Boychoir Camp to Take Place in Easton

This summer, a boychoir camp will be offered in Easton.  An outreach of Christ Church Easton, the camp will take place from 9 am until 2 pm beginning on Monday, July 9 and concluding on Friday, July 13.  The camp is open to boys in grades one through six.

Over the course of one week, boys enrolled in the camp will have the opportunity to learn a variety of choral pieces to be presented at a final concert on Friday, July 13 at 7 pm.  Recreation and other activities will be an integral part of the camp reinforcing the principles associated with boychoir tradition, the development of music-related skills, and the value of teamwork.  Wes Lockfaw, music director at Christ Church in Easton and Artistic Director for the Easton Choral Arts Society, will serve as the camp’s musical director.  Members of the Christ Church Boychoir staff will also serve as the camp staff.

The cost for this summer’s boychoir camp is $100 per chorister which will include an imprinted polo for the Friday night performance as well as all other materials.  Students will be asked to bring a brown bag lunch. For a full description brochure and registration form, please contact weslockfaw@christchurcheaston.org, or call 410-822-2677.  Space is limited, and enrollment is open to students throughout the mid-shore.  The deadline to enroll is Friday, June 8.

Christ Church Concert Series to Conclude Season This Sunday

Wes Lockfaw

The Christ Church Concert Series concludes its 2017-2018 season this Sunday afternoon with a program featuring music for brass and organ.  The concert will begin at 4 pm, and doors will open at 3:30 pm.

Performing on Sunday’s concert will be Christ Church music director Wes Lockfaw at the organ along with the Christ Church Brass Quintet featuring Carlos Zabala and Wendell Banyay (trumpets and flugelhorn), Alan White (French Horn), Lawrence Knier (trombone), and Daniel Walley (tuba).  Repertoire will include selections spanning four centuries and a diverse array of genres.  Among the selections are works by Handel, two of which are derived from the operas Rinaldo and Xerxes, Renaissance composers Monteverdi and Gabrielli, Richard Strauss, and Pavel Tchesnokoff.   The works of several current composers will also be performed including  Voluntary by Domecq Smith,  Trumpet Tune in G by Jeremy Bankson, and Cantabile No. 2 by Enrico Pasini.  The latter showcases Carlos Zabala on the flugelhorn noted for its lush, silky tone.  Also included in the repertoire is a Suite of Baroque Dances.  Each is rather short and delightful in their individual diversity.

Christ Church is located at 111 S. Harrison Street in downtown Easton.  The Christ Church Series is supported in part by the Talbot County and Maryland State Arts Councils.  A free will offering will be received.  For more information, call 410-822-2677 or visit www.christchurcheaston.org.

Allegro Children’s Chorus in Concert May 19

The Allegro Children’s Chorus will be in concert Saturday, May 19, at 6:30 pm at Trinity Cathedral, 315 Goldsborough Street.  The ensemble will be presenting their spring program, “I Will Sing,”  featuring songs about singers and music-making directed by Amy Morgan with piano accompaniment by Lyn Banghart.

The Allegro Children’s Chorus (grades 4-7) and Vocal Scholars (grades 8-college) represent young vocalists from Maryland’s Mid-Shore communities, with participants from Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, and Queen Anne’s counties.  Singers gather weekly throughout the academic year to develop musicianship and vocal technique.  The ensemble’s inaugural 2017-2018 season included performances at the Talbot Hospice Festival of Trees, St. Paul’s church in Oxford, the Maryland Statehouse, and other private events.

The Children’s Chorus and Vocal Scholars are programs of the Allegro Academy, established in 2017, whose mission is to offer exceptional music education and performance experiences to the greater Talbot County Area, and to make these offerings affordable to all.The Academy brings together musicians — from beginning students to the best local and international artists — through workshops, lessons, ensembles, and public performances, enriching the lives of musicians and enthusiasts of all ages and incomes.Need-based scholarships are offered to all participants of the chorus and vocal scholar programs.  For more information, please visit www.allegroacademyeaston.com.

