Summer Concert Series Receives Grant

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summer concert photoBy Connie Ballenger

The Glen Mar Summer Concert Series has been approved to receive a $3,964 grant from the Howard County Arts Council in 2022.

The concert series is an outreach program that offers free concerts for people in Central Maryland and beyond. It features nationally and internationally known artists performing a variety of music. All concerts in the series are held at Glen Mar Church.

This is the fourth year HCAC has awarded grant requests from Glen Mar.

“I am so grateful to the Howard County Arts Council for giving us a grant again,” said Glen Mar Music Director Dr. Sophie Hong, who initiated the concert series in 2017. “Our concerts are free, so the series depends on grants, sponsors and donations to continue.”

The concert series was not spared the pandemic disruptions made to virtually all events scheduled to be held after mid-March last year in Maryland and beyond. Coronavirus wiped out the entire  blessing of the 2020 grant because Glen Mar was not able to hold any series concerts that year. The pandemic also interfered with part of the 2021 grant when an Ayreheart concert scheduled for Aug. 12 was canceled due to a performer’s exposure to the coronavirus shortly before the event date. Ayreheart is a progressive folk trio.

But the series pulled off a tour de force on June 25, 2021, when an outdoor series concert featuring The U.S. Army Field Band Federal Brass attracted 600 people, setting an attendance record for the series.

Although no more concert series events will be held in 2021, plans are underway to put the 2022 grant to good use next year. “Our series has been successful, and people look forward to these concerts continuing,” said Hong. “We are looking at creative ways to expand the events.”

A committee led by Dr. Hong, organizes the concerts. Committee members are Connie Ballenger, Scott Carter, Lois Hildebrand, Patty Hutton, Fred Sadler and Susan Straumanis.

Previous concerts have showcased old-time music, opera selections, brass instruments, as well as jazz, swing, contemporary, pop and classical music.

Organizations receiving 2022 HCAC grants were invited to an awards ceremony at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City on Sept. 17, 2021. Susan Straumanis attended to accept Glen Mar’s HCAC grant.

[Blog updated on 10/29/2021]


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