Connecting with the Arts – May 2021

Welcome back to the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s monthly blog series, Connecting with the Arts,  where we feature news and updates from the arts community in Anne Arundel County. Tune in the last Friday of each month to connect and learn more about the arts organizations that are making an impact locally.

This summer is starting off with some great news and happenings!

  • First, join Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (virtually) for their final concert of the season.
  • Kick back with The Maryland Cultural & Conference Center and enjoy live performances this summer on their newly expanded stage.
  • Annapolis Shakespeare Company is rebranding and has some exciting performances to look forward to this summer.
  • This month the Maryland Hall campus came to life with one huge project…and one little!
  • Let’s join Ballet Theatre of Maryland as they congratulate local students from their Conservatory for their acceptance to prestigious dance programs.
  • Finally, Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park shares how they hosted Small Business Roundtable with a special guest!

You can connect and learn more about these organizations by clicking their logos below. We hope you enjoy!


Londontowne Symphony Ends Season — Virtually

Annapolis, Md. (May 27, 2021) — Livestreaming at 7:30pm on Friday, June 4, the LSO will end its abbreviated 2020-2021 season from Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, MD. The concert will be livestreamed on both Facebook and YouTube. Because of continued COVID concerns the concert is not open to the general public.

The LSO, conducted by Anna Binneweg, will offer Dvořák’s String Seranade, Op. 22, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie for Wind Nonet, Op. 216, and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks arranged for small brass ensemble.

The concert can be viewed on Facebook at and on YouTube at or through the links provided on the LSO website at


StageOne at The Maryland Cultural & Conference Center has expanded!

Our new 32’ by 26’ upgraded stage features a new sun sail to provide shade to performers, perfect for the upcoming summer months.

Utilizing our new and improved stage, MC3 is partnering with Bay Weekly to host The Beach Summer Concert Series featuring live music by Tony Spencer with The Sunset Band, Wheelhouse, Dublin 5, and Jimmy Kenny & The Pirate Beach Band. Grab your beach chairs, umbrellas, blankets and kick-back while enjoying LIVE outdoor performances again. Food and drinks from multiple on-site vendors will be available including the famous Annapolis Tiki bar!

Below is an outline of the series:
June 11, Doors 5:30 PM | Concert 6-8 PM: Tony Spencer with the Sunset Band (Traditional & contemporary jazz and r&b)
July 9, Doors 5:30 PM | Concert 6-9 PM: Wheelhouse (Feel good rock n roll)
August 11, Doors 5:30 PM | Concert 6-9 PM: Dublin 5 (Irish Rock)
September 10, Doors 5:30 PM | Concert 6-9 PM: Jimmy Kenny & The Pirate Beach Band
All proceeds will benefit MC3: The Maryland Cultural & Conference; a non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing equitable access to innovative and dynamic arts programming to the Greater Annapolis region.

For more information about the concert series, or for space rental inquiries, please visit

Interested in being a summer volunteer with MC3? Email [email protected].

Annapolis Shakespeare Company rebrands as “Classic Theatre of Maryland” on June 1st!

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – May 25, 2021 – PRLog — Starting June 1, We’re Changing our Name – to Classic Theatre of Maryland

This change reflects our Vision to be THE destination for the Classics in the State of Maryland.

AND We’re going LIVE this Summer in the theater with original cabarets and a fresh new Epic Outdoor Shakespeare production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream at an exciting new location.

Our new Name reflects our growth since 2013 – and our vision for the Future.
• We are now so much more than Shakespeare. Our 170+ productions a year include a wide range of classic plays, musical and cabarets.
• Our reach has expanded, and now draws patrons from all over the mid-Atlantic region.
• We have received strong financial support not only from the Annapolis arts community, but also from the Anne Arundel County and Maryland State Arts Councils.
• Our community programs have expanded to include Internships through AACPS, partnerships with local arts groups like the Unified Jazz Ensemble, work with area private and special needs schools, Historic Londontowne, Reynold’s Tavern, Ginger Cove and an on-going partnership with Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.


This month the Maryland Hall campus came to life with one huge project…and one little!

First, a towering 16-foot environmental sculpture was installed by world-renowned sculptor Patrick Dougherty. With the help of 150 volunteers, Dougherty shaped 5 truckloads of fresh saplings into “The Old Home Place.” The ethereal installation is made up of sycamore, sweet gum, and willow saplings harvested from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Each sapling was cut, not dug up, and will regrow. The sculpture will stand for approximately two years and is open for the public to visit and enjoy (no tickets required).

In littler news, Annapolis’ first Free Little Art Gallery was also installed on the MD Hall campus as a place to “Make Art; Take Art; Leave Art.” The project was initiated by two pottery students. A south county woodworker built the miniature building, benches, and easels using mostly reclaimed and donated materials. He delighted in designing the project based on photos of Seattle’s Free Little Art Gallery and Internet video of free little libraries. All types of media and creations are welcome, even experiments, as long as the artwork is tiny.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland congratulates local students from their Conservatory for their acceptance to prestigious dance programs for the summer of 2021.

Clara Atsinger, who was accepted to both American Ballet Theater and Boston Ballet’s intensives, will be attending Boston Ballet’s summer program. Markella Gatanas will be attending Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Samantha Boteler, who has been accepted to Ballet Austin and Texas Ballet Theater’s programs, has also been invited to attend Texas Ballet Theatre’s Pre-Professional Division in the fall. BTM Artistic Director and Conservatory Principal Nicole Kelsch sees attending summer programs as an important step in students’ growth as artists. “Going away for the summer is an opportunity to dance in a new environment with a more intensive schedule than during the school year. After the disappointment of summer programs going virtual or being canceled last summer, we are excited for our students to study away from home this year.”

In the meantime, BTM students are hard at work in their daily classes along with additional workshops. Conservatory students Noelle Shoenfelt, Shiloh Watts, and Lara Dugdale all participated in American Ballet Theatre’s ABT RISE, a free two-day virtual dance workshop for 2nd and 3rd graders. These young dancers had the opportunity to learn from current ABT dancers, faculty, and guest teaching artists from their own homes. As students of BTM spread their wings in both virtual and in-person intensives and workshops, Kelsch is preparing for a busy summer for the Conservatory, as well. In addition to BTM’s own Summer Intensive, the school will host weeknight classes for preschoolers through adults. To learn more about Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s Conservatory and its summer programs, visit

Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, joined by Small Business Administrator Isabella Guzman, participates in a tour Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)


Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park hosts the Small Business Roundtable with the Second Gentleman of the United States, Douglas Emhoff!

Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park was proud to host the Small Business Roundtable on Tuesday, May 18th with the Second Gentleman of the United States, Douglas Emhoff. The panel discussed the PPP loans received by local businesses in Annapolis (including AMM) as well as post-pandemic recovery. Alice Estrada, President/CEO of AMM led a tour of our new exhibits for panelists, including Senator Ben Cardin, Delegate John Sarbanes, and Administrator of the US Small Business Administration, Isabel Guzman.

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