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February 03, 2005|By Tim Smith

'Dog in the Manger'

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will present the world premiere of a new verse translation of Dog in the Manger, a 17th century comedy by Lope de Vega, at the Howard County Center for the Arts tomorrow. One of more than 2,000 plays by the prolific writer known as the "Spanish Shakespeare," Dog in the Manger takes its title from an Aesop fable and focuses on a countess who falls in love with her male secretary, a man below her social station.

The play attracted renewed attention when it was revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company last year. Feeling that the RSC version was a bit too British, however, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company commissioned its own translation by Baltimore actor and writer Bob Alleman (who is also playing a small role in the production).

Direction is by Isabella Anderson, a faculty member at the Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington. The cast is headed by Teresa Castracane and Scott Graham.

Show times at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19, through Feb. 19. Tickets are $18. For more information call 410-752-3994.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Richard Goode recital

When it comes to artistic sensibilities, few pianists ever reach the level of Richard Goode. His approach to music is authoritative, enlightening and intensely personal. You could call him a pianists' pianist, except it sounds too awkward. Just call Goode one of the best, and leave it at that.

In a benefit recital for the arts education and community outreach programs of Candlelight Concerts, Goode will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Schoenberg and Debussy.

Richard Goode's recital is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $39 and $49. Call 410-480-9950.

- Tim Smith

Aviv Quartet

The up-and-coming, multiple prize-winning Aviv Quartet from Israel opens a concert tour of the United States and Canada this month with a performance presented by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust. On the first half of the program, the ensemble will play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Canadian composer Ernest Macmillan. Then pianist Einaz Yardan will join the group for a piano quintet by Brahms.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-358-0105.

- Tim Smith

`Divas on the Edge'

Vocal fans should note several attractions this weekend.

Theatre of Song, a recently inaugurated series at the French Embassy in Washington, offers an enticing program called "Divas on the Edge." Sopranos Lyubov Petrova and Christine Antenbring will revel in all sorts of passions via the works of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Bernstein and others.

The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the French Embassy (La Maison Francaise), 4101 Reservoir Road N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Call 202-944-6091.

Song cycle premiere

The Mountain and Tidewater Songs, a song cycle by Peabody grad Damon Ferrante, with texts by Baltimore poet and author Daniel Mark Epstein, will be premiered at An die Musik. Several Peabody singers and instrumentalists will participate in the program, which also offers music by Schubert, Ravel, Finzi and Messiaen.

The next day in the same venue, soprano Ah Hong will sing solo cantatas in an all-Handel program that also showcases harpsichordist Joseph Gascho.

The concert with the song cycle premiere is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the Handel program is at 2 p.m. Sunday - both at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $12, discounts for students and seniors. Call 410-385-2638.

- Tim Smith

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