One of the region's musical assets, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, is ready to sound its first notes of the season. The ensemble, with founding music director Anne Harrigan on the podium, opens its 19th year this week with a feast of music by Mozart -- the Overture to The Impresario, Piano Concerto No. 22 and Symphony No. 41 (the Jupiter).
The pianist in the concerto is Helen Huang, a former child prodigy who performed with the country's leading orchestras when her feet could barely reach the pedals. As of this month, she's at the ripe age of 19 and still going strong.
The concert is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Tickets cost $24; $19 for students and seniors; $8 for age 18 and under. Call 410-308-0402.
For something completely different, check out today's tribute to the late guitarist Charlie Byrd. It was Byrd who took the classical guitar (he once studied with Segovia) into the realm of jazz and, especially, bossa nova.
The program of jazz and classical music, presented by Community Concerts at Second, will feature Joe Byrd's Annapolis Jazz Quintet, flutist Paula Hatcher and organist Margaret Budd.
The performance is at 3:30 today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free.