Glen Mar Summer Concert Series

The Glen Mar Summer Concert Series has acquired a stellar reputation for its excellent music. That superb music has attracted enormous audiences that have enthusiastically bestowed standing ovations to the performers.

The concerts, performed in the church’s Spirit Center, are free. They are held to express God’s grace and beauty as well as provide an outreach to the community. The type of music that is performed varies from concert to concert, and includes internationally or nationally acclaimed artists. The concerts last about 90 minutes and include an intermission when refreshments are served. Childcare is provided for preschool-age and younger children. Programs with information about the musical selections and performers of each concert are given to audience members before each event begins.

2018 Concerts: Information on the 2018 concerts will be available here later.

History of These Concerts

The concerts started at the suggestion of Dr. Sophie Hong, who became Glen Mar’s Music Director in the fall of 2015. Dr. Hong has made arrangements for all these summer concerts and has performed in some of them. Dr. Hong, a pianist, is an accomplished and versatile soloist and chamber musician. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and has won prizes in many musical competitions.

Glen Mar welcomed the community to its first summer concert on July 28, 2016. Youngsoo An (an opera singer), Dr. Ahreum Kim (a violinist), and Dr. Hong gave riveting performances of works by Beethoven, Mozart and other great composers. This concert convinced the audience of 350 people that classical music is not boring.

In 2017, Glen Mar began holding two concerts each summer, and plans to continue that format.

Dr. Hong and Dr. Kim returned to perform at the July 23, 2017 concert. Cellist Peter Kibbe joined them. These musicians entertained 350 people with instrumental dance music from a variety of cultures and time periods. The music included ragtime, honky-tonk, and Broadway selections.

Three hundred people heard the August 17, 2017 concert which featured selected scenes from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti and showcased a mix of favorite opera arias and duets. Baritone Youngsoo An returned from the previous year, and was joined by sopranos Molly Allen and Dr. Ji Eun Park, and tenor Daniel Noone. Dr. Nicolas Catravas accompanied the singers on the piano. While many of the operas were sung in a foreign language, the English words to the songs were displayed on screens for the audience.

Audience Comments

Audience members raved about the concerts. Below are their comments.

The Korean song touched my heart. I got tears. - Steve Rim (July 23, 2017 concert)
I liked the ragtime and honky-tonk. It was a nice surprise to hear the Broadway (music). - Mollie Kaufman (July 23, 2017 concert)
I think everyone who came here really enjoyed it and is hungry for more. - Ron Stevens (August 17, 2017 concert)
Performances were emotionally moving. – Heekyung Bae, a reviewer for The Korea Times (August 17, 2017 concert)
They were professional at its best. - Joanne Alioto (July 23 and August 17, 2017 concerts)

Funding

Funding for these free concerts comes from sponsors, donations, and grants.Howard County Center for the Arts Council

The Howard County Arts Council awarded the Glen Mar Summer Concert Series a Community Arts Development grant of $2,540 in August 2017. The awards reception was held in September 2017 at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. 

 

If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2018 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at sophie.hong@glenmarumc.org.

 

Support for the 2017 Concerts

Glen Mar is very grateful to Dixie Miliner for her donation in memory of her husband, Harry Miliner.

Thanks to our first sponsors, Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home and Lotte Plaza Market.

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Committee

In early 2017, Dr. Hong formed a volunteer committee to help with the concert series. Committee members meet a few times a year to offer advice on prospective performers and other aspects of the concerts. Committee members acquire sponsors and donors, submit grants, publicize the events, and handle refreshments served during the concerts.

Members of this committee are Connie Ballenger, Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Estelle King, Fred Sadler, and Susan Straumanis.

Additional volunteers help with ushering, greeting, child care, and technology.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at sophie.hong@glenmarumc.org.