Music lovers have an array of choices

CRITIC'S CHOICE: CLASSICAL MUSIC

February 16, 2002|By Tim Smith

The next seven days look rich in chamber music - lots of works by popular composers performed by noteworthy ensembles:

The Jacques Thibaud String Trio, founded in Berlin in 1994, will offer Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat, K. 563, by Mozart and a trio from Beethoven's Op. 3 at 5:30 p.m. today at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets cost $12 (for students) and $24. Call 410-516-7164.

A strong crop of players from the 50-year-old Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont travels the country each season giving diverse programs. The "Musicians from Marlboro" heading our way include founding Guarneri String Quartet cellist David Soyer and several accomplished young artists. They'll perform Schubert's Octet and Debussy's String Quartet for Candlelight Concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College in Columbia. Tickets cost $9 (for students) to $24. Call 410-715-0034.

Since 1985, the St. Petersburg Quartet - named for the Russian city where it was formed - has been in the front ranks of chamber music. The ensemble has chosen quartets by Brahms, Borodin and Shostakovich for its appearance at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland in College Park. Tickets cost $5 (for students) and $25. Call 301-405-2787.

Among other musical attractions this week, the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore presents its annual concert of works by African-American composers, among them Scott Joplin and Leslie Adams. Timeless spirituals arranged by Roland Hayes, Hall Johnson and others also will be featured in the concert at 4 p.m. today at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St. Tickets are $9 (for students) to $15. Call 410-329-6874.

And the Peabody Wind Ensemble, led by Harlan Parker, will perform works by Norman Dello Joio, Elliot del Borgo and others at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Freidberg Hall, 1 E. Mt. Vernon Place. Tickets are $5 (for students) to $16. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2

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