Film about musicians’ escape from Nazis

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: November 06, 2014

Orchestra of Exiles — a feature-length documentary about how renowned Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman put his career on hold to help fellow European-Jewish musicians escape Nazi persecution in the 1930s and emigrate to Palestine — will be shown Sunday, Nov. 2,  at Howard County Community College.The musicians went on to form an orchestra that later became the... READ MORE

Hippodrome offers theatre, music classes

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: November 01, 2014

The Hippodrome Foundation (HFI), the non-profit partner of the Hippodrome Theatre, is taking the show on the road as part of HFI’s expanded outreach and educational programming for older adults.The new programming initiative kicked off in October with award-winning veteran theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck speaking at the Cockeysville and Seven Oak Senior Centers. In her lecture,... READ MORE

Harpo’s son found early success in music

By: John Annarino
Posted on: October 18, 2014

When he was 5 years old, Bill Marx quit taking piano lessons. He was tired of playing nothing but scales.When he was 6, he started again. This time he didn’t quit. But his teacher did. That was OK with Marx’s parents. They knew he had more talent than his teacher.He went on to prove them right, becoming not only an extraordinary pianist, but a brilliant composer, arranger and... READ MORE

Spanish plays with live English dubbing

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: October 11, 2014

It has been flying under the radar of mainstream media for years, but a local Spanish-language theater company’s annual festival of plays from Spanish-speaking countries may be poised to break into general public consciousness.Teatro de la Luna (Theater of the Moon) has been performing in Arlington since 1991. Since 1998, they have brought productions from Latin America, the Caribbean ... READ MORE

Renowned pianist takes on new challenges

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: October 09, 2014

Menahem Pressler’s schedule is daunting. There is globe-trotting travel and performance as a concert pianist — both solo and with the world’s leading orchestras. Plus, he handles a full-time teaching position at a university, and practices four hours a day.Even so, he finds a few moments to talk about his upcoming visit to Columbia, where he will play at the Horowitz... READ MORE

Becoming Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scott Key

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 02, 2014

Alan Gephardt and Sonia Socha may not be husband and wife in real life, but they have portrayed a real married couple for the past 25 years.As Francis Scott Key and his wife Mary, the two have appeared throughout Maryland at living history re-enactments, festivals, museums, classrooms and more. Their interactive historic interpretations bring this 19th century “power couple” to ... READ MORE