Medley of shows in area

Selection: From Bartok to chamber music, performances abound this weekend.

Classical music

January 22, 2002|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

It's hard to keep track of all the musical enticements out there. Just take a glance at this coming weekend, for example. The variety of repertoire available for your listening pleasure is remarkable:

As for standard fare, you'll find two quartets from Beethoven's Op. 18 and Schubert's sublime Death and the Maiden Quartet performed by Takacs Quartet, one of the finest ensembles on the chamber music scene. This program, presented by Candlelight Concerts, will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre in Columbia. Tickets cost $9-$24. Call 410-715-0034.

Chamber music by Beethoven also figures on the next Concert Artists of Baltimore presentation. His Septet for winds, one of the composer's early masterworks, will be performed by seven first-chair players of the Concert Artists orchestra. The performance is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Engineer's Club, Garrett-Jacobs Mansion, 11 W. Mount Vernon Square. Tickets cost $17-$23. Brunch is available for an additional charge. Call 410-625-3525.

Moving back in musical time, Pro Musica Rara -- the period instrument ensemble -- will offer its annual "SuperBach Sunday" this weekend. The lineup includes a solo violin sonata, a harpsichord concerto and the Orchestral Suite No. 2. Since Sunday also happens to be Mozart's 246th birthday, he'll be represented by some of his arrangements of Bach fugues. The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets cost $10-$20, and admission is free for those 16 and younger. Call 410-728-2820.

Then there's the Marine Chamber Orchestra, part of the United States Marine Band, making its first appearance at Goucher College with an exceptionally diverse program. Col. Timothy W. Foley will conduct the ensemble in a concerto by Vivaldi and a symphony by Hadyn (No. 61), along with Kammermusik No. 5 from 1927 by Paul Hindemith (which is effectively a viola concerto,) and the Concerto for Oboe and Clarinet by John Harbison, composer of the recent opera The Great Gatsby. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium in Towson. Admission is free. Call 202-433-4011.

Still more chamber music -- works by Weber, Ravel and Puccini (his charming string quartet, Crisantemi)-- will be performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. Call 410-719-7357.

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, led by Leslie B. Dunner, will offer Morton Gould's Flourishes and Galop, Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto (with Van Cliburn Competition winner Jon Nakamatsu as soloist). Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets cost $7-$32. Call 410-263-0907.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's next "Symphony With a Twist" concert has as its title "Trouble X 3" and contains three troubling (so to speak) 20th-century works: Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question, Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Nobody Knows de Trouble I See, and Bela Bartok's The Miraculous Mandarin.

It's one of the most interesting programs the orchestra is offering this season. The soloist in the Zimmermann piece, an intriguing blend of modernity and a Negro spiritual, will be BSO principal trumpeter Andrew Balio. There will be choreography, danced by Bat-Erdine Udval and Jennifer Dancesia-Waldon, and other visual effects during the Bartok performance.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Cathedral and Preston streets. Cocktails and live jazz start at 6:30 p.m.. Tickets cost $26-$68. Call 410-783-8000.

Finally, Viennese organist and pianist Elmo Cosentini will perform works by Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninoff in a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Admission is free.

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