The second half of the classical music season in Baltimore is filled with excellent possibilities. The Handel Choir sings Verdi's "The Manzoni Requiem" and The Choral Arts Society sings Bach's "St. Matthew's Passion." The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ends the season with the choral and instrumental blockbuster, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8. Here are some key events:
BSO 75th Birthday Concert
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 75th birthday concert features soprano Harolyn Blackwell and the first BSO concert program, including Beethoven's 8th Symphony. Call 783-8000 for times and tickets.
Mozart Bicentennial Program
Friedberg Concert Hall
Concert Artists of Baltimore present a Mozart bicentennial program, featuring Symphony No. 41, with pianist Paul Maillet in Piano Concerto No. 21 and Mass in C Major. For information and tickets, call 628-0027.
Verdi's "A Masked Ball"
The Lyric Opera House
March 9, 13, 15 and 17
Baltimore Opera Company presents Verdi's "A Masked Ball" at 8:15 p.m. Call 685-0692 for tickets.
"The Manzoni Requiem"
The Handel Choir performs Verdi's "The Manzoni Requiem". Tickets are $6, $12 and $15. Write to Handel Choir of Baltimore, P.O. Box 26913, Baltimore, Md. 21212 for tickets. Enclose check, payable to the choir, and stamped, self-addressed envelope.
"Madame Butterfly," The Lyric Opera House April 20, 24, 26 and 28. Baltimore Opera Company performs Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." Tickets are $15 to $70. Call 685-0692 for show times.
"The St. Matthew Passion," Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, May 4. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society presents Bach's "The St. Matthew Passion," complete, in German. Performance features full chorus, orchestra with David Gordon, Paul Rowe, Thomas Jones, Cheryl Bensman Rowe, Marietta Simpson, Gran Wilson and David Arnold. For tickets call 523-7070.
BSO, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, June 13, 14 and 15. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler's Symphony No. 8, with Morgan State University Choir and University of Maryland Chorus, sopranos Alison Hargan, Margaret Jane Wray and Dawn Kotoski; altos Jard van Nes, Nancy Maultsby, tenor Richard Leech, baritone David Arnold; and bass Kenneth Cox. Call 783-8000.