The University of Maryland at College Park has received a $2 million gift from Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn for the construction of the Maryland Center for the Performing Arts.
In recognition of the couple's generosity, the new center's recital hall will be named the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
Gildenhorn, a lawyer, real-estate developer and former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, graduated from the University of Maryland in 1951. His wife, one of the nation's leading volunteers for the advancement of the performing arts, graduated from the university in 1953.
The Maryland Center for the Performing Arts will be designed to serve the educational needs of University of Maryland students and to enrich the cultural environment of the area.
BSO wishes for a star
Here's your chance to appear on the Meyerhoff stage with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Marvin Hamlisch, the BSO's principal pops conductor, is accepting video tapes through Oct. 15 from Maryland residents who sing, dance or play a popular or classical instrument, alone or with a group. Some will be asked to audition in person, and finalists in the "Search for a Star" contest will make their debut at a Super Pops Concert in April.
All video tapes -- VHS only and clearly labeled with name, address, phone number and type of talent -- should be sent to "Search for a Star," c/o Marvin Hamlisch, Baltimore Symphony, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.
Viola duo added at Peabody
Victoria Chiang and Joseph de Pasquale have been appointed to the viola faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University.
Chiang has degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music and studied in Austria on a Fulbright fellowship. Formerly on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rochester and the Ohio University Festival of Strings, she is a faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival.
De Pasquale was principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra for more than 30 years and has performed with Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky in chamber music concerts worldwide.
Pumpkin opens 29th season
The Pumpkin Theatre begins its 29th season with a "Summertime '96 Saturday Family Theatre Series" July 13, July 20 and July 27 on the grounds of the historic estate known as the Cloisters, at 10440 Falls Road.
Morning and afternoon programs are being offered.
Beginning at 4 p.m. each Saturday, families can picnic on the grounds before watching the Pumpkin Story Book Theatre's performance of "Small Crimson Parasol" at 5: 30 p.m. in the amphitheater. The musical with a Japanese twist is based on the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood."
Morning programs begin at 10: 30 with a 30-minute outdoor "playshop" for parents and children ages 4 to 7. Performances will be offered from 11: 15 a.m. to noon in the amphitheater. The morning programs are "World Dancer," July 13; "Small Crimson Parasol," July 20; and "Stories Old, Stories New," July 27.
Tickets for the afternoon programs are $7 in advance and $8 at the door; morning activities are $5 in advance and $6 at the door; playshop and morning performance packages are $9. Call (410) 323-9316.
Handel Choir subscriptions
Subscriptions are available for the Handel Choir of Baltimore's 1996-'97 season -- seven programs in 10 performances throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area.
The choir's 63rd season will open with its annual "Music for a Great Space" Oct. 27 at the Basilica of the Assumption. Listeners will be enveloped by sound from multiple choirs and brass ensembles performing from three balconies.
The season's second concert will feature a 14-voice a cappella choir in a performance of Britten's "Hymn to St. Cecilia" Nov. 10 at First English Lutheran Church, 39th and Charles streets.
Handel's "Messiah" will be presented with a full orchestra Dec. 7-8 at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.; Dec. 14 at St. Ignatius Church, 740 N. Calvert St.; and Dec. 15 at Grace Fellowship, 9505 Deereco Road.
The 40-voice chamber choir and full orchestra will present J. S. Bach's "St. John Passion" March 2 at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.
The choir will perform Mendelssohn's "Elijah" at Baltimore's Beth Am synagogue April 13.
Handel's oratorio "Joshua" is scheduled for May 18 at Beth Israel synagogue in Owings Mills.
The season will close with the 14-voice a cappella choir performing songs from around the world next June 8 at First English Lutheran Church.
Season subscription packages range from $36 to $125. All seats are reserved. Call (410) 366-6544.
Wanted: Art proposals
The Columbia Art Center is accepting proposals through Friday from art instructors interested in teaching classes or workshops during the fall session, September through December. Classes may focus on any medium and age range.
The center is in the Long Reach Village Center at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia. Call (410) 730-0075.
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