Another busy Sunday for music lovers

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Stage: theater, music, dance

October 30, 2003

A typical Sunday is coming up, one with an abundance of concerts scheduled for mid-afternoon. If you're not among the lucky ones who have tickets for the sold-out season-opener of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, that still leaves you with more than enough options.

You can hear one of Bach's extraordinary cantatas conducted by T. Herbert Dimmock at 3 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. It's free; for more information, call 410-235-2356. Or you can check out an organ recital by Peter Krasinski at 3 p.m. at the Peabody Institute, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. For tickets, call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2. Yale University organist Thomas Murray gives a recital at 7 p.m. at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. For tickets, call 410-823-6500.

Getting back to the midday activity on Sunday, here's an event that has much to recommend it - an appearance by the award-winning, up-and-coming Chiara String Quartet. In addition to works by Haydn and Schubert (Death and the Maiden), the ensemble's program offers a work by Peabody director Robert Sirota called Triptych. This 2002 score, Sirota's response to the 9/11 attacks, was composed in collaboration with artist Deborah Patterson, whose paintings will be on display to provide a visual complement to the performance.

The concert will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-744-4034.

- Tim Smith

Greenberg's `Dazzle'

Richard Greenberg, winner of the 2003 Tony Award for Take Me Out, is one of the hottest playwrights in New York right now. His new play, The Violet Hour, opens on Broadway next week, and his 1988 play, Eastern Standard, was recently revived off-off-Broadway. Beginning tomorrow, area theatergoers can see the regional premiere of Greenberg's 2002 play, The Dazzle, at Columbia's Rep Stage.

Based on the eccentric, reclusive Collyer brothers, who lived in a Harlem brownstone overflowing with piles of debris, the play is directed by Kasi Campbell and stars Bruce Nelson and Bill Largess as the packrat pair. Cheryl Resor completes the cast as a socialite with designs on one of the brothers.

Rep Stage is the theater in residence at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Sundays and most Saturdays, through Nov. 23. Tickets are $13-$22. For more information, call 410-772-4900.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Two for Halloween

Performance Workshop Theatre Company inaugurates a series of readings called [un]told stories this weekend with a pair of Halloween-oriented offerings - Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost and Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart.

Read by Marc Horwitz and directed by Marlyn G. Robinson, the series, subtitled "playwrights offstage," will continue with an emphasis on short stories by four playwrights. In addition to Wilde, the writers are Luigi Pirandello, George Bernard Shaw and Tennessee Williams.

Show times at Performance Workshop Theatre, 28 E. Ostend St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. most Sundays, through Dec. 21 (no performances the weekend of Nov. 28). Tickets are $15 per performance, or $30 for a three-show package. For a schedule of readings, call 410-659-7830.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Dance and art

Art inspires dance Sunday at "Exhibit Expressions at the BMA," the first in a series of performances by Dance Baltimore! at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The series features dance performances influenced by museum exhibits.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, in conjunction with the exhibit Haunting Visions of Poe: Illustrations by Manet, Matisse & Gauguin, four dance ensembles will present interpretations of Poe's The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum.

Dance artist Cathy Paine, Full Circle Dance Company, movement/addiction and the Collective will share the stage with musicians and offer their own impressions of the works.

The dance event takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free with museum admission, which is $7; $5 seniors and college students; free for ages 18 and under. Call 410-396-6314.

- Lori Sears

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