Jazz plus dance performances at the Museum of Art

ARTS NOTES

June 16, 1991|By Eric Siegel

Jazz pianist and composer Don Pullen and dancer and choreographer Eva Anderson first performed together 30 years ago when they were students at North Carolina's Johnson C. Smith University.

"Don played the organ for me and I danced," Ms. Anderson

remembers.

Ten years ago, they renewed their association, this time as established professionals. They will be together again Saturday and next Sunday when Mr. Pullen joins the Eva Anderson Dancers for two performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Mr. Pullen's trio will perform the first half of the concert, then be joined for the second half of the program by Ms. Anderson's company for four collaborative pieces. They include "Deep Blues," which Ms. Anderson and Mr. Pullen worked on previously, and three premieres: "Reach Yester day I.O.U.," a tribute to Anthony Johns, a former member of the troupe who was slain several years ago; "When Dudes Walk," a ragtime piece; and "Sarongo," which employs Brazilian music.

"We talk about what I want to do," Ms. Anderson says of the collaboration. "Then as I work, he'll look at what I do."

The two set a framework, but still allow for flexibility. The result is what Ms. Anderson calls "partial improvisation."

The performances begin both nights at 8 and tickets are $15. For more information, call 997-3899.

For black writers

The deadline for the 10th Annual Drama Competition for Black Writers, sponsored by WMAR-TV (Channel 2) and Arena Players, is Sept. 6.

The competition is open to residents of Maryland and the District Columbia. It carries a top prize of $1,000 and the airing of the winning play on Channel 2 next February.

Plays must be suitable for a general television audience, approximately 60 minutes in length and have a maximum of four characters and three settings. They must contain no exterior scenes and be typed in script form.

Entries should be submitted to WMAR-TV, 6400 York Road, Baltimore, Md. 21212. For more information, call 377-2222.

BSO receives grant

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $215,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to supports its 1991-'92 subscription season. The BSO was one of 14 orchestras, out of 185 to receive funding, to get a grant of more than $200,000. The largest -- $265,000 -- were given to the Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco orchestras.

Also, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown received $4,600 grant and the Rockville-based National Chamber Orchestra was awarded $3,000.

Art students honored

David Baker, a senior at Howard County's Centennial High School who will enroll at Virginia Tech University, won the $1,000 first prize in the Maryland Art League's annual scholarship competition. Daniel Curry, a senior at Bel Air High School who will attend the Maryland Institute, College of Art, was awarded the $200 Dorothy Sorgen Memorial Prize.

Auditions

The following auditions are coming up:

*The Vagabond Theatre, 806 South Broadway, for "Night Watch," Monday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Call 563-9135.

*The Covered Bridge Theatre, 105 Railroad Ave., Elkton, for "Oklahoma!", Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call (301) 392-3780.

*Theatre Therese, in the auditorium of the Shrine of the Little Flower Church, 2800 Brendan Ave., for "Brigadoon," July 8 and July 10 at 7 p.m. Call 483-2055.

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