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Coming up NXT: Singer, symphony and a show in the Tri-State

Coming up NXT: Singer, symphony and a show in the Tri-State

Jennie Avila to perform for @ Your Library concert series

The 2019-2020 Noteworthy Sundays @ Your Library series continues with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Community Room of the downtown Hagerstown Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library. Local singer/songwriter Jennie Avila will perform selections from her Civil War true story songs.

Avila worked with the Boonsboro Museum of History, various WC Historical Societies, The Western Maryland Room in Hagerstown’s Library, and local descendants of Civil War era. Her research spanned eight years, as more and more tales came out of the woodwork. These songs are based on true stories that Avila could get her hands on and her heart around.

A veteran singer-songwriter, Avila has opened for many performers such as comedian Robin Williams, the legendary Pete Seeger, Janis Ian and Richie Havens. She currently performs solo and with her husband, Stephen Wright. She has composed 10 albums of original music. The most recent CD, entitled “Love & Lore of The Civil War,” was inspired by true stories from the Antietam Battlefield area.

Avila was honored to perform her original Civil War songs with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra as part of their 2013 and 2017 Salutes to Independence.

This event is free for all ages. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register or for a list of all the Noteworthy Sunday concerts in the 2019-2020 series, please visit For more information, call Sarah Nadeau at 301-739-3250, ext. 168.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra to present ‘The American Symphony’

The 38th season of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra continues on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with a musical journey that celebrates America. “The American Symphony” features the music of Antonín Dvořák, Florence Price and Kimo Williams.

During this one-night-only performance, Elizabeth Schulze and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will take the stage at the newly renovated Maryland Theatre Performing Arts Center for a truly memorable concert experience.

Tickets range from $19 to $79 and can be purchased online at, in person at the Maryland Symphony Orchestra Administrative Offices located at 28 W. Washington St., 2nd Floor, Hagerstown, or by calling the box office at 301-797-4000 during normal business hours.

The Potomac Playmakers present ‘The Porch!’

“The Porch!” will be the second show of The Potomac Playmakers’ 2019-2020 season. Jack Neary’s comedy takes place over Labor Day weekend in 2006 when three friends, all women in their late 50s or early 60s, sit on a front porch and comment — sometimes graphically — on anything and everything in their purview. Over the course of the play, their husbands are introduced into the action. Many topics are addressed, but under the camaraderie is a secret that won’t be revealed until the penultimate scene, which cements the bond established among these lifetime friends.

Since it’s a comedy about real people, life steps in, plots twist, and lives change. It’s a play about the challenge of enduring friendships, and has been compared to “The Golden Girls” and “Steel Magnolias.”

“The Porch,” directed by Cathy James with Rachael Thompson, stars Greg Berezuk, Wanda Dittmann, Tom Doty, Kimberly Jones and Paulette Lee. “The Porch” is sponsored in part by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council, and will run Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 22-24, at Zion Lutheran Church, 31 W. Potomac St., Williamsport.

Showtime for the Friday and Saturday performances will be 8 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will start at 3 p.m. Tickets for each performance are $15, and can be purchased at the door or online in advance at

The Potomac Playmakers, founded in 1926, is one of the nation’s longest running active community theatre groups. For more information, visit The Potomac Playmakers’ website at, email or call 240-382-7269.

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