Tosca at the Maryland Theatre

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On February 11, 2018 FirstEnergy Foundation is sponsoring a trip to take Northern and Southern High School students to the performance of Puccini’s Tosca at the Maryland Theatre.

Step into the web of politics, police brutality, betrayal, jealousy and murder in Puccini’s blood-soaked and intense Tosca. In Rome, the fiery and celebrated singer Floria Tosca has no idea that her life, and that of the man she loves, will irrevocably change the very next day. In a whirlwind of events, Tosca is forced to save her rebellious lover from the tainted hands of the treacherous chief of police and must take a stand while looking death in the face. Will she murder for the man she loves? Will she save her lover in time? What will become of her?  With passionate arias and soaring, sensuous melodies, Tosca’s power and raw emotion will leave you breathless.

 

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble – Irish Roots and American Branches

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On April 6, 2018 at 10am and 1:00pm in the Garrett College Auditorium Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble will be performing for local students.  Performing live Irish music and dance with their descendant American styles, Footworks illuminates the American story of traditions coming from the Old World and meeting others here, resulting in new traditions. Students learn the powerful role the Irish played in the shaping of Maryland, the United States, and American culture.

In addition, Footworks will be hosting a workshop for the Garrett Mentors on April 7, 2018.

Piano Workshop with Alina Kiryayeva

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On May 11, 2018, professional concert pianist and chamber musician Alina Kiryayeva will be hosting an educational workshop for local piano students.

 

 

National Symphony Orchestra at John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center

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Northern and Southern Highs School Band and Chorus students were part of Washington’s most popular holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert, on December 23, 2017 in the Concert Hall with conductor Nancia D’Alimonte led members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971! For the fourth year in a row, Garrett County’s local high school students had the opportunity to be part of the concert hall sing along with the National Symphony Orchestra.

       

 

National Players Stage Combat Masterclass

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Total Biz Fulfillment provided funding for an acting workshop hosted by the National Players for Southern and Northern High School Theatre students in January 2017. Students will participate in National Players Stage Combat workshop which provides an introduction to illusion and the methods of creating believable, safe stage fighting. Through practice and demonstration, participants learn classic hair pulls, slaps, and punches to build dynamic stage fights.

 

National Players Present Hamlet

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GLAF, through funding by Total Biz Fulfillment (TBF) in Grantsville, MD, hosted a student performance of Hamlet by the National Players for Southern and Northern High School students in January 2017. The prince of Denmark returns home from school to find his family life in ruins — his father dead, his mother remarried, and his uncle (now step-father) ruling the country. When his father’s ghost appears with dire announcements, Hamlet struggles to redefine his life and find his way forward.

 

 

School Year Programs

In Garrett County

Each year the Program and the Education Committees of GLAF work with the Garrett County School leaders to bring performances to Garrett County that will enhance the Maryland State Fine Arts Curricula. The performances are held at Garrett College in cooperation with the college. This experience also helps to bring higher education into the students’ sights as a possibility for their future.

February 14, 2016, students from Northern and Southern Middle and High Schools attended the semi-staged production of the opera Carmen, presented by HUB Opera and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. The students are pictured here with musical director Elizabeth Schulze from the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

 

Here are the students from Crellin Elementary School with their THANK YOU to GLAF for sponsoring the trip to Charleston, WV for the children of the Rhythm and Rubbish Band to hear the band STOMP.