Arts preview for 2006

Upcoming performances and exhibits in the Tri-State area

Upcoming performances and exhibits in the Tri-State area

January 05, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The Charlie Daniels Band, comedian Darrell Hammond, the work of acclaimed photographer O. Winston Link, a drag show and lectures by two Nobel Prize winners are among the arts events coming up in the Tri-State area in 2006.

Here are some of the performances and art exhibits expected this year:

Jan. 19

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

Jan. 23

Kinsey Sicks at Shepherd University's Frank Arts Center Theater in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The show combines a cappella singing, satire and over-the-top drag. Advance tickets are not available. Tickets are sold at the door.

Feb. 4

West Virginia Serenade: With Special Salute to Sen. Robert C. Byrd at Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va. The serenade is a variety show with lots of music, including a 20-piece orchestra ensemble playing contemporary and classical music and a 75-member gospel choir, says Bill Yearout, president of Appalachian Institute. The institute is producing the fundraising event that will benefit the Apollo Civic Theatre and the event's sponsor, the Berkeley County Democratic Association. The event features regional talent and includes bluegrass, Broadway, folk-rock and Elvis music. For order forms for tickets, go to online or stop by the Appalachian Institute, 413 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg. For more information, call 1-304-263-6801.


Feb. 4

River City Brass Band from Pittsburgh will perform at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Feb. 11 and Feb. 12

Maryland Symphony Orchestra's MasterWorks III at The Maryland Theatre in Hagers-town. The concert highlights the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a celebration of his 250th birthday. Features MSO clarinetist Beverly Butts.

Feb. 11

The National Christian Choir has two shows of traditional sacred music at Capitol Theatre Center in Chambersburg, Pa. The choir's 220 members come from more than 100 churches in the Washington, D.C., region.

Feb. 17

Second annual Community Talent Show Extravaganza! at Apollo Civic Theatre.

Feb. 23

Lecture with author and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

March 18

Spirit of the Dance at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md. Presented by Irish International Dance Company, the performance combines Irish dance with Latino rhythms. The show has won nine Global Awards and broken box-office records in 15 countries, according to Weinberg's Web site.

March 24

Actor and comedian Darrell Hammond at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

March 24

West Virginia Symphony at Apollo Civic Theatre.

March 25 and March 26

MSO's MasterWorks IV at The Maryland Theatre. A rare selection of audience favorites will be performed. Features pianist Jonathan Biss.


Washington County Arts Council will feature an exhibition entitled "Companion" in its Hagerstown gallery in tribute to the work of the Humane Society of Washington County.

April 7

The Four Freshmen, jazz vocalists with pop influences, will perform at Capitol Theatre Center.

April 8

The Charlie Daniels Band at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center. The band won a Grammy in 1979 for best country vocal performance by a duo or group (for "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"). Charlie Daniels is currently nominated for a Grammy for best country instrumental performance for "I'll Fly Away."

April 8

The Multicultural Gospel Concert at Apollo Civic Theatre will feature church choirs from the Eastern Panhandle. The event is free. A love offering will be taken with proceeds benefiting the production cost. For more information, call the theater at 1-304-263-6766 or go to or

April 8

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at Weinberg Center for the Arts. Vincent, who has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, brings her mix of traditional and cutting-edge bluegrass to the Frederick, Md., stage.

April 13

Free Marine Band concert at The Maryland Theatre.

April 22 and April 23

MSO's MasterWorks V at The Maryland Theatre. The symphony's season finale features violinist Jennifer Frautschi.

April 24

A lecture and poetry reading by Derek Walcott at Mercersburg Academy's chapel. The poet and playwright won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Free.

April 27

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at The Maryland Theatre. Windwood Productions presents the musical, set in the Roaring '20s, about the zany adventures of a chorus girl. For tickets, go to or call 301-790-2000.

April 28

Maynard Ferguson and the Big Bop Nouveau Band will perform at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

May 19 through May 21 and May 26 through May 28

David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama "Proof" at The Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va.

May 20

Pianist Jim Brickman will perform "An Evening of Romance" program at Weinberg Center for the Arts.

June 1

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