CSM Twilight Performance Series Returns July 7

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Summer Series Brings History, Music, Theatre to Area Residents

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Twilight Performance Series returns for its ninth season this summer to offer free, family-friendly entertainment to area residents on the La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Guests can expect to be entertained by national and local blues, jazz, rock and military bands and CSM’s Children’s Theatre as well as by Chautauqua’s historical portrayals.  

Performances by local and nationally recognized musicians will take place on Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Leonardtown Campus; with Chautauqua performers at the La Plata Campus July 7, 8, and 9; and with military bands on Thursdays, July 23 and 30 at the Prince Frederick Campus. The Twilight series will take place outdoors on the La Plata Campus Fine Arts (FA) Building lawn, the Leonardtown Campus great lawn, and the Prince Frederick Campus patio. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket as well as food or beverages (no alcohol permitted).

In the event of rain, performances will move indoors. On the La Plata Campus, performances will be in the Fine Arts Center; on the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium; and on the Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room. Performances are subject to change. For schedules, visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.

CSM’s Children’s Theatre’s performance of “Sneetches” will take place indoors on all three campuses, with performances at the Leonardtown Campus Aug. 4, the La Plata Campus Aug. 5, and the Prince Frederick Campus Aug. 6.

 

Chautauqua

The annual Chautauqua program includes interactive, family-friendly presentations and is an educational program of the Maryland Humanities Council presented in partnership with CSM. This year’s theme, “Sporting Lives,” features Olympic track and field champion Wilma Rudolph July 7, baseball legend Babe Ruth July 8 and versatile athlete Jim Thorpe July 9.

Rudolph won three gold medals in track and field during the 1960 Summer Olympics, making her the first American female to do so. She is regarded as a civil and women’s rights pioneer. Rudolph attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Following her athletic career, she worked at Cobb Elementary School and coached track at Burt High School, both in Tennessee. Rudolph will be portrayed by Gwendolyn Briley-Strand.

Ruth is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time and established many Major League Baseball batting and pitching records before he retired in 1935. Throughout his career, he played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Boston Braves. Ruth will be portrayed by Gene Worthington.

Thorpe was an athlete of both Native American and European ancestry. Among his many achievements includes winning Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, playing collegiate and professional American football, and playing professional baseball and basketball. Thorpe will be portrayed by Mark Megehee.

Each evening will open with music, followed by presentations by the Chautauquans with an opportunity for questions and answers. For information on Chautauqua, visit http://mdhc.org/programs/chautauqua/.

 

Leonardtown Campus Twilight Performances

Leonardtown concerts include Jennifer Cooper and GrooveSpan July 7, the Bruce Swaim Quartet July 14, the Dave Chappell Band July 21 and With Lying Eyes July 28. All performances begin at 6:45 p.m.

GrooveSpan, an ensemble Cooper created to satiate her desire to sing classic tunes from a variety of genres, decades, styles and grooves of popular music, offers repertoire that includes everything from vintage jazz standards to classic rock, from Duke Ellington to Doobie Brothers, from Antonio Jobim to Adele, from Bill Withers to Blondie. Founded in 2010, GrooveSpan performs at the Back Creek Bistro, the Blue Dog, the Running Hare Vineyard and the Port of Leonardtown Winery. The group appeals to all age groups from young adults to senior citizens. For information, visit http://go-diva.webs.com/aboutgroovespan.htm.

The Bruce Swaim Quartet, which consists of Swaim on saxophone, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano and Dominic Smith on drums, is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.’s premier jazz quartets. Swaim attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a performance major in saxophone. Since moving to Washington, D.C. he has worked professionally with notable musicians, including the Four Tops and the Temptations. Langosch began his college studies at Montgomery College’s School of Music in Rockville and then attended American University. He resides in the Washington, D.C. area and has worked with many leaders in the jazz world including Herb Ellis, Al Cohn and Bud Shank.  Cooley studied music at Montgomery College’s School of Music as well as Catholic University’s School of Theory and Composition. Cooley has appeared with Charlie Byrd, Chuck Redd and Ethel Ennis and is a frequent musical director and guest accompanist. Smith attended Towson University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has studied in New York City with musicians such as Kenny Washington, Ralph Peterson and Kim Plainfield and has played with jazz musicians Buster Williams, Mark Elf and Dennis Erwin. For information, visit http://www.bruceswaim.com/.

Chappell, a Washington, D.C. native, he has won Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES) for Musician of the Year, Rock Instrumentalist of the Year and Roots Rock Instrumentalist of the Year. He has performed with legends Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, Johnny Johnson and Danny Gatton. For information, visit http://www.guitardavechappell.com/home.

