Hope Quackenbush will receive honor

ARTS NOTES

May 22, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Hope Quackenbush, former managing director of the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, will receive the 1994 Achievement Award from the National Touring Theatre Council.

The award honors Mrs. Quackenbush for her dedication and contribution to the theater industry. Other honorees include theatrical producers Fran and Barry Weissler and the general management offices of Gatchell and Neufeld.

A founding member of the National Touring Theatre Council, Mrs. Quackenbush heads the Friends of the Performing Arts Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to constructing a performance space in the Mount Royal Cultural district. She is also a member of the BCPA's board of directors and the League of American Theatres and Producers. She will receive her award Thursday in New York.

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Native American poet Edgar Silex will read from his work with poet Elaine Upton at 8 p.m. Thursday in Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St.

Mr. Silex is the author of "Even the Dead Have Memories" and "The Unwelcome Tune of God." Ms. Upton, who has studied women of the African diaspora, wrote "Children of Apartness," which won the 1993 Columbia Book Award for poetry. Both poets are professors at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Halcyon Gallery presents a reading the last Thursday of every month. Suggested donations for the readings are $4. For details, call (410) 522-7620.

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Capitol Quartet, D'Amore Duo and the Kalamos Quartet have won the 1994 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition, according to the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture.

Each winning ensemble will receive an honorarium to perform in Artscape's "Classics in the Cool" concert series starting at 1 p.m. July 17 in the lobby of Meyerhoff Hall.

Capitol Quartet consists of Kenneth Foerch, saxophone; Anjan Shah, saxophone; Irvin Peterson, tenor sax, and Sheila Connor, baritone sax.

D'Amore Duo consists of guitarist William Feasley and oboist Vladimir Lande.

The Kalamos Quartet consists of James Heffernan, B-flat clarinetist; Jean Gould, bass clarinetist; David Jones, B-flat clarinetist and Steven Hearn, B-flat clarinetist.

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"Ciphers of Identity," an exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will begin a two-year national tour next month to venues in New York, Florida, California and Missouri.

Curated by Maurice Berger, the show examines how artists from diverse racial, ethnic, sexual and economic communities have defined cultural identity in the 1990s. It was shown at UMBC last November. Participating artists include Emilio Cruz, Lyle Ashton Harris, Oliver Herring, Deborah Kass, Mary Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Simon Leung, Adrian Piper, Elaine Reichek, Fred Wilson and Nina Yankowitz.

"Ciphers of Identity," funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council, is the third major traveling exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Gallery since 1989.

Auditions

The casting directors for the musical "Miss Saigon" will hold auditions for Asian and Amerasian children ages 4 to 5 at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington. Boys and girls are welcome to audition for the role of "Tam," but they should be no taller than 41 inches.

The role is non-singing and non-speaking. Children cast will play the role during the Washington run of "Miss Saigon," which begins June 7, and will receive full Actor's Equity salary plus expenses. Parents or guardians should also bring a recent photograph of their child. For details, call (202) 628-6167.

* Friends Summer Stock Program will hold auditions for teen-agers to perform in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Friends School Auditorium, 5114 N. Charles St. Auditioners should prepare to sing, read and dance. The production calls for seven male leads, seven female leads, dancers and chorus members. Auditions are open to students entering ninth grade, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade and recent graduates. For details, call (410) 532-3209.

* The Actors Company Theatre will hold auditions for its August production of "Man of La Mancha" at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at North County High School, First Avenue in Ferndale. Auditioners will read and sing a selection from the show. For details, call (410) 760-5800.

* The Annapolis Company Theater (ACT) will hold auditions for its production of "Much Ado About Nothing" at 7 p.m. May 31 and 2 p.m. June 5 in the Great Hall at St. John's College in Annapolis. Ten performances, directed by Nathan Rosen, are planned for July 15-21. For details, call (410) 268-2793.

* Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will hold auditions for new company members at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 308 of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. BTA has positions for soloists, corps and apprentices with strong classical training for its 32-week season. Women dancers are asked to bring pointe shoes. There is a $10 audition/registration fee. For details, call (410) 263-8289.

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