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April 21, 2005

Local premiere of `QED'

QED, a play based on the life of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, makes its Baltimore premiere at Fell's Point Corner Theatre tomorrow.

Under Tim Fowler's direction, Rich Espey stars as the iconoclastic professor, and Jessica Asch portrays one of his students. The play takes place in Feynman's office at the California Institute of Technology. Its title stands for both Feynman's field of quantum electrodynamics and the Latin phrase, quod erat demonstrandum ("that demonstrates it"), frequently used at the end of mathematical proofs.

Showtimes at Fell's Point Corner, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 8. Tickets are $14. For more information, call 410- 276-7837.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

Sundays at Three

Cross-cultural pollination is the theme of the next Sundays at Three program. A string quartet made up of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra players - violinists Ellen Pendleton Troyer and Ivan Stefanovic, violist Christian Colberg, and cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski - will offer intriguing repertoire.

Alexander Glazunov's Novelletes are unmistakably Russian at heart, but are inspired by musical idioms of various countries (Spain, Hungary, etc.) or times (one piece is titled "In The Antique Style"). Mark O'Connor, a brilliant fiddler and imaginative composer, has been bending genres with remarkable skill. A sampling of his works, including the popular Appalachian Waltz, rounds out the program.

The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Oakland Mills and Dobbin Roads, Columbia. Tickets are $15; $10 for students, available at the door. Those younger than 18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 410-381-5773 or 410-730-8206.

- Tim Smith

French, Russian gems

A marathon of French organ music at Grace United Methodist Church will offer 20-minute recitals by at least a dozen players. French composers and "the king of instruments" go back a long way, resulting in what may well be the richest corner of the organ repertoire. The marathon provides a great opportunity to sample as much as you like of this legacy. Organists include Donald Sutherland (3:25 p.m.), Bruce Eicher (4:30 p.m.) and Felix Hell (5:55 p.m.).

Meanwhile, at An die Musik, vocal coach and accompanist Vera Danchenko-Stern will present a remarkable collection of Russian vocal music, much of it rarely encountered around here. Peabody Conservatory singers, among them baritones Daniel Seigel and Kevin Wetzel, are in the program, which includes arias from Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades and Mazeppa, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel. Art songs by Glinka and Rachmaninoff also will be on the program, along with a high-drama cycle of songs by Georgii Sviridov called Russia Cast Adrift.

The organ marathon runs from 2:20 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St. Admission is free; donations accepted. Call 410-433-6650.

The Russian vocal music concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $12; $8 for senior citizens and students. Call 410-385-2638.

- Tim Smith

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