Adventures to kick off spring with Special Trips

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A preview of upcoming Special Trips includes (from left to right) The Gondoliers at The Victorian Lyric Opera Company, Self Portrait by Jacopo Tintoretto, Trumpeter Byron Stripling, and German Pianist Lars Vogt.

By Elaine Hauptman
Resident Writer

Some may “Beware the Ides of March”, but we at Riderwood have only promises of great experiences for the March calendar of Special Trips.

“The Gondoliers,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s delightful operetta about love, deceit, crowns and happy endings, should be a delightful way to begin the month of March. It is especially exciting because two of our residents, Ed Vilade and his wife, Alice, have roles in this wonderful production at the Victorian Lyric Opera House in Rockville, Maryland. The show began its run at the end of February and will continue until March 3. Riderwood will be attending on Saturday evening, March 2.

If you love history, come to see “Queens of Egypt” at the National Geographic Museum on Tuesday, March 19. On display will be objects of art, jewelry and impressive sarcophagi of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries BCE. Nefertari, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra are the queens you can visit on this wonderful exhibit.

For a very sophisticated and enoyable afternoon, do attend the “Afternoon Tea” at the Strathmore Mansion on March 26. Sounds of the harp and piano will please the ear, and delectable savories will excite the palate.

Celebrate Spring and attend the beautiful orchid show being presented at the American Art Museum on Wednesday, March 27. There will be amazing adaptations and cross-breeding of plants depicting all varieties of the orchid family. In addition to the flower show there is an exciting exhibit, “American Art and the Vietnam War.” This historical offering displays the painting, sculpture, printmaking, and performance art explaining how the Vietnam War changed American art and thoughts. Covering the time period of 1965 to 1975, these artists reflect their emotions and reactions using their artistic talents as a medium. The art is provocative and visionary and was galvanized by the moral urgency of the Vietnam War. In between exhibits, have lunch in the delightful café.

On March 24, a visit to the National Gallery of Art will offer insight into the art of Jacopo Tintoretto, a Renaissance artist. On display will be fifty paintings and dozens of works on paper. This exhibition comes directly from the Palazzo Ducale in Venice. Many works have never been seen before and are on loan from private collectors. After the National Gallery tour, they will go back to the owners.

Get ready to jump, dance and beat your feet. On March 30 a trip to the National Philharmonic, “Sounds of New Orleans,” will be offering tributes to Louis Armstrong featuring Byron Stripling on trumpet. He has dazzled audiences throughout the globe and his playing will truly excite you. “When the Saints Come Marchin’ In” causes the audience to dance in the aisles and clap to the beat of the music. It certainly promises to be a wonderful musical experience.

There will be two offerings of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. On March 14, “Appalachian Spring” is the major work, but there is also a world premiere, and the exciting Heitor Villa-Lobos “Choros number 10.”

On March 28, Lars Vogt, exciting German pianist, will be playing Brahms’ Piano concerto number 1. It is one of the most famous concertos of the romantic repertoire. In addition, guest conductor Markus Stenz will be offering Schoenberg’s “Pelleas und Melisande,” the beautiful melodic work. It is based on a play by Maeterlinck and is considered a symphonic poem. Schoenberg never realized that Claude Debussy had written a work based on the same theme and was about to produce it at the same time.

Looking ahead to April 19, we can be enticed by the exciting performance by the Mariinsky Ballet Company’s production of “Le Corsaire.” As you are well aware, this is one of the top ballet companies in the world and these performances at the Kennedy Center Opera House will quickly sell out. Sign up for the advance registration when your March calendar arrives.

These are just a sampling of the special trips planned for March. Please check the Special Trips Calendar available at all community front desks for details of each trip. Enjoy!

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