Performances

Thank you to the Severn Town Club for underwriting this event; and Annapolis Ice Cream Company.  

Main Stage
Annapolis Opera’s Faust set

First Floor
Academy Ballet School of Annapolis demonstration Room 101 2-4 pm 
Ballet Theater of Maryland demonstration Room 102
Letter Press Demonstration - Bob Hardy Room 110
Pottery Open Studio demonstration Room 112
Pottery ‘seconds sale’ Room 114 
Joe Dickey - Woodturning Demonstration Room 119 1:00-4:00pm 
Glass and ‘seconds sale’ Room 117A
Hands-on Activity for Children Room 117B
Etching-Sigrid Trumpy Room 117C
Maple Academy of Irish Dance Performance Gym: 2 -3 pm 
Raku Pottery Rear Parking Lot: 1-4 pm 
Grand Opening:  Lighthouse Catering Eatery 
ArtReach - Jovenes Artistas Art Show Hallway Gallery  

Second Floor
AYAP and Jovenes Artistas demonstrations Room 200
Voice Sample Classes - Alina Kozinska, Peabody Room 201:  3-4 pm
Face Painting Room 205
Annapolis Film Festival Room 212: 2 -4 pm
Andree Tullier – Figure Drawing for Teens Demo Room 213: 1-2:30pm
Ric Conn- Painting in Gouache Demo Room 214 1-3 pm
Don Cook Show and Gallery Talk Chaney Gallery
Maggie Sansone Chaney Gallery 1-2 pm
Opera, Theatre

Third Floor
Face Painting Room 300
Belly Dancing demonstration Room 301:  2:30-3:30 pm
Belly Dancing Mini-workshop with Carmen Nolte Room 301: 3:30-4:00pm
Popcorn Room 303
Eileen Razzetti dance classes Room 306
Peabody-Harp Recital Room 308 1-1:45 pm

In the Galleries
Don Cook Show and Gallery Talk Chaney Gallery 
AIR Exhibition Martino and Openshaw Galleries
ArtReach - Jovenes Artistas Art Show Hallway Gallery

 

Explore all that Maryland Hall has to offer at our annual Open House on Sunday, March 22 from 1-4 pm! From performances to art demonstrations, hands-on projects to gallery events, this FREE event will be an exciting afternoon full of fun and creativity for children and adults. Below is a schedule of activities happening by floor. All activities are from 1 - 4 pm unless otherwise noted. 

ArtFest 2015 Schedule

Main Stage Performances

1 – 2 pm: Maple School of Irish Dance
2 – 3 pm: Annapolis Musical Theater
3 – 4 pm: Peabody Harp Ensemble

First Floor

Annapolis Musical Theatre Rehearsal (1 – 2 pm), Room 101
Peabody: Guitar Performance & “Petting Zoo” (2 – 3 pm), Room 101A
Hawaiian Dance (1 – 2 pm), Room 102
Ballroom Dancing (2 – 4 pm), Room 102
Face Painting (1 – 3 pm), Alcove Gallery
Annapolis Ice Cream, Room 110
Pottery Demonstration, Room 112
Pottery ‘Seconds Sale’, Room 114
Woodturning Demonstration, Room 119
Glass Demonstration, Room 117A
Felt & Bead Hands-on Activity, Room 117B
Etching Demonstration, Room 117C

Second Floor

Peabody: Early Childhood Music Class (1 – 2 pm), Room 201
Peabody: Voice Performance (2 – 3 pm), Room 201
Peabody: Guitar Performance & “Petting Zoo” (3 – 4 pm), Room 201
Children’s Hands-on Crafts, Room 205
HERE. a pop-up shop (10 am – 6 pm), Room 211
Paper Mache and Printmaking Demonstration, Room 212
Gouache Demonstration (1 – 3 pm), Room 212
Pastel Still Life Demonstrations (1 – 3:15 pm), Room 213
Drawing & Painting Dog Portraits Demonstration, Room 214
Clock Maker Demonstration, Chaney Gallery
Celtic Jam (1 – 2 pm), Martino Gallery

Third Floor

Face Painting (1 – 3 pm), Room 300
Belly Dancing (2:30 – 4 pm), Room 301
Popcorn, Room 303 
Ballet Theatre of Maryland, Room 306
Annapolis Film Festival, Room 308
Artist-in-Residence Open Studios, Room 305, 310, 312, 314

In the Galleries

Nature/Nurture: The Paintings of Father and Daughter by Peter Egeli and Lisa Egeli, Chaney Gallery
Balanced Distraction by Patrice Drago, Martino Gallery
Inside + Outside, Art by Ruth Connell, Balcony Gallery

 

Part of the city-wide celebration of Maryland Day.
Thanks to Severn Town Club and Annapolis Ice Cream for their support.

Donna Anderson, Maryland Hall VP of Marketing & Development, recently sat down with Comcast's Elena Russo to talk about upcoming performances at Maryland Hall. To watch the complete interview, click on the video below.

Maryland Hall is planning an October Volunteer Orientation with positions open in performing arts ushering, special events, visual arts and some office assistance.  We welcome your interest in our volunteer opportunities.  Please contact Louise White, Volunteer Manager at lwhite@mdhallarts.org, as to whether or not you will be able to attend Thursday, October 9, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  

 
For ushering positions there will be an additional usher training date set for Thursday, October 16, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  If you are unable to attend this date, we will be offering a daytime usher training also in October, date to be set.    

 


 
Volunteers are a vital part of maintaining Maryland Hall’s reputation as an outstanding arts center serving the entire region.  As a multi-discipline arts center, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is dedicated to providing an exceptional opportunity for lifelong community participation in arts education, the visual arts and performing arts.  
 
