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A Niche of Mass Appeal; Performers of Every Sort to Amuse Varied Audiences
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Alter, Cathy
Date: Dec 28, 2000
Start Page: M.02
Section: ANNE ARUNDEL EXTRA

As program manager for First Night Annapolis, the city's huge New Year's Eve celebration, [Elizabeth Melvin] is responsible for booking dozens of musicians, actors, dancers, puppeteers, laser jugglers and street artists who will wow a roving audience of 20,000 to 30,000 people.

Other artists come by referral. "Folk singer David A. Alberding was highly recommended by another pop folk singer, Mary Byrd Brown," Melvin said. She hired Armenian-Lebanese pianist Arda Keklikian Andonian after hearing her play at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Last year's calamities included Abu the Flutemaker's broken-down car ("That won't happen again!" he assured), a band that was two hours late ("I sent a street magician over to fill the slot," said Melvin), and hundreds of people lining up at the Pyrates Royale's 150- seat venue. (This year, the Pyrates will perform in the 400-seat Recreation Center.)

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