Carpe Diem Arts Presents Lena Seikaly with Steve Herberman

Carpe Diem Arts will present its next “Music in the Gallery” concert on Sunday, May 20 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.

Celebrating their brand new recording, “A Little Closer” — a snapshot of the dynamic duo Lena Seikaly (vocals) and Steve Herberman (guitar), exploring favorites from their respective repertoires from the 1920s and ’30s through the hard bop and bossa nova eras. LENA SEIKALY is a fresh voice on the national jazz scene from Washington, D.C. Named “one of Washington’s preeminent jazz singers” and “brightest voices in jazz” (The Washington Post), as well as a “major league young talent in jazz” by Duke Ellington’s biographer, Dr. John Hasse, Lena is already making her mark as both a revivalist of traditional jazz vocals, as well as an innovator in contemporary vocal jazz styles. Lena has been featured at the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival and as part of Carpe Diem’s community concerts.

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

For more information, contact: busygraham@carpediemarts.org or 301-466-0183
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This concert is made possible with support from the Dock Street Foundation, the Carpe Diem Arts Outreach Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, and the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Mid-Shore AGO to Sponsor Festival with Mid-Shore Musicians

On Sunday, May 6 at 4 pm, the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a Festival of Hymns for Brass, Organ, Timpani, Handbells, and a choir of around sixty voices.  The event will take place at Christ Church in Easton located at 111 S. Harrison Street.

This year’s festival is the third such event hosted by the nearly four-year old chapter.  Each year, the event draws both musicians and attendees from throughout the Delmarva region, and this year’s festival will feature the largest combination of musicians to date.  The choir will be comprised of singers from as far away as Odessa , Delaware, and will include many from Talbot County.  A professional brass quintet and timpanist will also add festival flare to this popular annual event, along with the region’s premier community handbell ensemble, Bells of the Bay.  Featured music will include hymns favorite and new using various combinations of the gathered musical forces as well as a solo organ piece presented on one of shore’s largest instruments.

The Mid-Shore Maryland AGO sponsors a full lineup of events throughout the year to promote both Organ and Sacred Music.  Each year, the guild sponsors clinicians and musicians at both the national and local level  who  lead in workshops and various programs designed to assist and enhance music in churches throughout the area.  For the second year, the Mid-Shore AGO has also underwritten Pipedreams, a nationally syndicated program of organ music which can be heard on WSCL 89.5 FM radio each Sunday evening.

This Sunday’s hymn festival is free and open to the public.  Doors will open at 3:30 pm, and a freewill offering will be received to support this and other events sponsored by the Mid-Shore MD AGO.

Garfield Center to Present Sondheim’s Dark Musical Sweeney Todd

On April 27th director Shelagh Grasso and musical director Julie Lawrence will be opening a new musical at the Garfield Center for the Arts; Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This will be the first musical that the Garfield Center has produced since Garfield Executive Director Tess Hogans directed My Fair Lady in 2016. This is a big year for musicals at the Garfield Center, with Jennifer Kafka Smith directing The Marx Bros. musical comedy, Animal Crackers in September.

The story of Sweeney Todd first appeared in the 1830s in England and was soon adapted for the London stage. When Stephen Sondheim, the celebrated producer of hit Broadway musicals, saw a version of the play in London in the mid 1970s, he asked Hugh Wheeler to collaborate with him on a musical adaptation. When the new Sweeney Todd opened on Broadway in 1979, it became an instant hit and later walked away with that year’s Tony award—Broadway’s highest honor.

