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:
The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival sponsored a trip for Northern and Southern High School Students to attend the presentation of “Tosca” by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and HUB Opera.
Theatre students from both Northern and Southern High Schools were provided with tickets and transportation to this event held on February 11, 2018. This opera was presented as a semi-staged production in Italian with English supertitles and featuring guest artists: Hub Opera Ensemble.
This opera leads the audience to “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.”
The students had the opportunity to meet with MSO Conductor/Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze after the performance to discuss the opera and the dramatic turn of events in contract to the last opera, Carmen, that some of them were able to see two years ago at the Maryland Theatre.
The education portion of the GLAF mission is important and vital to the future of arts in our community and GLAF is partially funded by grants from the Garrett County Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.
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.