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October 14, 2004

Anti-war one-acts

A double bill of timely anti-war one-acts opens at Performance Workshop Theatre Company tomorrow. The production consists of Aria da Capo, Edna St. Vincent Millay's commedia dell'arte fantasy, written in the aftermath of World War I, and One for the Road, Harold Pinter's indictment of the torture of political prisoners, written in 1984.

Marc Horwitz directs Aria da Capo, and Marlyn G. Robinson directs One for the Road. The cast members, most of whom appear in both plays, are Teresa M. Altoz, Paul Baron, Thomas Bowers, Ira L. Gamerman, Horwitz and Jesse Tallyen.

One for the Road is co-sponsored by Amnesty International, which will hold discussions after each Sunday matinee. Members of the Women in Black, an international peace movement, will also participate in the discussions.

Show times at Performance Workshop Theatre, 28 E. Ostend St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays (no performance Oct. 24), through Nov. 7. Tickets are $17. Call 410-659-7830 or visit www.performancework

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Mortality and Mahler

During his last years, Gustav Mahler packed an awful lot of profundity into his music. To hear his Symphony No. 9, for example, is to hear the very essence of what it means to face and accept mortality. And in Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth), Mahler offered an even more touching farewell, using a group of ancient Chinese poems to explore the rich tapestry of life and the comforting realization that we are all part of a continuum, an unending cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

Das Lied, originally scored for two singers and full orchestra, will be performed using Arnold Schoenberg's remarkably successful chamber-ensemble arrangement in an enticing program on the University of Maryland's Scholarship Benefit Series. Mezzo-soprano Delores Ziegler and tenor Patrick Marques will be the soloists in the Mahler work, conducted by Christopher Kendall. Two other, newer works inspired by Chinese poetry will also be presented: Lawrence Moss' Another Dawn, featuring soprano Carmen Balthrop; and James Fry's Three Chinese Folk Songs, featuring oboist Mark Hill.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. Tickets are $20, $7 for students. Call 301-405-2787 or visit www.claricesmithcenter

- Tim Smith

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