Center Stage rewarded for marketing

ARTS NOTES

August 21, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Center Stage has won the 1994 Marketing Excellence Award from the Baltimore Chapter of the American Marketing Association for its successful promotion of subscriptions and single tickets for the 1993-1994 main-stage season.

The season included three of the five best-selling productions in the theater's history: August Wilson's "Fences," the musical "Das Barbecu" and Irene Lewis' production of "Othello," which sold more single tickets than any previous Center Stage production.

The marketing efforts were boosted by the start of a five-year, $1.4 million grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund that underwrites programming and promotion initiatives aimed at theatergoers ages 14 to 30.

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Center Stage has a new address on the Internet e-mail system. This computer communications option will allow patrons, theater lovers and students with e-mail access to establish an online relationship with the theater. The address is centerstgol.com on the America Online computer service. Mail will be checked and answered daily. For details, call (410) 685-3200, Ext. 370.

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The Chamber Music Society of Baltimore will celebrate its 45th season with a series of concerts dedicated to president emeritus Randolph Rothschild. All performances will take place in the Meyerhoff Auditorium of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The schedule follows:

* Oct. 17: The New York Music Ensemble and Shih-Chan Mark Cheng performing music by Babbitt, Lou Harrison and Rand Steiger, as well as a world premiere of Mr. Cheng's "Chiaroscuro."

* Dec. 12: Violinist Kevin Lawrence and pianist Eric Larsen performing music by Schubert, Bartok, Stravinsky and Robert Hall Lewis.

* March 12: Pianist Mark Markham performing music by Shulamit Ran, Liszt and Ravel.

* April 9: Boston Composers String Quartet performing music by Bernard Rands and Bela Bartok.

In addition, a gala to benefit the Chamber Music Society and to honor Mr. Rothschild will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Peabody Library of the Peabody Institute. Tickets are $100 per person. The evening's program includes supper as well as performances by Anthony Stark, Pamela Jordan, Mark Markham, Arno Drucker, James Ostryniec and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble.

OC For details about the season and the gala, call (410) 486-1140.

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Loyola College's Center for Values and Service will bring H. B. Johnson Jr.'s play "Smooth Disappointment" to the McManus Theater on campus Sept. 15-16.

A poet, playwright, essayist and three-time winner of the local Black Playwrights Award, Mr. Johnson, of Baltimore, was released from prison last year when Gov. William Donald Schaefer commuted his 35-year sentence for shooting a store employee during a 1982 robbery attempt.

The 47-year-old writer has won honorable mention in PEN's American Center Prison Writing Contest and has received the NAACP (Maryland Penitentiary Chapter) Maryland Inspiration Award for his non-fiction.

Tickets for the play, presented by the Arena Players Studio 801, are $5. For details, call (410) 617-5024.

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Resurgam Gallery, a cooperative of artists and crafts people in Federal Hill, is accepting applications for new members for 1994-1995 exhibitions. For details and an application, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Resurgam Gallery, New Members Application, 910 S. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21230.

Auditions

All players of orchestral instruments are invited to audition for the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, a student and community orchestra, Sept. 9-10 at the university's Homewood campus. This year, the orchestra will perform four orchestral concerts in Shriver Concert Hall as well as three chamber music programs in the Great Hall of Levering Hall.

The schedule includes Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor Oct. 22, Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Dec. 4, the world premiere of Anthony Stark's Sinfonietta March 5 and Cherubini's Requiem Mass in C minor March 11. Music director Jed Gaylin will conduct all concerts. For details on auditions, additional concert and chamber music programs, and tickets, call (410) 516-6542.

* Dundalk Community Theatre will hold auditions for its November production of "Something's Afoot" from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Room 409 of the College Community Center at Dundalk Community College. For details, call (410) 285-9667.

* The Covered Bridge Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "The Sound of Music" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6-8 at the Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre, Cecil Community College in North East. For details about roles for adults and children, call (410) 287-1037.

* The Ballet Theatre of Annapolis will audition young students for its annual December production of "Nutcracker" on Sept. 9 in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Dancers, who must be 7 or older, can audition for roles as children, mice and cherubs, pointe angels, soldiers, and candies or gingerbread. Girls should wear black leotards and pink tights, and boys should wear white T-shirts and black tights. Selected dancers must attend rehearsals every Friday evening and be available for performances Dec. 3-4 at Towson State University and Dec. 8, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at Maryland Hall. The production is choreographed by Edward Stewart. For details, call (410) 263-8289.

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