Common Ground on the Hill bringing Arabic music to Westminster

Maqam Ensemble with Tareq Rantisi will be performing at the Carroll Arts Center, as part of Common Ground on the Hill, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
Maqam Ensemble with Tareq Rantisi will be performing at the Carroll Arts Center, as part of Common Ground on the Hill, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. (Courtesy photo)

This weekend's events in Carroll include a performance briding contemporary and classical Arabic music and a car and bike show that will raise some money for Rape Crisis Intervention Services. And, next week, remember "The Importance of Being Earnest."

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Maqam Ensemble with Tareq Rantisi

Common Ground on the Hill brings the Maqam Ensemble to Carroll Arts Center in Westminster on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. Maqam Ensemble is a virtuosic ensemble founded in 2015 bridging contemporary and classical Arabic music with distinct currents of world music and jazz, according to the Carroll County Arts Council's website.


The unique instrumentation of the ensemble — featuring Qanun (an ancient flat harp), Oud (a short-neck lute-type string instrument), Violin, Cello and Percussion — combined with the virtuosity and diversity of the ensemble creates a musical experience ancient to few and new to many.

The bars and restaurants in and around Carroll are home to a variety of local and area bands and performers. To help plan your night out, the Times has assembled this calendar of musical performances at local eateries.

Maqam Ensemble features Tareq Rantisi, who has performed several times in Westminster to great acclaim, according to the arts council. Rantisi received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, graduating with highest honors having mastered styles from jazz to Afro-Cuban to Carnatic Indian to Brazilian. He has performed with the likes of Jack deJohnette, Steve Smith, Paul Winter, Simon Shaheen, Aaron Goldberg, Srinivas Krishnan and Victor Mendoza.


When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Where: Carroll Arts Center

Cost: $25 regular or $22 for students and those ages 64 and older

For more information, visit www.commongroundonthehill.org.

Around the county

Car & Bike Show at McDaniel College

McDaniel College's Student Alumni Council will be holding the third annual Car & Bike Show on Sunday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gill Stadium on campus. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rape Crisis Center of Carroll County.

Registration and staging will begin at 9 a.m. and the show opens to the public at 10 a.m. The show is free for spectators. Car entry fee is $10. The entry fee is payable at the event (cash only). After registering, you will be contacted directly to request specific information about your vehicle.

Cars and bikes will be judged by all visitors and the top five overall cars/bikes will receive a trophy. The show will also have a grand prize for the overall winner.

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22

Where: McDaniel College, Westminster

Cost: Free for spectators, $10 car entry fee

For more information, email Alexandra DeJohn at adejohn@mcdaniel.edu.

Looking ahead

Oscar Wilde comedy at Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College invites the community to escape into performances of Oscar Wilde's classic British comedy, "The Importance of Being Earnest." Four performances will take place in the Theater in the Scott Center from April 26-29.


Richard Sautter is the guest director of this hilarious adventure through high society, according to a news release from the college. In the play, morals take a back seat to humor and witty dialogue.

"Because we are so far removed from 1895, we don't have to take the shallowness and self-interest of the characters personally," Sautter is quoted as saying the release. "Instead, we can glory in their seemingly nonsensical pronouncements and delight in the social proprieties that make the expression of almost any emotion, most of all love, seem just a little ridiculous."

When: 7:30 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28; 2 p.m. April 29.

Where: Theater in the Scott Center, Carroll Community College, Westminster

Cost: Tickets are $10 for adults. Seniors, and college students, faculty and staff with ID may purchase tickets for $5. Tickets may be purchased online at www.instantseats.com or at the theater. The box office will open 45 minutes before each show starts. Seating is available approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of each show.

For more information, contact Jane Frazier at jfrazier@carrollcc.edu or 410-386-8279.

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