Occasionally fun and culture coincide. This weekend is one of those times.
The Baltimore School for the Arts presents its annual "fund-raising and friend-raising" gala, which showcases the students in this high school for the performing arts, Saturday and Sunday. The music department (chorus and orchestra) will perform a Bach cantata; the theater department, famous monologues.
The dance department premieres two works: "Five Beatles Songs," choreographed by John Clifford; and "Thank You" by Broadway tapper Hinton Battle ("Chicago"). Clifford's high-energy tribute to the Fab 4 -- whom to students the age of these are as classical as Bach -- uses songs from "She Loves You" to "Norwegian Wood."
A dancer to watch: senior Jermaine Spivey, who squires two girls in "And I Love Her" and has a central role in "Thank You."
The guests on Saturday night pay $150 a pop. But for those who don't want the dinner, there are repeat performances of the program at 2 p.m. and 5: 30 p.m. Sunday in the Schaefer Ballroom, Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. Tickets are $10, $5 for students/seniors. Call 410-396-1185.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering the spotlight to Shruti Kumar, a 10-year-old pianist at the Peabody Prep. The program will feature music of Mozart, a child prodigy himself, and is designed for families with children age 3 to 6. It will be given at 10 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $9. Call 410-783-8000.
And Concert Artists of Baltimore will celebrate America and its immigrant cultures with an annual family program at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday at the Gordon Center in Owings Mills.
The chorus and orchestra, under conductor Edward Polochick, will perform everything from Russian songs to Strauss polkas to excerpts from Aaron Copland's ballets "Billy the Kid" and "Rodeo."
Three Baltimore-area children's dance groups also will perform: Junior Hibernians (Irish); Evangelakia (Greek); and Korean Dance Troupe from Ellicott City.
The audience will get into the action, too, singing along and playing toy instruments ranging from kazoos to car keys.
Tickets are $15, $12 seniors, $5 college students. There's no admission charge for those 18 and younger, but there's a limit of two free tickets for every adult ticket purchased. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Call 410-625-3525.
Pub Date: 3/05/98