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Stage: theater, music, dance

April 17, 2003|By SUN STAFF

There's something unusually intimate and inviting about a classical guitar recital. Within the limitations of six strings, an enormous world of sound coloring is possible. Scott Tennant has won particular admiration for the way he explores that world, and he has enjoyed a concert career that has taken him from Brazil to Korea, Germany to Japan.

The much-recorded Tennant, a multiple competition winner and founder of the noted Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, will give a solo recital to close the season for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society.

The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $25. Call 410-247-5320.

-- Tim Smith

Songs by Schubert

An equally intimate and inviting genre is the song recital. And among the most beautiful examples of the song repertoire is Schubert's Schwanengesang (Swan Song). Schubert didn't choose that overall title, but it's fitting; these 14 songs represent his last words on the art form. Bass-baritone Phillip Collister, an assistant professor at Towson University, will explore these beautiful works, accompanied by pianist Eva Mengelkoch, at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at Towson's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross-Campus drives. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors. Call 410-704-2787.

-- Tim Smith

Moliere on greed

Fashion may come and go, but greed never seems to be out of date. You can judge how timely the topic is at Olney Theatre Center where Moliere's 1668 comedy of love and lucre, The Miser, is currently in previews, leading up to Wednesday's opening night.

Halo Wines directs a cast headed by David Marks as the tight-fisted title character, Harpagon. Susan Lynskey plays the daughter he tries to marry off to a wealthy old man (Robert Lesko); Jon Cohn is the son in love with a sweet young thing (Meg Taintor), whom Harpagon himself hopes to marry. Harpagon's dilapidated domicile is designed by James Kronzer and lighted by Dan Covey. The period costumes are by Kathleen Geldard. The production, which uses a translation by Miles Malleson, also features original music by Christopher Moscatiello.

Show times at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and most Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; matinees at 2 p.m. Sundays and most Saturdays, through May 18. Tickets are $15-$35. For more information call 301-924-3400.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

Updated Russian dance

It's modern dance, Russian-style, when choreographer Tatiana Baganova and members of Provincial Dances, one of the first avant-garde troupes of post-reform Russia, come to Washington.

The group, performing at the Kennedy Center for the first time, works with Russian painters, fashion designers, musicians and composers to combine elements of jazz, folk, art and drama into its performances. They will be performing two works, Wings at Tea, which explores the inner nature of man, and Maple Garden, an "autumn fairy tale."

Audience members are invited to a free post-performance discussion with Baganova and the other dancers on Wednesday.

Show times: Wednesday and April 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 at Kennedy Center box office, or call 800-444-1324. For more information, visit

-- Jessica Myers

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