Pont-Aven exhibit coming to Walters

ARTS NOTES

May 08, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The Walters Art Gallery will present the only East Coast showing of "Gauguin and the School of Pont-Aven," a major exhibition of post-impressionist paintings.

The show, which features more than 100 works of art from a private European collection, will run at the Walters from Nov. 20 to Jan. 7. It is the most comprehensive show of Pont-Aven art ever to visit the United States.

This style of painting was developed by Paul Gauguin and other late-19th-century artists who were dissatisfied with the limitations of impressionism. The Pont-Aven artists cultivated a deliberately "primitive" approach, which showed their emotional responses to their subjects rather than their realistic perceptions.

"It's a delightful show of a group of artists who are at their absolute best," says Gary Vikan, the museum's director.

The exhibition has toured Japan and Australia and will also be seen in Indianapolis; Montreal; Memphis, Tenn.; and San Diego.

Admission to the show will be by reserved, timed ticket only. Tickets will go on sale through TicketMaster beginning Sept. 6. For details, call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 277 or 281.

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The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will appear in its third series of performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in

December at the Kennedy Center, according to music director Tom Hall. The full chorus will give four performances of Handel's "Messiah," conducted by Peter Bay, Dec. 16-19.

The organization's 1994-1995 season will include subscription concerts with masterworks by Bach, Mozart, Handel and Schubert. Unless otherwise noted, the performances are in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.

Nov. 6: Schubert's Mass in G major and Handel's "Dixit Dominus"; Dec. 10: Sixth annual Christmas for Kids concert; Dec. 11: 11th Annual Christmas Concert at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen; March 11: Mozart's Violin Concerto in A major and Mass in C minor at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; May 7: Bach's Mass in B minor.

For details on concerts, non-subscription concerts and events and for ticket information, call (410) 523-7070.

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The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, directed by Anne Harrigan, has announced five concerts for its 1994-1995 season. Unless otherwise noted, the concerts are in Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College.

Oct. 5: Rossini's Overture to "The Barber of Seville," Puccini's "The Chrysanthemums," Schiff's "Stomp" and Beethoven's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Dec. 6, 7 and 11: Charpentier's Introduction to "Te Deum," Bach's "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances," Suite No. 3 and selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" in St. Mary's Seminary Chapel; Feb. 8: Handel's Concerto Grosso in F major, Haydn's Symphony No. 83 in G minor, "The Hen," Schumann's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor; March 8: Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A major, Grondahl's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra and Milhaud's Creation of the World"; May 3: Butterworth's "On the Banks of the Green Willow," Mozart's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major.

For details on concerts and ticket information, call (410) 887-2259.

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The Towson State University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Glenn Cashman, recently won first place in the jazz festival at Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. One of 11 competing college ensembles, the TSU jazz musicians also received awards for best trumpet section, best saxophone section and best rhythm section. Trumpet player Bob Miller received an award as outstanding soloist.

Auditions

* Auditions for the Timonium Dinner Theatre's production of "A Chorus Line" are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the theater, 9603 Deereco Road. The production calls for male and female dancers who can sing. The production will run July 8 through Sept. 4. For details, call (410) 560-1113.

* Auditions for Citizens Celebrating Baltimore, a volunteer choir, are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays during June at Metropolitan Church, Lanvale Street and Carrollton Avenue. For details, call (410) 664-6869.

* The Covenant Guild, a women's philanthropic organization, is searching for talent for its AIDS benefit talent show in November. Singers, dancers, comics and magicians will compete for prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 for their performances. The proceeds from the evening will benefit AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) in Baltimore. To schedule an audition to appear in the show, call (301) 369-1500.

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Deadline is June 1 for entering the annual literary contest of the Baltimore Writers' Alliance. Categories include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and one-act plays. For guidelines about the .. contest, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Polly Thornton, 6343 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, Md. 21227.

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