When With Lying Eyes was formed in late 2009, it consisted of lifelong friends Chris Dean and David Hamner playing acoustic covers of their favorite bands for a handful of viewers on YouTube. Since then, the band has evolved into a five-piece alternative metal act comprised of Hamner on vocals and guitar, Dean and Jesse Cusic on guitar, Dylan Gausman on bass and Nick Cusic on drums. Though the oldest member is only 21 years old, With Lying Eyes has released two EPs and one full-length album to date and have played countless venues in the area, including Charm City Art Space, the Ottobar, Sonar and Empire. Through their music, With Lying Eyes aim to emulate and honor the bands they grew up listening to, like Silverstein, Dishwalla, We Came as Romans, Breaking Benjamin and Underoath, among others. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/WithLyingEyesMetal/.

 

Prince Frederick Campus Twilight Performances

Prince Frederick concerts include “The President’s Own” Marine Jazz Combo July 23 and the U.S. Navy Band “Cruisers” July 30.

 

Established by an act of Congress in 1798, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band has roughly 160 members and is the oldest professional musical organization in the United States, as well as the oldest of the country’s military bands. Most hold advanced degrees from places like the Julliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. For information, visit http://www.marineband.marines.mil/.

As the U.S. Navy's premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature eight of the Navy's most dynamic performers. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit, the Cruisers are under the leadership of drummer, Senior Chief Musician Leon Alexander. The group takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band is as versatile, having the capabilities to play genres of music ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. This elite group has engaged and excited audiences of all ages with world-class musicianship and high energy, fun-filled performances. For information, visit http://www.navyband.navy.mil/Cruisers.shtml.

 

Children’s Theatre Performances

“Sneetches” is a play adapted from the Dr. Seuss story of the same name. The story follows a group of yellow creatures called “Sneetches,” some of whom have a green star on their bellies. At the beginning of the story, Sneetches with stars discriminate against and shun those without. The story was intended by Seuss to be a satire of discrimination between races and cultures and was specifically inspired by his opposition to anti-Semitism. The performances will be indoors Aug. 4 in the Auditorium, Building A in Leonardtown, Aug. 5. Fine Arts Center in La Plata, and Aug. 6 Building B, Multipurpose Room, in Prince Frederick. All performances begin at 6:45 p.m.

Chautauqua is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council and the Twilight Performance Series is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Arts Council.

Sponsorships are available. For information, call 301-934-7647 or visit http://csmd.edu/Foundation.

For information on the Twilight Performance Series, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html.  

Chautauqua is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council presented in partnership with the College of Southern Maryland. The Maryland Humanities Council, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization which receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland Division of Historical and Cultural Programs, corporations, foundations and individuals.

CSM’s campuses are accessible to patrons with disabilities. Audio description for the visually impaired and sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired are available with a minimum two-week advanced notice. Contact the academic support/ADA coordinator at 301-934-7614.

 

Calendar Listings

Calvert County

CSM Twilight Performance Series: “The President’s Own” United States Marine Jazz Combo. 6:45 p.m., July 23. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Patio, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

CSM Twilight Performance Series: The United States Navy Band “Cruisers.” 6:45 p.m., July 30. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Patio, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers live up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz, R&B, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

CSM Twilight Performance Series: “Sneetches.” 6:45 p.m., Aug. 6. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. The College of Southern Maryland’s Children’s Theatre will perform “Sneetches,” an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story of the same name. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

Charles County

CSM Twilight Performance Series: Chautauquan Wilma Rudolph. 6:45 p.m., July 7. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Lawn, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Considered the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s, Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at the Olympics. Rudolph is one of the historical figures featured as part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s annual Chautauqua program. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

CSM Twilight Performance Series: Chautauquan Babe Ruth. 6:45 p.m., July 8. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Lawn, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Babe Ruth established many Major League Baseball batting and pitching records before retiring in 1935. Ruth is one of the historical figures featured as part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s annual Chautauqua program. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

CSM Twilight Performance Series: Chautauquan Jim Thorpe. 6:45 p.m., July 9. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Lawn, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. An athlete of Native American and European ancestry, Jim Thorpe played professional football, baseball and basketball as well as participated in the 1912 Olympics. Thorpe is one of the historical figures featured as part of the Maryland Humanities Council’s annual Chautauqua program. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

 

CSM Twilight Performance Series: “Sneetches.” 6:45 p.m., Aug. 5. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Center, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The College of Southern Maryland’s Children’s Theatre will perform “Sneetches,” an adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story of the same name. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

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