Young talent abounds in upcoming winter concerts [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]

It's the beginning of the holiday season, and local schools are busy rehearsing for their winter concerts. This is a great time of year to be entertained by the wonderfully talented people in our neighborhood.

The Glenwood Middle School Concert Band and the Wind Ensemble will perform their Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., in the Glenelg High School Auditorium. The following night, Tuesday, Dec. 17, the Glenwood Middle School Chorus and the Orchestra will hold their Winter Concert also at 7 p.m. in the Glenelg High School Auditorium.

Admission is free for both concerts, and parents will sell homemade goodies to raise money for the spring trip to King's Dominion. Come for one or both nights, and celebrate the season with these talented young musicians.

Glenelg High School students will perform their Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will cost $8, and are available from any band, choir or orchestra member. This is one of the most popular concerts of the year and usually sells out, so get your tickets early. Barry Enzman, Kevin George and Ross Rawlings will lead symphonic band, orchestra and the choral groups as they perform seasonal selections.

If you want to experience a unique musical performance, Baltimore's 30th annual Merry TubaChristmas will be held Saturday, Dec 7, at the Harborplace Amphitheater in Baltimore from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More than 200 tuba and euphonium players of all ages, including many current Glenelg High School students and alumni, play holiday music while audience members sing along. Both of my sons have performed with the group for several years, and we especially enjoy seeing the Marching Ravens, in full uniform, playing Christmas carols. Attending TubaChristmas has become a December tradition for my family.

The Columbia Figure Skating Club announces its annual production of "The Nutcracker on Ice," a U.S. Figure Skating sanctioned event. Performances will be held at the Columbia Ice Rink at Oakland Mills Village Center on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the rink, or on line at

According to Andrea Wills, a parent volunteer with the Columbia Figure Skating Club, several local skaters are performing with 100 other skaters in the only ice skating show of its kind in the Baltimore Washington area. Ava Suko from St. Louis School and Jeni and Miriam Auerbach from Dayton Oaks Elementary School will skate with the cast. Megan Lydon from Folly Quarter Middle School and Esther Xu from Glenelg High School will both solo as Head Chinese.

The Glenelg High School Debate Team competed at the Baltimore Catholic Forensic League Tournament at Arundel High School in November along with 23 Maryland schools. Eddie Taylor and Joey Cippola won the Gold Medal in Public Forum and Blake Halpin won the Silver Medal in Extemporaneous Speaking. Congratulations to the debate team members who represented Glenelg High School with distinction

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