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November 07, 1993|By J. Wynn Rousuck

Scholarly conference associated with play

George Farquhar's Restoration comedy, "The Beaux' Stratagem," opens Friday on the mainstage of Towson State University's Fine Arts Building, Osler and Cross Campus drives, in conjunction with a conference on the 18th century. Directed by Richard Pilcher, the production will be presented Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m., with performances continuing Nov. 17-20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (410) 830-2787.

The conference, titled "Order and Disorder in the Eighteenth Century" and sponsored by the East Central/American Society for Restoration Eighteenth-Century Studies, will be held Thursday through Sunday on the TSU campus and will include scholars from across the country. Registration for the entire conference is $120; partial registration is available for $50. For information on the conference, call George Hahn at (410) 830-2861. For some listeners -- particularly in German-speaking countries -- the greatest piece of Christmas music ever written is not Handel's "Messiah" but Bach's "Christmas Oratorio." Comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges -- totally different, except that each is incomparable. Last year the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and its music director, Tom Hall, gave a most persuasive performance of the first half of this masterwork. Tonight at 7 in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, they will perform the second half. Tickets are $9-$20. Call (410) 523-7070.

Stephen Wigler Like his mentor Phil Woods, Richie Cole is one of the few alto saxophonists capable of recalling the virtuosity of Charlie Parker without seeming imitative. In the mid-'70s, his "Alto Madness" approach made him one of the biggest names in bop (this, mind, was before the Marsalis band made a minor industry out of retro jazz), while his work with the Manhattan Transfer kept his playing in the limelight through the '80s.

But Cole hadn't recorded much over the last decade, which left a lot of listeners thinking that his new album, "Profile," was a comeback of sorts. And while Cole hasn't really been away, there's a freshness and focus to his work on the album that makes his playing a minor revelation. Hear for yourself when Cole plays the New Haven Lounge, 1552 Havenwood Road, Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $7. For more information, call (410) 366-7416.

J.D. Considine

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