by Amy Morgan,will present their Spring Concert on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Easton High School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of choral music from classic choral standards to more contemporary choral pieces. There is no admission fee for the concert but tax-deductible donations will be happily accepted.

The Warrior Chorale is coming off a stellar performance at the ECAS High School Choral Competition and will be performing their competition set, which includes Morley’s Renaissance madrigal My Bonny Lass She Smileth, choral favorite Mendelssohn’s Die Nachtigall, and new work Dies Irae by Ryan Main in addition to other selections.

The Warrior Chorale is an auditioned ensemble comprising students in grades nine through twelve. The ensemble rehearses daily and performs a wide variety of music. The Warrior Chorale is an in-demand performing ensemble throughout Talbot County. If you are interested in having the Warrior Chorale perform, contact Mrs. Davis via e-mail adavis@talbotschools.org.

Andrea Stewart Davis directs the Warrior Chorale and is the theater arts instructor at Easton High School. Additionally, she is the artistic director of the Smyrna Singers and is an in-demand musical director and conductor throughout Delmarva. Mrs. Davis made her international performance debut at Lake Como, Italy, and recently conducted internationally at the Delaware Choral Academy in Aix-en-Provence, France. Her choirs are praised for their musical nuance, energy and enthusiasm as an ensemble.

The Working Artists Forum Promotes Art at Local Schools

Each year the Working Artists Forum hosts an annual art exhibit at the Tidewater Inn in Easton called Local Color. This exhibit is held in conjunction with Plein Air Easton.

The juried art participants in the exhibit showcase their art for sale throughout the weekend at the Crystal Ballroom of the Tidewater Inn.  From the sale of art during Local Color, WAF is able to designate a portion of proceeds to benefit the surrounding community elementary schools’ art programs.

Judy Bittorf, member of WAF, presents a Dick Blick gift card to Betsy Dykes, art teacher at Ocean City Elementary School.

As a result of Local Color 2017, WAF was pleased to help foster the visual arts at area schools by presenting gift cards valued at $150 each for art supplies from DickBlick.com to the schools’ art departments in six counties, to include Queen Anne, Caroline, Kent, Talbot, Dorchester, and Worcester.

The Working Artist Forum is a group of  101 professional artists who are juried into membership, and whose members’ portfolios and background in painting bring years of recognition in achievements and awards. In addition, the WAF is committed to its community outreach to promote the arts.   WAF will again host the 2018 Local Color from Friday, July 20th through July 22nd.

Visit www.workingartistsforum.com for more details on WAF’s endeavors, members and exhibits.

From Above: Hunter Harris Brings Home Five Ribbons for Aerial Photography

There is no secret that the Spy loves the world of Eastern Shore aviation. And this is particularly true of the adventures of one of the Mid-Shore’s most well-known pilots and aerial photographers, Hunter Harris.  Whether it’s flying Fuji blimps, helping create safety regulation for drones, or his endless documentation of the Chesapeake region from above, the Kent County native, and now Talbot County resident, has had a remarkably diverse career in the exclusive world of flying.

This time around, we caught word that Hunter has just returned from the annual Professional Aerial Photographers’ Association conference in Charleston, and had been rewarded with not one, not two, but five award ribbons for his work in aerial photography.

The Spy chased down Harris in his downtown Easton office to talk about the three photographs that so vividly capture this remarkable region and his extraordinary gift of photography in the skies over the Eastern Shore.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about Hunter and aria photography please go here.


Mid-Shore Arts: Chamber Music Returns to the Mainstay

There were quite a few things that Ben and Judy Kohl wanted to accomplish when they started the Hedgelawn Foundation several years ago. For Judy, it was her desired to support local theater, which has led to a long affiliation with the Garfield Center for the Arts,  but for her husband, Ben, it was to fund a classical music program for Sundays at the Mainstay.

His motivation was simple enough. When Ben Kohl was a long-tenured professor at Vassar College, he had been particularly impressed with the Sunday concerts that the music department hosted to celebrate classical chamber music. He also felt that Rock Hall (and the Mid-Shore) would benefit from the same tradition, and worked with his close friend, Tom McHugh, the then director of the Mainstay, to make that happen.

And now, With the recent addition of John Thomas as the Mainstay’s programming manager, that series has returned to Rock Hall with a new and exciting perspective of what 21st-century chamber music can be like. With John’s long teaching career at the Peabody Conservatory, and now, Washington College, he is in a unique position to offer a level of programming with some of the brightest and most promising young musicians working today.

