February 8, 2007
Petr Skopek, 33, is a member of the first violin section of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Born in Czechoslovakia, Skopek lives in Hagers-town, which he calls a "great place, a well-kept secret," with his wife, Tia, and their 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Dahlia, for whom he recently bought a one-sixteenth-size violin. Q: How long have you been playing the violin? When did you start? Why? A: I've been playing since I was 6. My mother started me on the violin. I didn't want to play the violin; I thought it was a really girly instrument.
January 11, 2012
If fate had different plans for Elke Baker, today she would be pouring over chemical equations, not sheet music. This weekend, Baker will be a featured performer and teacher at the Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat in Shepherdstown. The three-day event kicks off Friday night with a concert, followed by two days of workshops and jam sessions. Baker said she was introduced to the violin when she was 7 years old through a school music program. She doesn't know what drew her to the violin, but she said, “at that age it was a matter of thinking it was fun or interesting.” Baker, 42, continued to balance music and academic studies in high school, but when it came time to select a major in college, she decided on biochemistry.
June 7, 2009
BOONSBORO -- Katrina Bushko is an aspiring talent scout. The 16-year-old Boonsboro High School senior is trying to find local performers by Oct. 2 to feature on a compact disc that she intends to sell for charity. That charity will be named later this summer. "That gives kids all summer to come up with (music) they can donate," Katrina said. "Right now, we're just getting volunteers. ... It's going to be all teen-based. " The project is being done in conjunction with the Washington County Association of Student Councils, an organization of which she is president.
May 4, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. - The walls of the Oller House in Waynesboro told the tales Saturday of the past through the language of the fans that adorned the 1892 home for the Waynesboro Historical Society's fourth annual Spring Tea. The tea is a major fundraiser for the historical society, which works to preserve and tell Waynesboro's story. Guests enjoyed a traditional Victorian tea service, complete with finger sandwiches and scones. Helen Shelley, chairwoman of the event, said the tea came about as a way to both raise money and give society members and guests a "nice social event.
January 7, 2012
Edgar Eugene Smith, 83, of Hagerstown, Md., died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at NMS Nursing Home. Born Nov. 20, 1928, in Washington County, Md., he was the son of the late Herman and Pauline Koons Smith. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was employed by the Western Maryland Railway for 36 years. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Funkstown. He was a member of Benevolent Protective Order Elks Lodge 378 and Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. Edgar was a car enthusiast, and enjoyed classical music, travel and trips with his son to Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
March 31, 2011
MSO concert a treat for those who appreciate classical music To the editor: This morning’s MSO concert report (March 21) which appeared on page A3 concluded with a few concert-goers who had no idea what the music was about, nor did they really care to know. Instead, they attended the concert because they wanted to attend the concert. I’m sure if your reporter asked a few other people, they might have been able to explain how much they liked the music and that’s why they attend MSO concerts — to enjoy great classical music performed by inspired musicians and conducted by an astute conductor who is capable of producing such great music.
October 3, 2000
Mail Call for 10/3 Editor's note - The Daily Mail is now including home towns in Mail Call at the end of your response. It's not mandatory, but we think it would be interesting to see where the calls are coming from. You still don't have to leave your name, but a home town would be of interest. And just in case you're worried, we're not capable of tracing your call. "Instead of the cattery license, how about getting a people license for these unselfish people.
February 8, 1997
By Kate Coleman Staff Writer North Hagerstown High School students Stephanie Hummel and Henry O'Neill will celebrate their first anniversary of dating Valentine's Day. Although there will be no time for a movie or romantic dinner, the couple will be making beautiful music together - on the concert stage. Stephanie and Henry will join 196 students from all over the state to perform as the Senior Maryland All State Chorus at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Md., Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
March 16, 2006
A violin performance of Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor: two to three minutes. "Valse Gracieuse," a performance piece for flute: four minutes. Vocal performances of "My Johann" and "Pieta Signore": seven minutes. Total performance time at the Cumberland Valley School of Music Performathon: 13 to 14 minutes. Gabrielle Sanfilippo, 15, has spent several months and dozens of hours practicing these flute, violin and vocal pieces to make her contribution to this weekend's continuous music performance fundraiser.
October 4, 2000
Euge Groove By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer When Tina Turner takes to the stage of the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., Saturday night, she'll be backed on sax by one of Hagerstown's very own. continued The sold-out concert is part of Turner's "Twenty Four Seven Millennium Tour 2000. " Joe Cocker will be there. And so will Steven Eugene Grove, a 1980 South High grad. How did he get from here to there? And how in the world did he come to be known as "Euge Groove" with a self-titled debut CD?