Pro Musica Rara concert features the clarinetOf all...

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September 20, 1992|By Stephen Wigler

Pro Musica Rara concert features the clarinet

Of all musical instruments, it's the clarinet that most closely approximates the human voice, and no instrument is lovelier. The clarinet will be highlighted today at 3:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Arts when Pro Musica Rara gives its first p,14l concert of the season. The music will include pieces by Beethoven, Mozart and C.P.E. Bach, and many of them will feature performances by clarinetist Lawrence McDonald, who is among the world's best-known practitioners on the early clarinet.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors and BMA members and $6 for students). For information and reservations, call (410) 821-8730. His singles don't dominate the pop charts the way they did 20 years ago; his outfits aren't as flashy as they used to be; his voice doesn't hit the high notes the way it once did. No matter. As the title of his current album reminds us, Elton John is still "The One," and 1992 is beginning to shape up as his year. John's influence continues to be felt today, in the work of artists ranging from Guns N' Roses (whose "November Rain" owes much to Elton) to George Michael to Tori Amos. And with his old albums about to be reissued (along with a collection of demos and rarities) next month, that influence seems likely to extend to another generation.

No wonder, then, that the pavilion seating for both of hi Merriweather Post Pavilion shows sold out as soon as they were put on sale. Lawn seating still remains for tonight's performance ($25), as it did for Saturday's, so there's no reason to feel totally left out. Show time is 8 p.m. Call (410) 481-7328 for tickets, (410) 730-2424 for information.

J.D. Considine "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," a gospel musical about black family relationships, opens a one-week run at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre on Tuesday. Written and produced by the Rev. David Payton, the drama is set against an uplifting score that ranges from gospel to jazz to rhythm and blues.

Performance times are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $18.50-$22.50. For more information, call (410) 625-4230.

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