Guest Artist Series

For the past several years we have been hosting a series of guest artists to come and perform for our community. This serves our Fine Arts Diploma Endorsement Program as their series of Colloquia that they need to attend per year. We also do it to provide wonderful arts events for our community. Each evening will consist of a performance or discussion, followed by a question and answer period for our community.

You are invited to each of these evenings. Mark Your Calendars. Schedule will be updated below throughout the year. We hope you can take advantage of these great opportunities.

FADE Colloquium #1 - Daniel Harder, Dancer, of Ailey Company

Daniel Harder, dancerFADE Students: Our first FADE Colloquium Guest Artist Series will feature Daniel Harder, of the Ailey Company. It will take place on Monday, September 28th from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in the Fine Arts Theater. Please bring your FADE binders. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Daniel Harder (Bowie, MD) began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and the Artistic Dance Academy in Maryland. He is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance where he was awarded the Jerome Robbins/Layton Foundation Scholarship and participated in the Holland Dance Festival with the School and as a member of the Francesca Harper Project. Mr. Harder has worked with and performed works by Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, Christopher Huggins, Debbie Allen, and Donald McKayle. After dancing in the European tour of West Side Story, Mr. Harder became a member of Ailey II. He joined the Ailey Company in 2010.

FADE Colloquium #3 - Washington Samulnori, Musicians

Washington Samulnori, Musicians

FADE Students: Our FADE Colloquium #3 Guest Artist Series will feature Washington Samulnori. It will take place on Tuesday, December 1st from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm in the Fine Arts Theater. Please bring your FADE binders. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Washington Samulnori is a Korean traditional percussion performing troupe, dedicated to performing and preserving “Samulnori”. The Korean words “sa” and “mul” mean “four things” and “nori” means “to play.” In the case of SamulNori, it refers to the four musicians playing four different types of percussive instruments: the changgo (hourglass-shaped drum), the buk (barrel drum), the jing (large gong), and the kkwaenggwari (small gong). The origins of their music can be traced to farmers’ band music (“nong-ak”) and ceremonial music. The repertoire of SamulNori also integrates the influences of folk and religious music and their intricate rhythms have become quite uniquely their own.

Founded by Sebastian Wang, the group’s director, Washington Samulnori consists of local professional musicians who specialize in Samulnori. These members include Sanghyuk Park, Robin Ghertner, and Shelby Kimmel. Director Wang is a graduate of the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. Among the many masters of Korean Traditional Arts he has studied with, the most well-known is Professor Kim Duk Soo, the founder and creator of Samulnori. Director Wang hopes to promote and teach Samulnori with this group and prolong the future and livelihood of Samulnori in the United States.

Plan to join us for all of the FADE Colloquia!

Mark your calendars.

Open to the community unless otherwise stated.

FADE Colloquium #2 - Vuyo Sotashe and the Fred Hughes Trio, Musicians

FADE Students: Join us for the FADE Colloquium #2 featuring Vuyo Sotashe and the Fred Hughes Trio on Thursday, October 15th from 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm in the Fine Arts Theater. Please bring your FADE binders. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Vuyo Sotashe - Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festivals’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Vuyo Sotashe has also performed on international stages which include singing at the Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy 2012; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden 2012; at the Cape Town International Festival with George Benson and the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra 2010; the Johannesburg Joy of Jazz Festival 2012; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (GRAMMY equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland 2009-2011. He has also performed with Multi-Grammy Award winning gospel artist, Israel Houghton as part of New Breed (Africa) Ensemble.

Sotashe is also the winner of the biggest music scholarship competition in South Africa, the South African Music Rights Foundation Scholarship, where he performed for the former South African President Thabo Mbeki. Vuyo Sotashe is currently performing around New York City with the praised drummer Winard Harper, who has performed with the likes of Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and many other legends in jazz.

The Fred Hughes Trio - Originating in the jazz clubs of Washington, DC, the Fred Hughes Trio has been performing, recording and presenting clinics and workshops since 1989 and brings over four decades of musical experience to the stage. With Fred Hughes on piano, the group has included bassists Tom Williams, Steve Zerlin, Max Murray, Jeff Lopez and Amy Shook. Drummers have included Keith Killgo, Keith MacMichael, Jay Williams, Eric Valentine and Frank Russo.

A sampling of the groups performing credentials includes the Elkhart, Rehoboth, Cape May, East Coast, Clifford Brown and Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festivals, the 1996 Summer Olympics and tours to the Republic of Korea in 2001 and 2002.

The Trio has shared the stage with such artists as Claudio Roditi, Jon Fedchock, Warren Vache and Larry Coryell and the groups recordings include Out Of The Blue (1996), Live! (1998), No Turning Back (2001), New Day Dawning (2006), In The Mist (2012) and Love Letters (2015) as well as the DVD, In Concert (2002), released in the Republic of Korea.

The current trio includes Amy Shook on bass and Frank Russo on drums.

Upcoming Fine Arts Events 2015-16

Mark your calendars. Click on link below for more information on each event as it becomes available.
  • FA Boosters Meeting on Sept. 15
  • FADE Colloquium #1 on Sept. 28th
  • FADE Colloquium #2 on Oct. 15th
  • 5K for the Arts on Oct. 17
  • Fall Musical: R&H Cinderella Nov. 13-22
  • FADE Colloquium #3 on Dec. 1st
  • WAMTC Fall Band Festival Dec. 5
  • Christmas Fine Arts Festival Dec. 11-12
  • FADE Senior Showcase Feb. 18
  • P.G. County Music Festival Mar. 10-12
  • Spring Play Mar. 18-20
  • Dance Showcase Apr. 7
  • Dance Festival Apr. 8-9
  • Jazz Lab & Jazz Ensemble Concert Apr. 13
  • Sankofa Apr. 28-30, May 1
  • Concert Band, Symphonic Band & Percussion Ensemble Concert May 5
  • Choir Concert May 6
  • String Orchestra & Wind Ensemble Concert May 13
Fine Arts News
Tickets for the 2015 Fine Arts Christmas Festival on sale beginning Tuesday, December 1st, 2015.
Neil Wilmoth has art in shows at Mattawoman Creek Arts Center, Waldorf West Library and Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Welcome back to alumnus Phillip San Gabriel '04 as he joins the Fine Arts department as a Guest Conductor for upcoming BMHS Theatre musicals.
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