Odenton/Gambrills: Students take recitals on the road with 'Melodies at the Movies'

Movie patrons greeted with student musical recitals

"Melodies at the Movies III" livened up the patrons wait time at Bow Tie Cinemas in Westfield Annapolis Mall recently.

Singers ranging from 5-year-olds to retires performed as part of the Anne Arundel Music Teachers Association's recital program in a most unusual venue.

This year, 90 students performed in six recitals representing 14 teachers. Ellen Winner, spokeswomen for the group, said this is an annual event for AAMTA, and has been for more than 20 years.

"For many years the recital was held in other parts of the mall. This is the third year at the cinema and we are grateful to management."

AAMTA is an affiliate of Maryland State Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association. Performances give students valuable opportunities to be in front of an audience.

Other events AAMTA holds during the year include various competitions and other recitals. The last of these Melodies at the Movies recitals was held Nov. 14 and included 15 students. A few of the teachers represented at the recital were Suzanne Hilton, Raymond Hobbs, Nina Kozin, Liliya Lyon, Adriana Schueckler and Elizabeth Shafer.

Two local students performing were Chloe Winter of Odenton, and Mary Grace DeBruyn of Jessup. Both are piano students of Elizabeth Shafer, who teaches in Odenton. Winter performed "My Answer" by Lee Joohyung, followed by DeBruyn playing "Prelude in C Major #1(BWV 846) by Johann Sebastian Bach. The venue, said Winter, "was definitely unique."

Live Nativity

Trinity United Methodist Church, 952 Patuxent Road in Odenton, hosts its annual Live Nativity on Dec. 13 5-7 p.m. The church will start the evening with a Christmas story at 5 p.m., and then families are free to enjoy snacks, crafts, and games for kids of all ages. Suggested donation is $10 per family.

Odenton Baptist Church

The Odenton Baptist Church, 8410 Piney Orchard Parkway in Odenton, hosts its annual Christmas Cantata at 6:30 on Dec. 13. The cantata is a performance by the church choir and includes scriptural readings. This year's program is titled, "From Christmas to Calvary," by Glenn and Jan Christianson. All are invited, and a nursery is provided for children under three years of age.

Odenton Regional Library

There will be two Christmas events at the Odenton Regional Library, 1325 Annapolis Road in Odenton, this year. The first is Holiday Crafts on Saturday 1-4 p.m. Celebrate the Christmas season by creating a holiday decoration for your home.

On, Dec. 21, the Odenton Regional Library presents the Book and Movie, Polar Express 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas for a reading of Van Allsburg's book, Polar Express, and then watch the movie. The Library will provide cookies and hot chocolate.

Odenton Christmas Tree Lighting

The Greater Odenton Improvement Association along with the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company and the Odenton Heritage Society holds the annual Odenton Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday 5-7 p.m. The tree will be placed near the Odenton Heritage Society building on the West Side of Odenton MARC train station. In addition to the tree lighting and refreshments, Santa will arrive by fire truck. Two local school groups are scheduled to perform music for the event, Odenton Christian School and Odenton Elementary School.

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