Events to celebrate the season scheduled at DCA

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Members of local church choirs will be lining the steps of the Dorchester Center for the Arts grand staircase to sing carols at the Second Saturday reception on Dec. 12.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) is offering a number of events to make the holiday season more festive. These free and low cost activities are open to the public, and DCA invites all community members to participate.

On Dec. 12 as part of Second Saturday events will be the Artists’ Reception for the current gallery exhibit, “Wednesday Morning Artists and Friends Gallery of Gifts.” The reception will run from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and include light refreshments. In addition, local church choir members, led by Lissa Barnes, will be lining the steps of DCA’s grand staircase to present Christmas carols at approximately 6:30 p.m. This is a free event.

The Chorus of Dorchester, a program of DCA, will present their annual Holiday Concert at DCA on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. The Chorus of Dorchester was founded in 1975 as The Bi-centennial Chorus by choral conductor, Cookie Brohawn, and has sung annually for the past 34 years. For nine consecutive years it sang with the University of Maryland Studio Orchestra for the Maryland You Are Beautiful program held in Annapolis. This all-volunteer multi-generational chorus is partially funded by the Nathan Foundation. It is accompanied by pianist Laura Todd and is under the direction of Cookie Brohawn.

The concert is free, but reservations are required as seating is limited. To make a reservation, call 410-228-7782.

DCA is pleased to announce the return of Ashley Watkins on flute for a holiday concert. The event takes place on Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. This is a Gallery Stage performance.

A native of Cambridge, Ashley Watkins has been studying and playing flute for many years. She earned a Bachelor of Music in 2007, and received a Master of Music in 2010 from The University of Akron in Ohio. She performs throughout her community as a soloist, spreading and sharing her love and passion for music.
Tickets are: $10 for DCA members; $12 for non-members, and students with an ID are $5. For information on these and other activities, visit or call 410-228-7782.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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