Heifetz Institute concerts return

Artists: Music lovers have a treat in store as 45 talented musicians and faculty gather again in Annapolis to study and perform this summer.

June 29, 2000|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Annapolis, needless to say, is the ultimate spot for magnificent boating during the summer months.

But over the next few weeks, the capital will play home to some pretty spiffy bowing as well.

Returning for its third season in Annapolis is the Heifetz International Music Institute at which 45 talented young string players and pianists from all over the world and a prestigious teaching faculty gather for a summer of intense study and concertizing.

Led by violinist Daniel Heifetz, professor of violin at the University of Maryland, the institute promises to fill downtown Annapolis with the sounds of great music at three settings through July 22.

Guest Artist Series concerts will be presented in the Great Hall of St. John's College at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 21.

Tomorrow evening, Heifetz artists will present a program of music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

On Saturday, the institute will play host to soprano Carmen Balthrop of the University of Maryland faculty who will be joined in recital by Heifetz, her College Park colleague.

Chamber music will come to the Great Hall on July 7 with quintets by Schubert and Brahms, and lovers of all things Baroque won't want to miss Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" performed by Heifetz and the institute's string ensemble, the Classical Band, on July 8.

The celestial Piano Quintet of Robert Schumann and music's most celebrated museum stroll, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition," will dominate the proceedings July 14. And if you like musical diversity, you should enjoy the "Strange Bedfellows" concert scheduled for the following evening when banjo virtuoso Buddy Wachter will join the artists of the institute.

The Great Artist Series concludes July 21 with a "Heart of Thanks" tribute to listeners who have supported the Heifetz festival this summer.

Tickets for these 8 p.m. concerts cost $15, and $10 for students, and may be reserved by calling the institute at 410-366-5008.

In addition, advanced students of the Heifetz Institute will perform solo and chamber music at the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis today and July 6, 13 and 20. Tickets to these Young Artists Concerts are $8.

You may also sample the young talent at a series of "Classical Cabarets" to be held at the 49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar at 8 p.m. Monday and July 10 and 17. Reservations: 410-626-9796.

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