Orchestra concert will have Spanish flavor [Ellicott City]

Howard County's only professional orchestra, Howard County Concert Orchestra, will perform a Spanish New Year's Celebration, Sunday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Ellicott's City's  St. John's Episcopal Church. 

Enjoy the music of great Spanish composers including Sarasate, Turina, DeFalla, Albeniz, Rodrigro and Granados. Master of Ceremonies Dick Story will lead the audience through this exciting performance that features Howard County Ballet's Voice of Howard County dancers in authentic costume directed by Kathi Ferguson and a special video presentation The Best of Spain!.  Tickets are $25 (adults), $12 (students ages 18-24 with ID) and free for kids ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult. Ticket holders are eligible to win two door prizes. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to howardcountyconcertorchestra.org. St. John's Episcopal Church is at 9120 Frederick Road. 

Can the dead really speak to you?  Find out on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. when the Howard County Genealogical Society and Howard County Historical Society co-sponsor a free event, "Life's Last Records," at the Miller branch library.  

Family History Center instructor Dottie Aleshire will discuss how to find and use obituaries, newspaper notices and interment records to yield interesting information about previous generations. Register online at http://www.hclibrary.org (then click the events tabs) or by calling the library at 410-313-1950. 

Calling all thespians. Howard County Summer Theater is hosting auditions for its 2014 production of "Les Miserables,"  Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Mt. Hebron High School. All parts are open.  This is a departure from HCST's normal April auditions. 

"Les Miserables" performance dates are July 3, 5, 6, 9 through the 12.  For more information, go to www.howardcountysummertheatre.org.

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