Theatre Project sets 'Shelter'
"Shelter" -- a piece about three women in an Israeli air raid shelter during the Gulf War -- begins a two-week run at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., on Wednesday. Performance times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Sundays at 3 p.m., through Oct. 27. (Opening night is sold out.) Tickets are $10 to $15.
The fourth work by the Tmu-Na Theater of Tel Aviv presented at the Theatre Project, "Shelter" was created by company founder Nava Zuckerman, who began initial work on the piece while in a shelter herself. For more information call 752-8558.
@ The Polish Army Song and Dance Company, a 100-member troupe touring North America, performs tomorrow night at 8 in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Established in 1944, the ensemble presents a multicolored extravaganza of infantrymen, winged hussars and knights. The program ranges from 13th century battle hymns of the Polish knights to popular World War II songs to marches and modern drills. Tickets are $17-$21. For information, call 783-8000.
When Andre Watts plays the Brahms B-flat Concerto this Thursday and Friday with the Baltimore Symphony and guest conductor Hans Vonk, he will almost certainly do so to sold-out houses. That is because the 44-year-old Watts is perhaps the most popular -- certainly the best-known -- classical pianist in the United States.
His story is also like that of a fairy tale. Twenty-eight years ago, this son of a Hungarian woman and an African-American GI appeared on nationwide television with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in a Young People's Concert. Bernstein called him "a young giant," words which the young pianist immediately justified with an elegantly dazzling performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. He's been dazzling audiences ever since and the Brahms Concerto No. 2 is one of his signature pieces.