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2007 arts preview

January 04, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Performances by comedian George Carlin, famed tenor Ronan Tynan, Latin jazz musician Poncho Sanchez and Washington County's own Teen Idol contest are among the entertainment highlights looming in the Tri-State area this year.

Highlights include concerts by national and regional acts - including soul, country-rock, jazz, blues, big band and classical; major theatrical productions; and art exhibits.

The preview also includes some major music festivals in the Tri-State area, but there is not space to list all of the general festivals and local theater productions scheduled for 2007. The Mountain Stage NewSong Festival is expected to be held in the Shepherdstown, W.Va., area in late summer, but is not on the list because a specific month has not been set.

Jan. 25

Pianist Alphin Hong will perform at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown as part of the Hagerstown Community Concert Association series. Hong debuted with the Kalamazoo Symphony at age 10 and won the 1989 Stravinsky Piano Competition.

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Jan. 27 through April 15

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts continues celebrating its 75th anniversary with the exhibit "Loving Art: The William & Anna Singer Collection," curated by the museum's sister organization, the Singer Museum in the Netherlands. The exhibit will include works from the Singer Museum. City Park, Hagerstown.

Feb. 3

The Monty Alexander Jazz Trio will perform in Wilson College's Laird Hall in Chambersburg, Pa. Alexander, a pianist, blends traditional American jazz with his Jamaican roots. Call 717-262-2003 or go to www.wilson.edu.

Feb. 3

Doc Watson, a master of flatpicking and fingerstyle guitar, will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md. Watson has won several Grammys and was awarded a National Medal of the Arts and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award.

Feb. 9 through April 22

Cumberland Valley Photo Salon, a juried competition highlighting the best amateur and professional photographers in the Mid-Atlantic region, will be at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Feb. 10 through Feb. 11

Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs its MasterWorks III concerts with guest artist and cellist William DeRosa at The Maryland Theatre.

Feb. 10 through March 17

Hagerstown artist Caroline Orner's "The Power of Geometry" features paintings and drawings with geometric shapes. Washington County Arts Council Gallery, Hagerstown.

Feb. 15

Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra perform "New Orleans: Then and Now" at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

Feb. 16

Don Byron plays Junior Walker at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

Feb. 16

Comedian George Carlin brings his acerbic wit to The Maryland Theatre for two shows in one day.

Feb. 17

Philadanco, the Philadelphia Dance Company, performs modern contemporary dance at The Maryland Theatre.

Feb. 17

Annual talent show extravaganza will take place at Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Feb. 22

Classical guitarist Robert Gruca, who has won several national guitar competitions, will perform in Shippensburg University's Old Main Chapel in Shippensburg, Pa. Call 717-477-1638.

March 3

Grammy-winning Latin jazz musician Poncho Sanchez and his band will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg. Presented by Cumberland Valley School of Music.

March 10

Eartha Kitt, one of the actresses who portrayed Catwoman on the 1960s TV show "Batman," will sing at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

March 24 through March 25

MSO performs MasterWorks IV with guest artist and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Mentzer at The Maryland Theatre.

March 30

"Some Enchanted Evening," a performance of songs from popular Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals such as "Some Enchanted Evening" and "Oklahoma!" at The Capitol Theatre by Springer Theatricals, the national touring arm of Springer Opera House in Georgia.

April 14

Ronan Tynan, a former member of The Irish Tenors, will perform at the Luhrs Center.

April 17

Jazz vocalists The Four Freshmen will perform at The Maryland Theatre as part of the Hagerstown Community Concert Association series.

April 21 through April 22

MSO performs MasterWorks V, featuring the Baltimore Choral Arts and Frederick Children's Chorus, at The Maryland Theatre.

April 27

Rockapella, a contemporary a cappella group touring nationally, will perform at The Capitol Theatre.

April 27

Grammy-winning vocal ensemble New York Voices will perform at the Luhrs Center.

April 27 through July 29

"West and East of Norway: Photographs by Asle Svarverud" at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will feature landscapes of northern Norway by the major Norwegian photographer.

May 5

Finals for the first Teen Idol contest at The Maryland Theatre, sponsored by the theater and Washington County Free Library. The winner earns a free trip to New York to audition for "American Idol." For more information, call 301-739-3250, ext. 126.

May 31

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