May at the Candleberry Gallery

Joyce Zeigler’ painting

April showers bring May flowers, warm breezes, and bright sunshine that urge us to get outside an stroll the town. While you are out exploring why not stop by the Candleberry Gallery at 210 S. Talbot Street in St. Michaels. The gallery has a wonderful selection of handcrafted and one of a kind artwork and gifts by local artists. Don’t forget that May is Mother’s Day, pick up something special at the gallery that is sure to bring a smile to your mother’s face.

Our featured artist this month is Joyce Zeigler, an Eastern shore native with a career that spans over 50 years. Joyce’s deep love of nature is apparent in her beautiful oil paintings, her exhibit is on display at the Candleberry Gallery for the month of May.

Come down and Join us on May 26th from 12-2pm for a front porch demonstration by Joy Marshall. Joy works with Alcohol inks, this art medium is super bright and beautiful and its unpredictability creates unique works of art.

Academy Art Museum Announces May Events

Joan Miró, (1893 – 1983), Oiseau Zéphyr, Color lithograph, 1960, AAM 2015.030.


The Academy Art Museum’s exhibitions are generously supported by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Star-Democrat. Free Docent Tours are every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for all exhibitions.

AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition
Part I April 21–July 8, 2018, Members’ Reception: Friday, April 20, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
In 1958, the Academy Art Museum opened its doors to the public as the Academy of the Arts. In 2018 the Museum invites all audiences to celebrate its 60th anniversary, honoring the past and celebrating the future. Program highlights include a special two-part Diamond Exhibition, representing the creative genius of artists from Europe and the United States, spanning from the seventeenth century to the present. The AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition will showcase a representative range of treasures and Picasso, and selections of its holdings in other media, including painting, photography and sculpture. AAM @ 60: The Diamond Exhibition will be accompanied by a special anniversary catalogue.

Michael Joseph, A-lister & Sherie, 2016 (detail) W, Archival pigment print.

New Photography: National Juried Exhibition
April 14 – July 15, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 3-4:30 p.m. – Awards Ceremony with Juror Sarah Stolfa
Photographic artists of all walks have submitted their latest works to a new national juried show at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD. The exhibition aims to highlight the current state of photography across a broad spectrum. Artists may submit all types of photographic works including digital, analog, alternative processes, etc.

Elizabeth Casqueiro: Entrances and Exits
April 14 –July 15, 2018
May 4, 5:30 p.m. – Artist talk on First Friday
Elizabeth Casqueiro is a visual artist who was born in England and grew up in Portugal, studying art at St. Martin’s College of Art in London, the Corcoran School of Art, and the Washington Studio School. Her work is an exploration of masked identity and taps into the playful and entertaining origins of identity through a series of works involving the action hero, the stage actor, and what she calls “the cheesy plot.” Following her fall solo gallery show in Portugal (2017), the Academy Art Museum is offering her a first solo museum exhibition in the United States.


Elizabeth Casqueiro, Do Something Batman, 2017 Acrylic and oil on canvas, Collection of the Artist.

Kittredge-Wilson Lecture Series
These lectures feature an exciting array of speakers who impart a diversity of perspectives on subjects such as art, architecture, history and literature.
Cost: $24 Members, Non-members $29. Pre-registration is suggested. Register online at

Painting for Princes: Dutch Art by Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix and book signing
Anke Van Wagenberg Senior Curator, Academy Art Museum
Friday, May 18, 2018, 6 p.m.
Anke Van Wagenberg will discuss paintings of Jan Baptist Weenix and his son Jan Weenix. These important Dutch masters and contemporaries of Rembrandt painted Italianate landscapes, portraits and still lifes. She recently finished the monographs on the father-and-son team with c. 500 entries. She is currently working on the Weenix drawings.


Anke Van Wagenberg Senior Curator, Academy Art Museum

Longwood Gardens
Tuesday, May 8
Cost: $75 Members $90 Non-members (includes admission)
One of the world’s great gardens, Longwood’s story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship.
Longwood Gardens are a living expression of all that the founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.


