Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) has an exciting season planned for 2018, for both the general public and Garrett County Public School students. Read more about our 2018 season below:

 

Pandolfi to Perform July 29

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be performing on Sunday, July 29, at 6:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is bringing Mr. Pandolfi back by popular demand to present “Burt, Barry, and Beyond: The Music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.” This promises to be a concert filled with familiar music and nostalgia. Dinner options are available at the Wisp.

Back by popular demand!!! Come as you are, relax, take in the natural beauty. American pianist Pandolft is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and is showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.

An outstanding cross-over artist, Pandolfi’s virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand. Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the legendary Juilliard School as a scholarship student.

He has collaborated with conductors such as Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Elizabeth Schulze, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Ray Fowler, Glenn Quader, Scott Wood, Lawrence Rapchak, Gordon Johnson and Raffaele Ponti.

The Washington Post

“Pianist Thomas Pandolfi lent depth and perception to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, clearly enunciating the probing, even groping, cast to this work, which Beethoven himself categorized as an anticipation of the Ninth Symphony Finale.”

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be performing on Sunday, July 29, at 6:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is bringing Mr. Pandolfi back by popular demand to present “Burt, Barry, and Beyond: The Music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.” This promises to be a concert filled with familiar music and nostalgia. Dinner options are available at the Wisp.

For more information or to order tickets, go to www.artsandentainment.org, or call the GLAF office at 301-387-3082.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Join Garrett Lakes Arts Festival as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra returns on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland to present “Space, the Final Frontier”. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) will sponsor a concert that will take you on a musical journey through the cosmos. The orchestra will perform selections from Holst’s
“The Planets” as well as some John William’s selections.

Since its founding in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s influence and reputation has reached far beyond Western Maryland. It is one of only four professional symphony orchestras in Maryland and audience members from South Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area are drawn to concerts held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Under the baton of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze—whom the Washington Post calls “a superb conductor”—the MSO has become a first-class orchestra of exceptional artistic quality.

This  MSO concert will take you on a musical journey through the cosmos. The performance selections from Holst’s The Planets to Star Wars, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, will delight and enthuse the novice to avid classical music lover. The concert is a come as you are performance setting at Wisp Resort. Dinner reservation can be made at Wispers at Wisp Resort.

Season sponsors of Garrett Lakes Arts Festival are: Wisp Resort, FirstEnergy Foundation, Garrett College. The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is partially supported by grants from Garrett Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council, and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is committed to making all of its programs and activities accessible to persons with disabilities.



February will start the 2018 performance and educational season with band, chorus, and theater students from both Northern and Southern High Schools traveling to the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown to see the semi-staged production, in Italian with English subtitles, of Puccini’s Tosca. Last year the students were well-acquainted with the opera Carmen before they arrived at the theater, and interacted with the performers during a post-performance discussion; Tosca promises to be an equally successful experience for students.

April will bring Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble to Garrett College as part of GLAF’s educational outreach to school students, focusing on Irish roots and American branches of music and dance. For the general public, the group will perform in conjunction with local historian Al Feldstein’s presentation on 19th century Irish immigrants who helped construct the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

In May GLAF will feature Ukrainian classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva, who will perform her program “Moving Pictures” for the general public and for public school students at the Garrett College auditorium. This program of masterworks featured in famous movies and cartoons will delight audiences of all ages.

GLAF’s traditional Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s performance will be in June. This year the concert will be Space: the Final Frontier, and will feature selections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, music from the movies Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Superman, taking us on a journey through the cosmos.

July 5 through 7 will again bring Chautauqua to the Garrett College auditorium. Currently presented by the Maryland Humanities in six venues throughout Maryland, Chautauqua’s first performances were in Garrett County over 20 years ago. To support this year’s “Justice” theme, reenactors will portray Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall.

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will return to the Wisp on July 29 to perform music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow. Last year his Rhapsody in Blue concert was nearly sold out; GLAF is pleased to feature him again.

Bumper Jacksons, honored as “Best Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards, will bring their own unique, playful style as they mix their hot and sweet painting of America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the  to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. Come and join them on August 12th at Wisp Resort.

River City Brass, a GLAF favorite, will be returning to Garrett College on December 15 for their holiday concert. Based in Pittsburgh, this band consists primarily of a wide variety of brass instruments. Their showmanship and renditions of favorite holiday music will be enjoyed by an audience of all ages.

GLAF’s 2018 season promises to be exciting, with some old favorites and some new performances. GLAF is partially funded by grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Garrett County Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. More information about GLAF can be found the website www.artsandentertainment.org.