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Stage: Theater/Music/Dance

October 21, 2004

Shaw in the Barn

This may be Theatre Hopkins' final season in the Merrick Barn on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, but to launch it, director Suzanne Pratt is going back to the beginning - the beginning of four plays by George Bernard Shaw, that is.

Opening tomorrow under the title Shaw: Four Starters, the production includes the first acts of Arms and the Man and Too True To Be Good, as well as the prologue to Androcles and the Lion and the prologue and first act of Caesar and Cleopatra.

The ensemble cast, under Pratt's direction, consists of Laurel Burggraf, Tony Colavito, Jonas Grey, Molly Moores, Robert Riggs and Amy Jo Shapiro, along with three Hopkins undergraduates - Kateri Chambers, Jassim Farukhi and Loandra Torres.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:15 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 14. Tickets are $15. For more information call 410-516-7159.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Concert Artists' opener

To open its 2004-2005 season, Concert Artists of Baltimore will go for baroque. The program includes one of the most popular pieces in the entire repertoire, Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The soloist in this set of four violin concertos, each one depicting a season in remarkably picturesque detail, will be the ensemble's concertmaster, Jose Miguel Cueto.

Also slated is a work by Handel, Dixit Dominus, a setting for chorus, soloists and strings of Psalm 110, written before the composer turned 20. This brilliantly constructed score will feature the professional chorus that is a permanent part of the Concert Artists organization.

Founding artistic director Edward Polochick will be on the podium, which pretty much guarantees a high-energy, deep-expression performance.

The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $20 to $25; $18 to $23 for seniors; $8 for students; $5 for children. Call 410-625-3525 or visit www.ca balto.org.

- Tim Smith

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