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March 11, 2004

A play about 9/12

The Baltimore premiere of Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events opens tomorrow at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Set in Minneapolis on Sept. 12, 2001, the play concerns a blind date between a bookstore clerk and an advertising executive who hasn't heard from her twin sister in New York since the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Barry Feinstein directs a cast headed by Michael Leicht as the clerk and Jane Steffen as the ad exec. Dan Bursi, Keith Snipes and Margaret Swanson complete the cast. A writer for HBO's Six Feet Under, Wright is also the author of Pavilion, which was produced at Everyman Theatre last season, and Melissa Arctic, which recently premiered at Washington's Folger Theatre.

Show times at Fell's Point Corner, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 11. Tickets are $12. For more information call 410-276-7837. -- J. Wynn Rousuck

Organ master

In his young years, Beethoven played the organ -- the "King of Instruments," Mozart called it -- but said his nerves could not withstand the gigantic power of the thing. So, as far as Beethoven was concerned, anyone who could master all those keys and stops and pedals and pipes should be placed "at the very head of all virtuosi." One of these rare masters visits Baltimore this weekend for a recital that promises a colorful panorama of organ repertoire.

Paul Jacobs, newly appointed chair of the organ department at New York's distinguished Juilliard School, is not just a virtuoso, he's also the musical equivalent of a long-distance runner. He has given marathon performances of Bach's organ works (he played them all in a single, 18-hour session a few years ago in Pittsburgh); he'll give another marathon, this one devoted to the music of Messiaen, later this season in New York.

For his performance here, Jacobs has chosen selections by both of those composers, along with Handel, Brahms and Ives (the delectably wacky Variations on `America'). It adds up to a normal-length recital, but still represents quite a workout.

Paul Jacobs will give an organ recital at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Donations accepted. For more information, call 410-433-6650.

-- Tim Smith

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