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Glen Mar’s 2019 Summer Concert Series is in the planning stages. We will provide information about the series here as soon as it is available.

Our Past Performances


Glen Mar started its Summer Concert Series in 2017, and plans to continue its tradition of holding two free concerts each year. This series offers a wide variety of quality musical experiences featuring nationally and internationally known artists.

Below is a summary of the 2017 and 2018 concerts with comments from people who attended.

July 23, 2017 Concert
Pianist Dr. Sophie Hong, Violinist Dr. Ahreum Kim, and Cellist Peter Kibbe demonstrated their exceptional talent and training with spirited instrumental music from a variety of cultures and time periods.
"The Korean song touched my heart. I got tears." - Steve Rim
"I liked the ragtime and honky-tonk. It was a nice surprise to hear the Broadway (music)." - Mollie Kaufman
August 17, 2017 Concert
Sopranos Molly Allen and Dr. Ji Eun Park, Tenor Daniel Noone and Baritone Youngsoo An, accompanied by Pianist Dr. Nicolas Catravas, showcased their superb musical skills and diversity by performing selections from Lucia di Lammermoor, a mix of arias, and Broadway tunes.
"I think everyone who came here really enjoyed it and is hungry for more." - Ron Stevens
"Performances were emotionally moving." – Heekyung Bae, a reviewer for The Korea Times
June 29, 2018 Concert
Baltimore-based father/son duo Ken and Brad Kolodner, along with Rachel Eddy, delighted the audience by singing old-time tunes and playing a wide array of instruments - the hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, clawhammer banjo, gourd banjo and hammered mbira.
"They had great energy. I liked listening to old-time songs." - Joe Pagan
"You can tell they practice a lot together. They all hit the notes at the same time." - Andy Newton
August 16, 2018 Concert
The Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band’s unique and innovative approach to chamber music, including songs members of the group arranged themselves, captivated our audience. Providing the exhilarating music were Master Sgt. Wesley Ballenger (trombone), Staff Sgt. Andrew Emerich (percussion), Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Kennedy Johnson (trumpet), Staff Sgt. J. Greg Miller (horn), Sgt. 1st Class Carmen Russo (trombone), and Master Sgt. Ward Yager (trumpet).
"They were extraordinary musicians." - Linda Baker
"They had musicianship of the highest quality. Their repertoire had a lot of variety. The program had something for all ages and tastes." - David Lunt
Funding

Funding for these free concerts comes from sponsors, donations, and grants. We are very grateful to our 2018 sponsors, the Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home and Howard County Arts Council, and to an anonymous donor for a donation in honor and memory of charter members of Glen Mar.
Howard County Center for the Arts CouncilWitzke Funeral Home Logo

Sponsor or Donate:
If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the 2019 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at summerconcerts@glenmarumc.org.

Committee

In early 2017, Glen Mar Director of Music Dr. Sophie 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 (director of publicity), Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Estelle King, Fred Sadler (executive director), and Susan Straumanis. Additional volunteers help with ushering, greeting, child care, and technology.


Sign Up to Volunteer:
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2019 Glen Mar Summer Concert Series, contact Dr. Hong at summerconcerts@glenmarumc.org.