Columbia calendar: Here's what's in store Festival of the Arts offers a celebration of enlightenment

June 17, 1994

Among the headlining talent this year at the sixth annual Columbia Festival of the Arts are homespun storyteller Garrison Keillor, jazz drummer Max Roach, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, cellist Fred Sherry, African-American "roots" musician Taj Mahal, and the Columbia Pro Cantore performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Besides appearing separately, Mr. Jones and Mr. Roach are collaborating on a new dance piece. Here's a schedule:

* "Free at Last: Images of Emancipation," a documentary theater piece at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Audience discussions follow each performance. There is also a free symposium tomorrow at 6 p.m.

* Fred Sherry and the Festival Players, performing Beethoven's String Trio in G Major and Brahms' G minor Piano Quartet at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, Little Patuxent Parkway, tomorrow at 8 p.m. There is also an open rehearsal in Smith Theater tomorrow at 2 p.m.

* Garrison Keillor and Roland Flint, with the radio raconteur joining a Maryland poet for an evening of storytelling, poetry and song at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Sunday at 7 p.m.

* Music at Oakland presents acoustic guitarist Al Petteway Monday at 7:30 p.m., lute player Ron McFarlane Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and a free violin master class led by Daniel Heifetz Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the historic Oakland Manor, Vantage Point Road.

* Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in residence, offers social commentary within a contemporary dance format at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, June 24 at 8 p.m. and June 26 at 2 p.m.

* Meet the Artists Forum: Bill T. Jones and Max Roach. These performers discuss their new collaborative piece, co-commissioned by the festival, at Slayton House Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Of related interest are a free performance and demonstration by Bill T. Jones and Company at Wilde Lake High School Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and the Jones/Roach collaboration premiering in open rehearsal at Wilde Lake High School June 24 at 2 p.m.

* Film series: "Sugarcane Alley," Monday at 7:30 p.m.; "Ruby in Paradise," Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.; "Chocolat," Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Screenings in Howard Community College's Smith Theater.

* Taj Mahal, exploring the history of African-American "roots" music, in Howard Community College's Smith Theater June 24 at 8 p.m.

* The Max Roach Double Quartet, performing at Wilde Lake High School June 25 at 8 p.m. An open rehearsal is also scheduled for the same day at 2 p.m.

* Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by associate conductor David Lockington, joins the BSO Chorus and the Columbia Pro Cantore for a program including Copland's Old American Songs, Bernstein's "West Side Story" Symphonic Dances and the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Little Patuxent Parkway, June 26 at 7:30 p.m.

* Lakefront Festival. There are many free performances, a crafts show and refreshments at Lake Kittamgundi in Town Center on June 24, 25 and 26. The live performances feature contemporary bluegrass and folk music on the evening of June 24; family entertainment during the afternoon and jazz in the evening on June 25; and an afternoon of family entertainment on June 26.

The festival box office may be reached at (410) 715-3055.

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