John W. Durel moves to top post at museums

Arts Notes

February 18, 1996|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Baltimore City Life Museums have named John W. Durel as the museums' new executive director. Mr. Durel, formerly the institution's assistant director, takes charge just as the new Morton K. Blaustein City Life Exhibition Center is nearing completion. The center, which plans an April 12 opening, will house exhibits reflecting Baltimore's diverse heritage.

Night music

Tonight at 7:30, the Towson State Chamber Players: The Baltimore Trio will perform works by Beethoven and Messiaen. The concert takes place in the Fine Arts Concert Hall on Osler Drive. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 830-ARTS.

Composers

College of Notre Dame of Maryland will be the host of "Composers' Conference: Creative Challenges" Feb. 23-24 in Le Clerc Hall. The conference will include three panel discussions and two concerts featuring guest composers. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 532-5536.

All about an artist

For "A Taste of German Art," Kafi Waters will discuss the work of German artist Kathe Kollwitz and discuss the challenges she faced as a woman working in Germany in the early 20th century. The event takes place Feb. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center at 6100 Foreland Garth. A $10 admission fee includes a sampling of imported German beverages and appetizers. Preregistration is required. Call (410) 730-0075.

Lecturers

Two artists will give lectures at the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Mount Royal Station. Painter Mark Wethli, best known for his studies of objects in interiors, will discuss his work at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. British-born illustrator and artist Sue Coe, considered one of the most important social-protest artists working today, will give a lecture at 8 p.m. Feb. 29. Ms. Coe's work, which has addressed issues as diverse as the Ku Klux Klan, apartheid in South Africa and violence against women, has appeared in the New York Times, the Times of London, and the Village Voice. The events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (410) 225-2300.

Auditions

Auditions for the Young Victorian Theatre Company's July production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Yeoman of the Guard" will be held March 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and March 7 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The auditions will take place at the Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave., in the music room. Singers should prepare one song or aria in English, preferably from a Gilbert and Sullivan show. An accompanist will be provided. All principal roles are open and are paid. Many technical positions, including stage manager, are also open. Contact Brian Goodman at (410) 653-6065 between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Applications accepted

Applications are now being accepted to participate in "Art in the Park 1996," a regional visual-arts festival in Westminster. Artists may submit work in the following areas: painting, sculpture, photography, pastel, pen and ink, and mixed media. For an application, which must be received by April 12, call the Carroll County Arts Council at (410) 848-7272. The event will be held June 1 at at the Westminster City Hall Park and Grounds.

Audience participation

The Wayside Theater on Tour will present "The Dangerous Illusion," an audience participation mystery at the Harford Community College's Chesapeake Center March 3. Tickets are available for reception, dinner and performance ($50 per person) or performance only ($25 per person). The wine and cheese reception begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by dinner. The actual performance will begin at 4 p.m. For more information or to charge tickets by phone, call (410) 836-4211 or TDD (410) 836-4199.

On-line showcase

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has launched a weekly on-line showcase of young performing artists on ArtsEdge, the Kennedy Center's national arts and education information network. The yearlong showcase includes audio and/or video files and profiles of a different young performing artist or group each week. Up-to-the minute program ticket information and details of the center's many backstage and educational events are also featured on the site at http://kennedy-center.org.

Black History Month

An exhibit celebrating Black History Month at the Top of the World Observation Level and Museum at the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor runs through February. The exhibit features artwork by Bill Strong and Baltimore-based illustrator Sean Ramon Montague and a collection of black memorabilia presented by the Nanny Jack and Co. Inc., including slavery relics, African-American literature and historic photographs. Top of the World hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are sold up to 30 minutes before closing. Regular admission is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for senior citizens and children ages 5 through 15. Children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call (410) 837-4515.

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