Elliot Carter, Ursula Oppens team up musically
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Elliot Carter will join the acclaimed pianist Ursula Oppens for a seminar and performance in celebration of the composer's 83rd birthday today at the University of Maryland Center of Adult Education in College Park. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. and the performance -- of Carter's "Piano Sonata" and "Night Fantasies" -- begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $5-$17; call (301) 403-4240.
Ms. Oppens will perform the same program tomorrow night at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $13; call (410) 486-1140. The Christmas season (or, for that matter, any season) isn't complete without several performances of the "Messiah." Handel's masterpiece is sort of like Christmas cookies -- the difference being that you don't get sick by overconsuming. There are several performances this week. The first two are presented by the Handel Choir of Baltimore -- one today at 4 p.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Fullerton and another Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Kraushaar Auditorium on the Goucher College campus. Tickets for the first are $10 and $14; those for the second are $6-$16. Call (410) 366-6544. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will also perform the work twice -- at Meyerhoff Hall Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14-$26. Call (410) 783-8000. Drivin' n' Cryin' may not be Atlanta's best-known rock and roll band (the Black Crowes take that title), but being No. 2, they definitely try hard. This tuneful, hard-rocking quartet will perform songs from its current album, "Fly Me Courageous," tonight at Max's on Broadway. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are $11. Call (800) 551-7328 for tickets, (410) 675-6297 for information.
J. D. Considine