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The Maryland Theater

March 02, 2011|By HARRY NOGLE

On way to relieve Cabin Fever is to get out of the house and attend The Western Maryland Blues Fest’s “Cabin Fever Blues Bash” Thursday, March 3 at the Maryland Theater located in the Arts and Entertainment District in Hagerstown.  British guitar phenom, and Ruf recording artist, Joanne Shaw Taylor will perform during the “Cabin Fever Blues Bash.”  Taylor recently appeared on the cover of Blues Revue magazine and is currently touring in support of her sophomore CD, “Diamonds In The Dirt.”

The next night, March 4, folk music legend Arlo Guthrie continues his “Journey On” tour.  As a masterful storyteller, humorous philosopher, and uncompromising artist, Guthrie proves that folk music is alive and well.  The Burns Sisters will accompany Guthrie for this performance.  A full band will also be joining Arlo on this voyage, allowing him make his new songs and best-loved classics come to life.

The next week begins with a performance by pianist Eric Himy, an American-born classical pianist of French-Spanish-Morrocan descent.

 The Hagerstown Community Concert Assn. presents Himy who has been compared by the 2007 Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande to the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz.  His most notable performances include Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Recital Hall.
 
 Children will love the performance of “Charlotte's Web” Thursday, March 10!  Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, features mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

On the next night, the Dark Star Orchestra will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use the catalog of original songs and often played covers to create a unique set list for the show.  Dark Star Orchestra (or simply DSO) is a United States tribute band to the Grateful Dead, formed in 1997 and based in Chicago.

 This allows music fans both young and old to share in the experience. Touring nationwide for eleven years to the tune of over 1800 shows since forming, the band's determined commitment to "raising the Dead" has drawn national media attention.

Coming to Hagerstown for the first time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will be produced by the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.  This all-school musical will feature a cast of 70, a full orchestra and a crew of 20 backstage.  The show will run Friday, April 8, Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.

“The Phantom of the Opera” tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.  The sensational score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Charles Hart is the winner of seven 1988 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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