Easton Business Alliance Moves forward on Arts & Entertainment District

The Easton Business Alliance is currently working with the Town of Easton to pursue a Maryland Arts & Entertainment District for a 113-acre section of town in and around Easton’s historic downtown. The district will offer tax benefits to qualified-residing artists, arts and entertainment enterprises, and developers renovating or building new construction for arts organizations.

“This state designation is something that we’ve been piecing together for quite some time,” Easton Business Alliance director Ross Benincasa said. “To know that we are finally in the home stretch is a great feeling.”

Benincasa presented to the Easton Town Council during a working session the evening of February 18, focusing on the benefits of obtaining the Arts & Entertainment District designation and what it can do for areas in need around Easton’s downtown.

“Overall, the designation comes at a low cost to the Town, while supporting the development of new arts programs and enterprises in Easton,” Benincasa said. “We see the tremendous economic impact the arts have in Easton and Talbot County, both through businesses and events, and it’s time for us to formalize a plan to continue that growth into the future.”

The proposed Easton Arts District would include income tax benefits to qualified-residing artists who create and sell their work in A&E districts, as well as property tax abatements to developers who renovate or build new spaces for arts and entertainment enterprises, including affordable live-and-work environments.

If passed, the Easton Arts District would fill a void in Talbot County, currently the only county on the Eastern Shore without a designated Arts & Entertainment District. According to Benincasa, the high-interest development areas within the proposed district include mixed-use locations along Dover Street and in the East End community, as well as along Brookletts Avenue.

To learn more about the proposed Easton Arts District, please visit www.discovereaston.com/arts-proposal

Allegro Women’s Chorus: Premier Performance

The Allegro Women’s Chorus will be presenting its premier performance free to the public on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 pm.   All are invited to the concert event at Trinity Cathedral, 315 Goldsborough Street, Easton.  The program will feature music by Edvard Grieg, newly arranged chant from Hildegard of Bingen, Welch songwriter Anne Lister, and contemporary composer Sarah Quartel.  Snow Angel, by Quartel, is an evocative five-movement choral work that explores themes of love, rebirth, and beauty through the eyes of children and the heavenly army of angels that watch over them, yearning to make a difference to their lives. It will be accompanied by Lyn Banghart, piano and Carey Miller, cello.  The program will also feature Merideth Buxton, violin and Chillian Cuthbert-Emon, percussionist.  Allegro Women’s Chorus, formed in the spring of 2019, is a 14-voice ensemble featuring singers from the Talbot County area and is directed by Amy Morgan, Allegro Academy Artistic Director.

Allegro Women’s Chorus is a program of Allegro Academy and is funded by the Maryland State and Talbot County Arts Councils.  The mission of Allegro Academy is to offer exceptional music education and performance experiences to the greater Talbot County Area and to make these offerings affordable to all.  For more information please visit www.allegroacademyeaston.com or call 410-603-8361.

Shore United Bank Supports the Avalon Foundation

Shore United Bank proudly supports the Avalon Foundation as they undergo construction on the Avalon Theatre. Pictured left to right: Robin O’Brien, Commercial Banking Officer of Shore United Bank; Laura Heikes, Government and Community Relations Officer of Shore United Bank; Nancy Hollingsworth, Development Committee Chair of the Avalon Foundation; Al Bond, CEO of the Avalon Foundation; Denise Bode, Vice Chair of the Avalon Foundation

Shore United Bank has partnered with the Avalon Foundation as they make vast changes to preserve the historic Avalon Theatre during its construction phase to modernize and improve the functionality of the building. While on a mission to foster the sense of community that embodies the Eastern Shore, the theater plays a tremendous part in the creative and cultural experiences that attract a diverse population. Nearly half of the people that visit the Avalon Theatre travel from outside the local area, which supports the initiative of maintaining the attraction. The Avalon Theatre is a hub for community activities and offers several creative outlet opportunities, from music and theatre, to art and beyond.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com. For more information about the Avalon Foundation and what they do throughout our community, visit TheAvalonFoundation.com