Exploration into Intaglio Printmaking with Rosemary Cooley
Instructor: Rosemary Cooley
3-Day Workshop – May 4, 5 & 6, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $185 Members, $220 Non-members (An additional $35 materials fee paid to the instructor and includes archival paper, plates, use of studio tools and inks as well as one archival mat.)
Students will learn how to prepare film positives of their artwork, which may then be later exposed onto light sensitive photo emulsion coated steel plates, known as Solarplates. Suitable artwork includes ink wash drawings, charcoal, pen and ink drawings, photographs, and other non-copyrighted images. Everyone is welcome to see the possibilities of this interesting process. Students will examine various film positives, which they may make themselves at a copy shop onto acetate sheets, and then will bring them to class to develop the images and print them on the etching presses in the new Printmaking Studio at AAM. This workshop is for the serious printmaker, and the results will be very exciting.

Longwood Gardens

Summer Mosaic Workshops for Adults and Teens
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
2-Day Workshops: All are on Wednesdays and Thursdays
May 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and May 24 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
June 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and June 14 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
July 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and July 12 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $75 Members per each 2-day workshop), $90 Non- members (plus $5 materials fee paid to instructor)
Students will learn the basics of mosaics: breaking and cutting glass and pottery, applying shards to a wooden surface with adhesives, applying grout. At the end of each workshop, the students will have a beautiful mosaic piece to take home. Goggles and gloves will be used to protect eyes and hands. Materials needed: All essential materials and tools will be provided. Students may bring in broken or chipped china or pottery and any special objects, like old jewelry. Bring a lunch.
Minimum for class is 6 and maximum is 10.

Sheryl Southwick

Paint Along with Diane and Sheryl
Mentors: Diane DuBois Mullaly and Sheryl Southwick
3 days: May 29-31
Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost $95 Members, $114 Non-members
Diane and Sheryl invite all painters in any medium to paint along with them during this unique mentored outdoor painting experience. Each day the group meets at a different fabulous private property, where everyone picks a spot and starts painting. Diane and Sheryl will make rounds to each painter’s easel throughout the morning to make suggestions and give advice. They will also be painting. At about noon, the group will have lunch together, while Sheryl and Diane lead a constructive group critique of the paintings from that day. In the event of heavy rain, the group will paint indoors. Painters will find inspiration, grow their skills, and enjoy great group camaraderie – a special experience not to be missed! Bring a bag lunch except the last day, lunch is on us!, Minimum 10, Maximum 25.


Mini Masters Academy
Mini Masters is an art-based, early enrichment program for two to four-year old children. Flexible enrollment days are offered from September through May, Monday through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12:00, with optional extended day until 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email for information and availability.


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or
Whether your goal is to audition for a conservatory, lead your family in song during the holidays, or learn to play the music you love, a personalized music education is one of the most rewarding and enduring investments people can make for themselves or their child.

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for information at (410) 829-2525 or
Whether you are interested in singing with a choir, becoming a soloist, getting a lead in the high school musical or community theatre production, joining a barbershop quartet, or preparing your audition for a conservatory, good singing requires a skill set that is developed over time.

Ballroom and Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell
Contact instructor for information at (302) 377-3088 or visit

For additional information, visit or call the Museum at 410-822-2787.

St. Michaels Art League Member’s Show this May

The St. Michaels Art League will showcase original artwork created exclusively by League members during the month of May at the St. Michaels Library. The show will be judged by Laura Era, co-owner of the well-known Troika Gallery of Easton, Maryland. Laura is best known for her commissioned portraits and her work hangs in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. She also teaches classes in her Easton studio.

Arlene Zachmann painting called ‘Heidi’

The exhibit of original art, open to all mediums, will be on display in the gallery located in the back of the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library from Tuesday, May 1 until Thursday, May, 31. Artwork may be purchased directly through the artist.

The library is located at 106 Freemont Street, St. Michaels and the exhibit is free to the public. Hours the exhibit can be viewed are Monday and Thursday, 9 am – 8 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am – 6pm; and Friday and Saturday 9am – noon.

