Children at play in Patterson Park are the stuff of Life

ARTS NOTES

May 01, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Photographs of exuberant youngsters playing ball in Patterson Park, part of a series by Baltimorean Harry Connolly, appear in the May issue of Life magazine.

Selected from Mr. Connolly's "Patterson Park Portfolio," a five-year series that records the spirit of Highlandtown summers, the nine photographs serve as inspiration for an accompanying essay on Little League baseball by novelist Stephen King.

Mr. Connolly expects that they will also appear in a book about life in the two baseball fields along Eastern Avenue, as well as in Highlandtown. (Some photographs from this series have been shown at the Gomez Gallery in South Baltimore.)

Mr. Connolly approached New York literary agent Chuck Verrill with his idea for a book last year, after he failed to elicit enthusiasm from Baltimore publishers and writers. Mr. Verrill sent some photographs to thriller-writer King -- who had previously written about his son's Little League team for the New Yorker -- and to Life magazine. Mr. King wrote a long essay -- which is partially reprinted in Life -- based upon the photographs. The book's publisher is not yet decided.

Formerly a photographer for the Walters Art Gallery, Mr. Connolly grew up in Baltimore, graduated from Friends School and attended Georgetown University en route to a degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. The 42-year-old photographer runs his own commercial photography business -- "no weddings, no babies" -- and lives in Anneslie.

At the moment, he is working on a long-term project for the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Center documenting the lives young patients in and out of the hospital. He is thrilled with his Life debut. His photographs come right after a feature on Steven Spielberg and right before one on Marilyn Monroe. "Location, location, location!" he chants.

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Last week, Vedran Smailovic, a 37-year-old cellist from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, performed at a candlelight vigil in front of the White House thanks to Baltimore cello-maker James Cox.

A former player for Yugoslavia's national symphony and national opera company, Mr. Smailovic is the last living member of a string quartet whose members were killed by mortar and sniper fire. He lost his own cello when his apartment in Sarajevo was bombed last October. Mr. Cox, who has made instruments for such international artists as Yo-Yo Ma and Mihaly Virizlay, lent Mr. Smailovic a copy of a Stradivarius cello for the Washington appearance.

Among the pieces the cellist played was Albinoni's Adagio, a work he has performed for the past two years, since Sarajevo's bread-line massacre. His performance in Washington was sponsored by the World Alliance for Humanitarian Assistance for Bosnia.

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The Dundalk Chorus, a Sweet Adeline chorus, will give six free vocal lessons to women interested in joining the chorus beginning at 7:30 p.m. May 5 at the North Point Government Center Auditorium, Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard. For details, call (410) 377-1995.

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The Mill River Gallery, featuring the work of 14 resident and area artists, will open May 7 in the Dickey Mill building in the restored mill town of Oella, a half-mile north of Ellicott City. The building also contains antiques shops, a neon-art studio, a marble studio and a gallery devoted to artistic furniture and decorative arts. Mill River Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For details, call (410) 461-1577.

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A sale of African-American art by such artists as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and William Tolliver is scheduled for May 7 at the warehouse at Camden Yards as a benefit for the National Bar Association. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For details, call (410) 377-3762.

Auditions

* The Baltimore Opera Company will hold its annual chorus auditions from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 and 13. Potential choristers must prepare two operatic arias in the original language and key. In addition, singers must possess fluency in the pronunciation of Italian, French and German and have substantial stage and dramatic experience. They must also bring resumes.

The repertoire for the 1994-1995 season will be "Rigoletto" (October 1994); "Samson et Dalila" (March 1995) and "Manon Lescaut" (April 1995). For details and to set up an audition appointment, call James Harp at (410) 625-1600.

* Auditions for the Hopkins Classic Players' summer production of "Twelfth Night" are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday outside on the Kreiger-Ames breezeway on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. For details, call (410) 889-8340.

* The Handel Choir will hold auditions in all voice parts for singers who can sight-read music and who have previous choral experience. Rehearsals are from 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays at First English Lutheran Church. Rehearsals for "Hallelujah Handel," a concert with excerpts from Handel oratorios, begin in May. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 366-6544.

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