Next Generation Festival
Six central Pennsylvania colleges will serve as sites for a chamber-music festival presented by pianist Awadagin Pratt and colleagues. The fifth annual Next Generation Festival, which begins Wednesday at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, aims to give a new generation of classical-music talent greater experience and exposure to the public, and listeners a greater appreciation and understanding of the varieties of classical music. Pratt, the festival's artistic director, was the first student at the Peabody Conservatory of Music to receive simultaneous degrees in piano, violin and conducting. A chamber-music master class taught by Pratt is also part of the festival.
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Other venues of the festival, which continues through June 13, are York College of Pennsylvania, York; Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg; Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove; Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster; and Millersville University (the master-class site). Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 717-214-ARTS or visit the Web site at www.nextgenerationfestival.org.
Celebrate the work of the Eastern Shore waterman at a family festival Sunday at Kent Narrows in Grasonville. Visitors to the Waterman's Festival can check out an exhibition area highlighting artifacts and stories of watermen's lives; browse among displays of oyster tongs and crab pots, haul seine and other fishing nets; test their strength in an anchor-throwing contest; cheer on participants in rowing and docking competitions; listen to live music; and feast on plenty of Eastern Shore food. Children can meet clowns, take part in a crab derby, play games and enter a pie-eating contest.
Proceeds benefit needy watermen and their families.
The festival site is near the Fisherman's Inn restaurant, off U.S. 50 east of the Bay Bridge. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $4; free under age 12. Call 410-827-0691 or 410-604-2100.