For more information about the library exhibit, contact Mary Ellen Mabe at 410-745-6436 or visit This program is funded in part a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Easton Choral Arts to Present its 40th Season Finale

Easton Choral Arts Society to present its 40th season finale with Johannes Brahms’ commanding German Requiem, considered one of the greatest monuments of choral music, on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 PM at Christ Church in downtown Easton. It is a deeply moving and profound choral work, a large-scale piece for chorus, orchestra, soprano and baritone soloist. Under the direction of Artistic Director Wes Lockfaw, the chorus will be accompanied by Soprano Yulia Petrachuk, Baritone Javier Arrey and chamber orchestra.

Javier was born in Valdivia, Chile where he first studied piano and musical theory. Later he studied singing with Professor Hanns Stein at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago, and choir conducting at the Teatro Municipal. He is an alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Castleton Festival under Lorin Maazel, and is considered the strongest, singer with a mellifluous, robust baritone. He is heralded as one of the most sought after bel canto baritones of the new generation. In 2017 he joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème. 

Yulia Petrachuk and Javier Arrey

Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of the Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland. Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2010. According to Daniel Rigazzi, Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City,“Yulia is a special and unique artist, able to hold her own on any stage in the world”.

The German Requiem emerged as a deeply personal musical memorial. Brahms was innovative in his combination of styles and use of vernacular German, so different from the long-standing Latin mass for the dead. This requiem, instead of creating a Mass for the dead, was dedicated to the mourners left behind on Earth. The result was a radiant, joy-filled work in seven sections, each concluding with a mood of cheerful confidence or loving promise. Brahms’ German Requiem is a work of great intensity that speaks to people of all faiths and to believers and non-believers alike.

Tickets are $25 for advanced sale and $30 at the door. Children are admitted free (reservation required). Purchase tickets at or call 410-200-0498.

The Easton Choral Arts Society is supported by grants from the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Dom Flemons

Carpe Diem Arts will present its next “Music in the Gallery” concert on Sunday, April 22 at 5:00pm, a one-hour performance followed by a wine and cheese reception at the Contemporary Tapestry Gallery, 5592 Poplar Lane, Royal Oak, MD near the Bellevue landing of the Oxford ferry.

Featured will be the internationally acclaimed Dom Flemons, GRAMMY® winning musician, singer-songwriter, and guardian of American song traditions.

As a founding member of the renowned Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band, Dom was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo albums, Flemons draws from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, cowboy songs, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Dom plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. His latest recording is issued on Smithsonian Folkways and reflects Dom’s extensive research on the remarkable song tradition of Black Cowboys. Little known but true fact is that 1 out of 4 cowboys was African American. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Dom Flemons in the intimate setting of Ulrika Leander’s glorious tapestry gallery.

For more information about Dom Flemons, visit

Tickets are $22 for adults, $7 for students and can be purchased at A limited number of free tickets are available in exchange for volunteer hours.

For more information, contact: or 301-466-0183

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This concert is made possible with support from the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Dock Street Foundation, and the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council.

As ‘House Of Cards’ nears End, Maryland Aims to Remain Film Contender

Eduardo Sanchez is sleeping in his own bed for once.

He’s taking a short break from work, but the majority of his time over the course of the next few months will be spent in Dallas, where the filmmaker best known for “The Blair Witch Project” is able to work on film and TV productions with what he says are better state tax incentives than in his native state of Maryland.

“I have a bunch of projects that I’d love to develop (in Maryland) that are, right now, dead in the water because of the (lack of) incentives,” Sanchez told Capital News Service. “If (a new tax incentive bill) passes, that opens up a lot of new work here, and I don’t think I’m the only one in that position. I think a lot of people are waiting for this to happen.”

Martin O’Malley visits the set of House of Cards at Joppa, Maryland in 2013

A push from local filmmakers like Sanchez for a new film tax credit plan reached the steps of the Maryland State House this year amid production of the shortened sixth and final season of Netflix’s 21-time Emmy nominee “House of Cards” in the Baltimore area.

