'Mining' closes down on a festive note
"Mining the Museum," one of Baltimore's most daring and successful exhibits, goes out with a bang next weekend at the Maryland Historical Society. This collaboration between the society and the Museum for Contemporary Arts presents New York artist Fred Wilson's installation examining the African-American and American Indian experience in Maryland through objects in the society's collection. It opened in April to universal raves, eventually had its run extended to 11 months, and will close Sunday. On Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a final celebration with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Mr. Wilson in attendance; and members of the D.C. Black Repertory Company will give a dramatic reading of primary documents in the history of African-Americans. Admission is free. The historical society is located at 201 W. Monument St. (410) 685-3750. Phyllis Bryn-Julson is one of finest and most versatile singers -- she's as comfortable with George Gershwin and Cole Porter as she is with Gustav Mahler and Claudio Monteverdi. Composers love Bryn-Julson and many of them write specifically for her. The latest to do so is the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen, whose setting of Dylan Thomas' "A Winter's Tale" will receive its local premiere from Bryn-Julson at 8 tomorrow night in the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore series at the Baltimore Museum of Art. With the superb pianist Mark Markham, Bryn-Julson will also perform music by the late Olivier Messiaen and Luigi Dallapiccola. Wuorinen will be on hand to discuss his work. Tickets are $15; $13 for museum members; and $5 for students. (410)486-1140.