Spring is Around the Corner with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra has announced its spring concerts. “A Sense of the Tragic, An Exciting Debut!” will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Easton Church of God in Easton, MD; on Saturday, March 9 at 3 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel in Ocean View, DE; and on Sunday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at Community Church in Ocean Pines, MD. The concert will feature Schubert, Symphony No. 4.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828) is the father of the art song, blessed with the gifts of melody and harmony. Symphony No. 4 D 417 “Tragic” was written when Schubert was 19 years old, but never publicly played during his lifetime. The Symphony shows remarkable structure and ability to manage the available orchestral forces and thematic material.  Andrews Sill will be the Guest Conductor for the concert. Sill is Associate Music Director of New York City Ballet and Music Director of Milwaukee Ballet. Active as a concert pianist, he is one of few artists who perform concertos leading the orchestra from the keyboard. In addition to giving solo recitals, Sill has been a member of the Whitney Trio and the Manhattan Contemporary Ensemble.

Andrews Sill, Guest Conductor and Michael McHale, Pianist

The second of the MSO’s spring concerts, “Ode to Humankind, To Country and to Joy!” will be held on Friday, April 26, 7 p.m. at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD and on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. The concert will feature ‘Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, a Piano Concerto by Ravel, and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9.” Ravel was a master of orchestration.  “Piano Concerto in G” was written in 1929-1931 after Ravel’s tour of North America, where he was exposed to jazz and the music of Gershwin.  Originally commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London in 1817, Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” was one of the vehicles with which Beethoven unleashed the creative powers of his maturity. The concert will feature Belfast-born Michael McHale on piano. McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, Concerto soloist, and chamber musician. In 2017, McHale was invited to become a Patron of the Ulster Youth Orchestra, and in 2018 he was appointed as a part-time professor of piano for undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Cork School of Music in Ireland.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council, the Worcester County Arts Council, Sussex County, Delaware and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc. Tickets for these concerts and more of the MSO are available online at midatlanticsymphony.org or by telephone (888) 846-8600.  For further information, visit midatlanticsymphony.org.

Academy Art Museum Announces March Exhibition Openings

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On March 1, the Academy Art Museum will open three new exhibitions with a public reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. “Dressed to Kill in Love and War: Splendor in the Ancient World” features Roman, Greek and Hellenistic jewelry, helmets, vessels and other nearly 2000-year old and more recent objects. The Museum has worked closely with Guest Curator Sarah E. Cox, PhD and the exhibition is made possible with loans from Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, member of the International Association for Ancient Asian and Tribal Art (IAATA) and sponsorship by the Dere Family. The Academy Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition. The exhibition will be on display through March 31.

“Matthew Moore: Post-Socialist Landscapes” will be on display through April 7. Matthew Moore is an Associate Professor of Photography and the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD. His current project was born as an investigation of the rural and urban landscapes of countries that were once occupied by the Soviet Union. Moore was an artist-in-residence at the Vilnius Academy of Arts’ Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in 2014. The photographic images tell the story of the various ways societies and local governments seek to control their history and influence the future through manipulation of the land and urban space.

“Recent Acquisitions: Photography @ AAM” will be on display through April 7. The exhibition presents recently acquired works of photography, including works by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Tom Baril, Ed Clark, William Eggleston, Lisette Model, Bruce Nauman. The works were acquired through gifts from generous donors, as well as the Museum’s Acquisitions Fund, which is supported by generous individual contributions and through Collection Society dues.

Free Docent Tours of the exhibitions are offered on Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. The exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

Music Report: Falling in Love with Jazz on Valentine’s Day

A sold out crowd fell in love with rising jazz star Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green trio this past Valentine’s Day at the Academy Arts Museum. The concert was Jazz on the Chesapeake’s (JOTC) first concert of 2019 and a perfect way to launch the organization’s 10th anniversary concert season.

Camille Thurman came dressed in her Valentine-day best. Wearing a bright red dress, she took the stage surrounded by her trio and won the crowd over with her infectious smile, impressive acrobatic vocal range and artful saxophone playing. Camille went through her love themed playlist with ease putting her own compositional stamp on some old standards. Her trio, lead my Darrell Green on drums, awed the crowd with their respective drum, bass and piano solos, all perfect compliments to Camille.

