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April 10, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Some key performances

It's a hot weekend for fans of piano music.

Marc-Andre Hamelin, whose penetrating mind and considerable skills have earned him an international following, will give a recital at the University of Maryland, College Park. His program includes Schumann's Fantasiestucke, Leopold Godowsky's marvelously souped-up treatments of some Chopin Etudes, and Book 3 of Isaac Albeniz's evocative Iberia. The French-Canadian pianist will also play some of his own compositions.

The recital is at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall of UM's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. Tickets are $25, $5 for students. Call 301-405-2787.

Lang Lang, the young Chinese-American virtuoso who has frequently electrified Meyerhoff Hall, has put together an enticing program for a recital presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. He'll play an elegant Haydn sonata, Liszt's pyrotechnic Reminiscences of `Don Juan' and Rachmaninoff's stunning Sonata No. 2. But that's not all. He'll also perform an early work by extraordinary Chinese-born composer Tan Dun. It's called Eight Memories in Watercolor, a set of nostalgic pieces inspired by Chinese folk songs. The score was revised by the composer specifically for Lang Lang.

This recital is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20 to $55. Call 202-467-4600.

-- Tim Smith

A look at relationships

"Mamaleh" is Yiddish for "little mother," but according to one of the lyrics in the musical of that name: "when you are `Mamaleh,' it's more than mother, more than daughter, more than wife. / Mamaleh, Mamaleh -- you're the center of someone's life."

Intergenerational friendships among five Jewish women are the subject of this small-scale off-Broadway musical (book and lyrics by Mitchell Uscher, music by Roy Singer), which makes its Baltimore premiere at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre tomorrow.

Mamaleh! has something of a local connection. Librettist Uscher based the middle-aged characters on his mother, his aunt and a friend, Kate Lorber, a resident of Columbia. The Spotlighters production is directed by Deborah Newman and stars Joan Ashwell, Maribeth Eckenrode, Aimee Lambing, Rhona Raher-Olefsky and Susan Porter. Musical direction is by Fuzz Roark.

Show times at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 17. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 410-752-1225.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck


This weekend, students and faculty of the George Washington University department of theatre and dance show off their talents. Danceworks is a showcase of dance choreography by several GW instructors and students, as well as a piece by Wendy Woodson, the department's guest artist of spring 2003. She is the artistic director and founder of Present Company Inc., and her piece is titled "What about the last time?"

The performance is tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night at 7:30, in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 general admission and are available from Ticketmaster, 410-481-SEAT. There is also a Ticketmaster booth on the ground floor of the Marvin Center.

For more information, call 202-994-8072, or visit

-- Anna Kaplan

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