Learn about the contributions of Anne Arundel County's black Civil War troops during a lecture from historian and Annapolis History Consortium member Janice Hayes-Williams. Hayes-Williams, founder of Legacy Promotions, will talk about the many enslaved and freed blacks who served. "There were many freed blacks who participated in the war, but what's most interesting is the slave story from the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County," Hayes-Williams said. Slaves from as far away as Gibson Island, Odenton and other parts of southern Anne Arundel came to St. John's College in Annapolis to enlist in the Navy, according to Hayes-Williams. She is also a member of the Kunta-Kinte Alex Haley Foundation and has written many living history plays about the African American experience in the county. 8:15 p.m. Tuesday. Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2539.


She rolled onto the music scene at the age of 15 with the hit "Society's Child," a controversial song about interracial love that garnered her an appearance on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show" and feature articles in Newsweek and Time magazines. Since then Janis Ian has been a mainstay in the popular music industry. Born in 1951, Ian has seen the evolution of popular music from rock to disco to folk to alternative and has had hits in every genre. Her "Fly Too High" was a disco hit that was featured in the Jodie Foster movie "Foxes." Last year she played with folk singer Richie Havens for a historic Avalon Theatre benefit concert. This year she's back on her own. 8 p.m. tomorrow. Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., Easton. $20. 410-822-0345.


Children ages 4 to 10 can get a taste of classical music during the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra's spring family concert, "The Thrill of the Orchestra." Music director Leslie B. Dunner will lead the orchestra through works from Tchaikovsky, Wagner and Handel, including "The Nutcracker," "Ride of the Valkyries" and "Water Music." The orchestra will also play an excerpt from Ronan Hardiman's "The Lord of the Dance," and Reinhold Gliere's "Russian Sailor's Dance." Children will get the chance to meet the musicians and learn about musical instruments at 1:15 p.m. (before the first performance) or at 4:30 p.m. (after the second performance) during the orchestra's signature "Meet the Musicians and Their Instruments" sessions. Concert includes a guest appearance by Camille Lewis, violinist and Miss Maryland 2002. 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. $10. 410-263-0907.