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Year of the arts

Wide variety of entertainment offered in 2009 in Tri-State area

Wide variety of entertainment offered in 2009 in Tri-State area

January 25, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Check your calendar and reserve your seats: This year's arts calendar is taking shape.

Highlights include folk legends Peter, Paul & Mary, filmmaker John Waters, comedian David Sedaris and bluesman Joe Bonamassa.

New this year: the 150th anniversary of the John Brown raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and the Frederick Film Festival in March.

Annual festivals on the schedule include the Western Maryland Blues Fest in late May, New Voice Play Festival in June and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, which starts in July in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Jan. 31 through March 22

o The 76th annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon exhibit will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown's City Park.

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Feb. 8

o Gaelic Storm will perform contemporary Irish music at The Maryland Theatre.

Feb. 10

o The 5 Browns, sibling piano virtuosos from Utah, will perform at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

Feb. 14

o The fifth annual Talent Show will be at Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Feb. 14 and 15

o The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will perform MasterWorks III, British Serenade, featuring the orchestra's principal horn player, Joseph Lovinsky, and guest tenor Scott Williamson in a concert that includes Benjamin Britten's "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings" at The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown.

Feb. 21

o Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre in Waynesboro, Pa., kicks off its monthly bluegrass concert series for 2009 with Aspen Run, of Westminster, Md., and the Patuxent Partners, of Rockville, Md.

March 20

o Peter, Paul & Mary, the iconic 1960s American folk group, will perform at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

March 21 and 22

o The MSO will perform MasterWorks IV, Dawn of the Romantics, featuring award-winning pianist Chu-Fang Huang in a concert that includes Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. The Maryland Theatre.

March 26

o Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa will perform at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

March 27

o Baltimore film writer and director John Waters will be the opening night guest at the first Frederick Film Festival at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md.

March 30

o Stand-up comedian Chonda Pierce will perform at Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

April 3

o Tommy James & The Shondells with special guests The Grass Roots will perform at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

April 3

o Multi-instrumentalist Ted Nash, known for his associations with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Composers Collective, will perform with Odean Jazz at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa.

April 4

o Humorist David Sedaris will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

April 11 through May 22

o "New Harmonies: A Celebration of American Roots Music," a Smithsonian Institute exhibit, will be on display at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

April 18 through Dec. 16

o A full schedule of events at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia will commemorate the sesquicentennial of the John Brown Raid. Call 717-264-1667 or go to www.johnbrownraid.org/events.html.

April 21

o "The Great Masters of Washington County" exhibit will feature the art of Washington County Public Schools' art teachers at the Washington County Arts Council's gallery in downtown Hagerstown.

April 24

o The Platters and Shirley Alston Reeves, the original lead singer of The Shirelles, will perform at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa.

April 24

o Comedian Howie Mandel will perform at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

April 25 and 26

o The MSO will perform MasterWorks V with A Symphonic Space Odyssey that includes Gustav Holst's "The Planets" paired with 3-D computer-generated animation of the solar system projected above the orchestra. The concert includes John Williams' "Star Wars Theme." The Maryland Theatre.

May 9

o Grammy-winning country music and bluegrass singer Kathy Mattea will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick.

May 13

o The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs at The Maryland Theatre.

May 28 through 31

o The 14th 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 free concerts Thursday at University Park Plaza and Sunday in City Park. For more information, go to www.blues-fest.org.

June 6

o Bobby Vinton will perform at the Luhrs Center in Shippensburg, Pa.

June 24 through 27

o The Miss Maryland and Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competitions will be held at The Maryland Theatre.

June 26 through 28

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

o June 27 through Aug. 23

Works by museum instructors and students will be on display at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown's City Park.

July 4

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