The highlight of the evening occurred after intermission, when Camille kicked off her high heeled shoes and a huge smile of relief filled her face. She then began scat singing, a vocal improvisation made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, where the singer’s voice mimics an instrument. As she glided through a range of tones few people can replicate, the crowd could be seen swaying as if traveling along with her.

According to Hugh Panero, who served as the evening’s host and helped organize the event, “We are truly blessed to be able to attract world class musicians to our community. We all fell in love with Camille on Valentine’s Day and there is more great music coming to the eastern shore from Chesapeake Music in 2019.”

On Saturday, April 27, JOTC will hold its annual fundraiser to honor its 10th anniversary at the Talbot Country Club at 5:30pm. Attending this intimate evening of conversation and music will be Monty Alexander, along with a special performance by vocalist Lena Seikaly and guitarist Steve Herberman. For ticket information and to learn more about how to support JOTC, please contact Lois Campbell (410-819-0380).

The next jazz musician taking the JOTC stage will be Sammy Miller and The Congregation on Saturday, May 25 at 8pm at Oxford Community Center. The Grammy-nominated musician and his “Congregation” are known for their joyful jazz sound rooted in swing. Their music spans the American songbook with lively, toe-tapping rhythms that feels as good as it sounds. Visit https://www.chesapeakemusic.org/jazz/ for ticket information.

Chesapeake Music is also putting the final touches on its 2019 annual Chamber Music Festival June 4-15th featuring top chamber music musicians from around the world and the 2019 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival scheduled over Labor Day weekend August 30-Sept 1, celebrating the 100th birthday of Nat King Cole.

Academy Art Museum Awards Student Art Exhibition Awards

Photo: Back row, left to right are Ben Simons, Director of the Academy Art Museum with high school winners: Annie Sanford, Lynzie Gardner, Gretchen Kinnamon, Jayden Mullinix, Mariana Parkinson, and Kate Riggleman. Pictured front row, left to right, are Constance Del Nero, Director of Children’s Education and Community Programs at AAM, with high school winners Cara Brown, Cassidy King, Theresa Surina, Hannah Claggett, and Briana Mood. Absent from the photo are Emily Loveless, Hannah Kerr, Haley McMaster, Suzy Li, Lillian Muckleroy, Brooke Bates, Grafton Howard, Grace Sutherland, Helen Boone, and Olivia Hershey. (Photo by Tom McCall)

The Academy Art Museum opened its 2019 Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibitions highlighting the artistic talents of students in grades kindergarten through 12 from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne and Kent counties. A variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking is included among the nearly 800 pieces of artwork included in the exhibitions. The Mid-Shore Student Art Exhibitions have been a Museum tradition for over 25 years and are the largest and most prestigious student art exhibitions on the Eastern Shore. The exhibition will be on display through February 24, 2019.

Over 300 people attended the high school reception held for grades nine through 12. Winners of the high school awards were First Place: Jayden Mullinix, Emily Loveless, and Cara Brown; Second Place: Hannah Kerr, Annie Sanford, and Hannah Claggett; Third Place: Mariana Parkinson, Haley McMaster, and Suzy Li; and Honorable Mentions: Lillian Muckleroy, Brooke Bates, Grafton Howard, Theresa Surina, Lynzie Gardner, Kate Riggleman, Grace Sutherland, Helen Boone, Olivia Hershey, Gretchen Kinnamon, Briana Mood, and Cassidy King.

St. Michaels Middle High School Spring Play – All Shook Up

Do you miss the early days of the Golden Age of Rock and Roll.  Transport yourself back to the 1950’s at the St. Michaels’ Middle High School Drama Club production of All Shook Up.

For two weekends, the King is back as Chad, a very cool, swivel hipped motorcycle guy riding in to town to get his cycle fixed. And awing the town with his moves and songs.

Is the town ready for his moves?  Can the guys get their cool on?

Romance ensues all over the town with lots of swooning and confusion about whom is whom and whom is falling for whom.

It is all set to classic Elvis Presley songs that you loved: Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel and a dozen more Elvis favorites.

So get out those blue suede shoes and that swing skirt, and put an egg in your shoes and beat it down to the SMMHS for an evening of classic early rock and roll. You dig?

