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Classical Music

April 22, 2001|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic

There are more musical events than potholes in Baltimore these days (well, maybe not quite that many, but a lot). And, just like those potholes, they tend to come in bunches.

Here are some performances vying for your attention just today:

* The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jed Gaylin, will play Bruch's rhapsodic Violin Concerto No. 1 (with 14-year-old Vitaly Briskin) and Berlioz's brilliant "Symphonie fantastique" at 2 p.m., Shriver Concert Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $6 and $7. Call 410-516-6542.

* Carmen Balthrop, the noted soprano who has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera and several other major companies, will give a recital devoted to some of the vivid characters she has portrayed onstage. This "Seven Women of Opera" program, accompanied by pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, will be at 3 p.m. at Har Sinai Congregation, 6300 Park Heights Ave. Free tickets have been distributed; remaining seats will be available, also free, starting 10 minutes before the concert. Call 410-764-2882.

* One of the supreme works of musical art, Bach's B minor Mass, will be performed by the Handel Choir of Baltimore, T. Herbert Dimmock conducting, at 3 p.m. at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Tickets are $14 to $25. Call 410-366-6544. Bach scholar Christopher Wolff will give a lecture at 2 p.m. for ticket-holders.

* "A New Song for Psalms," a choral work by Lorraine Whittlesey, will receive its premiere by the Western Maryland College Choir during a program at 3 p.m. at the school's Baker Memorial Chapel, 2 College Hill, Westminster. Admission is free.

* "Musings on Peace," a choral work by James Fritschel with texts from the Bible and Quaker writers, will be premiered by the Friends Upper School Concert Chorale at 4 p.m. at the school, 5114 N. Charles St. Admission is free. Call 410-649-3200.

* This is the last chance to catch a student production of two colorful American operas -- Menotti's classic "The Medium," and a farce called "Gallantry: A Soap Opera" by Douglas Moore, best known for his "Ballad of Baby Doe." Towson University Music for the Stage will present the double bill at 3 p.m. at Stephens Hall Theatre, 8000 York Road. Tickets are $5 (students, seniors) and $10. Call 410-830-2787.

* The Maryland State Boychoir presents its annual spring concert at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, 3400 Norman Ave. Tickets are $8 to $10. Call 410-668-2003.

* A string quartet by Beethoven and Messiaen's profound "Quartet for the End of Time" are among the works that will be played in the Chamber Music by Candlelight concert featuring musicians from the Baltimore Symphony at 7 p.m. The site is Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. Call 410-889-6819.

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