PAAL concerts returning to North County High for 2014-15 season

For its 33rd season, the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum is returning to its roots.

The nonprofit, which has been bringing live music and other events to the area since 1982, will once again start holding concerts this September at North County High School, after 14 years at the Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park.

"It's a chance for us to get back to where we started," said Eloise Vaughan, a founding member who also serves on the group's board of directors.

PAAL was created by several members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, who were concerned about the lack of cultural activity in the region.

"It used to be that you'd have to drive to Baltimore, Washington or Annapolis if you wanted to enjoy some entertainment," Vaughan said.

Since its founding, the organization has brought varied world-class acts to the Anne Arundel County suburb, including Broadway veteran Susan Egan, master organist Hector Olivera and the New Shanghai Circus, an acrobatic troupe from China.

"We wanted to bring artists in the community and see good entertainment without going far," Vaughan said.

In the early days of PAAL, events were held at Andover High School — now North County High School — in Glen Burnie, and at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. The move to the arts center was prompted by the growing number of subscribers in the organization, which has fluctuated from between 400 to a peak of 700. Currently, the group has approximately 500 members.

The decision to return to the auditorium at North County High was made partially in the interest of connecting more deeply with the community.

"It's a more accessible location," said Verena Linthicum, a vice president of PAAL. Members of the organization say the move will also be beneficial for students at North County, who will have opportunities to interact with professionals.

"We know that the students will learn a lot from the performers, and hopefully we'll have some of the kids opening up for them," said Julie Cares, principal of the school.

PAAL receives some grants, including those from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, but the group gets the bulk of its operating funds through subscriptions.

Performances will run between this September and April 2015. The subscription price is $50 total for all events. The following is the scheduled lineup:

Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. — Maryland Defense Force Band, "What So Proudly We Hailed," in celebration of 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, commemorating music and poem.

Oct. 12, 3 p.m. — Brian Gantz, classical pianist.

Dec. 7, 3 p.m. — Pasadena Theatre Company presents "It's a Wonderful Life," an adaptation of 1946 Frank Capra movie classic.

Feb. 15, 3 p.m. — J. Ernest Green conducting Live Arts Maryland semi-staged performance of a Broadway classic (to be determined).

April 25, 7:30 p.m. — Tribute to Charlie and Joe Byrd.

Through a reciprocal agreement with Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, members can also view an additional five concerts from that group, which are held at Severna Park High School.

In total, subscribers can attend 10 events.

"We have a wonderful balance of performances," Vaughan said.

For information on subscriptions, call Joe Barker at 410-859-3308 or Barbara Scanlon at 410-760-8386.

NOTE: An earlier version of this story did not include the lineup for the new season. The Sun regrets the omission.