Winter Carnival marks changes at Walters

Arts Notes

December 14, 1997|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Walters Art Gallery will celebrate the reinstatement of Tuesday operation and free Saturday morning admission with a Winter Carnival for the whole family from 1: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Dec. 30.

The free carnival will include face painting, workshops and interactive tours. A performance by Kathleen Jacobs and Puppets will allow audience members to play the starring roles in "Creatures GREAT and small." After the show, children can create their own hand puppets and dragons and perform with them in theaters throughout the Renaissance Sculpture Court.

Free Saturday morning admission resumes Jan. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Walters Art Gallery is at North Charles and Centre streets in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon Place. Its permanent collection ranges from ancient art to medieval armor and manuscripts to decorative objects, Asian art and old-master and 19th-century painting. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Call 410-547-9000, Ext. 237.

Agi Rado wins award

Concert pianist Agi Rado received the Pro Cultura Hungarica Award Wednesday evening at the embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Washington, after presenting a recital that included music by her Hungarian countrymen Franz Liszt and Bela Bartok.

The award was bestowed upon the Baltimore resident by Balint Magyar, Hungarian minister of culture and education.

"Hungarian music always is the core of my being and teaching," says Rado, "even more so since I left Hungary and came to the United States on New Year's Eve, 1956."

Her devotion to Liszt also was rewarded in 1994 when she received the Franz Liszt medal from the Hungarian Liszt Society after a recital at the Academy of Music in Budapest.

Rado has performed in recitals worldwide. Locally, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, among others, and was a faculty member at Goucher and Loyola colleges. She is an artist with the USIA, the Maryland Arts Council and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Consortium. As a Steinway artist, her signature is engraved in the 500,000th commemorative Steinway grand piano.

BCAS concert recorded

Those who couldn't get tickets for last Wednesday's sold-out Christmas concert by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will still be able to enjoy the performance. The concert at the Basilica of the Assumption was recorded by WMAR, Channel 2, and will be aired at 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 9 a.m. Dec. 24.

The hourlong program, presented by the full chorus and orchestra, the Carillons Bell Choir and the Peabody Children's Chorus, features music by Handel, Bach, Berlioz and Beethoven, and audience sing-alongs.

MSO director finalists

After reviewing 253 applications from around the world, a nine-member search committee has narrowed the field to four finalists for the position of music director for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown.

Barry Tuckwell, founder of the orchestra and regarded as one of the greatest French-horn players in the world, decided in July to conclude his tenure with the MSO at the end of the 1997-1998 season.

His replacement will be chosen after each finalist has recommended a program and soloist, rehearsed with the orchestra for one week, directed the MSO for two performances and presented pre-concert programs.

Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in the selection process by completing a survey after each concert. Orchestra members also will evaluate the candidate.

Finalists are Edward Cumming, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Barry Jekowsky, associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and founder of the California Symphony Orchestra; Elizabeth Schulze, associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra; and Markand Thakar, a member of the cover conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic and former associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The final selection for new music director is expected to be announced in March 1999 for the 1999-2000 season. Guest conductors will lead the MSO for the next season.

Auditions

Kittamaqundi Theater. "The Dining Room." 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and 7: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way (off Vantage Point Road), Columbia. Needed are three to five women and three to five men, ages 20-60s. Cold readings, improvisations and exercises, monologues optional. Call 410-730-5247.

Theatre Project. "Meditations/From the Ash" by Denise A. Gantt. Workshop audition 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fine Arts Building, Towson University. Needed are women between the ages of 18 and 45. The play, which focuses on the lives of African-American single mothers, will be performed at Theatre Project Feb. 19 to March 1. Call 410-433-0538.

Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. "Birthday Celebration." Actors and actresses of all ages are needed to portray characters and creatures from Poe's life and works in the birthday bash scheduled Jan. 16-18. Needed in particular are men 6 foot 2 inches tall or taller. For audition appointment, call 410-396-7932.

Timonium Dinner Theatre. "The Will Rogers Follies" and "Beauty and the Beast." Dec. 22 at the theater, 9603 Deereco Road. Children, ages 9 and older, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults, 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Needed are strong singer-dancers for both shows. All roles are paid. For more information, call 410-560-1113.

Pasadena Theatre Company. "Little Shop of Horrors." 7: 30 p.m. Jan. 5-6, Our Lady of the Fields Church, Cecil Avenue, Millersville. Needed is a multiracial cast of eight principal roles -- four men and four women -- and various chorus members. Call 410-440-0764 or 410-969-1801.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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