Kenner will be soloist in two BSO concerts
Audiences on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland will have a chance this week to hear Kevin Kenner, the top prize winner in last month's 12th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
The 27-year-old pianist and Peabody Institute graduate -- who received a hero's welcome when he played the conservatory's Friedberg Hall several weeks ago -- will appear in concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Thursday in Salisbury and Saturday in Frederick.
Mr. Kenner will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor in an Eastern Shore Symphony Society concert Thursday at the Parkside High School Auditorium and Saturday in a "BSO in Frederick" concert at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School Auditorium. Both concerts start at 8 p.m.
Also on the program, which will be led by BSO conductor-in-residence Christopher Seaman, are Vaughan Williams' Overture to "The Wasps" and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor.
Tickets for the Salisbury concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students and may be purchased by calling (301)-543-ARTS or at the high school the night of the concert. Tickets for the Frederick concert are $16 for adults and $6 for students; they can be bought at the Weinberg Center for the Arts at (301) 694-8585 or at Johnson High the night of the concert.
Chamber music contest
The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture will hold the third annual Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition next Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. in the Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall.
The competition, eligible to ensembles who reside in Maryland and have performed together for at least one year, carries a $2,000 cash award, an engagement in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Wednesday night concert series and a featured performance at next year's Artscape.
Judges are Leon Fleisher, pianist and conductor; William Purvis, French horn player; and Miles Hoffman, violist and artistic director of the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival.
Admission to the competition is free. For more information call 396-4575.
Mass to premiere
A Mass by local composer Robert Twynham in honor of the late Rev. Eugene A. Walsh will have its premiere at the Corpus Christi Church, Mount Royal Avenue and Lafayette Street, Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Twynham, music director of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, was a longtime friend of Father Walsh, an internationally known liturgist who died last year.
The public is invited to attend the memorial Mass, which is free. For information, call 523-4161.
The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble will perform a program of songs and music from the plays and time of William Shakespeare Friday at 8 p.m. at Friedberg Concert Hall.
Titled "Shakespeare's Musick," the program will feature songs from "Othello," "Twelfth Night, "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Tempest" accompanied by recorders, viols, organ, lute and cittern. It will also feature lute songs, madrigals and verse anthems by several Elizabethan composers.
Admission is free; for information, call 889-5123.
*The Edwin Booth Theatre in Bel Air is holding auditions Saturday from 2 p.m to 4 p.m. and next Sunday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three men and four women who can improvise for a production of "Who Murdered Edwin Booth?" Call 679-7107.
*Harbour Theatre in Bolton Hill is holding auditions today at 2 p.m. and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. for men and women for a January production of "The Gazebo." Call 728-1275.
*The Reisterstown Senior Songbirds, a choral group composed of senior citizens, will hold open auditions throughout January. Call 887-1143.