A day of tough choices for the music lover

Critic's Choice

Classical music

March 16, 2003|By Tim Smith

Today's musical lineup looks very promising, especially if you're able to be in two places at once. In the afternoon, the choices include two clarinet-centric programs, starting with the American Chamber Players, presented on the Music in the Great Hall series. Clarinetist Loren Kitt, cellist Michael Mermagen and pianist Edward Newman offer trios by Beethoven, Brahms and contemporary American composer Robert Muczynski at 3 p.m. today at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $15, $6 for students, available at the door.

Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and works by Boccherini are featured in a concert by Pro Musica Rara, Baltimore's period instrument specialists. Daniel Beyer, playing the "basset clarinet" of Mozart's day, is the guest artist for the performance at 3:30 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $25, $10 for students (free for ages 8 to 16), available at the door.

Come evening, intimate-scaled music-making continues with a string sextet by Brahms, a string quartet by Bartok and a trio for oboe, horn and piano from 1889 by Heinrich Herzogenberg. Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be featured in this Chamber Music by Candlelight event at 7:30 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free.

At the same time in another locale, the distinctive vocal styling of mezzo-soprano Dana Hanchard will be heard in the lyrical songs of contemporary Ecuadorian composer Diego Luzuriaga. This concert is at 7:30 p.m. today at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. Tickets are $25. Call 301-405-2787.

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