Art Notes


McDaniel students lead drama festival, directing three plays

Three McDaniel College students are leading the Student-Directed Play Festival, which opened yesterday in the college's Alumni Hall.

Senior Kristin Lagana is directing The Bald Soprano at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Dorothy Elderdice Studio Theatre.

Savage/Love, directed by junior Carolyn Ricks, and Tongues, directed by junior Lindsay Stewart, will be performed back-to-back at 8 p.m. Thursday and April 23 and 24, also in the Elderdice theater.

Written by French playwright Eugene Ionesco, The Bald Soprano offers an example of the "theater of the absurd" in a satire of the drabness of the middle class.

Tongues is a partner to Savage/Love. The plays, written by Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard, grew from a series of improvisation exercises on abstract themes. They are written in the stream-of-consciousness style as a series of poems and speeches with percussion accompaniment.

All shows are free.

Information: 410-857-2599.

McDaniel seniors offer recitals this weekend

McDaniel College students will be presenting their senior music recitals this weekend.

Scheduled performances include:

A piano recital by Elisabeth Harper at 5:30 p.m. today in Levine Recital Hall. She will play pieces by Chopin, Ginastera, Liszt and Bach.

An organ recital by Mark Gorman at 7 p.m. Sunday in Baker Memorial Chapel. He will perform Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major; Mendelssohn's Sonata 6, Opus 65, No. 6; Rutter's Variations on an Easter Theme; Franck's Opus 16 of Fantasie; Messaien's Le banquet celeste; and Widor's Symphonie pour Orgue, Opus 42, No. 5.

The recital will feature a camera focusing on Gorman's hands, which will be shown on a screen at the front of the chapel.

A voice recital by Kristin Grassel at 4 p.m. Sunday in Baker Chapel. She will perform operatic arias from Gounod's Romeo and Juliette and Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, as well as "art songs" of Schubert, Donizetti, Strauss and Faure.

The concert also will feature four singers and two pianists on selections from Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes.

A guitar recital by Mike Bair at 7 p.m. Monday in the Forum in Decker Center. The recital is free, but Bair, who is diabetic, is requesting donations for the American Diabetes Association.

Bair's concert will feature classical and upbeat jazz pieces. Performing with him will be Tim Jenkins, adjunct music lecturer, and the McDaniel College Jazz Guitar Trio of Joe Begly, Cory Cyronak and Sean Garbelman.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Carroll children's chorus will perform tomorrow

The Children's Chorus of Carroll County will present a spring concert with the Westminster Ringers at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Big Baker Chapel at McDaniel College.

The chorus' three age groups -- Le Petites Voix, Il Choro Della Bella and Cantare Bel Canto -- will perform. Diane Jones and Holly Kennedy direct the choir.

The program will include the Hebrew folk song "Hashivenu," John Rutter's "The Heavenly Aeroplane," Don Besig's "Reflections of a Lad at Sea," and Marilyn Broughton's "Nursery Rhyme Nonsense."

The Westminster Ringers will join the chorus on "Joy in the Morning" by Natalie Sleeth, and "Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above" by Jody Lindh.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

Information: 410-848-5581 or 410-876-0455.

Rock band Eve 6 to play at McDaniel

The alternative rock band Eve 6 will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow in Gill Center at McDaniel College.

Since releasing the album Eve 6 in 1998, the group has put out Horrorscope in 2000 and It's All in Your Head last year. The band includes Max Collins on vocals and bass, Jon Siebels on guitar and vocals, and Tony Fagenson on drums and vocals.

Rap and hip-hop band Warset will open.

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $18, and $15 for McDaniel students. Tickets are available in the college activities office, at Record and Tape Traders stores and at the door.

Information: 410-857-2266.

Maria Barbosa exhibit set to open at college

The Mixed-Media Work of Maria Barbosa will be on display in the Scott Center gallery at Carroll Community College from Sunday to May 21.

An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Barbosa is a mixed-media artist who was born in Brazil and lives in Maryland. Her work explores issues of communication, misunderstandings and the ways language and signs liberate or pigeonhole people.

Her installations and artist's books are exhibited nationally, and she is active in statewide art organizations.

Information: 410-386-8256.

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