Historical Society receives $29,500

ARTS NOTES

August 28, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

The Maryland Historical Society has received a grant of $29,500 from the Institute of Museum Services to develop an educational partnership between the museum and schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

The museum will base the pilot program on its nationally acclaimed exhibition "Mining the Museum," a show that examines how African-American history has been ignored by cultural institutions. As part of the program, museum educator Anthony Knight will travel to school classrooms to speak about the exhibit and the issues it raises as well as lead tours through the permanent exhibition.

The grant is one of 15 leadership initiative grants awarded nationwide by the federal agency. This grants program seeks to transform the traditional relationship between museums and schools by engaging those institutions in collaborative projects.

Several local choruses are holding auditions for singers to perform in their 1994-1995 seasons. A list follows:

* The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will hold auditions for experienced choral singers Sept. 6 and 8. The full chorus, under the direction of Tom Hall, will perform 11 concerts this season, including performances of Bach's B Minor Mass, Handel's "Dixit Dominus," Schubert's Mass in G and Mozart's C Minor Mass. The chorus will also perform Handel's "Messiah" with the National Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals are Monday nights. Auditions are by appointment only. For details and an appointment, call (410) 523-7070.

* The Baltimore Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Edward Polochick, will hold auditions for experienced choral singers in September. The season includes performances of Orff's "Carmina Burana," Charles Ives' "Holidays Symphony" and They Are There," Prokofiev's "Alexander Nevsky," Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's Requiem. The chorus will record the works by Ives with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in September. For details and an appointment, call (410) 655-0997 or (410) 783-8100.

* The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus, directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, will hold auditions for singers. The season's performances include Dvorak's "Stabat Mater," Handel's "Messiah," Faure's Requiem, works by Britten and Mendelssohn and a commissioned work by Elam Ray Sprenkle. Rehearsals, which begin Sept. 6, are held Tuesday nights. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 730-8549 or (410) 465-5744.

* The St. Charles Chorale, directed by Virginia Reineke, will hold auditions for new members Sept. 10. The season includes a concert of Christmas music with selections ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th-century compositions. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 242-6130.

* The Laurel Oratorio Society, directed by Walter G. Edmonds, invites interested singers to participate in a Dec. 10 performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Rehearsals are held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Laurel Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road, in Laurel. For details, call (301)490-7504.

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Dramatic groups are also holding auditions:

* The Baltimore Playwrights Theatre will hold auditions for a staged reading of "The Pearl Divers," a new play by Tim Marks, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2127 E. Fairmount Ave.

The production calls for six men aged from their 20s to early 40s; Irish or English accents are preferred. The reading is Sept. 18. For details, call (410) 732-8009.

* Bowie Community Theater will hold auditions for its fall production of "Dracula" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 at Theater in the Woods, Whitemarsh Park in Bowie.

The production, directed by Dan Kavanaugh, calls for six men ages 18 and older and two women ages 18 to 35.

For details, call (410) 956-6421.

* The Covered Bridge Theatre will hold auditions for "The Sound of Music" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6-8 at the Milburn Stone Memorial Theatre at Cecil Community College, 1000 North East Road, in North East.

Parents must attend auditions with children under the age of 18.

For details, call (410) 287-1037.

* The Fredericktowne Players will hold auditions for its November production of "Camelot" at 1 p.m. today and at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at 13 E. Patrick St. in Frederick.

The production, directed by Mark Provance, calls for young adult as well as adult actors. Those who audition should come with a prepared song and sheet music.

1% For details, call (301) 663-8687.

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Rafael Alvarez, winner of the 1994 Artscape Literary Award for fiction, will begin the new season of First Tuesday readings at Irina's Cafe in Waverly Sept. 6.

His reading, scheduled at 8:30 p.m., is free to the public.

Mr. Alvarez, a reporter for The Sun, co-founded the Story Company, which sold short stories directly to readers.

The First Tuesday series, organized by Bruce Jacobs, will sponsor readings by such poets as E. Ethelbert Miller and Ann Darr. Irina's Cafe is at the corner of 32nd and Barclay streets.

1% For details, call (410) 383-6928.

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