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December 04, 2003|By Tim Smith

Baroque treats

Looks like a very good weekend to hear music from long ago performed on the kinds of instruments heard long ago. On Saturday, the French Baroque Music Series, presented by the French Embassy, French American Cultural Foundation and An Die Musik, offers a program by Le Concert Spirituel, one of France's leading early-music ensembles. Founder Herve Niquet will lead the concert, which includes works by Antoine Morel, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and Jean-Marie Leclair. There will be room, too, for something decidedly non-French - a bit of Giacchino Rossini's comic opera Il signor Bruschino.

Le Concert Spirituel performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20, $12 for students. Call 410-385-2638.

Thanks to an endowment by Paul and Barbara Krieger, there will now be an annual early-music program on the Shriver Hall Concert Series. The first of these will feature the New York-based Aulos Ensemble - flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord - founded by five Juilliard School grads 30 years ago. The program, suggesting what a musical evening in Johann Sebastian Bach's home might have sounded like, will surround works of Bach with those by two of his sons (J.C. and C.P.E. Bach) and two of his contemporaries (Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Bohm).

The Aulos Ensemble performs at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33, $17 for students ($8 student rush tickets are available at the door). Call 410-516-7164.

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