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March 18, 2004

`Slow Dance' at Everyman

Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, William Hanley's 1964 drama about three disparate characters whose lives converge in a Brooklyn candy shop, opens tomorrow at Everyman Theatre.

Calling it "a forgotten treasure," artistic director Vincent M. Lancisi describes the play as "a strong story about three fascinating characters, all with a stressful secret in their past."

Under Jennifer L. Nelson's direction, Everyman's production stars Stan Weiman as the German immigrant candy-store proprietor, Brandon J. Price as a young black man running from the law and Kathleen Coons as a white college student searching for an illegal abortionist.

Show times at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 18. Tickets are $18-$25, except tonight's final preview, which is $15, and tomorrow's opening, which is $30. Call 410-752 -2208.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

Another busy Sunday

Too bad you can't TiVo life. That way, you wouldn't miss a note of the strong lineup of concerts on Sunday.

That day happens to be Johann Sebastian Bach's 319th birthday, always a good excuse to party. Leading the celebration will be Pro Musica Rara, the admirable ensemble dedicated to performing early music on instruments of the period. The group will wrap up its 29th season with an intriguing program that looks not just at Bach, but composers whose music was being played when he was born. Sounds like a great way to be placed into a baroque context.

This program -- called "Anno 1685" -- features lute specialist Richard Stone, organist Dongsok Shin, violinist Cynthia Roberts and cellist Allen Whear. The concert is at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Tickets are $28. Call 410-728-2820 or visit www.pro musicarara.org.

At the same time, the Columbia Pro Cantare, directed by Frances Motyca Dawson, and the Second Presbyterian Church Choir, directed by Elam Ray Sprenkle, will join forces to celebrate two other notable dates, these involving the two greatest Czech composers: the 150th anniversary of Janacek's birth and the centennial of Dvorak's death. Both composers will be represented by choral and instrumental pieces. Also on the program will be a choral work by Sprenkle, The Star-Splitter, based on the poem by Robert Frost.

This "Community Concerts at Second" event will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Admission is free. Call 410-799-9321 (Columbia Pro Cantare) or 410-889-6819 (Community Concerts).

To crown the day, piano sensation Lang Lang will give a recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series. His program includes the works that brought down the house in Carnegie Hall in November (a live recording of that performance has just been released by Deutsche Grammophon). The mix of Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, and Tan Dun promises to reveal Lang Lang at his most poetic and virtuosic.

The recital is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $43, $25 for students; student rush tickets are $15. Call 410-516-7164 or visit www.shriverconcerts.org.

-- Tim Smith

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