Thu March 14, 2013
Dinner Theater-UMES

UMES Dinner Theater set for April 12 and 13

UMES drama director Della Dameron-Johnson is set to stage one last play before retiring after 38 years.
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– University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s drama director is set to stage one last play—as a full-time professor and director, that is—before retiring after 38 years.  The play by Vernel Bagneris slated for UMES’ annual Dinner Theater is appropriately named, “One Mo’ Time”.  

Dameron-Johnson describes those years as a dream. 

“Coming to work every day to teach, direct and perform never felt like a job to me,” she said.  “I love my students, first and foremost, and my colleagues on campus.  I’ve had a good run.” 

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Thu February 28, 2013
Jazz Ensemble

MSU hosts famous a cappella ensemble

BALTIMORE (AP) — The renowned a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock, is coming to Morgan State University and bringing its unique blend of musical genres.

The group will perform at the school's Murphy Fine Arts Center on March 8.

Organizers say that the singing group possesses a vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, hip-hop, and jazz improvisation.

This year is the group's 40th anniversary.

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Wed January 30, 2013
Obit-Ann Rabson

Co-found of Saffire women's blues trio dies in Va.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Pianist and vocalist Ann Rabson, co-founder of the trio Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, has died in Virginia after a battle with cancer.

Alligator Records says Rabson died Wednesday in Fredericksburg. She was 67.

Rabson recorded eight albums with Saffire and one solo CD for Alligator Records, and three solo albums for other labels. A barrelhouse blues pianist, Rabson was also a songwriter and guitarist.

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Wed January 23, 2013
mosely gallery exhibit

Mosely exhibit features UMES alumnus’ art

Patrick Henry painting in his Berlin Studio
Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

“Coming Home,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Berlin artist and UMES alum (Class of 75) Patrick Henry, opens Feb. 7 at the Mosely Gallery in the Thomas/Briggs Arts and Technology Center.  The opening features a lecture at 4 p.m. followed by a reception and book signing.

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Wed January 9, 2013
music programs-hurricane sandy

U2’s the Edge Announces National Relief Initiative

NEW YORK -- Music Rising, the award winning post-Katrina music initiative founded in 2005 has expanded its mission to rebuild music programs impacted by natural disasters within the entire US. The initial donation being made by the new, nationwide Music Rising program is $250,000 to help rebuild school music programs in the tri-state area that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

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