Volunteer Benefits:

  • Nurturing the arts at MHCA
  • Ensuring the success of programs
  • Community involvement
  • Arts-related fellowship 

 
 

 

 

Writing a blog sounds easy. Just sit down and put pen to paper, fingers to laptop. But not so fast, Ernest Hemingway. It takes some talent to pull that off. Talent is something solo fiddler Casey Driessen, appearing at Maryland Hall on Wednesday October 24, has in abundance. The Berklee School of Music graduate is a combination of talent, enthusiasm and creativity and quickly established himself as a sought after band mate and accompanist with people like Steve Earle, Abigail Washburn, Tim O’Brien and Béla Fleck.

It was in the middle of a Béla Fleck & The Flecktones set at the 2011 Telluride Bluegrass Festival that I first encountered Driessen, as Bela Fleck's roadie, as in the guy who runs back and forth, behind and occasionally on the stage waiting on the star. But then Fleck brought him out to sit in on fiddle and the crowd rose to its collective feet as he brought the house down:

He followed that up with a singular performance at Telluride’s Elks Park where he proved that listening to a fiddle, solo, for 45 minutes, could be a transforming experience.

Much like Futureman does with the Drumitar in the Flecktones, Driessen’s “Singularity Tour” makes heavy use of the latest in electronic wizardry by way of loop machines and pedal boards that would make Hendrix jealous. Using his creative muscle he builds songs from scratch using only his fiddle, his imagination, his enthusiasm and the power of the pedal. And within that context he creates a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, jazz, pop and rock that you will not see anywhere else. Talent like this might suggest some special upbringing, a dedication started before he could walk or a pedigree a mile long. But in speaking to him for this blog he revealed that it wasn’t quite that easy.

In fact, after his parents started him on Suzuki violin at age 6, he didn’t immediately take to the rigors of practicing (what 6 year old does). “I was heavily bribed,” he calmly says. “My dad would tell me in order to earn money to get mom a present for Mothers Day or her birthday or such, he would pay me a few bucks to practice. That’s how I was cajoled into putting some time into it.” That morphed later into being bribed with baseball cards, his other passion at the time. “Eventually I started to realize I was actually getting better. That began to motivate me more than the bribes,” His dad’s own part time career as a musician (pedal steel & banjo) and his artist mom’s creative juices led them on weekend family camping trips to bluegrass and music festivals where Driessen was immersed in the music of fiddles, guitars, banjos and dobro’s. After high school he met master fiddler and Grammy winner Matt Glaser (Ken Burns’ “Civil War”) at a fiddle camp. As head of the string department at Berklee, Glaser encouraged him to enroll and Driessen did. He still points to him as one of his most influential mentors. After graduating Driessen went straight to Nashville where he began his professional career first working with Steve Earle during his stripped down acoustic period. That quickly led him to work with an array of bluegrass and acoustic music heavyweights and a fruitful collaboration with Bela Fleck.

Since then he’s traveled the world performing with Béla Fleck, Tim O’Brien , Lee Ann Womack, Jim Lauderdale, The Duhks, Zac Brown Band and Chris Thile. He’s recorded with John Mayer, Jerry Douglas, Blue Merle and on the Grammy winning soundtrack for the Johnny Cash biopic “Walk The Line.” In 2006 he toured China and Tibet with The Sparrow Quartet as a founding member with Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, and Ben Sollee of which he said, “We seemed to be the audience's first introduction to American music. They were so polite they didn’t clap during the performance and we had to explain to them it was OK to applaud after solos and songs." His experiences led them back for three more tours.

As a rising star he continues to push the limits of his instrument explaining, “My style has developed over time in bits and pieces as I look for new boundaries to break with the fiddle. I'm currently working on new collaborations between percussion and fiddle called “Fiddlesticks” where I get together for a few days with a drummer or percussionist and we write, arrange and record some unconventional angles, reinterpret cover tunes and go beyond the traditional limits of the fiddle.” In his “Colorfools” trio project he works with acoustic bass and a drummer/percussionist.

If you want to get a sense of Driessen’s intensively creative output, just visit his website where you are ushered Inside The Mind Of Casey Driessen, as the title suggests. I thanked him for not using his photo page to put up the obligatory stage shots. Rather, you'll find beautiful, unrelated photographs that he takes in his spare time on the road. It's his way of relaxing and exploring yet another aspect of his creative mind. In a nod to traveling musicians everywhere he even adds a set of photos devoted to the dressing room bathrooms he's visited. If you've spent any time on the road you'll recognize this less glamorous point of view. Driessen is a road warrior who balances his burgeoning career with a family and home in Nashville. His travels regularly take him from the classical, jazz and bluegrass world of The Sparrow Quartet and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, to the up tempo, modern country of the Zac Brown Band. And when he's not on the road he's in the studio working on his video lessons series. His latest CD titled “OOG” is an adventure in sonic playfulness. It's not a fiddle record, it's a musical stew to warm your soul.

When I asked him what people can expect at his show at Maryland Hall on October 24, he said he wanted people to understand that, “It’s only me up there, recording loops and playing them back live along with the acoustic fiddle woven in, exploring everything from originals to traditional tunes redone, to covers and sonic landscapes.” I will add that you will not be disappointed. In fact, once he launches into his loops and percussive machinations surrounding the intro to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” you'll never hear the fiddle the same way again.

Grammy-nominated fiddler Casey Driessen's Singularity Tour will stop at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15; $10 for Maryland Hall members.

The Showcase Artist Series at Maryland Hall presents unique performances from the world of jazz, folk, bluegrass, classical, film and pop. New to the series this year, MHCA has added bar service featuring beer, wine and sodas available for sale starting at 7:00pm. Each ticket holder is entitled to one free drink with their ticket stub. Come early and meet and greet the artists prior to their performance.

Tom Fridrich,Director of Performing Arts, MHCA

 

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