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Mar 16, 2012 09:04PM ● By Anonymous

On Saturday and Sunday, Annapolis Opera will hold its annual vocal competition. Now in its 24th year, the competition gives opera students and young professional singers throughout the mid-Atlantic the chance to perform in front of a panel of judges comprised of respected music educators and opera performers. Eight finalists are selected from a wide pool of applicants, and are rewarded with prizes totaling more than $10,000.

The semi-finals take place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the finals concert takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

If you're looking for a little festive fun, head to a Rams Head venue. I could tell you about all the specials each location is having, the live entertainment they're featuring, and the tent party the Annapolis and Roadhouse locations are hosting, or you could just watch this video and find out for yourself.

Over on the Shore, Easton is going to liven up Saturday with its annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

Featuring a number of free activities and events, including a traditional St. Patrick's Day Church service at Oasis Coventry Church, an Irish tea in the Historical Society Auditorium, and potato races for children and adults, the event is a perfect-family friendly to celebrate the holiday.

The celebration closes with the St. Patrick's Day Parade, led by the famous decorated golf carts, and featuring the Highland Trio Bag Pipes. 

Tonight, the infamous group, The Chieftains, will visit the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Founded by Paddy Moloney in 1962, the six-time Grammy-winning group are widely recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the rest of the world. With an exiting and definitive style, The Chieftains have been able to make the music of the Emerald Isle accessible to foreign audiences.

Tickets are selling out fast, though, so get yours quick!