Ntozake Shange will read at Goucher College Appearance: The visit by the playwright, author and activist is part of the 'Women Writing About Women' competition.

Arts Notes

March 29, 1998|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Poet, playwright, author and activist Ntozake Shange will give a free public reading at Goucher College on Tuesday.

The reading will be at 8 p.m. in Merrick Hall, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

Co-sponsored by the departments of English and Women's Studies, Shange's visit is part of the 13th annual "Women Writing About Women" competition. Before Shange's reading, the winners of the Goucher College and high school writing competition will read from their poetry and fiction.

As a young woman growing up in St. Louis in a family that counted among its friends Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Ike and Tina Turner, and W. E. B. DuBois, Shange developed an appreciation for the arts, from jazz to poetry to sculpture to theater, all of which she later incorporated into her own works.

Tickets or reservations are not needed. For more information, call 410-337-6333.

BSO cellist has new CD

Chung Woo Lee's newly released CD "Invitation to Romance" is available at area music stores. But the assistant principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra spells her name Chung-oo on the compact-disc cover.

The collection of popular songs, mostly from Broadway, includes "Autumn Leaves," "Memory," "The Way We Were," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Send in the Clowns" and a Duke Ellington medley.

Before joining the BSO in 1978, the Korean native played with orchestras in Mexico and Canada and studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University.

In addition to her BSO duties, she is active in chamber music, recital performances and teaching -- both in Baltimore and Korea.

Donate musical instruments

Donations of gently used musical instruments are being accepted by the Carroll County Arts Council for distribution to area children through the Carroll County Musical Instrument Bank.

The instruments will be cleaned and repaired if necessary and donated to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in band, orchestra or other music programs.

All traditional hand-held orchestral or band instruments, as well as guitars, instrument cases and standard accessories, are needed. Each instrument will be appraised, and donors will be provided with a receipt for income-tax purposes. Call 410-848-7272.

'State Fair' at a discount

To appeal to a larger audience, balcony seats for all performances of "State Fair" at the Lyric Opera House have been discounted to $10.

The Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, featuring John Davidson in the role of Iowa farmer Abel Frake, opens Tuesday and runs through next Sunday at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Based on the 1945 screen musical, the stage production includes such memorable songs as "It's a Grand Night for Singing," "Our State Fair" and the 1945 Academy Award-winning best song, "It Might as Well Be Spring."

Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. next Sunday. In addition to the $10 balcony seats, tickets range from $21 to $42.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Work on audition skills

The Performance Workshop Theatre Company will conduct an intensive audition-skills workshop April 18, 20, 25 and 27 at 28 E. Ostend St.

Participants will learn techniques needed for choosing and developing professional audition material. Tuition for the 15-hour class, which will be taught by Marlyn Robinson and Marc Horwitz, is $185. Call 410-659-7830.

Adult acting classes

The Actors Company Theatre is offering two eight-week adult acting classes beginning at 7 p.m. April 8 at the Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts, 200 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park.

In the "Intermediate Performance" session, acting students will hone their craft through scene study and textual analysis.

In the "Working Actor" class, participants will examine the tools and processes of pursuing a career in television and film.

Classes will be led by John Strawbridge and Wayne Shipley. The fee for each course is $345, and discounts are available. Call 410-760-5800.

Oratory contest winners

Collin Bishop, an 18-year-old senior at the Gilman School in Roland Park, is the first-place winner in the Black History Month Oratory Contest, sponsored annually by WJZ-TV and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Second place went to Victor G. Blackwell, 16, a junior at Milford Mill Academy in northwest Baltimore, and third place was presented to Melvette Lurene Melvin, 17, a senior at Fairmont Heights High School in Seat Pleasant, Prince George's County.

The three winners received cash prizes in addition to a year's family membership at the BMA.

The contest, open to Maryland students in grades nine through 12, is conducted annually to celebrate the contributions made by African-Americans in fields ranging from medicine and science to the arts and education.

Openings in band

The Anne Arundel Community College Concert Band has openings in its clarinet, saxophone and trumpet sections.

The band, directed by Eric Richards, rehearses from 7 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Mondays in the John A. Cade Fine Arts Center, West Campus Drive on the Arnold campus.

Call 410-315-7019.

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