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October 07, 2004

Bach's cello suites

Pro Musica Rara -- Baltimore's leading proponent of performances on period instruments -- deals out a pair of cellos to open its 30th season Sunday. Pro Music director Allen Whear will share the stage with fellow cellist Doug McNames in a program that includes two of Bach's solo cello suites.

Those suites include some of the most profound music ever written by anybody, so this is reason enough to check out the concert. Another reason is the chance to hear these baroque suites played in a historically authentic manner and in an intimate setting.

Adding to the attractiveness of the program are colorful cello duets by the likes of Boccherini and Rossini.

Pro Musica Rara presents "Dueling Cellos" at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Tickets are $20, $10 for students. Call 410-728-2820.

-- Tim Smith

`Julius Caesar'

As the country gears up for the presidential election, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival begins its season tomorrow with one of the Shakespeare's most political plays, Julius Caesar.

Tony Tsendeas directs a cast headed by Stephen Partrick Martin as Caesar, Richard Pilcher as Cassius, Robert John Metcalf as Brutus and Damon Boggess as Mark Antony. The production features an abstract set design, by John Raley, which extends into the audience.

The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival performs at St. Mary's Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 10 a.m. selected Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Oct. 31. Tickets are $20 (reservations are required for the matinees). For more information, call 410-366-8594 or visit www.baltimoreshakespeare. org.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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