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Arts foundation awards 80 grants to music, theater groups


The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded 80 grants totaling $151,187 to arts organizations that present music and theater touring companies in Maryland, several nearby states, the Washington and the Virgin Islands. The grants subsidize projects that help reach rural and culturally diverse audiences.

In Maryland, organizations and institutions receiving $12,502 in funds are Baltimore Theatre Project Inc., Candlelight Concert Society, Concert Society at Maryland (University of Maryland, College Park), Frostburg State University, Maryland Theatre Association, Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival and the Tidewater Performing Arts Society.

Mid-Atlantic also awarded $4,000 in jazz programming grants to BAUhouse Inc., to the Publick Playhouse of the Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning Commission and to the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center.

Founded in 1979 and based in Baltimore, Mid-Atlantic is one of several regional arts organizations that promote the sharing of arts resources in member states. It recently received $108,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support development of a rural arts training and information project.

Chris Norman hits No. 13

Baltimorean Chris Norman's first solo recording "Chris Norman: Man With the Wooden Flute" reached No. 13 on Billboard's chart of Top Crossover Albums last week. Founder of the traditional music group Helicon and a member of the Baltimore Consort music ensemble, Mr. Norman will appear at the An die Musik store in Towson at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Summer sounds

The Municipal Concert Band, conducted by George Gaylor, begins its season of free outdoor summer concerts at 8 p.m. July 1 on the grounds of Northwestern High School, 6900 Park Heights Ave. The two-hour program features musical comedy, popular music and light classics. The band will also play:

July 2, Patterson Park; July 3, Good Samaritan Hospital Grounds, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.; July 6, Burdick Park, Glenmore Avenue and Walther Boulevard; July 7, Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.; July 8, Fitzgerald Park, on Wilson Street between Bolton Street and Park Avenue; July 9, Carroll Park, Washington Boulevard and Bush Street; July 10, St. Matthew's Church grounds, Norman and Mayfield avenues; July 13, Wyman Park,Tudor Arms Avenue and 37th Street; July 14, Cathedral of Mary Our Queen grounds, 5300 N. Charles St.; July 15, Bethlehem Lutheran Church grounds, 4815 Hamilton Ave., corner of Bucknell Road; July 16, Herring Run Park, Belair Road and Chesterfield Avenue.


* The Colonial Players of Annapolis will hold auditions for a production of Philip King's "See How They Run" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Players annex, 2132 Renaud Court. The production runs Sept 4-Oct. 3. For details, call (410) 672-6421 in the evenings.

* Theatre Therese will hold auditions for "Annie" at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday in the auditorium of the Shrine of the Little Flower Church, 2800 Brendan Ave. The production runs Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. Call (410) 483-2055 in the evenings.

* If you are interested in becoming a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art, call the museum's department of education and community at (410) 396-6320. Docents are volunteers who lead school groups and adults on tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions. Deadline for application is July 1.

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