A piano journey
The music department at Howard Community College continues its sixth concert season with "A Musical Journey from West to East" with the Octtava Piano Duo Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., in its Monteabaro Recital Hall.
This concert will serve as a preview for the group's Jan. 2012 performance in the Taiwan National Concert Hall Concert. They will perform Mozart's "Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448;" and Haydn's "Variations on a Theme," among other works.
Tickets are $17 general, $11 senior citizens, and $6 for faculty, student and staff. Call 443-518-1500 or go to http://www.howardcc.edu/music/calendarevents.
Live and local
Due Process will perform Fri., Nov. 11, 9 p.m., at the Second Chance Saloon (Columbia, 410-545-5844). The band plays a mixture of classic and alternative rock. The Kings of Crownsville can be heard at the Second Chance Sat., Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers will perform Thursday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m., at Baldwin's Station & Pub (7618 Main St., Sykesville). The Ontario native is known for his cinematic songwriting style. Admission is $20. Call 410-795-1041.
Two if by Land …
Instead of a birthday party this year, Howard County's Pam Land is asking friends and fellow arts supporters to come to the aid of her two favorite causes. The Howard County Public School theater arts teacher is marking the occasion by producing a big stage benefit that she hopes will "pack the house" for the Howard County Food Bank and the River Hill High School Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.
"Landmarks — Songs I Meant to Sing, Stories I Need to Tell" is what she has dubbed the benefit show, this Friday night, Nov. 11 in the River Hill High School auditorium in Clarksville. The program will feature some 20-plus acts, and represents a singular collaboration between numerous local actors, directors, dancers and designers.
"The response has been phenomenal," reports Land. "I have a bunch of friends, family, and school alums who will join me on stage" for a variety of songs and dances ranging from Broadway show tunes to pop and country.
The cause has struck a responsive chord with local performers. Betsy True of the Wilde Lake High class of 1978 before she went on to the national cast of "Les Miserables," will be back to sing for her hometown. Other talent includes Adrienne Andersen, Erin Coffman, Billy Burke, Sarah Land and Carole Graham Lehan, about to end a fabulous run in "Chicago" at Toby's Dinner Theatre.
The evening will include a live orchestra conducted by Patty Hammer, who has taught music in Howard County for more than 20 years, plus the River Hill Chamber Choir and members of River Hill's current and past musical theater classes.
"Landmarks — Songs I Meant To Sing, Stories I Need To Tell" takes place at the River Hill High School auditorium this Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Howard County Food Bank and the RHHS Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 general, and can be purchased on line at http://www.seatyourself.biz/rhhs. Or e-mail Pam Land at email@example.com for more information.
Best bets in dance
The 35th annual Dorothy P. Stanley Scholarship Fund Dance Festival, "Dance Morgan, A Legacy in the Making," will be held at Morgan State University this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12. Dozens of companies will gather for this celebration of dance. Performances are scheduled throughout the day and evening. General admission is $10, ($5 for students). For details, contact director Dr. Iantha Tucker at 443-885-3463.
Over the next two weekends, the Towson University Dance Company will offer "Passion," featuring excerpts from "Giselle" and the golden jazz era, at TU Stephens Hall Theatre, Nov. 11-13 and 18-20. Here's an opportunity to see fine college dance in a comfortable setting. Tickets range from $10 to $20, available at 410-704-ARTS.
Kinetics Dance Theatre, Howard County's popular contemporary troupe, returns to Columbia after a whirlwind performance tour of the state. The company performs "Serendipity," an afternoon of dance, at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village this Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. Call 410-480-1686 for ticket information.