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All about 2010 River Concert Series

Written by Barbara Bershon, Executive Director, River Concert Series

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River Concert Series Poster

Prints of the 2010 River Concert Series poster, by James Kinnett,
will be available for sale throughout the concert season at the Arts Alliance tent.

2010 River Concert Series Vendors

BluHaven Piers - Kayaks
Bollywood Masala - Indian cuisine
Boy Scout Troop 413 - Kettle corn
Boy Scout Troop 1634 - Glow sticks
Boy Scout Troop 793 - Cotton candy
Bruster's Ice Cream - Waffle cones, sundaes
Cedar Lane Apartments - Information
Diane's Treasures - Fun jewelry
Feral Cat Rescue - Information
Grizzly Mountain Grill - Wraps, salads
Hawaiian Joe's - Burgers, veggie burgers,
teriyaki chicken, shaved ice, funnel cake
HSMC Costumed Re-enactors - Information
Leonardtown H.S. Band Boosters - Baked good, water
Lexington Park Rotary - Beer, wine, liquor
Maggiemoos Ice Cream - Ice cream
Newtowne Players - Information
On A Roll - Hot dogs
Patricia Sean Designs - Jewelry
Puddin' Place - Ribs, wings, seafood
Quality Street Kitchen and Catering - Flatbreads
Sailing Center Chesapeake - Information
Shannon's Shish Kabob Shack - Shish kabob
Smokey Joe's - Seafood salad, skewers, nachos, etc.
Sunshine Catering - Pit beef, turkey, ham; sausages, etc.
St. Mary's County Health Dept. - Information
St. Mary's Watershed Association - Information
T.C.V. Services Seafood - Crab cakes, etc.

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2010 Movie and Music Series PLUS

Music at the College is not just on Friday evenings. The Wednesday Movie and Music Series returns with its unique format of cinema viewings followed by live musical performances. In addition, there will be musical recitals on Saturdays and Sundays at the College and music on location at Sotterley Plantation, on the Square in Leonardtown, and at Morris Point Restaurant.

As of press time, details of some of the concerts following the movies are still being determined, as are the dates of the other musical performances.

River Concert Series at The Movies begins on Wednesday, June 23, with a filmed performance of "Pulcinella." This is being shown to provide audiences the story so that they may better appreciate the Friday, June 25, orchestra performance of Pulcinella Suite, the Igor Stravinsky opera ballet.

In the film version, Sir Neville Marriner conducts the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields chamber orchestra and Sheldon Schwartz dances as Pulcinella - the free spirit who woos the women of the village, fakes his own death, and then "comes back to life" to be reconciled with Pimpinella.

The following week, in anticipation of the music of Gershwin Friday night, July 2, the 1957 Stanley Donen film "Funny Face" will be screened June 30. It pairs Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn, with Astaire as a famous fashion photographer (modeled on Richard Avedon), and Hepburn as a newly discovered fashion model. The film includes such songs as "S'Wonderful," "He Loves and She Loves," and of course, "Funny Face," the title tune.

Following the film, Leonardtown jazz singer Gretchen Ritchie sings Gershwin songs and other favorites.

On Wednesday, July 7, Franco Zeffirelli's "La Boheme" (2008) will be shown, starring Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas and Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu. Few directors film opera better than Zeffirelli, who first became famous through his "Romeo and Juliet." Graduating voice major Lauryn Goldberg will perform various operatic airs afterwards. The Friday, July 9, River Concert performance will be an evening of opera arias.

A film about a musical child prodigy is slated for Wednesday, July 14. "Vitus," the 2006 Swiss awardwinning film, is about the excessive demands that Vitus's parents make on him and what he does to fight back. The film precedes a Friday night concert, July 16, featuring the first annual Young Artist Competition winners.

The summer movie and music series will end on Wednesday, July 21, with what many consider Hollywood's greatest musical, Donen's "Singin' in the Rain." A story about Hollywood's growing pains as it transitioned from silent movies to sound, the film gives us Donald O'Connor's greatest moment ("Make ‘em Laugh" has never been matched), along with effervescent performances by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This movie was chosen in honor of Broadway singing sensation and 2010 Tony Award nomination Kate Baldwin, who will perform on July 30.

The films are in Cole Cinema beginning at 7 p.m., followed immediately by the concerts.

Performers at the other musical events this summer will include alum jazz artist Sara Jones; alum trumpet artist Michael Adams; Cabaret celebrities Gretchen and Randy Ritchie; the Encore Choral Group; 2010 alums Thomas Vaudin on horn, Anna Vaudin on viola, Lauryn Goldberg, soprano, H. Ross Wixon on trumpet; St Mary's College of Maryland Music Fellows Craig Wixon on horn, Mary Coy on bassoon, Andrew Llewellyn on trombone, and Zach Silberschlag on trumpet; and members of the Maryland Youth Symphony, including Nathaniel Silberschlag on horn.