MUSICGreat Christmas musicAnyone searching for great...

WEEKEND PICKS

December 07, 1991|By Stephen Wigler THEATER 'Hot Tin Roof'

MUSIC

Great Christmas music

Anyone searching for great Christmas music need look no further than tonight's 8:15 concert at Friedberg Concert Hall at the Peabody Conservatory. Edward Polochick will conduct the Peabody Symphony and Chorus in Heinrich Schuetz's "Christmas Oratoria," one of the genuinely great works of its kind. The seasonally appropriate program will include Respighi's "Airs and Ancient Dances" and "Utteration of the Magi" and a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves" that will feature 12 (!) harps. Tickets are $10. For information, call (410) 659-8124. The Harbour Theatre is presenting a first-rate version of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Directed with sharp insight by Richard Jackson, the play tells the story of a dysfunctional, affluent Southern family facing several crises. Laura McFarland gives a strong performance as a frustrated wife fighting for her marital rights. Others offering convincing performances are Bob Nelson as Big Daddy, Timm Munn as Brick, and Mary Alice Feather as Big Momma. 8 p.m. Catonsville Skills Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. Tickets: $9/$8. (410) 728-1275.

Winifred Walsh It's not often that rock fans have the chance to see Nils Lofgren in a solo setting, the way he'll be appearing at Max's on Broadway tomorrow night. After all, the diminutive guitarist owes most of his reputation to his work as an ensemble player, whether with superstars like Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, or local rockers like Grin (his legendary early '70s group) and the Newkeys (his brother Tom's band). But seeing him solo is the best way to appreciate the strengths of his songwriting and the polish of his guitar picking. Tickets are $11 ($13 the day of the show), and the doors open at 7 p.m. Call (410) 675-6297 for more information.

J.D. Considine

MOVIE

That's 'My Girl'

There's been a lot said about the fact that Macaulay Culkin ("Home Alone") plays a character who dies in "My Girl," but audiences don't seem to mind, and psychiatrists are saying that the film is acceptable to children over 10 years of age. Beyond the controversy is a very appealing movie about an 11-year-old girl who lives with her father in the family quarters above a funeral parlor. Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis are the adults. Anna Chlumsky is the little girl. Language. Rating: PG. ***

Lou Cedrone Here's another new made-for-TV movie that looks as if it could become a video evergreen, playing every holiday season. "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," airing tomorrow night at 9 on Channel 13, stars Ed Asner, Richard Thomas and Charles Bronson. It tells the story behind a famous editorial written by Francis Church in 1897 for the New York Sun. Bronson plays Church, a deeply depressed newspaperman, given the task of answering a letter from an immigrant girl wondering whether St. Nick really exists.

David Zurawik

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