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Sunday Night Big Band performance to benefit Caring Carroll

The Sunday Night Big Band will perform on Sunday, May 6, at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster to benefit the nonprofit Caring Carroll.
The Sunday Night Big Band will perform on Sunday, May 6, at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster to benefit the nonprofit Caring Carroll. (Courtesy photo)

If jazz is your thing, there are two opportunities this week to hear some in Westminster, with McDaniel College's Jazz Night (which runs concurrently with the McDaniel Cinema Showcase) and the Sunday Night Big Band returning to Carroll Arts Center. Next week, check out the opening reception for the annual members showcase at Carroll Arts Center.

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Big Band raising funds for Caring Carroll

For the third year in a row, Sunday Night Band is performing in Westminster to benefit the nonprofit Caring Carroll. The show is, appropriately enough, on Sunday, though it is at 2 in the afternoon at the Carroll Arts Center.

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Sunday Night Big Band has been together for nearly five years, frequently playing Carroll Arts Center, and bandleader Bob Luce has said whenever they have the chance to help a nonprofit they do so. Caring Carroll matches volunteers to assist with non-medical needs of older and disabled adults in Carroll, needs such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, errands and grocery shopping, in-county transportation, yard work, minor home repairs and friendly visits. Volunteers are always needed.

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra presents its spring concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Carroll Community College's Theater in the Scott Center. The orchestra is a combination of McDaniel College students, Carroll Community College students, faculty and community members.

Sunday's show is expected to feature jazz and big band favorites from the likes of Count Basie and Glenn Miller. Tickets are $20.

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When: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main St., Westminster

Cost: $20

For information or tickets, visit www.carrollcountyartscouncil.com.

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Cinema, jazz at McDaniel College

On Thursday, May 3, a pair of anticipated events will be held at McDaniel College.

The McDaniel Cinema Showcase is set for 7 p.m. in Decker Auditorium, Lewis Hall of Science. The department of communication and cinema hosts this annual showcase of student-produced fiction and documentary films. Each film was written, directed, produced and edited by a McDaniel College Cinema major as a portfolio of their work. According to a McDaniel news release, six senior cinema majors are premiering original, 20-minute films during Cinema Showcase, capstone films that are personally important to them.

Thursday is also Jazz Night at Decker Center Forum at 7 p.m. Directed by Tim Jenkins, music lecturer at McDaniel, McDaniel students will play diverse styles of jazz, including classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock and classic blues, with pieces by George Gershwin, Wayne Shorter and Charles Mingus. The concert also highlights The New Alumni, a group of current students and recent McDaniel graduates, who will open the show.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3

Where: McDaniel College, 2 College Hill (Cinema Showcase in Decker Auditorium; Jazz Night at Decker Center Forum)

Cost: Free

For more information about the Cinema Showcase, call 410-857-2290. For more information about Jazz Night, call 410-857-2599.

Looking ahead

Members show opening reception

Enjoy a variety of artwork in a mix of media and styles created by members of the Carroll County Arts Council. This 16th annual event showcases the artistic talents of the Carroll County Arts Council's members.

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Featuring a wide range of styles and mediums including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts, these works will be on view in the Arts Center's Tevis Gallery, Community Gallery, and Director's Hall Gallery from May through Aug. 3, but the opening reception is set for Thursday, May 10. All works are for sale.

Ten Audience Choice prizes of $100 will be awarded. Voting will be during the Opening Reception, which is sponsored by Tevis Energy, and winners will be announced after remarks. Each visitor will be able to vote for four of their favorite works of art. Prizes are given in memory of Ruth Gray. Sandy Oxx, executive director of CCAC, and Ken Skrzesz, executive director of MSAC, are scheduled to give remarks at 7 p.m.Judy Morley, the new executive director of CCAC will be introduced at this time.

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main St., Westminster

Cost: Free

For information, visit www.carrollartscenter.org.



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