Civil rights activist Julian Bond, who hosted the award-winning PBS series "Eyes on the Prize," will join the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Saturday at 8 p.m. in Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium in a concert to honor the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Mr. Bond will narrate the Baltimore premiere of Thomas Beveridge's "Once: In Memoriam Martin Luther King," which combines gospel, spirituals and neo-romantic melodies and harmonies. Soprano Theresa Hamm will be the soloist. The BCAS Full Chorus will be joined for the work by the Chorus of the Baltimore School for the Arts, creating an ensemble of more than 150 singers.
Also on the program is English composer John Rutter's "Gloria."
Tickets to the concert are $7, $17 and $20. For information, call 523-7070.
Arts groups get grants
The Baltimore Choral Arts Society was one of 17 Maryland organizations to share in $441,800 in grants announced last week by the National Endowment for the Arts. The group was awarded $5,100 in support of singers' fees for the 1991-'92 season.
Half the total was given to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: $5,900 to support the BSO Chorus and $215,000 to support the 1991-'92 subscription series. Other grantees included the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery, $25,000 each; Maryland Art Place, $7,500; and the Downtown Dance Company, $4,900.
Olney Theatre plays
Olney Theatre, the summer playhouse in western Montgomery County, will open its five-play 1991 season April 30 with a revival of Philip King's 1940s farce of scrambled identities, "See How They Run." The play will run through May 26.
Also on Olney's schedule:
*"The Petition" by Brian Clark, author of "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?", about a conflict over limiting the use of nuclear weapons, June 4-30.
*"I'm Not Rappaport," Herb Gardner's 1986 Tony Award-winning comedy about two octogenarians, July 9 to Aug. 4.
*"The Elephant Man," by Bernard Pomerance, the story of John Merrick, a grossly disfigured member of British Victorian society, Aug. 13 to Sept. 8.
*"Marry Me a Little," a revue featuring 17 songs by Stephen Sondheim, Sept. 17 to Oct. 13.
Subscription series, ranging from $60 to $105, are on sale at the Olney Theatre Box Office. Single tickets go on sale April 15. Prices range from $16 to $21, with discounts for seniors, students and groups.
For information, call (301) 924-3400.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Catonsville Community College Summer Theatre for "A Chorus Line," April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the college's Fine and Performing Arts Center Theatre, 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville. Call 455-4590.
*The Act Two Dinner Theatre, 8014 Pulaski Highway, for "Sugar Babies," April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. Call 882-0970.
*The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, 12 Rochester Place, Hagerstown, for concertmaster, violin I and II and viola, on May 16. Call (301) 797-4000 for information and to schedule an audition.