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River Concert Series July 13, 2019 Summer Magic

The River Concert was held on July 13th in fair weather on the townhouse green of St. Mary's College of Maryland at 7 pm.  It was a w...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

River Concert Series July 13, 2019 Summer Magic

The River Concert was held on July 13th in fair weather on the townhouse green of St. Mary's College of Maryland at 7 pm.  It was a wonderful concert with some additional music by Felix Mendelssohn instead of Frederick Chopin.  Brian Ganz, a wonderful pianist and artist in residence at St. Mary's College of MD wasn't able to attend at the last moment, but Jeffrey Silberschlag shared a live phone call with Brian Ganz on stage, much to the amusement of the audience and Chesapeake Orchestra.  Ganz had planned to play Chopin's music.

Here are some nice moments from the concert.

 Jeffrey Silberschlag talking to Brian Ganz

  José Cueto, violin soloist

 Arts Alliance tent


      Nydia Noriega, soprano soloist



New Official River Concert Series 2018 Poster

As a big fan of the River Concert Series and the official photographer for the last five years, Calm Reflections Photography and the Chesapeake Orchestra are pleased to offer a 2018 River Concert Poster for the 20th Anniversary Season.  It is very similar to this year’s program cover using my “Old Boat” photo with an antique trumpet and baton belonging to Maestro Jeffrey Silberschlag.  Much of the proceeds will benefit the Chesapeake Orchestra.

The photo was taken at Wherritt’s Pond on a glorious calm autumn day at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland campus in 2010.  While the boat is no longer there, it has always made me think of St. Mary’s County and the rich history of boating and watermen.

Please tell your friends, especially if they are fans of the Chesapeake Orchestra or music lovers and please share.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Hits of the 40s with Music of the 1740s at the River Concert was Great

 Larry Vote's Guest Conductor performance was enjoyed by many dedicated music lover's even in the rain that started halfway through the River Concert.  

 Kimberly Westcoat, Arts Alliance

 Arts Alliance Volunteers

 Jose Cueto

 Katelyn Aungst, soprano

 Roger Isaacs, counter tenor

 Jeffrey Silberschlag, trumpet soloist

 Larry Vote, guest conductor

Rain Didn't Stop This Dedicated River Concert Audience on July 6th

 The July 6th Hits of the 40's (1740's) was a success, even in the rain.  These are some of the dedicated music lovers at St. Mary's College of Maryland.  The show must go on was TRUE!  Much of the music was still popular today, Rondeau by Mouret (popularized as the theme to the Masterpiece Theater), Vivaldi's Spring from the Seasons, and Canon in D by Pachelbel were included, to name a few.  See my separate post to view the concert photos!

That's a lot of umbrellas!

Monday, July 2, 2018

The River Concert Series Began June 29, 2018 with Patriotic Music and Jazz

After the rained out concert on June 22nd, the Chesapeake Orchestra began their annual series last Friday at 7 PM at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

It was humid and sunny and the expected crowd showed up to hear the patriotic music composed by Sousa and Tchaikovsky, as well as famous pieces by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story) and of course, followed by fireworks.

Jeffrey Silberschlag, music director

An introduction by Tuajuanda Jordan, President of St. Mary's College of MD

 Barbara Bershon, Maryland State Arts Council

 Robert Hayes, pianist

Suzanne Orban, cellist



 Arts Alliance volunteers

Student volunteers

  After missing their performance last year, Ballet Caliente (artistic director Sheryl-Marie Dunaway) performed 2 numbers to rousing music in colorful costumes. 

What a crowd!

I love bubbles!

Sunset at intermission

The featured soloist was Sara Jones, lovely jazz singer and alumna of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  Some of her music included Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under my Skin" and the "One Note Samba"

 She was accompanied by Michael Miller on bass and electric guitar, along with a pianist

 And Don Stapleson on flute.

Dresses anyone?  Sidewalk Vendor

The exciting ending with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"