According to CNS analysis of Maryland Film Office data, over the course of the past five fiscal years, 98 percent of film tax credits and grants — $72.5 million — has been allocated to “House of Cards” and “Veep,” the Julia Louis-Dreyfus political drama that relocated to California in 2015.

A new bill aimed at boosting the Maryland film scene was passed by the Maryland House Monday morning – the last day of the Maryland General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session – after passing in the Senate mid-March. It would increase the current Department of Commerce film budget by $3 million every year until 2023, when the budget would be capped at $20 million. It would also eliminate Maryland Commerce’s current film reserve fund.

The legislation, Senate Bill 1154, sponsored by Sen. Douglas Peters, D-Prince George’s County, goes to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk for his signature. If signed, it will take effect July 1.

“Years ago, we had productions in Baltimore and then the production would end and there would be no new production and we would lose employees – they would move to other states,” Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery County, who sponsored a bill identical to Peters’s in the Maryland House, told CNS. “We want to make sure there’s continuity in the industry.”

To qualify as a film production entity, film and television projects – one season is considered a single project – are currently required to spend at least $500,000 in Maryland. The recently passed bill would reduce that requirement to $250,000.

Baltimore Film Office Director Debbie Dorsey told CNS she was thankful to Maryland lawmakers for “keeping the film industry alive,” noting the Peters bill’s ability to do “a little something for everybody,” big-name production entities and local, indie projects alike.

The Department of Commerce would also set aside 10 percent of its budget exclusively to accommodate small and independent entities, which would primarily help local filmmakers. The bill defines “small productions” as projects that spend $25,000 to $125,000 in-state and requires at least 50 percent of filming to be done in Maryland.

“I know a lot of filmmakers who are making movies for $50,000 at most and they get nothing,” Sanchez added. “That’s going to help a lot of people…but I still wish there was something to help the lower, lower productions.”

Sanchez recalled working on a film in Hagerstown in 2010. He said the state incentive program at the time allocated a small amount of money to the production. But unless explicitly earmarked for a certain project, it’s nearly impossible for low-budget projects to get much assistance.

“Since then, it’s kind of been the ‘House of Cards’ incentive program,” Sanchez said. “And they know it’s an important program and I’m glad they’ve been able to keep it in Maryland for sure, but there wasn’t much room for anybody else.”

Making room for others is the goal for more than a handful of local filmmakers and supporters. At a Maryland House Ways and Means Committee meeting March 7 to discuss Luedtke’s film tax credit bill, several local experts testified that lack of funding is the primary obstacle to building a larger film scene.

“Several times every month, my office and the Maryland state Film Office receive calls from production companies and producers who want to bring their film projects here,” Dorsey said. “And every July, as soon as we get the ‘open for business’ sign on the door, we have to flip it over and say ‘sorry, we’re closed.’”

In the last year and a half, 20 major films and TV shows have expressed serious interest in filming in Maryland, Dorsey estimated.

Among them: Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominee “The Post,” an Amazon show and a Hulu series, and HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The latter settled for filming a handful of establishing shots in Baltimore before sending star Oprah Winfrey and the rest of the cast to Georgia.

Each project was turned away because “House of Cards” had consumed nearly all of the state’s annual budget, according to Dorsey.

Dorsey added in March that projects from HBO, Netflix, NBC and Lionsgate were awaiting confirmation of any new bill with a larger pool of funding before they could greenlight production in Maryland.

Even with SB 1154, the Baltimore Film Office may not have updates on those projects until the bill takes effect in July, according to Dorsey. Still, she noted that the bill will “provide consistency” and allow producers and studios to rely on Maryland as a production hub.

Filming in Maryland was always the plan for “The Blair Witch Project.”

Not only were Sanchez, who attended Wheaton High School and later Montgomery College, and co-director Daniel Myick fans of the physical setting – ominous horror movie woods are just one of the many versatile location options Maryland has to offer – but also the two were inclined to work in a place where they knew and trusted the industry professionals.

