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Annapolis Irish Week, Classy Music, Fun Fundraisers

Mar 03, 2016 04:00PM ● By Melissa Lauren
The St. Patrick’s Day Irish Parade kicks off Annapolis Irish Week this Sunday. Check out classy music from the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra as they present Symphonic Titans. On the Shore, Puccini’s Opera, Manon Lescaut will be broadcast as part of The Met: Live in HD at The Avalon Theatre and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin from Moscow performs at Washington College in Chestertown. Enjoy fun fundraisers with the Rotary Club of Annapolis and the Compass Regional Hospice Gala on the Shore. Plus, there is a new What’s Up? for Grabs Giveaway for a pair of free tickets to see an awesome triple bill of music at The Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis!

Photo Credit: Clare Mardall

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Parade – An Annapolis Irish Week Event

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Parade

Downtown Annapolis, Sunday, March 6th, 1 p.m.
Annapolis Irish Week kicks off with the parade. The 12-day Annapolis Irish Week celebration includes an Irish Hooley, Irish History Dinners, Irish Coffee Competitions, Perfect Pint O’Guiness Contests, Guinness Glass Engravings, and more.

Annapolis Irish Week Festivities include:

Annapolis Shillelagh Shuffle Bar Crawl

The Annapolis Irish Hooley

Parade After Party at Galway Bay

Traditional Irish Pub Song Club at Kilarney House

Whiskey Tasting at Galway Bay

Saint Baldrick’s Head Shave at Fado Irish Pub

Guiness Glass Engraving at Galway Bay

The Young Dubliners at Rams Head On Stage

What’s Up? for Grabs Giveaway

Check out the E-Newsletters each week for new giveaways up for grabs! (Only Events E-Newsletter Subscribers are eligible. Please make sure you are available to attend the event before you enter the contest. Thank you.) Subscribe now. Good luck!

This Week's Prize

A pair of tickets to see an awesome triple bill of music at The Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge in Annapolis on Saturday, March 5th.  The show features music from LitzDr. Slothclaw  and National Headliner.  (Ages 18+)

Courtesy photo
Litz plays funky psychedelic jam band music that grooves and makes everyone dance.

Dr. Slothclaw has won a Tri-State Indie Music Award and plays their self-proclaimed musical genre, ‘Freak Funk’!

Photo Credit: Brian Oxford
National Headliner brands their signature musical style as ‘high octane psychedelic music’. It is this Editor’s belief that their band name is a namesake and self-fulfilling prophecy since they have the musical chops to headline. Give a listen here. 

Classy Music and Fun Fundraising

Symphonic Titans Presented by The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, March 5th, 8 p.m.
Composers Mahler and Shostakovich are among the most important figures in the development of the symphony as a form, and the carriers of the traditions from late romanticism to modernism. Mahler had a clear influence in the compositional style of Shostakovich, so having both composers in the same program is a logical association that makes sense artistically. Lynn Harrell (pictured) is a titan among cello soloists.

Rotary Club of Annapolis’ 13th Annual Black Tie and Diamonds Gala

Saturday, March 5th, 6 p.m.
It’s time to sparkle and shine at the Rotary Club of Annapolis’ 13th Annual Black Tie and Diamonds Gala on Saturday, March 5th at 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, music, and dancing while raising funds for Seeds 4 Success. The mission of Seeds 4 Success is to guide children living in Annapolis public and subsidized housing so they become healthy successful adults. The event, which will be held at The Westin Annapolis, has raised funds over the last 12 years for local nonprofits and charities.

Eastern Shore Events:

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin Performs Beethoven

Thursday, March 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
The Washington College Concert Series presents the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, an 18-piece ensemble from Moscow, Russia featuring an all-Beethoven program. Founded in 1991, the orchestra comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky.

Puccini’s Manon Lescaut

Saturday, March 5th, 1 p.m.
The Met stage ignites when soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann join forces in Puccini’s obsessive love story. Opolais sings the title role of the country girl who transforms herself into a Parisian temptress, while Kaufmann is the dashing student who desperately woos her. Director Richard Eyre places the action in occupied France in a film noir setting. “Desperate passion” is the phrase Puccini himself used to describe the opera that confirmed his position as the preeminent Italian opera composer of his day. The Met: Live in HD Series brought world class opera to The Eastern Shore in 2010 and we are proud to announce the 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season. The Avalon Theatre is one of the few venues in Maryland to host these live transmissions.

Compass Regional Hospice 2016 Gala

Friday, March 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Compass Regional Hospice hosts their annual fundraising gala at Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House in Grasonville. Compass Regional Hospice relies upon the generosity of the community to ensure that they can fulfill their mission: to provide professional, supportive, comprehensive and compassionate care.


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