Greater Loch Raven: Organ recital is latest in Immaculate music series

The community is invited to attend an organ recital by Carl Schwartz on Sunday, April 29, 4 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.

Schwartz has been a church musician for 43 years, serving churches of denominations in North Carolina, Washington and Vermont.

He's a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina and holds a doctorate of musical arts in organ performance from Catholic University of America.

The concert will feature music for the Easter season and pieces in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, including works from Bach, Handel, Titelouze, de Grigny, Franck, Tournemire, Dupre, Shearing and others.

An offering will be conducted.

The program is the part of the concert series which started in 2008 after the installation the congregation's new Schantz pipe organ.

Concerts are held throughout the year; the upcoming schedule will be available at the end of summer on the church website,

Congratulations to Calvert Hall College High Schools robotics team, Curtis Hughey, Daniel Kumpf, George Hughey, Christopher Iler, Sean Mullin, Robbie Shovan and graduate Benjamin Lelonek, who represented the school at the U.S. National VEX Robotics Championship in Omaha, Neb., last month.

The only team from Maryland, they finished 26 out of 40 despite of some equipment malfunctions.

Since this is the first year the team has participated in organized competitions, members were pleased to be invited to compete at the VEX Championship.

The team saw steady growth throughout this year at the five local competitions. At the first competition, their robots were only able to push objects to the corners of the playing fields. At a second competition, the robots lifted objects to the lowest of three goals. Students continued to work on their robots during competitions in November and February, and top goals were reached.

All the work prepared them for Nebraska — a two-on-two robot competition, where points were scored by having robots lift balls and barrels into goals of varying heights in timed contests.

Eighty high school teams from across the country competed in two divisions. Renie Brown, team moderator, said the Calvert Hall students were, "pleased with a solid performance in our first year."

Sponsors for the trip included Brooks Financial Group Inc., Chesapeake Corporate Advisors, Cole Roofing Co., Hirsch Electric, Jovian Concepts, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, LCG Technologies, Pfister Energy and Vend Lease Company Inc.

The May 8 speaker at the Loch Raven Library, 1046 Taylor Ave., will be John McGrain, retired Baltimore County historian, author and photographer. During the program, 2 to 3 p.m., he will share photographs and commentary on Baltimore County .

The speaker series has been so successful that the Friends of the Loch Raven Library will host a Summer Evening Speakers Series on the second Mondays of June, July and August, 7 to 8 p.m.

The June 11 speaker will be master gardener Margaret MacLeod. On July 9, the Rev. Christos Christou Jr., president of The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Maryland, will give a talk on the war in observance of its bicentennial.

And Evan L. Balkan, local author of "60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Baltimore," will discuss the range of local hiking opportunities on Aug. 13.

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