“There’s enough infrastructure as far as editing places, places to get sound done; there’s already a production base here,” Sanchez said. “There’s a lot of great professionals here. You can get a fairly decent-sized production going without having to import everybody from L.A. or New York.”

Season 5 of “House of Cards” alone supported more than 1,700 Maryland businesses, according to Maryland Film Office data.

Goldsborough Glynn Classic Furnishings was among them. The Kensington-based small business has sold furniture to the “House of Cards” set decorator for the past six years.

Not only has the company benefited from the production’s purchases, as the owners wrote in a testimony letter to the Maryland General Assembly, it further profited from the media attention and word of mouth that comes with being associated with a high-profile television show.

Since introducing the current film tax credit plan in 2012, the Maryland Department of Commerce helped finance 12 productions, nine of them individual seasons of “Veep” or “House of Cards.”

The department estimated that each production hired an average of 1,280 Maryland residents and worked with an average of 1,328 Maryland vendors. The combined projects have had a nearly $775 million dollar impact on the state economy.

If anyone understands the capacity Maryland has to be a filmmaking hub, it’s Sanchez and Myick. The two former college friends created “The Blair Witch Project” on an initial budget of less than $25,000, before the film went on to gross a whopping $249 million worldwide.

Nineteen years after its release, “Blair Witch” is still a local claim to fame as well as an example of small filmmakers’ potential for success.

“I think it’s common sense when you actually think about it,” Sanchez said. “You look at the other states who are actually building it and doing it right and it brings in work and it’s also a cultural thing, too. It brings in artists. It’s beneficial way more beyond the actual work.”


by Hannah Yasharoff


The Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival on June 5 through 17

This year’s 33rd Annual Chesapeake Chamber Music (CCM) Festival will be held in Talbot County, MD from June 5 through June 17, 2018.  Musicians from the world’s stages will perform the works of both familiar and lesser known composers from the past and present. During two music-filled weeks, artists and musical ensembles will perform nine concerts featuring a wide range of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Mahler, Norman, Prokofiev and more. Among the 15 musicians participating in the Festival are celebrated flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and her friends who will bring the flute, violin, viola and cello together in a new exciting way. The opening concert at Christ Church in Easton will feature the works of Beethoven and Brahms, with a pre-concert commentary by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC, and will conclude with a festive reception at Mason’s Redux 2017.  The closing concert, “Stradgrass,” will highlight a new musical art form, classical music with a bluegrass twist and an array of instruments, including winds, strings, piano, and this year, a vocalist will electrify several concerts.  Each concert tells a story through carefully matching composer, artist and instrument, creating something unique and memorable with each performance.

Photo by Cal Jackson

To wholly understand the dramatic effect of live chamber music, audiences must both listen and observe.  After three centuries, audiences around the world are still awed by the intimacy of chamber music.  As its name would suggest, chamber music was created to grace rooms rather than halls. Festival goers will enjoy returning to the smaller and more intimate venues of the Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford Community Center, and Academy Art Museum, as well as Easton’s Christ Church and Trinity Cathedral. The spacious Avalon Theatre will feature the 2018 Chamber Music Competition Winner as part of its special concert during Week Two.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival include the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council. Additional generous financial support from corporate, public and private benefactors enables Chesapeake Music to offer affordable tickets for Festival concerts and recitals; open rehearsals are free to the general public. Tickets go on sale in April 2018.  For additional information, visit or call 410 819-0380. Experience the Extraordinary at Chesapeake Music’s 2018 Chamber Music Festival.

On Golden Pond Closes April 22 at Church Hill Theatre

On Golden Pond, is a “a production any theater-lover will want to see”, says Peter Heck in his review.  The classic play from Ernest Thompson, brings a glow to the Church Hill Theatre this spring. Bonnie Hill directs this “warm, nostalgic play” that is an exploration of marriage, mortality, and cross-generational relationships.  The play, written by Ernest Thompson, was a critical success on the New York stage and a blockbuster hit in the film adaptation.  Hill has assembled a fine cast of area residents, including both newcomers and experienced actors with credits at CHT and other theaters.

