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.
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.
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.
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.
June 20, 2012
1. Revolutionary re-enactment National 50th anniversary event for Brigade of the American Revolution. Throughout the weekend, activities will take place in both the American and British camps. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday , June 23, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 24. Civilian and military members of the Brigade talk at 11 a.m. and battle re-enactments at 1:30 p.m. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. $3; $2, children. Call 301-842-2155. 2. Canal boat tours The Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park offers canal launch boat tours from Cushwa Basin to Lock 44. 10:30 a.m. and 12:15, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through summer.
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.
March 21, 1998
Tuckwell raises baton as finale draws near Even before he raised his baton Saturday night, Maestro Barry Tuckwell received a standing ovation. A full house of 1,373 at the Maryland Theatre greeted Tuckwell warmly for his last weekend as music director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. When he got the early ovation, Tuckwell graciously bowed. "Oh dear. Well, that's a good start to the night," he said. Then, he proceeded to talk about the classical music to come in the down-to-earth way that he has become known for. Some people chuckled when Tuckwell said the first composer of the evening, Antonin Dvorak, was a butcher who also played the viola.
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.
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.
February 6, 2009
Chocolate festival Chocolate cookies, chocolate brownies, chocolate fountain, chocolate candy, chocolate cakes, chocolate milk and more chocolate. Also includes a silent auction, pie throwing, Valentine crafts for children, cookie contest and Willy Wonka movie. Today, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 16 N. Main St., Smithsburg. One-man show Michael Cooper's one-man show features handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder, outlandish stilt dancing and a physical repertoire that ranges from the madcap to the sublime.