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October 28, 2004

NOW OR NEVER

Go visit the Constellation in its temporary berth in Annapolis. As part of the Constellation's 150th Anniversary Celebration, the ship will be pier-side at the U.S. Naval Academy through Sunday, coinciding with the academy's annual homecoming festivities. A series of hands-on activities and demonstrations will be offered daily, as well as self-guided audio tours. Celebrate the ship's return to the Inner Harbor Monday with a Homecoming Happy Hour. The ship is slated to return around 4 p.m., and the happy hour -- at Capitol City Brewing Company, 301 S. Light St. -- is scheduled to run 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is free for the public to visit the Constellation through Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Constellation's 150th Anniversary Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. The ship is at Farragut Seawall (next to Robert Crown Sailing Center). Call 410-539-1797 or visit www.constellation.org.

-- Ashley Burrell

COMING UP

Two wonderful choral works, one profound and the other sometimes downright giddy, are on the schedule this weekend. The giddy item is Rossini's Petite messe solennelle. The title alone -- literally Little Solemn Mass -- reflects the jokester side of Rossini, and so does a penchant for spicing the score with unusually bouncy or full-throttle operatic melodies. But this is still a very reverential, far-from-lightweight work, and any chance to hear it is welcome.

Edward Polochick leads the Peabody Singers in a performance of this gem at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Peabody Conservatory, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $18, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

The profound item is A German Requiem by Brahms, his deeply beautiful attempt to express comfort at a time of loss. Instead of using the Latin Requiem set by many composers, he took his own selections from the Bible to create a fundamentally non-denominational work that H. L. Mencken called "irresistibly moving."

Frances Motyca Dawson leads the Columbia Pro Cantare in this classic at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theatre 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Tickets are $23, $20 for seniors and students; $2 more at the door. Call 410-799-9321.

-- Tim Smith

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

Catching up with Raphael Saadiq ... Visiting the Eastern Shore on an arty route ... Chowing down at Buddy's Elliott Street Bar and Grille.

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