'Annie' at Chesapeake, and a preview of music to come

At the helm of the Chesapeake Arts Center since last fall, Belinda Fraley Huesman recently announced her intention to offer additional performance dates for diverse groups in Chesapeake's 800-seat main theater and in the previously underused 120-seat black-box theater.

That offer takes shape July 5 with the return of Pasadena Theatre Company — a group that was the first to perform at Chesapeake's main theater in March 2001, for its extended run of "Camelot."

This time, Pasadena will bring a three-weekend production of the musical "Annie," running Fridays through Sundays, July 5-21.

Set in 1930s New York City, it is the story of young Annie, left at an orphanage by her parents, and chronicles her search for them, her escape from mean Miss Hannigan, and her meeting and enchanting of billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

The troupe's production features Julia Salatti as Annie and Chuck Dick as Oliver Warbucks.

Tickets are available at $15 for children 12 and younger and $20 for adults. Go to the box office at 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, or online at Chesapeakearts.org.

Sounds of next season

While music lovers enjoy the sounds of summer, we're learning of schedules for subscription music series beginning this fall and carrying a tune into 2014.

Anne Arundel is home to several regional concert series offering live musical performances by artists in classical, pop and folk genres.

The South County Concert Association, based at Southern High School in Harwood, will open its 38th season on Sept. 21 with Hal Linden, veteran of Broadway and TV, in a cabaret-style variety show. Membership chairwoman Betty Knupp is promising a season with "a wonderful diversity of concerts."

After Linden's show, the series includes the DePue Brothers Band on Oct. 16; rock quartet the Diamonds on Nov. 18; Sue Matthews performing as three "Legendary Ladies of Song" in January; Jesse Lynch Jazz and Yang and Olivia Liu in March; and the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra in April.

"I'm thrilled that in the past few years we have had around 1,000 members," Knupp said. "Because of the support of our members and patron gifts, we are able to offer this season big names like Hal Linden and the Diamonds."

A full membership for all concerts is $50. For more information, call 410-956-4881 or go online at southcountyconcerts.org.

If you miss Linden at South County, the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association based at Severna Park High School will also open its 62nd season with Linden's show on Sept. 24.

The second and fifth concerts of the association's series — the Sixth Floor Trio on Oct. 21 and Bach to the Future on May 16 — feature young musicians who offer familiar compositions with intriguing new interpretations. Classically trained, they may dip into bluegrass or play Beethoven with a Latin rhythm.

The third concert in the series will feature Irish tenor Anthony Kearns on Jan. 16, and in the fourth, Jose Cueto and Nancy Roldan will perform violin and piano duets on April 10.

The association has a reciprocal arrangement with South County Concert Association. Buying a subscription for the five-concert series offered with Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, also $50, entitles the subscriber to seven South County concerts for $4.20 each.

For more information, contact Anne Arundel Community Concert Association President Gale Gillespie at 410-647-4881 or Wendy Kaplan at 443-688-6460, or go online at annearundelconcerts.50megs.com.

Meanwhile, serving northern Anne Arundel County for 30 years, the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum will offer six concerts during its upcoming season, also opening in September. This group has performed for the past decade in the spacious Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park.

On Sept. 28, the association's 31st season opens with the Chenille Sisters — a trio offering smooth harmonies spiced with humor. Introducing such fun acts may encourage North County residents to become PAAL subscribers — perhaps even increasing its competitive edge to rival South County.

Concert chair Verena Linthicum says the goal of the Performing Arts Association is to "entertain and enrich the whole family."

After the Chenille Sisters, the association will greet pianist and showman Mac Frampton on Oct. 27; Stef Scaggiari and Sue Matthews on Nov. 24; and a "Salute to Pops" program on Feb. 16 with the Anne Arundel Community College Symphony Orchestra and Maestra Anna Binneweg, performing with the college's chamber singers and soloists.

Other shows are Brooks Tegler's salute to Artie Shaw and Cole Porter on April 19 and a concert by the U.S. Navy Band on March 27.

The association's partnership with Chesapeake enables individuals to purchase concert tickets at chesapeakearts.org. Residents can also purchase a $59 Performing Arts Association subscription for a bargain that's family friendly — subscribers can bring students in kindergarten through 12th grade for free.

For more details, call Verena Linthicum at 410-859-3117 or Barbara Scanlon at 410-760-8386, or check the website PAALConcerts.org.

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