The Spy, as part of our continuing series of profiling the philanthropy of the Hedgelawn Foundation, spent a few minutes with John to talk about this new era in chamber music as well as Judy about the philanthropic intent with the concert for the community.

This video is approximately minutes in four minutes in length. For more information about the Hedgelawn Classical  Series at the Mainstay, please go here.

Seashell Fish Workshop at the A.M. Gravely Gallery

Is there a Pisces in your life? If you are seeking an unusual birthday gift, consider attending this month’s workshop at the A.M. Gravely Gallery, 408 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels, Saturday March 24th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

You will create your seashell fish embellished with seashells, pearls, rhinestones, tiny starfish and other treasures from the sea. The cost of the workshop is $38 plus tax and covers all materials.10% of the workshop proceeds will be donated to the St. Michaels Museum.

The workshop will be conducted by Candace Liccione from the Wye River Designs Studio in Grasonville.  For more information, or to make a reservation and to prepay, call 410-827-0700 or visit www.wyeriverdesigns.com.

Acclaimed Author Jack Bohrer to Speak at WC March 20

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the assassination of political icon Robert F. Kennedy. On Tuesday, March 20, John R. “Jack” Bohrer ’06, news producer at MSNBC and author of The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest after JFK, will return to campus to discuss his acclaimed book. The recently published work examines three critical years in the life of Robert Kennedy, just after his brother John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, and will be followed by a book signing. Sponsored by the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Department of Political Science, the program is free and open to the public.

Bohrer’s book grew out of his political science senior thesis at Washington College in 2006. He also worked on the project as one of the first student fellows at the Starr Center, writing at a desk in the Custom House. Speaking of his upcoming visit to Chestertown, Bohrer says: “Adam Goodheart and the Starr Center took me on my first archives trip and gave me hands-on experience with historical research, so this is a homecoming for me.”

The Revolution of Robert Kennedy argues that RFK—a less-than-charismatic attorney general and JFK’s reputed hatchet man—was transformed by the events of 1963 and their aftermath, and that he emerged from that crucible the champion of the dispossessed who captured Americans’ collective imagination.

Published by Bloomsbury last June, Bohrer’s first book has received rave reviews. Matt Bai, one of the country’s finest political pundits, declared The Revolution of Robert Kennedy “fast-paced and full of new detail” and said it “signals the arrival of an unusually gifted writer and historian.”  Kirkus Reviews described it as a “poignant sketch of a lost champion of social justice from an age when it could still be said that ‘politics is still the greatest and most honorable adventure.’”

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Jack back to campus,” says Goodheart, the Starr Center’s Hodson Trust-Griswold director. “Washington College can be proud of the contributions that this exceptional young alumnus is making in the fields of both journalism and history. And we can be especially proud that his important work on RFK began here in Chestertown.”

A reporter, historian, and television producer for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bohrer has helped produce high-profile interviews, including with nearly every major 2016 presidential candidate. His research has been cited by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe, and his writing has appeared in New York magazine, The New Republic, Politico, and USA Today, among others. In addition to Washington College faculty, two of his mentors on the RFK project were former senator Birch Bayh and the late political journalist Richard Ben Cramer, both senior fellows of the College.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

Chesapeake Film Festival Kicks Off Film Series REEL GEMS at OCC

CFF film series REEL GEMS begins on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Oxford Community Center in Oxford.

The Oxford Community Center is located at 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, MD 21601. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at Chesapeake Film Festival.com or at the door.

March 16th, 5:30- 7:00 p.m. – Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss

ARC OF LIGHT: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss is about an artist, architect and designer who has devoted her life to the creation of works of art that explore the complex intersections between art, technology, science, nature, poetry, mathematics, and architecture. The film looks at the astonishing range of Bliss’s work, from small painterly and digitally based studies of color and light to architectural site commissions of immense scale. It also puts her work in art-historical context and traces her Modernist influences, including the Bauhaus artists of the 1920s. The film includes compelling interviews with the artist’s husband, architect, and furniture designer Robert Bliss; filmmaker Judy Hallet; and professor of architecture Stanley Hallet.

Filmmaker Cid Collins Walker will discuss the film following the screening. Cid is the founder of Black Opal Productions and is a resident of Oxford. Her husband Richard wrote the screenplay for ARC OF LIGHT. In addition to documentary filmmaking, Cid has extensive experience in television and film production, creative direction, animation, print design and brand management. Her awards in television and film include four Telly Awards for her work in production design. She also served on the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Video, Washington DC. She is currently working on her first book and second screenplay.

