Cen­tre­ville mu­si­cian Scaggiari per­forms ben­e­fit con­cert

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — One of the most lovely and time­less signs of the hol­i­day sea­son is the sound of Christ­mas car­ols and hol­i­day songs fill­ing the air. This win­ter, Queen Anne’s County is for­tu­nate to have the op­por­tu­nity to hear both tra­di­tional and more con­tem­po­rary Christ­mas songs per­formed live by in­ter­na­tion­ally known mu­si­cian Ste­fan Scaggiari. Scaggiari will be per­form­ing at 7 p.m. Fri­day, Dec. 14, at the Queen Anne’s County Cen­tre for the Arts in Cen­tre­ville. The con­cert will jointly ben­e­fit two lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions — the Cen­tre for the Arts and the Friends of Queen Anne’s County Li­brary.

A Cen­tre­ville res­i­dent, Scaggiari is a pi­anist, com­poser, ar­ranger, record­ing artist and vo­cal­ist. He has per­formed both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally as a jazz and clas­si­cal pi­anist. He has per­formed around the world, in­clud­ing such renowned venues as the Kennedy Cen­ter and Carnegie Hall and is de­lighted to have this op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day sea­son back at home, while sup­port­ing two or­ga­ni­za­tions that do so much to sup­port the Queen Anne’s County com­mu­nity.

The hol­i­day con­cert is the lat­est in­stall­ment in the Cen­tre for the Arts 206 Cof­fee House Con­cert Se­ries, which aims to al­low county res­i­dents to see na­tional and lo­cal mu­si­cians in in­ti­mate venues at a rea­son­able price. In ad­di­tion to spon­sor­ing mu­sic per­for­mances and art ex­hibits, the Cen­tre for the Arts is known for of­fer­ing classes in a range of artis­tic gen­res and for their fi­nan­cial sup­port of art projects through­out the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing in lo­cal schools.

The Friends of the Li­brary are happy to be part­ner­ing with the Cen­tre for the Arts for Scaggiari’s per­for­mance. The Friends of the Li­brary is a mem­ber­based non­profit that raises funds to sup­port both county li­braries. In 2018 alone, the Friends funded: a monthly well­ness pro­gram at the li­brary, books for more than 300 ele­men­tary kids in book clubs with li­brary vol­un­teers, 3-D print­ers that will be cen­tral to new Maker Spa­ces for com­mu­nity use, and the “Li­braries Rock” Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram that en­gaged more than 1,900 county chil­dren in 150 events and pro­grams while they were out of school. Pro­ceeds from this con­cert will al­low both or­ga­ni­za­tions to in­crease their lev­els of sup­port of pro­grams for the com­mu­nity in 2019.

Tick­ets for the con­cert are $20 and in­clude mu­sic, wine and light hors d’oeu­vres. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in per­son at the Cen­tre for the Arts, 206 S. Com­merce Street, Cen­tre­ville, Mon­day through Fri­day, or on­line at https://friend­sofqa­cli­brary.org/ event/hol­i­day-con­cert-fea­tur­ing­ste­fan-scaggiari/.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

“Sleigh Ride Around the World” in­ter­na­tional fam­ily show com­ing to Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

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