The public was shocked but thoroughly entertained by the gruesome storyline of this musical thriller, which focuses on the murderous machinations of a vengeful English barber and his accommodating landlady. The play follows the barber, Sweeney Todd, as he plots his revenge against Judge Turpin, who sent him to prison on false charges—an act which causes the destruction of Sweeney’s family. As Sweeney’s revenge plot accidentally broadens to include other citizens of the corrupt society of Victorian London, his landlady, Mrs. Lovett, finds a way to cover up the barber’s crimes as well as her own. Through this darkly comic story, Wheeler explores the motivations for, and consequences of, revenge.

This new cast consists actors who frequent the Garfield stage, as well as a surprising number of new faces. The cast includes Christopher Wallace, Jane Copple, Melissa McGlynn, Matt Folker, Nic Carter, Shannon Whittaker, Max Hagan, Natalie Lane, Zack Schlag, Howard Messick, Zac Ryan, Kendall Davis, Nevin Dawson, Brian Whitaker, Doug Porter, Marcia Gilliam, Mallory Westlund, Kathy Jones, David Ryan, Brian Whitaker, Gil Rambach, Connor Christopher, Haley Melton, Robbie Spray and Troy Strootmam.

The show runs for three weekends, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm, April 27-May 13. Come on opening night to sample some of Mrs. Lovett’s meat pies, for sale at the concession stand!

Sweeney Todd is sponsored in part by The Hedgelawn Foundation.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for military/seniors 65+ and $10 for students. They are available online at www.garfieldcenter.org or by calling the Garfield Center box office at 410-810-2060. The Garfield Center for the Arts is located at 210 High Street in Chestertown.

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.

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
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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

Christ Church Brass to Perform Music of the Renaissance

On Sunday, March 11 the Christ Church Brass will present an array of selections from composers including Pitoni, Palestrina, Molter, and Brahms as part of the 11 am morning worship service.  Prelude music will begin at 10:50 am.

Prelude music will begin with Cantate Domine, a gem composed by one of Italy’s leading composers of the late Baroque, Giuseppi Pitoni.  The piece, though commonly known as a choral motet, lends itself beautifully to four part instrumental writing, and the timbres of the brass maintain the brightness of composer’s original intent.   Another of Italy’s celebrated composers from the Renaissance period, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, will be featured next in the lineup.  This particular composer is, perhaps, the finest representative from the sixteenth-century Roman School of musical composition.  Palestrina, whose work had both significant and lasting influence upon sacred music, is regarded as quintessential in polyphony of the Renaissance.

Johannes Brahms who was unswayed by the principles of the “New German School” believed the old methods of composition could still communicate the essence of German Romanticism.  Illustrative of this sentiment is his Lass dich nur nichts nict dauren, op. 30 which will also be featured.  A masterfully crafted composition, it is an eloquent setting of a text by seventeenth-century author, Paul Flemming.  Of particular interest is the double canon between the first trumpet and trombone and the second trumpet and trombone.  Added to the serene mood of the piece is the light and transparent organ accompaniment throughout.

During the communion, the brass quartet will feature the work of the German Baroque composer and violinist, Johann Melchior Molter.  Educated in Eisenach, the composer went on to study composition in Italy for about two years before becoming court Kapellmeister at Karlsruhe and later, in 1734, of the court of Duke Wilhelm Heinrich of Sase-Eisenach.  Listeners will recognize in his setting of Hertzlich tut mit verlangen a tune widely known as the Passion Chorale used prevalently in J. S. Bach’s setting of the St. Matthew Passion.

In addition to the music of the brass quartet, the Christ Church Choir will present during the offertory Sir John Stainer’s, God so Loved the World from late nineteenth-century oratorio, The Crucifixion.  The piece will be preceded by the tenor solo that segues into the beloved a cappella chorus.  The soloist will be tenor, Jason Kakuk.  Also, featured will be the Christ Church Choral Scholars in a setting of George Herbert’s text, Lord, Who Hast Formed Me arranged by a South Carolina composer, Arlen Clarke.

For more information about this and other music offerings at Christ Church, please visit www.christchurcheaston.org or call 410-822-2677.