March 22nd, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Film: Flash of Genius

Flash of Genius is the story of a college professor and part-time inventor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinnear) who develops an intermittent windshield wiper. With the invention, he believes he, his wife (Lauren Graham) and their children will be set for life. Though the invention is a big hit with automakers in 1960s Detroit, Kearns finds himself forced out of the picture. Determined to collect the recognition and financial reward due him, he wages an arduous legal battle with the auto industry.

Filmmaker Tim Kearns in Attendance. Tim Kearns is the son of Robert Kearns who is the featured subject of the film. The Kearns family reside in Oxford and provide a wonderful Q&A about the actual invention as well as the making of the film.

The Oxford Community Center, Inc., is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, whose mission is to enrich community life by fostering educational, cultural, and social opportunities. Event proceeds benefit future programming at the Center. Visit us on Facebook at Oxford Community Center, Inc. or at oxfordcc.org

The Chesapeake Film Festival (CFF) is the only film festival on the Eastern Shore to bring together filmmakers and diverse audiences of film enthusiasts for an annual weekend festival in Easton, MD and throughout the year in its series, REEL GEMS. CFF offers educational opportunity through cinematic presentations, lectures, and panel discussions of CFF initiatives. Visit us on Facebook or at www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com

Walters Art Museum Docent to Lecture at Troika Gallery

Barbara Simmons, docent at The  Walters Art Museum will present an informative talk titled; “The Delightful Power of a Landscape Painting and How it Always Involves a New Journey for the Beholder” at Troika Gallery. It begins at 2:00 pm on March 10, 2018, at 9 South Harrison Street in Easton. The talk is free and open to all.

With an extensive background in art and twenty-five years of educating the public through her work as a docent, Mrs. Simmons will present an intriguing talk and power point presentation which explores and gives meaning to why landscape paintings can be so captivating for the viewer. A noted art expert and visitor to museums throughout the world, Simmons has a keen understanding of cultural mores. In a friendly down to earth approach, she brings her extensive knowledge of art and culture to adults and children. As a docent at The Walters Art Museum, she has educated hundreds interpreting historical works of art. Simmons has developed lectures showcasing the contributions of the talented Maryland Garden Clubs during the annual Walters Art Blooms Celebration.

Her love for educating about art reaches to the women at Jessup, MD Prison, where she infuses their world with art history. “The intellectual experience of encountering women, starved for a rewarding learning pursuit, has engaged all the experiences that we as humans can encounter. Art is seen through many different lenses, and each opportunity pursues a higher understanding of the importance of art in daily lives,” commented Mrs. Simmons.

The lecture conceived for March 10th will involve a personal journey by Barbara Simmons of what “delights the mind in landscape painting” and how it always includes “a new adventure for the beholder.”

This free and interesting discussion is open to all in the community. No reservations are needed.  Please join the conversation at Troika Gallery, 9 South Harrison Street, Easton, March 10, 2018, at 2:00 pm.   www.troikagallery.com

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Slow Down Tommy

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Slow Down Tommy: Celtic, European and Old-Time Music & Irish Step-Dance
for St. Patrick’s Day. The event will take place at Talbot County Senior Center on March 13, 2018, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Slow Down Tommy paddles the rivers of traditional music, drinks deeply from the wellspring of old field recordings, and emerges with bellyfuls of historical knowledge and an artistic taste all their own. They draw from Irish, European and old-time American dance tunes and ballads, highlighting the genres’ commonalities and differences through sensitive and unconventional arrangements. Band members include Marty Frye (Irish flute), David McKindley-Ward (guitar), Jonathan Een Newton (cello/fiddle) and Anders Fahey (clawhammer banjo) — along with special guest Corinne Ducey, Irish stepdancer.

The monthly Second Tuesday Carpe Diem series of 45-minute performances are FREE and open to the public.
 Lunch is available at 12 noon for $2.75 (with one week advance reservation). RSVP: 410-822-2869 / abrown@uppershoreaging.org

This program is made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, and by the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), Dock Street Foundation, Brookletts Place, the Artistic Insights Fund, and by individual contributions to the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund/MSCF.

More information: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183

Facebook: Carpe Diem Arts on the Shore facebook.com/slowdowntommy

NOTE: Mark your calendars for the next free lunchtime concert on Tuesday, April 10, featuring the Lea Morris in celebration of Earth Day. thisislea.com


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