The Johns Hopkins Gazette: October 11, 1999
October 11, 1999
VOL. 29, NO. 7


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Shriver Hall Concert Series begins 34th season on Oct. 17

Thirty-four years ago, Ernst Bueding, a Hopkins pharmacologist who was also an amateur violinist and totally dedicated to chamber music, had the idea that Baltimore needed a first-class chamber music series. In an effort to bridge the gap between the rapid growth of the natural and medical sciences and the relative stagnation of the arts and humanities at that time, Bueding formed a chamber music committee consisting mostly of Hopkins professors who loved music. Johns Hopkins seemed to be a natural fit for this "experiment."

Today, the Shriver Hall Concert Series continues to offer world-class musicians at an affordable cost and is anticipating a sell-out season. Cellist Lynn Harrell, a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor, teacher and two-time Grammy winner, will lead off the season with a performance on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. His program includes works by Schumann, Beethoven, Bach, Verdi and Mozart.

Individual tickets are $23-$27, $12-$14 for students; subscriptions are $139, $69 for students. For information, call 410-516-7164.

One-day conference on macular degeneration scheduled

Treating macular degeneration as we move into the millennium will be the focus of a conference on Friday, Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m. at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson. The conference is co-sponsored by the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Foundation Fighting Blindness, an internationally known eye research organization that funds studies seeking treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases.

Vision experts from Wilmer and the foundation will touch on current research and potential treatments for age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults over 50 in the United States. Topics for the conference include laser photocoagulation for age-related macular degeneration, whether or not AMD is an inherited disease, the value of vitamins as treatment, the psychological effect of AMD on patients and families and whether low vision rehabilitation can help. The event is $39, including lunch. To register, call 877-963-9344.

Art of faux finishes to be taught at Homewood House

Marbleizing and grain painting, techniques long associated with the fashionable decorative customs of the 18th and 19th centuries, remain popular decorative applications today. These painted finishes--using brushes, feathers and sponges to apply paints on canvas and wood surfaces--can produce an effect that turns inexpensive building materials into what look like lustrous expanses of marble or fine woods.

On Saturday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., Homewood House Museum will present a faux finish workshop taught by floor cloth artists Mary Plumer and Rosanna Moore, whose faux finishes grace the Homewood House Museum, Hampton Mansion and Dumbarton House. Participants will use faux finish techniques to create grain-painted "rosewood" boxes and marbleized placemats. Paints, materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $22 for Hopkins faculty and staff and for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. Reservations may be made by sending a check to Homewood House Museum or by calling 410-516-5589.

Debate on U.S. immigration policy set for Oct. 20

The university's Diversity Leadership Council and the Hewlitt Foundation will present a debate on immigration titled "Who Belongs in the USA? At the Crossroads: A Look at the New Millennium," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Bloomberg Center, Homewood campus. The debate will feature two of the country's most vocal and pre-eminent figures in the field of immigration: Mark Krikiran, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, both based in Washington.

The Center for Immigration Studies is a think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal and other impact of immigration on the United States. It advocates reforms in immigration policies.

The National Immigration Forum, whose purpose is to embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants, advocates public policies that welcome immigrants and refugees.

For more information about the event, which is free and open to the public, call the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 410-516-1013.

Nursing's 1999 Nightingala to be an evening of piano theater

Centre Stage lights will focus on Marthanne Verbit on Thursday, Dec. 2, as she presents an evening of piano theater at the 1999 Nightingala, to benefit the School of Nursing Community Health Nursing Program. Anne M. Pinkard, for whom the school's building is named, is the event's honorary chair.

Widely acclaimed by the press for her "unforgettable" stage presence, Verbit combines piano theater with a dramatic monologue to "charm, amuse and entertain" her audience. She has appeared at New York's Lincoln Center and elsewhere throughout the United States and Europe, where she is "a favorite among piano connoisseurs."

Verbit received degrees in music from Hollins College and Boston University. She also studied at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School.

Tickets for the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Head Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are $75. For tickets or more information, call 410-955-4285.