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2008 Arts Preview

January 10, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Blues, bluegrass and Broadway are among the music Tri-State-area residents will have an opportunity hear at theaters and festivals this year.

They also can see an actor, LeVar Burton, who was part of the popular "Star Trek" franchise, and see exhibits featuring the works of notable artists such as Margaret Ann Kennedy and Ellen Lanyon.

Some popular performers' shows are already sold out, including Anne Murray's and the Beach Boys' February concerts at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

Jan. 19 through Feb. 12

A retrospective exhibit of abstract expressionist Margaret Ann Kennedy's paintings will be on display at the Washington County Arts Council, downtown Hagerstown.

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Jan. 26

Legendary flat-picking guitarist Doc Watson returns to the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., with his grandson, guitarist Richard Watson, and musician and storyteller David Holt.

Feb. 2

The Machine, a popular Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Feb. 9 through April 6

The 75th annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon exhibit will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown's City Park.

Feb. 10

Bluegrass musician Don Rigsby will perform at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Feb. 15

"100 Years of Broadway" at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa. Broadway veterans will perform Broadway classics and songs from Broadway's newest hit shows.

Feb. 16

Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre in Waynesboro, Pa., kicks off its monthly concert series for 2008 with Stony Creek from Martinsburg, W.Va., and Stringtown Skyscraper from Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Feb. 16 and 17

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform MasterWorks III, featuring the orchestra's principal oboist Fatma Daglar and the music of Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann at The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown.

Feb. 16 through March 15

Members of the Maryland Printmakers will exhibit prints in "Change," at the Washington County Arts Council's gallery, downtown Hagerstown.

Feb. 21

LeVar Burton, known for his roles in "Roots" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and for hosting "Reading Rainbow," will speak about "Our Journey Toward Enlightenment: From Dr. King to the Present" at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

March 1

The Ahn Trio, sisters who play violin, piano and cello, will perform chamber music at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

March 2

The Temptations, featuring original member Otis Williams, will perform Motown music at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

March 29

Seldom Scene and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver provide "A Night of Bluegrass" at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

March 29 and 30

The MSO will perform MasterWorks IV, during which the orchestra will pay homage to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown.

April 3

"Ring of Fire ? The Music of Johnny Cash" at the Luhrs Center, Shippensburg.

April 12 through June 22

"The Horses are Coming! The Horses are Coming!" exhibit is on display at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown. Artwork from the museum's permanent collection and from local collectors.

April 13 through 26

"Borrowed Earth: A Reflection on Progress" will feature the art of two high school students from each high school in Washington County plus two home-schooled students. Washington County Arts Council's gallery, downtown Hagerstown.

April 19 and 20

The MSO will perform MasterWorks V, featuring guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel as well as Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide" and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown.

April 22

Paul Taylor Dance Company presents modern dance at the Luhrs Center, Shippensburg.

May 27

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the world's most well-known big bands, performs at The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown.

May 29

Plaza Party summer series kicks off. The free Thursday lunchtime concerts at University Plaza are sponsored by the Washington County Arts Council and City of Hagerstown.

May 30 through June 1

The 13th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest. About 17 national, regional and local blues acts are expected to perform. Held in downtown Hagerstown and City Park with a free concert on Sunday in City Park. For more information, go to www.blues-fest.org.

May 31 through June 15

Totem Pole Playhouse kicks off its 2008 season with "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" at the theater near Fayetteville, Pa.

May 31 through Aug. 10

Artwork by Ellen Lanyon, a prominent contemporary female artist, will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown.

June 7

Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell, popular singers from the late 1950s and early 1960s, will perform at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg.

June 20 through June 22

New Voice Play Festival will be held at the Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va.

June 28 through Aug. 17

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