Misako Ballet students

Solomia Nebesh, Amber Hodak and Chena Underhill rehearse for a free studio concert at the Misako Ballet studio in Columbia. (Courtesy of Misako Ballet / August 15, 2011)

Concerts

Outdoor sounds' swan song

The Columbia Village Centers Courtyard concert series wraps up this week with three concerts. The Bay Jazz Project performs jazz Thu., Aug. 18, 6 p.m., at the Dorsey's Search Village Center. Invasion will play British rock Fri., Aug. 19, 6 p.m., at the River Hill Village Center. Finally, the Sidleys will perform a mix of R&B and rock Aug. 19, 6 p.m., at the Harper's Choice Village Center. Go to http://www.columbiavillagecenters.com.

The live music series at Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi lakefront will close out the season this weekend with a performance by the Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition, which plays Thu., Aug. 18, 8 p.m. The Carl Filipiak Group plays guitar-based jazz Sat., Aug. 20, 8 p.m.


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Also at Lake Kittamaqundi, vocalist the Mango Project mixes contemporary jazz, R&B, funk and smooth jazz, and can be heard Sun., Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m. Legendary Washington guitar slinger Tom Principato stops in at the lakefront Wed., Aug. 17, 8 p.m. Go to http://www.lakefrontfestival.com.

Staines at Baldwin's

Veteran folk singer Bill Staines will perform Thu., Aug. 18, 8 p.m., at Baldwin's Station & Pub (7618 Main St., Sykesville). Staines, who was a part of the Boston folk scene in the 1960s, still performs hundreds of concerts each year, playing mostly original songs. Admission is $20. Call 410-795-1041.

Mad music

Julian Delaney, Purple Jim and Steve Hung will play at the next Music Matters Showcase Sat., Aug.20, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Mad City Coffee, at 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia. Admission is free. Call 410-964-8671.

Footnotes

Dancers gather at Misako's Ballet Studio

It's very quiet, and quite lovely, in the upstairs studios at the Harper's Choice Village, where Misako Aoki-Oda rehearses her dancers for a late-summer studio concert Sat., Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. One teen-age dancer, in particular, stands out in a piece that reflects a seascape so far away, presumably near the Sea of Japan, where the director was born.

Genevieve Ferris, about to start her sophomore year at Mt. Hebron High School, captures the soft, delicate movements in Misako's Japanese-tinged ballets. "Sound of the Beach" features Ferris, Amber Hodak, Hana Takemoto and Chena Underhill, all members of the Misako Ballet Junior Company. Young Helena Davis dances in a piece called "Duendes."

Also showcased will be Misako's senior company dancers, including Jessica Markiewicz doing the variation from "Pas de Quatre." She looks like a real pro when completing those multiple turns. Other featured dancers are Amanda Wade doing "Raymonda," and Jessica McElvaney doing a short teaching demonstration for children in the audience

"We believe a high standard of excellence in dance training helps the student develop not only physically, but also in a manner with which they can build their self-discipline and positive attitude toward all areas in the life," says Aoki-Oda proudly of her curriculum.

All ages are invited to this special free event. Live music will accompany the performances. For information, call 410-884-9690, or go to http://www.misakoballet.com. Carolyn Kelemen

Kinetics throws open house

Kinetics Dance Theatre is inviting interested students to tour its studio at 3280 Pine Orchard Lane in Ellicott City Sat., Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can take free sample classes, observe an open rehearsal of Kinetics' Professional Company, consult with teachers and staff, purchase dancewear from the Every Dancer shop, and register for fall classes in everything from modern and jazz to hip hop and creative dance. Younger children can try on a tutu. Light refreshments will be provided.

Auditions

Sing with the Pros

Columbia Pro Cantare is beginning auditions for all parts for its 35th anniversary season, which commences in October. Regular rehearsals begin Sept. 6 and are held every Tuesday at Hammond High School, 7:30-10 p.m. This season the group will perform music by Haydn, Handel and a special world premiere by area composer Tom Benjamin. For other information, call 410-730-8549 or 410-799-9321 or go to http://www.procantare.org.