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.