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Cormorants from St Michael’s Manor in St. Mary’s County.  They were very far away, and my focus was off a little, but I liked the reflection...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Clazzical Jazz Tributary Concert July 22, 2017

I just posted photos of the Clazzical concert on July 22, starring Don Stapleson on Flute, Fred Lieder on Cello, Peter Fields on Guitar, and Jennifer Cooper, singer on my Facebook site.    The concert was part of the final weekend of the River Concert series.  To quote Don Stapleson's Clazzical Project business card, "Where classical meets Jazz in delightfully unexpected ways"  I liked that.  They were wonderful and fun.

Facebook Concert Link

 Jennifer Cooper, Don Stapleson, Peter Fields and Fred Lieder

 Final bow with flute, guitar and cello

Jennifer Cooper, a very expressive talented singer

To learn more about the Clazzical Project visit this link

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Upcoming Southern Maryland Boat Club Vintage Regatta July 29-30

Jim's Boat Club is having their annual Vintage Power Boat Regatta this weekend, July 29-30 at the Leonardtown Wharf,  8 am - 5 pm.  All of the boats are antiques and there are no winners, but the club members all have a great time racing around the course. 

My husband, Jim, is looking forward to participating.  We seem to be having a few difficulties this year, but hopefully everything will go well.
Here are a few photos from previous years.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Rare Rained Out River Concert on July 14, 2017

A threatening storm and downpour cancelled a wonderful River Concert which would have featured a ballet, tango and clarinet Concerto by the Chesapeake Orchestra and friends at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

I photographed a few rehearsing musicians before the audience was requested to take cover from the impending thunderstorm.  I wished we had arrived earlier for more of the rehearsal.  If you have any photos taken of the rehearsal, please feel free to share them.

Jose՛ Cueto, Concertmaster

 The skies started looking ominous before it was strongly suggested to take cover from the storm.

 Our friend, Scott Jacoby, was still at work supporting the Newtowne Players

 After a downpour, the sun peaked out between the clouds, while one of the vendors had braced their tent from the storm. 

 Taking away the chairs.  This shot said it all!


 Puddle reflection of the Arts Alliance tent

 Short sunset

 Jeffrey Silberschlag.  Oh well.  (The risks of holding an outdoor concert.)

 Reflections of the vendor trucks


Visit for upcoming concert information for next weekend.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Boat Race photo Featured in Prop Talk Magazine

The Southern Maryland Boat Club is having their third annual Regatta on July 28-30th at the Leonardtown Wharf.  My boat photo is featured in August 2017 Prop Talk Magazine on page 50 with an article by Jim Berry.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

River Concert July 7, 2017 Choral Music

Larry Vote was the guest conductor at the River Concert at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Friday, July 7th on the Townhouse Green.  Larry's daughter, Olivia, was the special soloist, a former choir member and fellow soprano in my church choir.  Since then, she has performed in many operas around the country and fairly recently in Switzerland.  The RCS choir (including several friends) and the Chesapeake Orchestra performed "Gloria" by Vivaldi and Mahler's "Songs of the Wayfarer".  Olivia also sang some of her favorites and mine "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

Olivia Vote (Mezzo soprano) Singing 

 Arts Alliance Volunteer


 José Cueto, Concertmaster

 Olivia Vote Awaiting her Performance

 Larry Vote, Guest Conductor

 Olivia and Larry Vote

 Artistic Fun with the Sun

 River Series Choir (RCS) Members

 Crowd at Sunset

 Beverly Babcock

 Olivia Vote and choir soloists

 Graceful Conducting by Larry Vote

Flowers from Her Dad

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

River Concert June 30 2017 An Evening of Americana for Our Independence Holiday

The second River Concert of the season featured the lovely voice of Kelly Balmaceda, a 2001 graduate of Leonardtown High School and the Chesapeake Orchestra plus many other soloists.  She sang some American pop favorites like a Medley from the "Sound of Music" and Burt Bacharach music.  The concert also featured Sousa's "Stars and Stripes", "Hosedown" a Morton Gould favorite including members of the Southern Maryland Fire and Rescue squad, and of course the "1812 Overture" and fireworks.  The concert was held on the Townhouse Green at St. Mary's College of Maryland on Friday night at 7 pm.

Here are my favorite photos of the many I took at the concert as the official Chesapeake Orchestra photographer.  Please feel free to share the blog with friends.

Kelly Balmaceda

 Tuajuanda Jordan, President of St. Mary's College of Maryland

 Reflection of the brass section

 Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag conducting

 Woodwinds:  Bassoons, clarinets?

 Brass section:  trombones and trumpets

 Woodwinds:  oboes, flutes

 Karen Johnson and friend on flutes

Amanda Durst, cellist and fellow musician

 Kelly Balmaceda with the Chesapeake Orchestra

 Kelly Balmaceda

 bubbles, bubbles, catch the bubbles

 Grizzly Mountain Grill vendor
 The huge crowd at sunset

 Serving pizza at the Nicolletti's truck, Yumm

The concert shell at sunset

 (L to R) Amanda, Kelly and a St. Mary's College alumna we met that night

 Trio with Jeffrey Silberschlag

 Deborah Greitzer, Executive Director and narrator for "Hosedown"

 Logan, a choir friend was one of the speakers in "Hosedown"

Local Fire and Rescue participated in "Hosedown"

 Jeffrey Silberschlag

Hats off to the crowd



Boat reflections after the fireworks