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October 02, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Music by Balio

From the very first notes he produced in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall two years ago as newly appointed principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Balio commanded attention and respect. His sterling tone and technique have continued to enhance many a BSO concert.

This Sunday, Community Concerts at Second presents Balio, former principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic, in collaboration with the exceptional pianist Ina Faliks, quite a local favorite, too. Their program will feature works by Maxwell Davies, Martinu and Hindemith, On her own, Faliks will play pieces by Shchedrin and Scriabin.

The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. Call 410-744-4034.

-- Tim Smith

`Sly Fox' slips in

More than a quarter-century ago, the pre-Broadway run of Sly Fox, Larry Gelbart's adaptation of Ben Jonson's Volpone, reopened what was then called the "new" Mechanic Theatre. The show hasn't been seen around these parts since. That changes tomorrow when Gelbart's take on this classic satire opens at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre.

Bill Kamberger directs a cast headed by Rodney Bonds as avaricious Foxwell Sly and also featuring Denis Latkowski, Steven Lichtenstein, J.R. Lyston, Stephen Namie and Susan Schindler. Incidentally, a revival of Gelbart's adaptation, which the playwright updated to 19th-century San Francisco, opens on Broadway next spring starring Richard Dreyfuss in the role created by George C. Scott.

Show times at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 25. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-752-1225 or visit www.spotlighters.org.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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