Gather your loved ones and enjoy holiday 'music, music, music'

THE BALTIMORE SUN

When I was a young thing, one of my favorite singers was Teresa Brewer, with her squeaky/throaty voice.

A line from one of her hits, of whose title I was never sure, is "All I want is loving you and music, music, music."

It's a theme for this week: Gather those you love and go with them to one or a number of holiday concerts, and enjoy the music and being together.

* The Naval Academy Women's Glee Club will present Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Hall.

* The Madrigal Singers of the Annapolis Area Christian School will have a free concert at Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. Friday (more on this talented group below).

* The Annapolis Chorale's sixth annual "Celebration of Christmas" will be at 8 p.m. Friday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The concert features the full Chorale, the Annapolis Youth Chorus and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. The $20 ticket includes a reception and dance after the concert and a chance to hear (and see) novelist Tom Clancy reading Mark Twain's "A Letter from Santa Claus" and "Keeping Christmas," by Henry Vandyke. Call 268-1903 for tickets.

* Last year, the Ensemble Galilei Christmas Concert at St. John's College sold out quickly. This year, there will be three concerts: at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 18. The dynamic group interprets 14th century music in a way that rivets late 20th century attention and loyalty, blending the elegance of chamber music with the energy of folk. For tickets, call 626-2539.

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The London Town Foundation's Candlelight Tour at the London Town Publik House and Garden from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday is a particularly charming way to discover this area resource, decorated for the holidays, or to renew acquaintance.

Light fare will be offered, the Museum and Garden Shop will be open for shopping and holiday greens will be on sale. Holiday music will be offered by the Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Cindy Bauchspies.

Admission is free to London Town Foundation members, who may bring two guests per membership at no cost. For others, admission is $4 for adults; $2 for children. Reservations are required for groups. Call 222-1919.

Children can have a more personal, hands-on experience at London Town Publik House during "A Child's Colonial Christmas" on Saturday.

The popular event blends Colonial history and craft-making. Children spend up to two hours working with stencils, trying a potpourri "tussy-mussy," creating a bird food tree ornament and listening to period tales from a costumed storyteller.

Craft supplies and refreshments for the children's day have been donated by MJ Designs, Giant Food, Shoppers Food Warehouse and Safeway of Edgewater.

Reservations are required and are limited. Children should dress in warm play clothes. Admission is $5 for children and $3.50 for adults. For information, call 222-1919.

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The twice aforementioned Madrigal Singers from Annapolis Area Christian School warrant attention and help.

The 14-member group has been chosen to represent Maryland in June in a European commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, and it needs to raise $38,000 to participate.

The group is scheduled to sing in Paris, London, Brussels, Normandy and the Loire Valley. The singers, ages 15 to 17, will literally be singing for their supper this winter, as they entertain groups to raise money for their trip.

Did you sing in your high school's glee club and would have died for an opportunity like this? Did you or a relative serve in Europe during World War II?

Your donation could make a difference for these talented young performers. If your group would like to hear the Madrigal Singers perform, call the school's development director, Charles Lang, at 266-8251; or send a check to Madrigal Singers, Annapolis Area Christian School, 716 Bestgate Road, Annapolis 21401.

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At Christmas last year, the Annapolis Jaycees provided holiday meals and toy baskets to more than 50 families.

To expand the program this year they have joined forces with other area Jaycee chapters in an effort to bring cheer and hope to more than 200 families.

There are several ways you can participate:

* A tax-deductible monetary donation will go toward the fixings of a complete turkey dinner. Deadline for donations is Saturday.

* Donations of appropriate canned goods may be dropped off at the Forest Drive, Eastport or West Street fire stations, or the Annapolis Police Headquarters (deadline Dec. 16). Donations of new toys and clothing may be dropped off at the same locations.

* You can volunteer to help deliver the baskets Dec. 17.

For more information, or to volunteer, call Jennifer Robertson at 757-8515. Leave a message if she's not there.

Finally, you know the holiday season is here when it's time for the Lights Parade in Annapolis Harbor.

The annual event, sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club, is Saturday evening.

Remember that the Spa Creek bridge between Annapolis and Eastport will be open from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Plan your vantage point in terms of how quickly you'll want to get home . . . and don't forget to bundle up!

To get news about your organization or event in this column, call Lyn Backe at 626-0273.

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