Ethel (Nita Wieczoreck) and Norman (Brian McGunigle) Thayer stand on their porch at Golden Pond trying to spy the first loons of the season.

On Golden Pond is as simple—and complex—as life itself. Norman Thayer, a sharp-witted and tart-tongued professor, along with his intelligent and nurturing wife Ethel, return to their summer home in Maine for the 48th year.  Brian McGunigle takes on the role of Norman, making him “sympathetic” and also bringing out his “biting wit”.  Nita Wieczoreck is “warm and outgoing in the role of Ethel, a good choice for the role” according to Heck.  The couple are soon joined by their daughter, her boyfriend, and his son.  These roles are taken on by Heather Oland as Chelsea Thayer Wayne, Jeff Daly as Bill Ray, and John Crook as Billy Ray, Jr.  Charlie, the local postman and a family friend, is played by Paul Briggs.  Oland’s performance stands out, and although the role is not as central as that of her parents, Heck states that it is a, “strong performance [that] makes the emotional connections [amongst the family] clear”.  John Crook in the role of Billy Ray, a veteran of CHT’s Green Room Gang summer theater camp “captures the young boy’s varying moods…in a solid performance”.

In his review, Peter Heck made particular note of the “appealing” set designed by Earl Lewin, with construction undertaken by Carmen Grasso and Tom Rhodes.  Lighting and sound are designed and operated by Doug Kaufmann and Patrick Fee respectively.  Meg Lenher and Cynthia Fields assembled the props, while Nita Wiezcoreck takes on double duty procuring costumes as well as acting.  Assisting the director is Kathy Jones, Liz Clarke produces, and Steve Atkinson is the stage manager.

On Golden Pond continues at Church Hill Theatre through April 22, with weekend performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for members, and $10 for students.  Special pricing is available for groups of ten or more. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 410-556-6003 or online at

Avalon’s Weekend Marquee Update

The Talbot Spy sharing with our readers each week the MCTV produced Weekend Marquee with Tim Weigand as host. We hope you enjoy this short two minute preview of what’s coming up over the next few days.

Julian Brezon’s Deep Light Ensemble at The Mainstay April 22

Baltimore Saxophonist and Peabody graduate student brings his jazz sextet to The Mainstay! $15 online AND phone reservation/door.

Welcome to Peabody at The Mainstay! This new concert series presents some of the most exciting young musicians attending the Peabody Conservatory and is sponsored by the Hedgelawn Foundation. This Sunday we present The Julian Brezon Deep Light Ensemble.

Saxophonist and composer Julian Brezon brings a fresh ear to the world of modern creative music, drawing upon literary works and visual art to lend his compositions a singular character. Thanks to his mother’s career as a painter and his late father’s massive and diverse record collection, Brezon was exposed to music and art ranging from A Love Supreme and Saxophone Colossus, to the paintings of Pierre Bonnard and Edward Hopper at a young age. This rich world of sound and color has helped Brezon develop a nuanced ear, which lends his compositions a rare synthesis of introspection and listenability.

Brezon has performed his original music at venues across Maryland and his forthcoming debut album, The Deep Light, represents the honing of several years’ worth of compositions for jazz sextet. A wide interest in varied styles of music has led Brezon to explorations in freely improvised music, blues, punk, and rock music with various groups in the Baltimore area.

Brezon will complete a Graduate Performance Diploma at the Peabody Conservatory in May, where he studied with renowned saxophonist Gary Thomas and trumpeter Alex Norris.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

April 23 Joe Holt welcomes Karen Somerville
April 28 Ben Price and Cliff City
April 30 Joe Holt welcomes Cody Leavel
May 4 John Thomas Quartet
May 6 Teodora Adzharova
May 7 Joe Holt welcomes Sam Guthridge
May 10 YacineBoulares and Ajoyo
May 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner Quartet