Old sounds, new sounds and a 'Wired Goddess'

Critic's Choice: Classical Music

March 03, 2002|By Tim Smith

There's a little something for just about every musical taste around town this week. Or today, for that matter:

This afternoon's attractions include organist Marie-Claire Alain in recital at 3 p.m. in Peabody Institute's Griswold Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Composers on her program range from Bach to her brother, Jehan Alain. Call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2.

The Concert Artists of Baltimore presents its chorus in a program of a cappella works, from Gregorian chant to Russian vespers, directed by Edward Polochick at 5:30 p.m. today at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, North Charles Street and Northern Parkway. Call 410-625-3525. Also at 5:30 p.m., the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jed Gaylin, will perform Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Bohuslav Martinu's Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with soloist Viacheslav Dinerchtein. The concert is at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University. Call 410-516-6542.

And at 7:30 p.m. today, Chamber Music by Candlelight offers members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a free concert of works by Mozart, Boccherini, Weber and Mark O'Conor at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Call 410-719-7357.

For adventurous ears, the week holds considerable possibilities.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle in Catonsville, has three concerts of contemporary music in store, two featuring the trombone. In a free program called "The Wired Goddess," Abbie Conant plays works by women composers for trombone and electronics at 8 p.m. Monday at UMBC's Fine Arts Studio 508. At 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, the Percussion Group Cincinnati plays works by John Cage, Alonzo Alexander and others. And at 8 p.m. Thursday, back in the Fine Arts Studio 508, trombonist and composer James Staley will give a free concert. Call 410-455-2942.

Peabody Institute will also be the site of contemporary sounds. The Computer Music Concert Exchange -- a collaborative effort by composers and performers from Peabody and Oberlin Conservatory -- will offer multimedia works by students and faculty at 7:30 p.m. Friday. And the Peabody Camerata will perform works by George Rochberg, Benjamin Britten, Luigi Dallapiccola and David Macbride at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Both events will be in Griswold Hall. Call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2.

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