Coming in May to Dorchester Center for the Arts

Music and new exhibits will fill the Dorchester Center for the Arts this month. Music will float throughout the George B. Todd Performance Hall while local artists’ artwork will beautify both the Main and Front galleries.

Dorchester Center for the Arts welcomes The Stephen Philip Harvey Octet for an evening of original jazz music on May 7 at 7 p.m. The Stephen Philip Harvey Octet (SPH8) is a collective of eight musicians from several Mid-Atlantic jazz scenes coming together to play the original compositions and arrangements of Stephen Philip Harvey. This performance features music from Stephen’s newest octet suite, “Elemental.” The compositions from this suite are inspired by the classic elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. Stephen is an American saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator.

In 2016, he released his debut album as composer and bandleader, entitled “Suite Childhood.” His follow-up album, “Smash!,” is due to be released in June. Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are on

The Front Gallery will feature “What is Art Therapy? Eastern Shore Hospital Center Patient Art – Through the Ages.” In recognition of National Mental Health Month, a carefully curated exhibition has been selected to include 45 art pieces by patient artists from the Eastern Shore Hospital Center in Cambridge. Judy Slaughter, Director of Volunteer Services, and members of The Eastern Shore Hospital Center Auxiliary worked collaboratively to select art in various mediums that will be for sale, as well as five larger pieces that are not for sale from the Auxiliary collection.

Proceeds from the sales benefit each individual patient artist. The Eastern Shore Hospital Center (ESHC) is a psychiatric facility located in Cambridge and is owned and operated by the State of Maryland, under the Maryland Department of Health.

Also, during the month of May, in the Main Gallery, the Annual Young People’s Show will feature the work of school age youth in Dorchester County. The show will be judged, with awards presented for first, second and third place in Elementary, Middle, and High School entries. Additionally, one Best in Show, Top Digital Work, Top Fine Art, and Top Interpretation will be selected from the full exhibit.

A Second Saturday Artists’ Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on May 14 from 5 to 7 p.m., with refreshments and live music by Emma Bailey. Admission is free and all are welcome.

To continue the focus on youth, a concert in the George B. Todd Performance Hall will follow the gallery reception. “Mike Elzey’s Student Showcase” features talented young students ages six to 17 years old. For decades, Mike has been an instructor and mentor for young musicians on the Eastern Shore. He and his instructors have taught thousands of children and adults to play and enjoy music through lessons, camps, and workshops. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10, with children under 12 free. Tickets are available at or by cash at the door.

For additional program information, visit or call 410-228-7782. Dorchester Center for the Arts, as the designated County Arts Council for Dorchester, is committed to increasing access to the arts for all members of the community by supporting extensive outreach and educational opportunities in the arts. Located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, DCA is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. Programs are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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