GLAF 2024 Season

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is the largest presenter of performing arts and arts education in Garrett County, Maryland, and serves the entire tri-state region (MD, PA, WV). The GLAF office is located on the campus of Garrett College in McHenry, MD.

Join GLAF for the 2024 Season:

February 10: Janet’s Planet: Unsung Genius, Heroines of Science is a lecture spotlighting the untold stories of women in science. Revealing their remarkable genius, tenacity, and grit, it sheds light on their incredible contributions to science and innovation, often overlooked until now.

March 22: Listen to a special show with award-winning musicians Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Chinese artist Chao Tian. They play a mix of music from China to Appalachia using instruments like the Chinese hammered dulcimer, banjo, ukulele, and more.

June 8: Maryland Symphony Orchestra extends its influence beyond Western Maryland, drawing audiences from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area to its concerts at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

June 15: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of America’s Got Talent Season 6, emerged as a Sinatra-and-Soul singer with incredible voice and charisma. Born in poverty in West Virginia, he’s become a lasting sensation, journeying from the Appalachian coalfields to nationwide recognition.

July 20: Drew Harrison: In the Spirit of Lennon. Experience a heartfelt tribute to the life and career of the legendary John Lennon, featuring stories and songs spanning The Beatles years to his final recordings, presented by Drew Harrison.

July 26: Step into the nostalgic world of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, reminiscent of the traditional American circus with a modern twist. Witness jaw-dropping feats, from jugglers to acrobats, in an interactive and family-friendly experience. It’s a celebration of oddities and risk-taking acts set to live music, creating an unforgettable evening of fun.

August 10: The Ann Street Trio, based in Baltimore, brings classical chamber music to life, spanning from the classical era to the 21st century. Comprising top Baltimore musicians Erik Franklin, Katlyn DeGraw, and Hui-Chuan Chen, the trio engages audiences with creative programming, conversations, and a close look at the excitement of chamber music.

September 23: Seth Kibel, a top woodwind specialist in the Mid-Atlantic, impresses audiences with his mastery of saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Renowned for his work in klezmer, jazz, swing, and beyond, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region and beyond.

September 28: The Latin Ballet of Virginia, founded in 1997 by Ana Ines King in Richmond, is a professional dance company and school offering multicultural dance programs, instruction, and performances for a diverse community.

October 19: Noa Baum: Speaker, Author, and Storyteller from Israel. With a background in acting and an M.A. from NYU, she blends performance art and workshops to highlight the healing power of narrative across identity divides, fostering understanding and compassion.

The Seldom Scene

The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

Concert is this Sunday, August 4th starting at 6:00 pm at Wisp Resort

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Garrett County Students Attend Presentation of “Tosca”

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.

Northern and Southern Garrett Students Attend Tosca Opera Orchestra at Tosca Symphony Director Speaks with Students