If you loved the King, and his songs, don’t miss this.The word from the bird is that it is great!

Get cool, man!

The show runs at 7:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights, February 22nd  and 23rd and again the following weekend, March 1st and 2nd.  There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 3rd at 2:00pm.

Tickets are available at the door and at showtix4u.com, or by calling 1-866-967-8167.

Academy Art Museum Announces March Events

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The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Star Democrat.

Dressed to Kill in Love and War: Splendor in the Ancient World
Through March 31
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m., meet at Front Desk
This exhibition features Roman, Greek and Hellenistic jewelry, helmets, vessels and other nearly 2000-year old and more recent objects. The Museum has worked closely with Guest Curator Sarah E. Cox, PhD and the exhibition is made possible with loans from Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, member of the International Association for Ancient Asian and Tribal Art (IAATA) and sponsorship by the Dere Family. The Academy Art Museum is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Matthew Moore: Post-Socialist Landscapes
March 1–April 7
Reception: March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays 11 a.m.–12 noon
Matthew Moore is an Associate Professor of Photography and the Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD. His current project was born as an investigation of the rural and urban landscapes of countries that were once occupied by the Soviet Union.

Matthew Moore Stalin, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014 Pigment print.

Recent Acquisitions: Photography @ AAM
March 1–April 7
Reception: March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Free Docent Tours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12 noon
Recent Acquisitions: Photography @ AAM presents recently acquired works of photography, including works by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, Tom Baril, Ed Clark, William Eggleston, Lisette Model, Bruce Nauman.


Magnificent Movie Music! Classical Sounds of the Cinema
Presented by Dr. Rachel Franklin
Thursday, March 7 – Mozart Goes to Hollywood
Thursday, March 14 – Beethoven the Myth
Thursday, March 21 – Classical Crossover
Thursday, March 28 – Oscars, Opera and Irony, Luke Skywalker and Bugs Bunny, Facebook and Farm Animals
Time: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. for each lecture
Cost: Series Tickets: (4 lectures) $84 Members, $100 Non-members
Individual Tickets: $24 Members, $29 Non-members
Dr. Rachel Franklin presents Magnificent Movie Music! In a new 4-part series “Classical Sounds of the Cinema” we explore this massive, yet barely-noticed component of movie scoring: the use of pre-composed classical music. Comedies, war films, romances, tragedies, you name it: all film genres have been enhanced with classical music.

Ansel Adams, (1902–1984) Cedar Tree and Maple Leaves


Flower Power
Wednesday, March 6
Cost: $100 Members; $120 Non-members (includes admission)
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s largest and longest running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Flower Power will celebrate the contribution of flowers to our lives and will play host to the Florists’ Transworld Delivery World Cup, the world’s most prestigious floral design competition.


Open MIC
Second Wednesday Each Month
March 13 – Madness
7 to 9 p.m.
Contact Ray Remesch at RayRemesch@gmail.com for additional information.

Art and Antique Assessment Day
Friday, March 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This event is free for the Museum’s Friend Level Membership holders and above. There is a $20 fee for Individual and Family Level membership holders and a $25 fee for non-members to participate in this event. A maximum of 4 items per registrant can be assessed. Each participant must sign up for a 30-minute session with an appraiser. Contact Tracey Mullery at tmullery@academyartmuseum.org or call (410) 822-2787 to register.

Rachel Franklin


The Next Step – Oil Painting for New or Returning Painters
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
4 weeks, March 2, 9, 16, 23
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly

Drawing: Perspective for the Artist
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: March 5–26 Tuesdays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $210 Non-members

Pastel: The World of Color Harmony
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
6 weeks: March 6 –April 10 Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $195 Members, $234 Non-members

Painting the Still Life in Oil
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: March 6-April 10
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Bradford Ross

Portrait Drawing from Life
Instructor: Bradford Ross
6 weeks: March 7–April 11 Thursdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Cost: $175 Members, $235 Non-members

