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April 24, 2003|By SUN STAFF

`Little Foxes' at Vagabond

Fells Point's Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, continues its 87th season with a production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, a satire about a family in hot pursuit of wealth, starring Celia Rocca, Laura Gifford and Scott Knox.

Made into a Hollywood movie starring Bette Davis in 1941, the Hellman play follows the Hubbard family, turn-of-the-century Southern financiers with a hunger for money and a penchant for scheming. The protagonist is Regina Hubbard, the Lady Macbeth of a Southern city. The play has been a regular on American stages since 1939.

The show runs from tomorrow to May 25. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m., Sunday performances at 2 p.m., and a show on Sunday, May 18, is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $10 for students and seniors. For more information, call 410-563-9135.

-- Anna Kaplan

Top violist visits

After performing with the top orchestras and conductors of Europe and elsewhere in North America, acclaimed Russian violist Yuri Bashmet brings his talents to Baltimore. Today and tomorrow at 8 p.m., he will perform selections from Haydn and Bartok with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, led by music director Yuri Temirkanov.

Bashmet studied at the Moscow Conservatory and was the youngest person ever to become a professor there. He has won many strings competitions, and was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Moscow Soloists.

Tickets for this performance are $26 to $72. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-783-8000 or visit

-- Anna Kaplan

Mandolin quartet

The Baltimore Mandolin Quartet makes its first appearance in Columbia's Sundays at Three series, coincidentally enough, this Sunday at 3 p.m.

The quartet comprises David Evans, who has conducted the group for 14 years and is a Peabody alumnus; Jonathan Henson, a bass player with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and Bertha's founders Laura and Tony Norris (Laura studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and Tony taught guitar at George Washington University).

This weekend's program includes music from late 19th and early 20th centuries (the golden age of the classical mandolin), as well as more recent works.

The program is at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, on Oakland Mills Road, opposite Dobbin Road. Tickets are $15 for adults. Those younger than 18 are admitted free with an adult. For more information or driving directions, call 410-381-3240.

-- Sun staff

Aerial troupe takes flight

Air Dance Bernasconi, Baltimore's aerial dance troupe, brings its unique mix of modern dance and low-flying trapeze, aerial fabric, hoops, bungee, rope and harness to Theatre Project tonight through May 4.

The group will perform three new dances: Back Then & Now, which incorporates two tire swings and recalls childhood memories; Harnessing the Ocean, which features a quartet of dancers using rope and harness; and Spinning Silk, a duet with panels of colored fabric. The performances also will include the company's signature dances: Echoing Pathways, using a double trapeze, and Expanding Circumstances, incorporating bungee and harness and set to music by the Tuvan Throat singers, Huun Huu Ra.

Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. (No show this Saturday.) Tickets are $15 ($10 for artists/students/seniors/children) in advance. For more information, call 410-377-4199. To reserve tickets, call Theatre Project box office at 410-752-8558.

-- Sun staff

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