A weekend chock full of concerts

MUSIC

Abundance of events kicks off new season

September 06, 2005|By Tim Smith | Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Maybe classical music is struggling to survive, but you'd never guess that looking at all the performances scheduled around here in the months ahead. The new season hasn't even shifted into high gear, and already there's an abundance of events. Take a look at this weekend.

Two new chamber music ventures will be launched, both in the elegant ambience of historic mansions and, as it happens, both on the same afternoon. (The frequency of calendar overload on the local music scene gets worse every year. I wish there were some way for organizations to avoid concert pile-ups, especially on Sundays, but that's another story.)

The Largely Ludwig Chamber Ensemble has been named artists-in-residence at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion and will inaugurate a concert series Sunday with a program of four B's - Samuel Barber (Adagio for Strings), Johannes Brahms (Four Serious Songs), Robert Beaser (Souvenirs for piccolo and piano) and the group's namesake, Ludwig van Beethoven (the Spring Sonata for violin and piano).

Performers include pianist and ensemble director Lorraine Van Dine, baritone Randal Woodfield, violinist Teo Tetel and, on piccolo, Jennifer Trimble.

The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion (Engineers Club), 11 W. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $17, $12 for seniors, $5 for students. Series subscriptions are also available. For more information, call 443-850-7359. For a separate charge, concertgoers can take in Sunday brunch at the mansion before each performance; for brunch reservations, call 410-539-6914.

Largely Ludwig's fall season continues Nov. 13, when works by Beethoven and Stravinsky, both employing the rare combination of four trombones, will be featured. There will be a Christmas concert Dec. 4.

The inaugural presentation of Chamber Music at Cylburn - in the newly renovated mansion at the Cylburn Arboretum - brings together another group of local musicians, many associated with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, this weekend for an attractive program.

The lineup includes Edward Elgar's lush Piano Quintet, which does not enjoy the exposure it deserves, and a string quartet by Mendelssohn. Like the Largely Ludwig event, there will also be room for German art songs, in this case Robert Schumann's Liederkreis.

Performers include violinists Kenneth Goldstein and Gregory Mulligan, violist Karin Brown, cellist Daniel Levitov, pianist Eva Mengelkoch and baritone Ryan de Ryke.

The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Tickets are $20, $12 for students and seniors. Call 410-367-2217.

If all goes well, this will be the first of an annual chamber music presence at Cylburn.

Music in the Great Hall

In addition to the newcomers to the local chamber music scene, a long-standing organization will be back - Music in the Great Hall, which has been around since 1974.

The season opener brings together violinist Igor Yuzefovich, recently appointed assistant concertmaster of the BSO; Dariusz Skoraczewski, the BSO's assistant principal cellist; and pianist Virginia Reinecke, founding director of Music in the Great Hall. The program lists trios by Joseph Haydn and Brahms, and a violin/cello duo by Zoltan Kodaly.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday (not 3 p.m., as is ordinarily the case for Sunday concerts in this series) at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $20, $5 for students. Call 410-813-4255.

Music in the Great Hall continues in November with a concert by BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman and pianist Amy Klosterman.

The winner of the Yale Gordon/Peabody Competition performs in January. Soprano Lori Hultgren is scheduled for March, and the series closes in April with a concert by clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz, cellist Bonnie Thron and pianist Adama Mahonske, current artistic director of Music in the Great Hall.

An die Musik

Just so you can't run out of options, An die Musik also offers concerts this weekend.

The Astral Winds, a woodwind quintet featuring BSO oboist Needleman, will play a colorful assortment of works by Leonard Bernstein, Maurice Ravel, Barber and others at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.

And Elizabeth Borowsky, who will compete in the International Frederick Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, this month, will give a recital called "Pearls of Piano Music" at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors.

Performances are at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. For more information, call 410-385-2638.

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