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January 30, 2003|By Helen B. Jones


The sounds of baseball

Can't wait for the start of baseball season? Give yourself a pre-season treat of baseball-themed music at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Erich Kunzel (pictured), presents a program of ballpark tunes at 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. On the program are "Play Ball!" "Casey at the Bat," Peter Schickele's "Beethoven's Sportscast" and music from the hit films The Natural and Field of Dreams. The baseball atmosphere extends beyond the concert hall; there will be ballpark-food concessions and a display from the Babe Ruth Museum in the lobby. Tickets are $25-$74. Call 410-783-8000.


Getting closer to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, there's Orioles Fanfest 2003, a daylong celebration of baseball Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event features current and former Orioles, the Oriole Bird, clinics, question-and-answer sessions, exhibits and live music. Team members will sign autographs, pose for photos and talk baseball with fans throughout the day. There also will be memorabilia dealers, an employment booth and national-anthem tryouts. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and $10. The Convention Center is at 1 W. Pratt St. Call 410-685-9800.

FOR THE RECORD - In Thursday's LIVE section, incorrect Sunday hours were given for the World of Pets Expo at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sun regrets the error.

World of Pets Expo

Calling all pet people: The second annual World of Pets Expo takes place tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York and Timonium roads in Timonium. Show Rover and Tabby how much you care by checking out some of the dozens of seminars and demonstrations on pet care and training and the multitude of vendor products and services. The show also will feature dog-agility trials, a petting zoo, a parade of breeds, a reptile show and a pet "star search." Hours are noon-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 adults, $4 children 10-14, free for children under 10. Call 800-882-9894 or visit

The Year of the Ram

Happy New Year! Baltimore's best-known Chinese New Year celebration gets under way at 2 p.m. Sunday in front of the Parish House of Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 707 Park Ave. Getting the Year of the Ram off on the right foot, the popular dragon / lion dancers will parade from the church onto nearby streets and then return to the church. Karate and tai-chi exhibitions also are scheduled. At 4 p.m., the public is invited to a bilingual Evensong service at the church, and at 5:30 p.m., there'll be a Chinese dinner in the Parish House ($12.50 for adults, $5 for children under 12). Events are sponsored by the Chinese Language School of Grace and St. Peter's. Call 410-377-8143 to make a dinner reservation.

'Annie' plays the Lyric

Sure as the sun will come out tomorrow, the hit Broadway musical Annie will keep returning to the stage. From Tuesday through Feb. 9, the little red-haired orphan, her dog Sandy and all her human pals will tread the boards at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Show times vary. Tickets are $25-$55. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Jazz at the BMA

The Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore presents the Bill Charlap Trio at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Charlap's latest album, Stardust, is described as a "loving reconsideration of the music of Hoagy Carmichael." The group features Charlap (pictured) on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888.


Take a whirlwind tour of favorite Disney adventures as Disney on Ice glides into 1st Mariner Arena for nine shows, from Wednesday through Feb. 9. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pinocchio, Buzz Lightyear and other characters will be on hand, or rather, on skates in a choreographed show of popular Disney production numbers and songs. Show times vary. Tickets are $11-$35. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

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