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September 09, 2004

Fell's Point opens season

Fell's Point Corner Theatre opens its season tomorrow with the Baltimore premiere of Edward Albee's The Play About the Baby. Focusing on two couples - a pair of young parents called simply Boy and Girl and an older couple called Man and Woman - the play debuted in London in 1998 and was produced off-Broadway in 2001.

Despite conjecture that the baby in the title might be a fantasy and that the play bears a connection to Albee's 1962 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the playwright has denied both claims.

Alex Willis directs the Fell's Point Corner production, with Tiffany James and Shannon Webber as the younger couple, and Debbie Bennett and Frank B. Moorman as the older couple. The production is recommended for mature audiences.

Show times at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays (except Oct. 3), through Oct. 10. Tickets are $14. For more information, call 410-276-7837.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

German kickoff for BSO

Although conductor Yuri Temirkanov is best known for his authoritative, involving approach to Russian music, his dynamic interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and Strauss have been among the many highlights of his tenure as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

To start his fifth season with the BSO this weekend, Temirkanov has chosen two of the most beloved works in the German repertoire - Schumann's Piano Concerto and Brahms' Symphony No. 1.

He and the ensemble will have a top-notch collaborator in the Schumann piece, Helene Grimaud, a pianist of uncommon technical and expressive gifts. (She is just as well-respected for her advocacy on behalf of wolves; she's co-director of the Wolf Conservation Center in upstate New York.)

These concerts should get the 2004-2005 season off to a rousing start.

Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $27 to $75. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www. baltimoresymphony .com.

- Tim Smith

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