First 2019 Summer Concert Set for June 25

Beijing DuoThe extraordinarily talented Beijing Guitar Duo Meng Su and Yameng Wang will perform at Glen Mar’s first 2019 summer concert on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at the church. They are considered one of today’s most exciting guitar duos. The summer concerts are free and free child care will be provided for preschool children and younger. Refreshments will be served. Download the flyer.

Su and Wang were born and raised in in Qingdao, a city on the east coast of China, and began making a mark on the classical guitar world all across the globe early in life.

Born in 1988, Su had won a string of awards by the time she was 18 years old. These include the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition, and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany.

Wang, who was born in 1981, became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12. A year later she won second prize in the “Michele Pittaluga” International Classical Guitar Competition in Italy. At 14, Wang was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week and won second prize in La Infanta Dona Cristina International Guitar Competition in Spain.

The two met while studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Professor Chen Zhi, one of China’s leading guitar teachers.

They had begun solo careers when they began studying under Manuel Barrueco, the noted Cuban guitarist who teaches at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. They formed the Beijing Guitar Duo under his guidance in 2008, and continue to study under Barrueco in the Graduate Performer’s Diploma Program.

In 2010, the duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall. Together, they have performed throughout Asia, Europe and North America and recorded three CDs: Bach to Tan Dun, China West (with Manuel Barrueco) and Maracaipe – Guitar Duos and Solos by Gnattali & Assad. The title track of Maracaipe, was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.

In 2015, Su won the Parkening International Guitar Competition, the world’s preeminent guitar competition.

“As a duo, Su and Wang play with consummate sensitivity, as if playing a single instrument,” according to a June 26, 2017 New York Concert Review article.

In a review by the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society dated Jan. 28, 2014, “The Beijing Guitar Duo has a tone that is unswervingly tasteful and warm. Their attack is consistently clean and precise without a trace of any ‘nail noise.’ Likewise, they understand the proper use of vibrato on the instrument, never using it gratuitously, but consistently employing it to give necessary body to notes on the guitar.”

Second 2019 Summer Concert Slated for Aug. 8

Quantico Marine Corps Band Photos Like to hear relaxing, peaceful jazz music? Or perhaps you prefer joyful, energetic brass sounds? Either way, your musical tastes will be thoroughly quenched when two ensembles from the Quantico Marine Corps Band perform at Glen Mar’s free second summer concert on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at the church. These military ensembles are the Jazz Combo and Brass Band. Free child care will be provided for preschool children and younger. Refreshments will be served. Download the flyer.

Jazz Combo musicians who will help you enter your zen zone are Sgt. Camden Bettey (vocals), Sgt. Ivan Arden (vocals and saxophone), Sgt. Daniel Webber (bass guitar), Sgt. Nathaniel Hawkins (drums) and Cpl. Haley Shipp (piano/vocals).

Brass band members, who are accustomed to electrifying audiences, are Staff Sgt. Kevin Dalton (alto saxophone), Sgt. Nicholas Belby (clarinet), Sgt. Zachary Barthel (bass drum), Sgt. Joel Blackmon (tenor saxophone), Cpl. Armando Aguirre (baritone saxophone), Cpl. Seth Almond (trombone), Cpl. Jocelyn Castañon (trumpet), Cpl. Kaitlin Gimm (snare drum), Cpl. Rafael Jacob Marin (tuba), L. Cpl. Adam Flock (trumpet), and L. Cpl. Vincent Nguyen (trombone).

Established in 1918, the Quantico Marine Corps Band is one of the oldest professional musical ensembles in the Marine Corps. The band is comprised of a ceremonial band and concert band. In addition to the jazz combo and brass band ensembles, the group maintains a brass quintet, woodwind quintet, and rock band.

The band’s mission is to provide musical support that will encourage community relations, enhance troop morale, and promote the Marine Corps recruiting program through its demanding performance schedule.

The band has performed at many civilian events such as the Super Bowl XLI Pregame Show, the 9/11 Memorials at Carnegie Hall, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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.

Concert Summaries and Comments
July 2017 Concert: Pianist Dr. Sophie Hong, Violinist Dr. Ahreum Kim, and Cellist Peter Kibbe
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 2017 Concert: Sopranos Molly Allen and Dr. Ji Eun Park, Tenors Daniel Noone and Baritone Youngsoo An, and Pianist Dr. Nicolas Catravas
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 2018 Concert: Ken and Brad Kolodner, with Rachel Eddy
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 2018 Concert: The Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band
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 for these free concerts comes from sponsors, donations, and grants. We are very grateful to our 2019 sponsors. They are the Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home, friends of Glen Mar's music program, Rod and Karen Angle, and Scott and Barbara Carter.

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


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. Sophie Hong at