The season's Messiahs and carols have been sung, and First Night Annapolis' New Year's Eve celebration of the arts proved to be a howling success one more time.
With that, the performing arts in and around the city are off and running at full spate in the new year.
Colonial Players of Annapolis will open A.R. Gurney's comedy Sylvia tomorrow at 8 p.m. at its intimate theater-in-the-round at 108 East St., off State Circle in the Historic District.
Sylvia spins the tale of New York City empty-nesters whose lives become topsy-turvy when the husband introduces a stray dog to the household. Prodded as only a midlife crisis can prod, he lavishes on the dog the care and attention his wife wishes were coming her way.
Vinny Ferrelli and Nancy Fulton star as the couple, with CeCe Newbrough taking center stage in the role of Sylvia the dog.
A veteran of numerous Colonial productions, Newbrough is one of those actresses whose every appearance on stage becomes a theatrical event.
Sylvia is directed by Mary A. James and plays Thursdays through Sundays, tomorrow through Feb. 7. For tickets, call 410-268-7373.
One of the surprises of the past year was the degree of polish demonstrated by the new Londontowne Symphony Orchestra at its inaugural concert at Southern High School in September.
Made up of professional musicians, music teachers, community players and talented students, the Londontowners will usher in the new year with a Jan. 16 concert at Southern High School, 4400 Solomons Island Road in Harwood.
Amy Wilson, assistant conductor of the Greater Baltimore Youth Symphony Orchestra, will conduct with free-lance violinist Nicholas Currie as soloist.
Currie will play Max Bruch's romantically intense G minor Concerto, a violin masterwork.
"He defies the laws of physics," says violinist Kathy Solano, the county music teacher who founded the orchestra and serves as its concertmistress. "How such a little guy can produce a fat, juicy tone like his is beyond me. He's absolutely wonderful."
The Jan. 16 concert will begin with Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville and conclude with the radiant 8th Symphony of Antonin Dvorak. A suggested donation of $10 per person is payable at the door before the 7:30 p.m. performance.
Trio Voronezh of Russia performs at Severna Park High School at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 under the aegis of the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association.
The trio performs on instruments that conjure Russia in sound: the mandolinlike domra, the Slavic accordion called a bajan and the three-stringed balalaika, Russia's national instrument.
These evocative sounds will be placed at the service of Russian and Gypsy folk music, as well as works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and George Gershwin.
Tickets for this concert may be purchased at the door of Severna Park's auditorium for $15, $5 for students.