An afternoon of piano

November 21, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

What should be two fine (and free) piano recitals take place in houses of worship Sunday afternoon. The first features Mark Markham in a dazzling program in Dalsheimer Auditorium at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. Markham is a virtuoso who is also a redoubtable vocal coach. Little wonder, then, that he will play music that demands a singing touch -- the 24 Preludes of Chopin, the "Harmonies du Soir" and the Fantasy on themes from Gounod's "Faust" by Liszt, Leonard Bernsten's "Touches" and Mozart's Fantasy in D minor.

Two hours after Markham opens his recital at Baltimore Hebrew, Virginia Reinecke begins hers at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Reinecke's long-standing championship of interesting but neglected music has been nothing less than heroic, and in this program she takes up the cudgel for six female composers, starting with Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann and moving through history up to the very talented (and Baltimore-born and -bred) Anne Deane.

Markham's recital begins at 3 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.; Reinecke's begins at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St. Tickets to each concert are free. For more information about Markham's recital, call (410) 764-1587. For information about Reinecke's, call (410) 433-8803.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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