Attention opera lovers! You can pretty much mark four Saturday afternoons off your engagement calendars. Wagner's massive "Ring" cycle operas are airing consecutively on the "Texaco-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast," starting next week.
The long-running program is heard here weekly at 1:30 p.m. on WBJC-FM (91.5). "Der Ring des Nibelungen," -- comprising "Das Rheingold, "Die Walkure," "Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung" -- will be sung in the live broadcast on March 27 and April 3, 10 and 17, respectively.
Only twice before has the full cycle been heard on the 53-year-old program, in the 1950-1951 season and the 1988-1989 season.
In the meantime, tomorrow's opera is Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," with Jessye Norman as Ariadne, Ruth Ann Swenson as Zerbinetta, Susanne Mentzer as the Composer and Thomas Moser as Bacchus, making his Met debut. Ion Marin conducts the Met orchestra in the new production, which premiered earlier this season with this cast.
Three Baltimore area radio stations are finalists for annual community service awards from the National Association of Broadcasters.
In the running for a Crystal Award from the national group are Baltimore oldies rock WQSR-FM (105.7) and urban contemporary WXYV-FM (102.7), and Westminster adult-contemporary WTTR-AM (1470).
Ten winners will be selected from 40 finalists from across the nation, to be announced at the NAB's annual convention April 19 in Las Vegas.
Have you found the new voice in nighttime two-way talk? Public radio station WJHU-FM (88.1) has begun airing "The Marc Steiner Show" at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, with the focus on local issues or the local impact of national issues.
L Previous editions of the 90-minute show have included discus
sion of school choice and the use of the Norplant contraceptive in public schools.
Classic rock station WGRX-FM (100.7) is sponsoring an exhibit this weekend at the Timonium Fairgrounds that features visual art work by such rock 'n' roll greats as Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), John Lennon and David Bowie.
"The Massive Image Makers Rock N Roll Art Exhibit" appears in connection with the March Mammoth Sale running today through Sunday. The thrice annual charity fashion sale runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 7 Sunday.
Admission to the sale and show is $2 a person, with proceeds benefiting the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Works in the show, some of them for sale, include pen-and-ink ZTC drawings by late Beatle Lennon, silk-screen works by Mr. Wood, dark-hued paintings by Mr. Bowie and airbrush psychedelic images by Mr. Garcia.