Center Stage auction brings in a record $168,418

Arts Notes

March 02, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bidders raised an all-time high of $168,418 at last Sunday's 20th anniversary radio auction for Center Stage, beating the previous record of $159,461, set in 1994, and bringing the two-decade auction total to more than $1.7 million.

A set of tickets to London via Virgin Atlantic Airways fetched $5,300 -- the highest bid. And as always, sports-related items proved to be favorites, said Sydney Wilner, auction coordinator. A set of opening-day Orioles tickets behind the dugout went for $1,300; the chance to be a batboy brought in $825; and an autographed Cal Ripken Jr. bat sold for $390. A football autographed by Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde raised $360.

More than 800 items with an estimated value topping $200,000 )) were auctioned during the 16-hour bidding, co-sponsored by tTC WBAL-AM and The Sun. Proceeds benefit Center Stage's operating budget.

Access to cable

The Baltimore Cable Access Corporation will conduct an orientation session from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Grace Hill Jacobs Building of Coppin State College for Baltimore City residents interested in producing their own programs and cable-casting them to subscribers.

Most production services are free. The cost for the orientation is $10, and an optional one-year membership fee is $15. Call (410) 383-5556.

Peabody stars

It was a jackpot of big honors recently for the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

"The April Witch," a one-act opera by recent Peabody graduate David Shapiro, was awarded first prize in the national Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition in Dallas. The opera premiered at Peabody in April 1995.

Korean soprano Byung-Soon Lee, artist-diploma student of Ruth Drucker, won first place in the mid-Atlantic regional auditions of the Metropolitan Opera, and recently she and 22 other singers competed in the finals on stage at the Met. A graduate of Yon-Sei University in Seoul, Lee has won the Korean Broadcasting System's vocal competition.

A recording by soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson of Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero" on Sony Classics was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. The recording by the Peabody faculty member also won the Prix du Monde last year.

Peabody alumnus Lawrence Hoffman also received a Grammy nomination for his program notes on the Smithsonian Institution's Historical Blues Collection.


Auditions for the Young Victorian Theatre Company's July production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" take place from 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 11 at the Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave. All principal roles are open and are paid. Singers should prepare one song or aria in English, preferably from a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. An accompanist will be provided. Technical positions also are open. Call (410) 659-1308.

Auditions for roles with the Baltimore Civil War Museum's opening production about the Underground Railroad and the Pratt Street Riot will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Three performers are needed to portray a variety of characters. All positions are paid. Call (410) 385-5188.

Auditions for Robert Marasco's thriller, "Child's Play," will be held at 7: 30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The multiracial cast call is for six men, ages 25-60, and nine teen-agers, 14-18. Call (410) 563-9135.

The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va., will conduct auditions for its spring and summer productions from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the theater, on Main Street. Nonunion and union actors of all ages and types are sought. Also needed are boys and girls, ages 10-15, for the musical "Camelot." To set up an audition, call (540) 628-2281, Ext. 325.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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