Season sampler Highlights of Baltimore's fall arts and entertainment calendar are diverse Music

September 13, 1990|By Scott Duncan

Anniversary is the theme for the classical music season in Baltimore. Mozart's been dead 200 years, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra turns a grand 75, life begins for the Baltimore Opera at 40, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Shriver Hall Concert Series both are 25 this year. Here are highlights of promising birthday concerts this fall.

* One of the best opening BSO concerts is also one of the cheapest. David Zinman leads the orchestra at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Sept. 26 in a concert that costs only 75 cents per ticket, a special anniversary price. On the program are three works by the young composer Michael Torke (which the BSO will record that week), as well as Barber's "Adagio for Strings" and Poulenc's Organ Concerto. Call 783-8000 for details.

* Bizet's steamy opera "Carmen" is one of the most popular operas in the repertory, and Baltimore Opera has decided to open its 40th season Oct. 13 with four performances of the tale of the impetuous gypsy. Soledad Salame, a Chilean artist who lives in Baltimore, was commissioned to design new abstract scenery for the new production. Isola Jones sings the title role, Carmen Balthrop is Micaela, John Absolom is Don Jose and Craig Heath Nim is Escamillo. Tickets for the performances at the Lyric Opera House are $15 to $65. Call 685-0692 for details.

* Cellist Janos Starker is one of the greatest living cellists, and Menahem Pressler is considered one of the world's foremost chamber music pianists. Both will appear in a duo-recital Oct. 20 to open the Shriver Hall Concert Series at Johns Hopkins University. Tickets are $16 for adults, $6 for students. Call 338-7164 for details.

* Baltimore Choral Arts Society, led by music director Tom Hall, opens its 25th anniversary season by continuing Hall's survey of the masses of Franz Joseph Haydn. On Oct. 28, the Society and orchestra perform Haydn's "Heiligmesse" at Kraushaar Auditiorium. Tickets are $7 to $20. Call 523-7070 for details.

* The Concert Artists of Baltimore's new home at Peabody's Friedberg Hall worked well for Edward Polochick's choral/orchestral group, so he decided to stay there. CAB's season opens Oct. 27 with Samuel Barber's rarely heard "Prayers of Kierkegaard," Honegger's Symphony No. 2, the Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor, and Dvorak's "Czech Suite." Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Those younger than 18 are admitted free. Call 628-0027.

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