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April 14, 2005

Russian cellist

Natalia Gutman may not have the most recognized name in this country, but those in the know have long ranked her among the world's leading cellists. The Russian artist has collaborated with a who's who of conductors and instrumentalists and a what's what of orchestras.

For her appearance in the Shriver Hall Concert Series, Gutman will be partnered with Elisso Virsaladze, the top-drawer Russian pianist who just performed Beethoven with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The program includes three of the finest works in the cello repertoire -- the lyrical Sonata No. 3 in A major by Beethoven, the brilliantly colored F major Sonata by Strauss and the sumptuous, soulful G minor Sonata by Rachmaninoff.

The recital is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33; $17 for students ($8 student rush). Call 410-516-7164.

-- Tim Smith

Music in the Great Hall

Music in the Great Hall wraps up its 2004-2005 season with an enticingly diverse program covering three centuries and featuring the founder of the concert series, Virginia Reinecke, at the piano; Tao Chang Yu on violin; Lucasz Szyrner on cello; and Anthony Cecere on horn.

Representing the 20th century will be Aperitif for piano trio by Baltimore-based Thomas Benjamin; Heritage Music for violin, cello, horn and piano by Jack Gallagher, a composition professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio; and Sonata for Horn and Piano by German-born American composer Bernard Heiden.

An 18th-century string duet by Haydn and a 19th-century piano trio by Mendelssohn (one of that composer's most popular works) round out the program.

The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets, available at the door, are $15; $6 for students. Call 410-813-4255.

-- Tim Smith

`Dinner Party'

Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, a play that is part farce and part mystery, opens tomorrow at the Vagabond Players. The plot concerns a group of people invited to a dinner party at an elegant Paris restaurant for reasons that are unclear and by a host who is not present. The comedy played a pre-Broadway engagement at Washington's Kennedy Center in June 2000.

At the Vagabonds, Barry Feinstein directs a cast that includes Katherine Lyons, Michael O'Connell, Laura Rose, Mark J. Poremba, Keith Snipes and Charlene Williams.

Showtimes at the Vagabond, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 15. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-563-9135.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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