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Oratorio Society's winter concert is March 1


DORIS LOVELL of the Laurel Oratorio Society announces the latest concert by the group.

The society will present a Winter Pops concert, in cooperation with Renewed Praise Chorale of Baltimore, at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Laurel Presbyterian Church.

Admission is $10.

The performance will feature "Missa Kenya," by composer Paul Brasler as well as a selection of gospel and traditional spirituals.

Brasler's piece, which features a Latin text and voice, and percussion and brass instruments, was first performed in the summer of 1995 at the University of Florida.

Accompanist and assistant director Monica Otal, who also teaches voice at Morgan State University, introduced Renewed Praise Chorale to the Laurel Oratorio Society.

Renewed Praise consists of current and former Morgan State students.

Laurel Oratorio Society offers varied and challenging programs.

In addition to its annual sing-along "Messiah," the group held a separate concert featuring Hanukkah songs and and Benjamin Britten's "St. Nicholas" in celebration of the Jewish and Christian holidays, which fell within a day of each other.

The society's spring concert at 8 p.m. April 27 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel will feature Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" and Randall Thomas' "Peaceable Kingdom."

The 25-year-old group is seeking new members. President Suzie Parks says that if you're willing to sing, there is a spot for you. No audition is necessary.

Information: Write to the Society at P.O. Box 696, Laurel 20725-0696.

New art at Montpelier

The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center announces new exhibits for March.

Baltimore photographer Ben Martin will exhibit infrared, abstract photographs in the Library Gallery.

He is one of the winners of the 1996/97 Library Gallery Competition.

Maryland author and illustrator David Wisniewski, who just won the Caldecott Medal for best children's book illustration in 1997, was a resident artist at Montpelier Cultural Arts Center for six years?

For details and directions to any of Montpelier's exhibits and special programs, call the center at (301) 953-1993

Artists may submit recent original works for the Laurel Arts Guild Open Juried Art Exhibition from 10 a.m. to noon and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

John Meyer, chairman of the art department at Towson State University, will select work to be included in the show, which will run from March 9 to 30.

There are size and weight requirements. All work must be offered for sale; $600 in prize money is offered to selected artists in the show.

Contact the center for details before Wednesday.

Art at the library

In other art news, students at Forest Ridge Elementary School have brightened the Savage Library with their collages.

Fifth-graders made gauze masks of their own faces and mounted the masks on decorative backings.

Megan Maguire 's orange mask rests on an Irish flag.

So does Deirdra O'Brien's.

Christy Sulton's fully decorated mask, complete with hair and flowers, rests on a photo collage of cats.

These two masks can be found over the copy machine.

Other students have decorated their masks in novel ways.

Steven Eddy's rests on a board filled with references to the card game "Magic."

FTC Robert Minnick's is a vibrant yellow on orange backboard.

Kelly Halster's mask is peach-colored, resting on a cream and blue striped board.

Brittany Lock's mask and background are split down the center; one half is painted purple, the other orange.

Nicole Choe's mask is blue, with yarn braids, floating in a green tree.

Letia Blackmon painted vibrant diagonal stripes on the background and mask.

Jennifer Taylor chose birds as her theme. Her mask and background include feathers and pictures of birds.

Richard Scott depicted the face of a fearsome dinosaur framed by a volcanic landscape.

David Lazarek made a minimalist collage with mask and background painted light tan.

David Rocco placed his black mask on a camouflage pattern of green, tan and black.

Andrew Crimando juxtaposed a striped mask against a striped background.

Melodie Hill floats her blue mask with cotton ball wig on a clouded sky.

And Kristen Oleszewski made a white mask and a hand mold. These three-dimensional objects rest on black squares with words of good cheer decorating the mask. Musical motifs decorate the hand.

All of these totems by Forest Ridge fifth-graders illustrate the inventiveness and sensibility of the artists.

Pub Date: 2/21/97

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