The Grinch -- in the form of the economy -- has stolen the Walters Art Gallery's annual free Christmas concert.
Cancellation of the Dec. 15 Renaissance Christmas Concert, which had been held for the past 17 years, is one of several steps the Walters is taking to cope with the loss of government and private funds totaling some $300,000, museum director Robert P. Bergman said last week.
In addition, the museum is leaving staff vacancies unfilled, freezing salaries and eliminating overtime for guards and maintenance workers, who are paid by the hour, Dr. Bergman said. Also, the museum is paring money allocated for exhibition installations, publications and library acquisitions.
The effect of the cutbacks will be subtle but noticeable. The museum will no longer be able to extensively rebuild spaces to suit a particular exhibit and will have to rely on photocopied labels rather than silk-screened ones, he said.
Koo Dance to perform
Dance on the Edge, which presents modern dance companies from around the world, has added a performance Friday at 8 p.m. by the New York-based Koo Dance. The companycombines dance, visuals, live music and storytelling. The performance will take place in Towson State University's
Stephens Hall. Call (410) 830-3369.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Avalon Theater Company, for Neil Simon's "Sunshine Boys," tomorrow and Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Catonsville Career Center, 222 Bloomsbury Ave. Call (410) 242-6416.
*The Edwin Booth Theater, for "Murder on Tour," next Sunday at 4 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at 704 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air. Call (410) 679-7107.
*The Jewish Repertory Theater, for "Esther: A Vaudeville Megillah," Dec. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Call (410) 542-2900.