A festival of double-reed instruments
There's going to be double-reed madness this month at Towson State University. That's because this week the university is hosting the 20th anniversary conference of the Double Reed Society. The following week Towson State will present individual seminars on the English horn and the bassoon.
Between Tuesday and Saturday more than 600 bassoonists, oboists English hornists and contrabassoonists from throughout the world -- some from as far away as South Africa, Korea and Japan -- will be in Towson to play their instruments (more than 35 concerts in all) and to talk about them.
Five world premieres will be featured -- including one by P. D. Q. Bach (the nom de plume of Peter Schickele) of his "Lip My Reeds" on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in T.S.U.'s Fine Arts Concert Hall. Other world premieres will take place that afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Stephens Hall. More concerts, seminars and lectures will be given throughout the week. The public will be admitted to all events; admission is $20 per day. For additional information call 830-2836.
The eighth annual Bassoon Symposium runs Aug. 18-21 and will feature workshops, master classes and performances by two notable bassoonists, John Miller of the Minnesota Orchestra and Milan Turkovic of the Salzburg Mozarteum. The 13th annual English Horn Seminar runs Aug. 18-22 and will be presented by the New York Philharmonic's Thomas Stacy. For additional information about concerts and lectures, call 830-2836.
Art works inspired by the grace, form and energy of classic and modern dance will be on display at the Life of Maryland Gallery beginning Thursday with a public reception from 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
"Art of the Dance," running through Oct. 25, features works by more than 20 Maryland artists and represents a meeting of the fine and performing arts, according to curator George Fondersmith. "Long before Edgar Degas enshrined the Paris Ballet, Buddhist artisans had decorated their temples with delightful images of ceremonial dancers. Dance still inspires great art," he said in a gallery statement. The paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints exhibited are by such artists as Barbara Cooper, Judy Herrmann and Michael Starke, Wanda Hurt and Jim Opasik.
An auction of selected works, to benefit the Maryland Ballet, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. For more information, call 539-7900, Ext. 235.
Sigmund Freud and the Cold War
A psychoanalytic look at the rise of Stalin and the Cold War will be presented in "The Interpretation of Dreams," a new film by Kiev-based filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky being presented Tuesday by the Baltimore Film Forum in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art's 1991 "New Directors" series.
The film is based on the work of Sigmund Freud, which was officially banned in the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1989. Reflecting the promise of the new generation of Soviet filmmakers, Mr. Zagdansky appropriates the official history of the country from newsreel and archival sources and, as if inviting Freud to participate in one of his "talking cure" therapy sessions, reconstitutes the images into "case history" form.
The director will attend the 8 p.m. screening in the the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium. Admission for the film, which is in Russian with English subtitles, is $4. For more information, call 889-1993.
Peabody student recitals
In preparation for coming international music competitions, two advanced students from the Peabody Conservatory of Music will present warm-up recitals in the Walters Art Gallery's Graham Auditorium.
Violinist Darel Stark, a student of Berl Senofsky, will perform works by Bach, Faure, Prokofieff and Eugene Ysaye on Friday at 8:15 p.m. and again on Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in preparation for the Zino Francescatti Competition in France in late September.
Pianist Lori Kaufman, a student of Leon Fleisher, will perform works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Rorem, Chopin and Rachmaninoff Saturday at 8:15 p.m. She is preparing for the International Piano Competition in Senigallia, Italy.
All performances are free. For more information, call 547-9000, Ext. 300.
* Columbia Community Players for its production of "Dracula," Aug. 11 at 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Faulkner Ridge Community Center off Twin Rivers Road. Parts available for six males and two females. Call 381-4864.
* Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, for all instruments, Sept. 5-6 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Essex Community College. Auditioners must be between ages of 14 and 21. Call 522-1421.
* Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra, for musicians ages 11-18. Applications are needed by Aug. 23 for Sept. 7 auditions in Annapolis. Call 269-0848 or 987-1363.