Collage and Mixed Media
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
6 weeks: March 7-April 11
Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Basic Drawing
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
4 weeks: March 23, 30, April 6 and 13 Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Creating a Photo Project
Instructor: Stephen Walker
4 weeks: March 9, 16, 23 and 30 Saturdays, 10 a.m.–12 noon
Cost: $150 Members, $180 Non-members

Puppets by Dawn Malosh

Mulberry Paper Collage
Instructor: Sheryl Southwick
A series of 1-day classes: March 26, 28 April 23 & 25, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon
Cost per 1-day session: $25 Members, $30 Non-members (Plus $6 material fee payable to instructor)


Puppet-Making Intensive: One Day Workshop
Ages 9–14
Instructor: Dawn Malosh
Saturday, March 16, 1–5 p.m.
Cost: $80 Members; $90 Non-Members
Learn how to develop your own character and make a hand puppet in this puppet-making intensive. Dawn is a puppet maker who worked backstage in puppet and marionette theaters in Tucson for a number of years and studied under master puppet- and marionette-makers in the field. She will share her hand-made puppets and basic puppet-making skills in this one-day intensive workshop. Each student will leave with their own unique hand-made puppet character.


Piano & Guitar Lessons
Instructor: Raymond Remesch
Contact Instructor for further information at (410) 829-0335 or rayremesch@gmail.com

Voice Lessons
Instructor: Georgiann Gibson
Contact instructor for Information at (410) 829-2525 or georgiann@atlanticbb.net.

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

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

Oltre Ponte Trio at Temple B’nai Israel on February 27

The Temple B’nai Israel presents the Susan and Barry Koh February Lecture Series. All performances will be held at Temple B’nai Israel, 7199 Tristan Dr., Easton, each Wednesday evening in February beginning at 7:30 PM.

On February 20, the guests are Oltre Ponte Trio: selections from an array of composers and time periods, showcasing works written and arranged for the uncommon violin/violin/piano and violin/viola/piano ensembles.

Dr. Elizabeth Brown (piano) enjoys a diverse musical career as an active chamber musician, teacher, orchestral keyboardist, and accompanist in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Bachelor of Music in Solo Piano Performance. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, receiving a D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Dr. Brown has spent several summers working with both instrumentalists and singers at the Aspen Music Festival. She has also performed at a number of other summer festivals, including Songfest, The American Russian Piano Institute in St. Petersburg, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. In addition, she performs frequently as a member of The Shepherd Trio, a chamber ensemble she co-founded with members of the United States Air Force Band. She is currently on faculty at the University of Maryland as Lecturer in piano chamber music, and she also teaches at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD.

Zack Stachowski (violin) maintains an active career performing in orchestral, chamber and solo capacities throughout the United States. While a student of Davis Brooks at Butler University (Indianapolis), Zack served as concertmaster of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the New Millennium Philharmonic. While in Indianapolis, Zack soloed with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performing Ginastera’s Pampeana No. 1 with Stanley DeRusha conducting.

In 2011, Zack completed his M.M. in violin performance from the University of Maryland after studying with James Stern. Since then Zack has led workshops in ensemble and string technique at Loyola University (Baltimore), St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN), Broadneck High School (Annapolis) and various other cities. An active recording artist and composer, Zack has worked extensively with GIA Publications, the largest liturgical music recording label in the United States.

Internationally, Zack has directed choirs and performed as a violinist in Mexico and Ireland. Most recently, Zack performed as principal second violinist with the Anne Arundel Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Vienna and Salzburg. Presently he serves as Director of Music at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville, Maryland, and maintains and full private studio of violin, viola, piano and guitar students.

Nevin Dawson (viola/violin) studied viola at Penn State University and has played with many symphonies and chamber ensembles, including Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.

He currently teaches violin, viola, and cello at Music Life in Chestertown, MD. As a versatile player in many genres including classical, folk, and jazz, he plays with Shore Strings, the Dover Symphony, The Pam Ortiz Band, Harp & Soul, Front Porch Orchestra, and is featured on eight studio albums. He also performs solo shows featuring original music for electric violin and looper pedal, including introductory programs for the National Music Festival’s Fiddlesticks grade school education program. He is a member of the Red Devil Moon ensemble, a new musical selected to participate in the 2017 NYC Fringe Festival.

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