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Coming up NXT: Toto, toys and a country boy in the Tri-State

Coming up NXT: Toto, toys and a country boy in the Tri-State

Shepherd School of Music to host jazz concerts

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Shepherd University School of Music is hosting a concert with the Shepherd Jazz Ensemble and special guest artist, composer and saxophonist Dr. Paul White on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Frank Center Theater. White will conduct the ensemble, which will perform his arrangements of works by the late Joe Zawinul, Ahmad Jamal, John Williams, Pete Rodriguez, Stevie Wonder, Ernie Wilkins and Vince Norman.

White has performed with and has written for many national musicians, including Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton and Bob Newhart. He has played with groups of various musical styles all over the world and is the founding member of The Paul White Quintet, a contemporary jazz group that has performed in many different venues throughout the country. In 2008, White was awarded the position of baritone saxophonist with the U.S. Army Field Bands Jazz Ambassadors and was featured as a member of the band on The Colbert Report and the Kennedy Center Honors dedication to Dave Brubeck.

The Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams, has performed throughout the East Coast and Europe, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The band has been featured at the Longwood, Blue Ridge, and East Coast jazz festivals, as well as regional festivals throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.

Adams, director of the Shepherd’s School of Music, has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, and the 9th and Lincoln Orchestra. In 2005, Downbeat Magazine named Adams college co-winner for Best Original Composition for his composition “Instable Mate?”

General admission to the concert is $15 for adults; $10 for Shepherd employees and alumni, senior citizens, and students 18 and under; and free to Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. Admission and seating is first-come, first-served and reservations are not taken. The box office opens one hour prior to the performance.

For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit

The Wizard of Oz coming to Playhouse

The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater presents The Wizard of Oz on its main stage beginning Nov. 15 and running through Dec. 22. Shows are held on Friday and Saturday evenings and select Sundays. The Broadway show is preceded by a buffet meal, and is appropriate for ages five and older.

Follow the yellow brick road again as young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She’s helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage.

Tickets, which include dinner and show, cost $53.50 for adults and $43.50 for children ages 5 — 12. Children under age 5 will not be admitted to main stage productions. To purchase tickets, visit washingtoncountyplay or call 301-739-7469, Tuesday through Friday, during telephone box office hours.

The Playhouse is located at 44 N. Potomac St. (Rear), Hagerstown.

Western Maryland Farm Toy Show

The Western Maryland Farm Toy Show is scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Washington County Agricultural Center.

The toy show features farm toys, trucks and memorabilia.

The cost is $2 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and free for children 10 and under. For more information, contact Doug Artz at 301-797-3872 or email

A Season of Wonder at The Ice House

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Morgan Arts Council presents A Season of Wonder, featuring a gallery filled with wearable art and handcrafted works ideal for holiday gifts. A gala artists’ reception takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice House Gallery.

Also showing in the Hall of Dreams and Carr-Kelly galleries are “Lightscapes” an exhibit of photographs showing the beauty of everyday objects by Selena Melott and “Run,” painting and photoshop techniques capturing motion through an obstacle by Mark Drefs.

“A Season of Wonder is a delightful collection of artwork to reawaken the child within,” said curator Maya Fredo. “From the sweet and fun to whimsical and truly unique one of a kind pieces, you will be sure to find something for everyone on your holiday list.”

The show celebrates the creative expressions from some of the Tri-State area’s talented artists. New artists, include photographer Linda Gribko who takes her nature inspired works to the next level by creating unique mandala images; Caitilin Godbee, a fiber artist from Virginia who spins her own yarn, knits, and also works with needle felting; and Kim Sheaffer of Pennsylvania who works in a variety of mediums, from poured painting to jewelry making. Rose Rawlinson’s delicate work is a new twist on the more traditional use of clay. And Derek Thatcher adds a whimsical touch to his wheel-spun mugs, cups, and bowls.

Local woodworker John Simpson once again demonstrates the ancient art of hand-hewn wooden bowls on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Nov. 16 and continuing for the duration of the show.

Visitors to the gallery will also find carved wood crafts, forged steel and stone art, glass pieces, wire work sculptures, jewelry, crocheted creations, holiday cards, ornaments, and so much more. Join us in honoring the spirit of the holiday season by celebrating friends, family, home and hearth through the magic of art.

The show runs through Dec. 29. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on this and other MAC activities, call 304-258-2300 or visit www.mac

‘An Evening with Brooks Robinson’

Former Orioles’ great Brooks Robinson will share stories from his remarkable career on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., at The Maryland Theatre.

Brooks’ remarks will be followed by a question/answer period with the audience. There is also an opportunity to purchase a separate ticket for a meet and greet with the 18-time All-Star and Hall of Fame legend (limited to 75 people).

Tickets cost between $49 and $69. For more information, contact Tom Kohlhepp at 301-305-7831 or email

John Denver Christmas at the Weinberg Center for the Arts

FREDERICK, Md. — Celebrate the holidays with a Rocky Mountain Christmas. Enjoy classic John Denver interpretations of holiday classics plus all his biggest hits when Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon bring A John Denver Christmas to the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Chris Collins and Boulder Canyon have toured internationally together delighting audiences with their talent, warmth and humor. Collins and some of the original artists of Boulder Canyon originally met in Aspen, Colo., at the largest annual celebration of John Denver’s life and music. Since that first initial meeting, Collins and Boulder Canyon have gone on to tour from coast to coast to pay tribute to the music of John Denver.

Tickets start at $35 and may be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick St.

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